Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Voting Reminder and Monday Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Here are a few links to start your week.

CNN: The Most Trusted Name in bizarre, race-based double standards. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/05/29/now-if-you-want-this-money-baby/

If you must read dissembling pedant David Brooks, I suggest doing so via Charlie Pierce’s explication of his latest column. Reading Brooks directly is like staring directly at the sun (if the sun were made of crap). http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-alexander-hamilton-92...

Nathan Johnson has some thoughts about the average person’s worth, compared to the glorious CEO Masters of the Universe. http://nathanvjohnson.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/what-are-you-worth/

The Rude Pundit shares anecdotes and musings about education here in the US, versus what he encountered in Denmark: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/05/tale-of-two-nations-and-their-fut...

This post about the tender feelings of the über-wealthy is included mainly because of its use of “bloviated,” which was the spontaneous Vocabulary Corner word at the meeting last week. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/rich-cant-handle-glare-of-spotlig...

This is the type of thing that should be done in a primary to hold lazy, arrogant incumbents accountable. More of this, please. http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm/Dems_Argue_Over_Who_Will_Hold...

Paul Krugman kicks butt and takes names on one of the Sunday gasbag shows. For once, it wasn’t more aptly titled This Weak. http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/week-paul-krugman-destroys-romney-s...

That’s all for now. Be sure to go vote on Tuesday, and come join us this for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

Memorial Day DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Memorial Day weekend. Did you know that the origins of Memorial Day are based in Charleston, South Carolina, where (then-)recently freed slaves buried soldiers who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their liberation? http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/47581740 In the 20th century Memorial Day became extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Later still, many people came to view it as a more general day of remembrance for loved ones as well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_day It should not be confused with Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day) on November 11, which honors veterans of the armed services. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_day

Now, a few links for you to peruse on this holiday weekend, if you’re interested.

An appropriate question for a holiday honoring sacrifice: Paul Krugman asks whether Greed was indeed Good. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/was-greed-good/

Krugman also discusses egos and immorality among the Masters of the Universe on Wall Street: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/opinion/krugman-egos-and-immorality.ht...

Did the USA escape the austerity madness plaguing Europe? Not quite, as this chart shows. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/austerian-vampires.html It’s also interesting to note that the federal spending always increased more during Republican administrations, despite Democrats always being tarred with the “tax and spend” epithet. The Villagers love that storyline, and simply repeating it is so much easier than practicing journalism. Also here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/05/federal-deficit-barack-obama-...

What do politicians and conservatives mean when they talk about “shared sacrifice”? Cutting aid to the elderly and the disabled. Perhaps they have some sort of Aztec altar in mind where this “sacrifice” is going to occur? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/chart-o-day-shared-sacrifice.html

Dumbing down political discourse: Congress is now speaking at a 10th-grade level. (For some of them, that’s higher than I would’ve guessed.) At this rate, the Congressional Record will soon be a scratch-n’-sniff pop-up book. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/dumbing-it-down-by-davidoatkins.h...

Charlie Pierce does his weekly dismantling of conservative fluffer David Brooks: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-how-change-happens-90... Here’s another take on Brooks willfully misunderstanding an issue to help his team: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/david-brooks-gets-pri... But he’s a Very Serious Person, and we must heed all his sage pronouncements, right?

Mittens Romney admits that cutting government spending will throw the country into recession. The media pretends not to notice. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/An_Accidental_Truth_Slips_Out

In an uncharacteristically non-rude post, the Rude Pundit advocates taking the word “conservative” away from the radical right-wingers: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/05/radical-proposition-lets-take-wor...

People in the national media are both puzzled by and in love with Jeff Barth’s campaign ad in South Dakota: http://mhpshow.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/24/11862501-this-is-the-campa... Also here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/jeff-barth-unveils-strang_n_154...

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World,” featuring Invisible Hand of the Free Market Man. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/21/1093094/-The-Invisible-Hand-str...

Humor Corner: Because it came up last week (at least at one end of the table), we present Monty Python’s “Lumberjack Song.” http://youtu.be/mL7n5mEmXJo As a bonus, we also present the Monty Python “Mr. Hilter” sketch: http://youtu.be/vlmGknvr_Pg

That’s all for now. Enjoy the day and come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

Monday Post-Eclipse DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. I hope you had a chance to see the eclipse last night. Now, here are a few links to go with your morning coffee. Hopefully you will find one or two to be of interest.

Joe Nocera at the NY Times says enough to all this exciting, high-risk nonsense at the big banks; we should make banking boring again. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/opinion/nocera-make-banking-boring.htm...

Fox “news”: The most trusted name in ridiculous spin. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/15/11720269-water-rest-sha...

Charlie Pierce is not impressed with Colin Powell’s latest self-serving book. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/colin-powell-it-worked-for-me-8834...

Atrios has a brief observation about budget priorities: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/05/priorities.html

The Rapid City Journal has some interesting statistics and graphs about states that approved marriage equality bans over the past 10 years: http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/app/blogs/politicalblog/?p=9457

Fun with maps! David Atkins at Hullabaloo directs us to a map that shows poverty at a county-by-county level, and one that illustrates our country’s gross wealth inequality: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/poverty-at-glance-by-davidoatkins...

That’s all for now. Have a great week and come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

Post Mother's Day DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day and are ready to start the week. Here are some links to go with your morning coffee.

Hard at work for South Dakota? Hardly. Kristi Noem doesn’t even bother to show up for committee meetings. Too busy to do her job, I guess. http://madvilletimes.com/2012/05/top-ten-reasons-noem-skips-agriculture-...

The South Dakota congressional delegation is happy about the Postal Service's announcement that it won’t be closing rural post offices—though Thune and Noem continue to bash the Post Office and want to ruin it. According to the Argus Leader, Thune said "the Postal Service can't continue to lose money every year and put the American taxpayer on the hook." Um... yeah, it kind of can. See, the Post Office is required by our government. It isn't there to make money "like a business"; it's there to provide a reliable, uniform system of communication across our great nation. It's there to provide passports, government forms, certified dates for mailed legal documents, and countless other things. Also, if conservatives really want the Postal Service to be financially solvent, how about letting them raise their rates to cover their expenses? They can't raise rates without permission from Congress, which of course Congress refuses to let them do, and then blathers about the Postal Service not being able to break even. http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,131479

Charlie Pierce has a more eloquent take on the United States Post Office’s importance to us as Americans here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/the-post-office-lives-8757430

Paul Krugman observes that in Europe, people are starting to revolt against the high priests of Austerity: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/opinion/krugman-those-revolting-europe...

Charlie Pierce has an excellent article in Esquire about one Nebraskan’s attempt to keep the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline from destroying his family’s land. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/randy-thompson-nebraska-8657499

The redoubtable Mr. Pierce also dismantles the latest drivel from puffed-up pedant David Brooks: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-structural-revolution...

The Rude Pundit writes about Mitt Romney, “always the bully”: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romney-always-bully-rude-pun... Digby comments on how this story fits into the larger picture of Ayn Rand-style conservative politics: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romney-no-redemption-require... More from Digby about Romney’s bullying here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/ritual-humiliation-101.html

On Up with Chris Hayes, the Mother’s Day show discussed topics related to motherhood—not in a sentimental, Hallmark card way, but dealing with child-rearing and women’s rights. You can view clips here: http://upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com/

From the website Funny or Die: What do women want? Why, government all up in their vajayjays, of course! http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/6t29

Puppy mills that skirt animal welfare laws by selling puppies over the internet now are subject to regulation through the federal Department of Agriculture. Hooray for saving the puppies! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/saving-puppies-with-commerce-clau...

For fun: Rachel Maddow celebrates the new otters at the National Zoo, especially the one otter sibling with the oddball name. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/47395681#47395681

That’s all for now. Have a great week and come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

A few Monday DL links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. I hope you all had a great weekend. There are fewer links than usual this week, but hopefully they’re of interest—and there are a couple fun ones at the end.

Chart of the week: Workers left behind. For years there have been constant gains in worker productivity, but wages have been stagnant. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/05/40-years-of-workers-left-behi...

Sara Robinson at Alternet reviews a book that debunks the myth of the “self-made man” who didn’t need government for anything. http://www.alternet.org/visions/155149/the_self-made_myth%3A_debunking_c...

Trying to compromise with the modern, extremist GOP is a fool’s errand. They’ll play you for a sucker, then rip you for not “bringing people together.” http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/04/11538982-what-drives-di...

Warm Fuzzy Moment: A blind dog gets a canine helper. http://www.ktul.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=70...

Cocktail Moment from Rachel Maddow: the classic Stinger. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/04/11545701-cocktail-momen... The recipe I saw in Dale DeGroff’s cocktail book said to serve over crushed ice (pounded in a Lewis bag to keep it less “wet”)—almost like shaved ice in a snow cone—but I imagine there are many variations.

Have a great week, and come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally.

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. Hopefully your weekend went well, and your Monday is off to a good start. There are a number of links today, so hopefully you will find a few of interest.

How is Austerity doing in Britain? Not well. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/the-new-voodoo/ Paul Krugman notes that Austerity isn’t doing much for America either: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/american-austerity/ Note his graph showing the steep decrease in public employment under President Obama, despite right-wing shrieking about how Obama is expanding government. Also note that all that public sector employment involves jobs like teachers, firemen, and policemen—jobs we rely on, and we used to respect and admire before we swallowed the poisonous idea that only “private sector” jobs count.

In the New York Times, Joe Nocera recounts the story of his working career, and how he fears he won’t be able to retire. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/opinion/nocera-my-faith-based-retireme... Digby comments that it’s an all too familiar story for her and people like her, who have had periods of unemployment, or a health problem, or any unexpected financial setback. People will be working long after they’re of retirement age, which is bad for them and clogs the job market for everyone else. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/faith-based-retirement.html Atrios urges Joe to go the next step with his argument, and increase retirment benefits.

The best satirist in America today, Stephen Colbert, spoke at the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People banquet: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/americas-national-treasure.html

The Rude Pundit has noticed that David Brooks knows nothing about higher education (I don’t think I need to warn fellow adults about four-letter words, but in case your workplace frowns upon them, beware of link). http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/04/david-brooks-doesnt-understand-fu... It’s increasingly obvious that instead of relying on private loans for college students, the government should provide merit-based grants. Otherwise, when the cost of college rises, more and more talented people are unable to attend college because they can't afford it anymore. That leads to waves of less-talented, less-deserving students in college, simply because Mommy and Daddy can afford to pay the tuition. And that, in turn, leads to grade inflation. After all, if you're paying for college, you deserve to get an A or a B, don't you? If you're a customer, the customer is always right! Give the student an A. The process of turning education into a consumer good is damaging to our whole system of education, and it produces increasingly inferior graduates—though they all have A's on their transcripts!

Another consequence of our increasing turn away from teaching, and instead drilling students with standardized tests: Lunchtime, recess, and bathroom breaks are shrinking. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/training-worker-bees.html In some ways, it’s no wonder there are so many overweight children in the USA. We teach them to shovel food into their mouths like wild dogs because they have fifteen minutes for lunch, and they’re trained to eat like that all their lives—keep shoveling in food before your body has a chance to realize it’s full.

Actual scholar Charlie Pierce dismantles the New York Times’ tinhorn wannabe theologian Ross Douthat (a.k.a. “Chunky Bobo”). http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Douthat_Creed

Even local law enforcement is getting in on the fun with aerial drones. I’m sure Parma, Ohio, has needed a flying “grenade launcher or 12-gauge shotgun” for a neighborhood patrol for a long time now. http://www.salon.com/2012/04/24/drones_for_urban_warfare/

Suddenly Rush Limbaugh doesn’t want people to see video of him calling women “sluts” if they use birth control. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/23/1085791/-Rush-Limbaugh-demands-...

Why the recent wave of conservative legislation against women? Because, as David Atkins argues, misogyny is the bedrock of conservatism. Women’s rights threatens the private power of people who value tyrannical patriarchy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/greatest-revolution-by-davidoatki... More here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/family-values-by-davidoatkins.htm...

Along those lines, John Thune was one of 31 senators (all of whom were Repubs) to oppose the Violence Against Women act. Family values! http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/04/26/the_violence_against_women_...

This is how it’s done. Thousands gather in Norway to defy a right-wing mass murderer in song: http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-defy-norway-mass-killer-breivik-song-102... The Rude Pundit captures the inspiring event in his inimitible way: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/04/end-week-on-positive-note-norway-...

Humor Corner: Because it came up in discussion last week, behold the intro to the early 80s TV show Police Squad! featuring Leslie Nielsen. This series ran for only six episodes, but was a precursor to the Naked Gun movies. http://youtu.be/Jm_t3g4RhpY For a bonus, here’s a scene from one of the episodes, to give you a flavor. http://youtu.be/het1kl-A8qw

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” features Mitt Romney, Man of the People. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/23/1085099/-Mitt-Romney-man-of-the...

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and we hope to see you this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally. Come join us!

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. Hopefully your week is starting off well. There are a number of links to share today, and hopefully a few will be of interest along with your morning coffee.

Spain is in a full-on economic depression, despite having been relatively stable and responsible about its spending. Yet the high priests of Austerity are calling for more sacrifices—human sacrifices—in the vain belief that the same failed policies will somehow produce new results if people just suffer enough. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/this-is-not-to-mince-words-insane...

Alicublog has a post about the Ann Romney work kerfuffle. The post itself is short, but as always at Alicublog, some of the readers’ comments are very insightful and worthwhile. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2012_04_01_archive.html#824136667216350958...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo discusses a new article about the bipartisanship fetish that’s damaging our country. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/nice-distillation-to-send-to-your...

Glenn Greenwald writes about our quasi-secret, unaccountable, due-process-free Death by Drone policy. http://www.salon.com/2012/04/19/americas_drone_sickness/

More evidence of how the Sunday morning gasbag shows are almost exclusively white, male, and conservative: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-morning-cream.html Granted, nobody watchees these shows except other Beltway Bubble wonks—but the problem is, they make policy and define the terms of public discussion for all of us.

BP’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is all cleaned up and forgotten, right? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/gulf-of-deformities-by-davidoatki... More here: You might want to watch out for shrimp with gooey yellow veins in them. http://southernbeale.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/waiter-is-that-corexit-in-...

For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, 25 are dying by their own hands. Maybe we should rethink this whole never-ending war thing, and also maybe provide better mental health care for returning soldiers. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/opinion/sunday/kristof-a-veterans-deat...

Who increased the debt? Here’s an easy-to-read chart to have handy next time someone is suddenly Very Concerned about the country’s debt. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/partisan-deficits-by-davidoatkins...

Finally, something fun for the urban planning and mass transit geeks among us: A history of the London Underground via a sequence of maps. http://youtu.be/06fHDSgi9wQ

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and we hope to see you this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally. Come join us!

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. Thanks to everyone who went out to vote last week. You did your civic duty, and you made a difference.

We’ve got a number of links to share today, and hopefully a few will be of interest along with your morning coffee.

Al Franken has a funny twist on those political ads full of too-good-to-be-true pictures: “People in Stock Photos for Al Franken.” http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/people-in-stock-photos-for-al-franken

Paul Krugman writes about the gullible “centrists” who support right-wing policies like those of Paul Ryan: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/opinion/krugman-the-gullible-center.ht...

Greek newscaster pelted with eggs and yogurt while on the air. If only our Sunday political gasbag shows were more like this, at least they’d be entertaining (if still no more enlightening). http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/04/07/greek-news-presenter-pelted-w...

Charles Pierce examines the “success” of welfare reform. (Bonus for readers with strong stomachs: Ecclesiastical gasbag Rick Warren opines against the poor.) http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/welfare-reform-revisited-7949859 More here on Warren from Digby: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/dignified-graft-rick-warrens-self... Kevin Drum also has more about Rick Warren’s gospel illiteracy: http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/04/helping-poor-now-apparently-an...

Matt Taibbi describes why the JOBS Act is an awful piece of conservative legislation—signed by President Obama—that will encourage more fraud in the stock market. Because if there’s one thing this country needs, it’s more Wall Street crooks and toxic stocks. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/why-obamas-jobs-act-...

Paul Krugman addresses a zombie lie about Social Security that just refuses to die: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/socialsecuritymedicareandmed...

Atrios has been revealing his list of Top 10 Wankers of the Decade. For a sample, here is #5 on the list, William Saletan of Slate.com. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/04/wanker-of-decade-runner-up-5.html You can find the rest at Atrios’s blog Eschaton.

Atrios also reminds us that there will never be any Grand Bargain to save Social Security. No matter what is sacrificed and how much pain is inflicted, our Galtian Overlords won’t be happy until they destroy it completely. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/04/they-hates-it.html

Digby discusses a Mother Jones article about a “school” using electrical shock to punish mentally and psychologically troubled kids, and how this relates to the general enthusiasm for tasers. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-had-no-idea-that-they-tortured....

Tbogg has a few thoughts about the whole tiresome kerfuffle over whether Ann Romney understands what regular working women go through: http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2012/04/12/the-umbrage-game/

As usual the elite media get the Buffet Rule exactly wrong. Also per usual, the kool kids in the Beltway media are the worst. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/how-washington-forgot-where-t...

Cory at the Madville Times notes another place where economic inequality rears its ugly head: teen birth rates. In general, places with high economic inequality also have high teen birth rates. http://madvilletimes.com/2012/04/european-teens-much-less-reproductive-t...

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and we hope to see you this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally. Come join us!

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links and a reminder to vote

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. If you’re interested, here are a few links to peruse with your morning coffee:

Terry Gross of Fresh Air interviews Rachel Maddow about many subjects, including her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. http://www.npr.org/2012/03/27/148611615/rachel-maddow-the-fresh-air-inte...

Here’s another example of how Fox “news” is just like MSNBC—you know, the way the National Enquirer and Pravda are “just like” the New York Times. http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204030011

Rachel Maddow explains how Michigan Republicans are putting their radical laws into immediate effect even though they don't have enough votes to do so and refuse to recognize Democratic objections to their legislative railroading. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/46973330#46973330

Another racist moment from Rick Santorum on the campaign trail. What exactly could he have been saying when he made this “slip of the tongue?” Is there any other phrase that sounds like “government nig—“? http://crooksandliars.com/diane-sweet/what-was-santorum-trying-say-about...

At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates slaps down the notion that nobody protests “black-on-black” violence, which is a current smokescreen in the Trayvon Martin discussion. As a bonus, Mr. Coates reminds everyone what a lazy hack Juan Williams is. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/why-dont-black-peopl...

The Blue Dog Democrats, not satisfied with being the sugar in the gas tank of progress, are rebranding themselves so they can remain harmful, abject failures: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/blue-dog-rebranding-by-davidoatki...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo argues that partisanship isn’t the problem with democracy; it’s an essential part of democracy, because people find different things important, and whaddaya know, they tend to disagree about them. The centrist-worshipping Very Serious People find such partisanship very distasteful as they clutch their pearls and lament partisan disagreements, but that’s their problem. Things like economic and social justice don’t just magically appear if everyone extends their pinky while drinking tea, and uses the proper salad fork. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/partisanship-is-democracy-by.html

For another example of mindlessly finding the arbitrary midpoint “between the two sides” (whether it makes good policy or even any sense), meet candidate Angus King of Maine. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/goldilocks-was-centrist.html

Because the topic came up again last week, here's the information about the Stephanie Miller Show, a liberal radio talk show that's on each morning from 8am to 11am Central Time. You can listen on the internet (it's not on any local stations), or watch it on Current TV if that's in your cable TV package. Stephanie Miller's dad, William Miller was Barry Goldwater's running mate—yet Stephanie is a liberal, and very funny. You can listen to the show live on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/stephaniemiller Here is her show's official site: http://www.stephaniemiller.com/ Finally, here is the information from Current TV: http://current.com/shows/talking-liberally/

Architecture and History Corner: The NY Times has an article about modern architecture from the 1950s to 1970s—specifically the “Brutalist” style—and discusses whether these aging buildings should be preserved as part of our architectural heritage. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/arts/design/unloved-building-in-goshen...

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and we hope to see you this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally. A couple regulars are going to be out of town, but the usual gang will be there, so come join us. And don’t forget to vote!

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

—Chris

Monday DL links

Hi all,

Happy Monday, everybody. We had a small but lively gathering last week, and look forward to another good get-together this Tuesday. If you’re interested, here are a few links to peruse with your morning coffee:

Paul Krugman shines a spotlight on ALEC, the unelected conservative lobbying group that calls the shots in Pierre and in other Republican-dominated state legislatures. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/opinion/krugman-lobbyists-guns-and-mon...

A reminder in case people are still being taken in by the snake-oil salesman: The Paul Ryan budget “plan” isn’t much of a plan. It creates huge policy messes and makes the budget worse, and Paul Ryan can’t be bothered to know any details about how it would allegedly work. Very Serious People like him can’t be bothered with such things, you know. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/26/10867058-ryan-debt-plan...

If there’s anything the Very Serious People can agree on, it’s that austerity is always good. As soon as the little people suffer enough, the financial gods will be appeased. Only, you know, it doesn’t actually work—just like treating a hemorrhaging patient by applying more leeches tends not to work either. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/mar/30/spain-budget-cuts-austeri...

Charlie Pierce writes about the Trayvon Martin murder: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/trayvon-martin-news-7552519 Another commenter noted that usually in cases like this the NRA is on the scene claiming that if everyone were armed, the incident could have been avoided. The NRA hasn’t said a peep like that in this case. I don’t suppose the victim’s race has something to do with that?

Also, more proof that “it’s totally not about race.” http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/trayvon-martin-backlash-7650171 More here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bobby-rush-hoodie-7675181 The Rude Pundit weighs in as well: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/03/niggering-of-trayvon-martin-we-se...

Are pesticides causing mass bee die-offs? It would appear so. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/yes-pesticides-are-killing-bees.h...

Eran Ben-Joseph in the NY Times discusses how parking lots could be designed better to improve usefulness, aesthetics, and lessen their environmental impact. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/opinion/when-a-parking-lot-is-so-much-...

Charlie Pierce dismantles Ross Douthat's twaddle masquerading as a “column” about Tim Tebow. For some inexplicable reason, the NY Times continues to employ Douthat as a columnist.
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/ross-douthat-tim-tebow-7625291

A study says that working more than 40 hours per week runs up against the Law of Diminishing Returns. Apparently this used to be an accepted fact as proven by countless studies, but we’ve fallen away from it in the past few decades. http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/why-working-more-40-hours-1200158...

Brazen lying is now apparently an acceptable campaign tactic for conservatives. Wasn’t this supposed to be the so-called Party of Values™? I guess the only value that matters to them is “Anything To Get Ahead.” http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/26/10873421-still-creating...

Olympia Snowe is (still) a preening, self-important hack. How will the Senate survive without her august presence in it? http://www.salon.com/2012/03/27/olympia_snowe_gives_obama_an_f_in_paying...

Do Americans’ speaking accents follow their political leanings? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/if-they-talk-like-duck-accents-an...

Digby has an excerpt from Chris Hayes’ new book, Twilight of the Elites: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/twilight-of-elites-chrislhayes-ho...

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and we hope to see you this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris