Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

President's Day DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here. Happy President's Day! I'm so old I remember when Washington and Lincoln got their own days. Oh well. We've still got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

It's obvious, but needs to be said: Trump's food box plan to replace food stamps is inefficient and wasteful, and its primary purpose is to punish the poor. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/dems-trump-food-box-plan-punish-poor

Atrios finds more people obsessing about dumb, obviously unworkable ideas for mass transit (dumb because they don't actually move large numbers of people efficiently, which is kind of the goal of mass transit). But it's "hyperloop," so its sexier than actually improving existing transit strategies that work. It's weird how people would rather light $millions on fire trying to create The Jetsons, rather than improve what they've already got. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/sure.html

At TPM, Josh Marshall discusses school shootings and the nature of terrorism: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/numeracy-school-massacres-and-the-n...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the Florida school shooting and the students' response to it: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/mine-mine-mine-mine-by-bloggersr...

On Twitter, Lara Schwartz posts a cuttingly sarcastic thread about how arming teachers is the "solution" to our gun violence epidemic: https://twitter.com/lara_schwartz/status/964139995337551874?ref_src=twca...

Humor Corner: Wulfgar the Bard presents an illuminated cartoon of Donæld Unready's daily briefings: https://twitter.com/wulfgarthebard/status/963812481381687298?s=11

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Josh Marshall looks at how the media is incapable of dealing with politicians willing to lie shamelessly. For his example he uses the Nunes Memo and cites some classic BothSides theater criticism from CNN hack Chris Cillizza. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-gop-and-big-lie-politics

From David Daley at Salon: How Republicans rigged congress through redistricting. https://www.salon.com/2018/02/06/how-the-republicans-rigged-congress-and... Some of us have been hollering about the need for nonpartisan redistricting since 2006 and 2008, before the 2010 census, only to see the party blow tons of cash on high-priced, incompetent election consultants like Mark Penn. Excellent work. Way to think long-term.

Media Matters: This American Life Features Error-Riddled Story On Disability And Children https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2013/03/22/this-american-life-feat... Atrios has an opinion about it too: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/its-pennies.html

Mick Mulvaney is declining to hold Equifax accountable for its data breach . . . despite him heading the CFPB. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16593438/mick-mulvaney-eq...

Charlie Pierce asks, in general terms, where the Republican Party goes from here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16636401/republican-party...

Given the current dysfunctional state of our politics, Brian Beutler argues that boycotting Republicans isn't enough: https://crooked.com/article/boycotting-republicans-isnt-enough/

Less than 0.25% – one quarter of one percent – of the meals that were supposed to be delivered to Puerto Rico after the hurricane were actually delivered. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16641861/fema-puerto-rico...

Equality Corner: Iceland's equal pay law sets new world standard. https://grapevine.is/news/2018/02/07/9981264/

Tech Corner: The House That Spied On Me https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-spied-on-me-1822429852?utm_medium=sha... (h/t Sheila)

Literature Corner: For those of you missing his writing, here's another new column from Garrison Keillor at his own website: http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/home/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

As always, Cory is doing good work at Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

Atrios notes that the minute wages start to rise, the Fed steps in to stop it. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/catalyst.html

Atrios also has another observation about the midterm elections and the current Democratic narrative: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/wave.html

Digby argues convincingly that our deepest divisions have always been about white supremacy. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/its-white-supremacy-people-its-a...

A new column from Garrison Keillor: The Beauty of Competence. http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/the-beauty-of-competence/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a whole bunch of links for you to survey. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

FiveThirtyEight presents the Atlas of Redistricting, which allows you to experiment with maps at a state or national level to see how various types of redistricting might work: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/redistricting-maps/

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the two essential norms that healthy democracies require: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/forbearance-or-lack-thereof-by.h...

At Crooked, Brian Beutler writes that Republicans are preparing to argue that what Trump has done is merely treasonous, not criminal. https://crooked.com/article/trump-mueller-russia-treason/

Mr. Beutler also has a great observation about the treatment of the women's marches compared to the fawning treatment the Teabaggers got: "Who gets to give the response speech on behalf of the women's marchers? That was a one time only thing for racists in tricorn hats? Haha?" https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/956742507982938112?refsrc=email&...

Atrios comments on the leadership at the DCCC that stifles and works against new local candidates for office. Instead, it demands that candidates raise money, then funnels that money to insider consultants . . . who then run tone-deaf, insipid, losing campaigns. But all the consultants and experts collect a nice, fat paycheck. From Atrios's brief post, click the link to Ryan Grim's piece in the Intercept for the full article. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/01/whats-it-all-about-then.html

Charlie Pierce finds that Politico has assembled a group of Whitewater-era hacks to don togas, revise history, and congratulate themselves. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15858511/clinton-lewinsky...

Atrios begs people to stop appealing to the authority of "allies" like Bill Kristol and former Bush administration hacks. If you need the moral authority of David "Axis of Evil" Frum to make your point, you've got bigger problems than you realize. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/01/bill-kristol-is-bad.html More here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15886291/trump-republican...

Along those lines, Atrios reminds us of our country's shameful history regarding Apartheid: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/01/causes.html

At Dakota Free Press, Cory has an idea for preserving Net Neutrality: If a company doesn't practice Net Neutrality, then don't award them state contracts. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/26/ny-mt-to-isps-no-net-neutrality-no...

Technology Corner: Maybe having devices such as FitBit know where you are at any given time isn't such a great thing. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-map-showing-the-users-of-fitness-...

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Blizzardy DL Links

Hi all,

It's a day for staying inside if at all possible. In case you need some reading material, here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure.

At the Village Voice, Roy Edroso recaps conservatives' celebrations of Martin Luther King Day. https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/01/16/conservatives-emerge-from-trumps...

Be sure to check out Roy's posts at his own joint, Alicublog, too: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

At Esquire, Charlie Pierce finds Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke doing his best to screw up America's crown jewels, the National Park System: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15335456/ryan-zinke-natio...

In 1865, freed slave Jourdon Anderson received a letter from his former master begging him to return to work. Anderson's open reply ran in multiple newspapers. It's worth checking out. http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/to-my-old-master.html

Culture Corner: Emanuel Macron agrees to lend the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/emmanuel-macron-bayeux-tap...

Humor Corner, via the Onion: "New Regulation Requires All Protected Species To Be Actively Looking for New Habitat in Order To Receive Funding." If applied to people, it sounds like the kind of gratuitous shaming and hoop-jumping that Governor Doogie could get behind. https://www.instagram.com/p/BdvOzfuhUFg/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Some old friends joined us last week, and we all had a great time. If it's been a while since you joined us, consider stopping by. Even if it's cold out, we'll give you a warm welcome (and/or a cold beverage).

Meanwhile, another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse if you are interested.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan examines Ryan Cooper's analysis of neoliberal economics from the 1970s to the present: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/and-they-blew-it-by-bloggersrus....

From Cory at the Dakota Free Press: A number of South Dakotans including Lutheran pastors, nuns, and Muslims, host an interfaith gathering over coffee in Pierre. A prominent state Republican calls them unpatriotic and says they're using "terrorist style bullying tactics" (no, really–it's that unhinged). http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/10/lutherans-and-friends-have-coffee-...

On that same subject, legislator Tapio literally interrupts and yells at the interfaith group (including the Bishop of the SD ELCA), "I don't like being called a racist!" Which definitely helps establish him as a reasonable person and not a bigoted lunatic. http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/10/interfaith-day...

At Crooked, Brian Beutler separates the Democratic and Republican senators' questions regarding the Steele intelligence into two separate narratives. This reveals one party asking questions trying to get to the truth of the issue, and the other party being eagerly complicit in the president's misconduct. (h/t Digby) https://crooked.com/article/crime-worse-coverup/

Charlie notes some people trying to have it both ways, by stating that The Leader is an unprecedented danger, and then voting to give him unaccountable surveillance powers. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15063799/trump-fisa/

Also from Dakota Free Press, while cleaning up its toxic sludge spill, TransCanada spills additional contaminated soil . . . and dumps some more intentionally by the side of the road. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/14/second-truck-dumps-transcanadas-oi...

Humor Corner, from the old Hollywood Squares:
Peter Marshall:  Paul, the state flag of Alabama is all white with one very distinctive feature. What is it?
Paul Lynde:  Eye holes!

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse if you are interested.

Charlie Pierce writes the political epitaph for August Statesman Orrin Hatch: "He wasn't as horrible as he could have been." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14533201/orrin-hatch-reti...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory takes a look at the concealed carry permit statistics per South Dakota county. I don't know if there's a particular trend, but it's interesting to see which counties potentially have the most paranoid citizens with Clint Eastwood fantasies. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/06/hidey-holster-permits-down-in-2017...

At the LA Times, David Dayen writes that a higher minimum wage won't bankrupt businesses, but a low wages might: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dayen-minimum-wage-subway-san...

For humor along with a sampling of right-wing thought, you should check out Roy's place, Alicublog, at least weekly: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Happy New Year DL

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we don't have Drinking Liberally this week. We'll next meet on January 9. However, to tide you over during the holidays, we have a few links to peruse, if you have time and interest. Happy New Year!

Charlie Pierce writes about the obscene Billionaire and Heiress Relief Act passed by the Republicans in Congress. Where's Dickens when you need him? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14470051/paul-ryan-tax-bi...

Josh Marshall accurately categorizes the Republican bill as "the big heist" and "organized looting." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-big-heist

Atrios once again pithily notes that if you want to win elections, you've got to give people something to vote for: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/gotta-give-people-something-to-vote-...

Atrios sums up the poisonous conceit at the heart of BothSides journalism: "The myth of the last several decades is that bothsides wanted similar outcomes, but they just disagreed about the way to get there." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/both-sides.html

Where do they find these evil, soulless people? Charlie Pierce introduces us to Seema Verma, conservative hack from Indiana, who is now in charge of gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing home regulations. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14504814/trump-nursing-ho...

From Eoin Higgins at Deadspin, "Why Won't the FCC Let 'Orphan Counties' Watch Their Local NFL Teams?" It's more than a discussion about football games; the way the FCC long ago assigned counties to various media markets has serious consequences for local news and other information. https://deadspin.com/why-wont-the-fcc-let-orphan-counties-watch-their-lo...

New York Times reporters get snippy when called out on their stenography for The Leader: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/someone-does-work.html also: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-nyt-does-not-understand-journali...

If none of these suits your fancy, be sure to check out the old standbys who are still doing good work. For example, the Dakota Free Press, Alicublog, and others

That's it for this week. See you on the 9th!

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

We have a few more links than usual this week because we're prepping for the holidays. Since most people will be busy with Christmas and New Year's, DL will meet this week (December 19), and then we won't meet the next two weeks. Well, if you're at Ben's and other DL regulars are there, then call it a meeting and have a grand old time. But we won't "officially" meet (as though we ever do!) until January 9.

So with that, have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy the links!

At GQ, Drew Magary presents the Least Influential People of 2017. There's a healthy heaping of snark, so dig in and enjoy. https://www.gq.com/story/least-influential-people-2017

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory notes the national press starting to question the truthfulness of Kristi Noem's scary bedtime story about the estate tax: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/12/11/holes-in-noems-estate-tax-tale-get...

At TPM, Josh Marshall exhorts the press not to cower before "authoritarians and liars." You know of whom he speaks. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dont-cower-before-authoritarians-and...

An editorial at USA Today did not mince words about the unfitness of The Leader (naturally this caused some pearl-clutching from members of the Beltway elite such as WaPo reporter Robert Costa, whose interview with Brian Williams on election night was about as much of a conventional wisdom echo chamber as you could ever imagine): https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/unfit-to-clean-toilets-in-obamas...

Charlie Pierce writes about the Alabama election and sprinkles in some history to enrich the reporting: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14424877/doug-jones-alaba...

Atrios has some thoughts about public transit and the "visionaries" like Elon Musk who warp priorities and sensible development: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/visionaries.html

Atrios also has some thoughts about the density of development needed for cities to thrive (they don't have to be anywhere near as skyscrapery as Manhattan to make it work): http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/paris-is-hell.html and here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/nice-things.html

Happy News: Digby relays the story of a puppy saved in Puerto Rico. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/friday-night-soother_15.html

Sports Corner: Don't know who to root for in next year's World Cup Soccer Tournament? Let the Reykjavik Grapevine persuade you to choose Iceland with their get-to-know-you feature about the Iceland team: "Meet the Smiters." https://grapevine.is/mag/2017/12/08/meet-the-smiters-aron-the-annihilato...

Music Corner: The Onion's AV Club presents The Year in Band Names. https://www.avclub.com/and-of-course-anal-trump-the-year-in-band-names-2...

Art Corner: "Truth Coming Out of Her Well" by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Note the whip she bears, with which to chastise mankind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Coming_Out_of_Her_Well

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes a brief point about the purpose of a liberal arts education, which is unfortunately necessary in the Age of STEM – you know, all the people breathless with excitement about how every person needs to learn to write code at age 5, and that's all there is to life. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-liberal-arts.html

Digby points us to a Columbia Journalism Review study of the 2016 election. One of the key findings: The main problem with "fake news" wasn't that Russian hackers were somehow swaying the election; it was that the major media, such as the NY Times, were covering the race in a grotesquely distorted way. Specifically, they mention the nonstop coverage of Clinton's "scandals" versus the negligible coverage of real Trump scandals, while simultaneously covering his "policies" in a gullible, credulous way. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/but-her-emails.html

"I Don't Think the Moral High Ground Exists Anymore" – Charlie Pierce has some thoughts about Al Franken's departure. He also quotes and links to a piece by Dahlia Lithwick discussing the same issue. (You may have differing opinions about the whole depressing issue, but it's a topic worth examining.) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14381583/al-franken-resig...

At the Jacobin, Matt Breunig and Ryan Cooper argue that the Obama administration's coddling of big banks during the foreclosure crisis caused a huge loss of wealth for the 99%—in particular, the wealth of black households was lost. https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/obama-foreclosure-crisis-wealth-inequalit...

Culture Corner: From Lapham's magazine, a cavalcade of insults delivered by famous people. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/comedy/charts-graphs/name-calling

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton