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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Monday is upon us again. It may be dry here, but at least we don’t have hurricanes to contend with (a small silver lining, I guess). Here are some links to help you start your week.

As I’m sure everyone has heard, Republican Todd Akin thinks that you can’t get pregnant when you’re raped. If you do get pregnant you must have enjoyed it, and therefore you weren’t “legitimately” raped. The outrageous thing? He isn’t alone in this belief. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/rep-todd-akin-wrong-not-alone More here from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/a-canard-that-will-n... Also here at TPM: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/akin-not-the-first-a-short-his...

Todd Akin’s position on women’s issues isn’t the exception within his party. It’s the rule. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/08/22/724331/chart-akins-views-on...

For some unbelievably rude and biting satire about the honorable Mr. Akin, The Onion delivers (language possibly NSFW; use your judgment): http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-misspokewhat-i-meant-to-say-is-i-am-d... More biting satire here: “Pregnant woman relieved to learn her rape was illegitimate.” http://www.theonion.com/articles/pregnant-woman-relieved-to-learn-her-ra...

Paul Ryan’s “plan” for Medicare is total gibberish (not surprising, since he’s now pretending to love something that he actually wants to kill). But he’s a Very Serious Thinker on policy matters, as the media constantly tells us. http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-on-gop-budgets-medic...

Paul Krugman explains the phony Medicare “cuts” talking point that conservatives are screeching about. To no one’s surprise, the “cuts” aren’t really “cuts”; they’re savings achieved by eliminating waste in the program. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/understanding-medicare-cuts/

Atrios hits the nail on the head: People hate food stamps and welfare because they “know” that somebody else is getting all the good stuff, and they’re not. Even people like Craig T. Nelson who have been on it still think those Welfare Queens and Strapping Young Bucks were getting all the good stuff while he struggled. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/08/they-gave-they-good-benefits-to-all....

News flash: Austerity policies cripple economies. Conversely, what Iceland did worked, though you rarely hear about that. All we hear about is how more austerity is needed across Europe, despite it making problems worse. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/from-no-shit-sherlock-files-icela...

Niall Ferguson of Newsweek and Harvard deliberately lies about the Affordable Care Act. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/unethical-commentary-newswee... When caught lying, he tries to be clever and deceive his readers some more. http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2012/08/more-lies-from-niall-ferguson.html Didn’t we used to have basic standards for things like “journalism” and “academia”?

The NY Times political blog FiveThirtyEight.com examines South Dakota in its latest installment about the several states: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/in-south-dakota-only...

Amanda Marcotte humorously informs the National Review that no, Willard Romney is not, in fact, a sex symbol. (By the way, that’s not hyperbole. The National Review did in fact publish a painfully self-unaware column declaring Mittens the epitome of sexiness.) http://prospect.org/article/no-national-review-mitt-romney-not-sex-symbo...

R.I.P Phyllis Diller. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-st-critics-n... You can listen to a vintage interview of Ms. Diller by Terry Gross on the NPR program Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/21/159557879/fresh-air-remembers-comedian-phy...

That’s all for now. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Hi all. Hopefully you survived Riverboat Days in fine form and are ready for a few Monday links. There's some news and politics, a Theology Corner, homage to our land grant universities, and a celebration of Julia Child. Something for everyone!

How did glibly anti-government Paul Ryan get his millions? Decades of government road construction contracts awarded to his family, that’s how. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/08/paul-ryans-family-is-rich-because... (We won’t mention the Social Security survivor benefits he received as a teenager, which he now wants to take away from other people. That would be rude.) Charlie Pierce adds more here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-family-wealth-11644997 Charlie also has a withering take-down of the sloppy tongue-bath the NY Times gave Ryan: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-new-york-times-profile-1... Seriously, does everyone in the media long for Paul Ryan to ask them to the Beltway Prom?

Jan Frel at Alternet lists ten things everyone should know about Paul Ryan’s idol, the repellent sociopath Ayn Rand: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-ryans-biggest-influence-1...

What’s in Paul Ryan’s so-called “plan”? Paul Krugman crunches the numbers (which is more than Ryan and Romney have done). http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/whats-in-the-ryan-plan/

Inside the Beltway, the comfortable Villagers are still eager to cut Social Security. This time, it’s the Washington Post trying to starve granny. http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/washington-post-strik...

Once again, voter fraud doesn’t exist. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-report-on-banana-republic-of-am... If only we had some sort of free press to report that fact. (As a related note, be sure to check Digby’s site daily for excellent commentary and links to other news items.)

Paid sick leave is good for everyone. If a food service worker has a cold, or someone at your office has the flu, do you really want them coming to work and spreading it around? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/giving-some-paid-sick-days-to-wor...

A major financial firm “misplaces” a billion dollars, but there’s not going to be any prosecution. You know how it is, when you accidentally misplace billions of dollars on a regular basis like Wall Street does. I’m sure if any of us embezzled—I mean “misplaced”—even a fraction of that amount, the authorities would let us off the hook too, right? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/08/oopsy.html Charlie Pierce raises the outrage to near operatic levels here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mf-global-charges-11744914

Theology Corner: Here's a link to a New Yorker magazine review of new books about Mormonism. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2012/08/13/120813crat_atla...

Charlie Pierce pays tribute to the political commonwealth we live in, and specifically to the Morrill Act, which created our system of land-grant colleges, on its 150th anniversary. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/morrill-symposium-11778233

Finally, August 15 was the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birthday. Check out a little remembrance, including an autotuned remix of her (similar to the Mister Rogers one PBS did earlier): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2012/08/remembering-julia-child.htm...

That’s all for now. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

Monday's DL Links

Hi all,

Hi all. Monday is here again, and we’ve got a few links for you to peruse as you deck the halls for Riverboat Days.

Politifact: “The most useless website in the known universe.” http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/08/keep-chuckin-those-facts-4

Poor Mittens. We know how he feels. http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/8/2/20523/87732 Charlie Pierce has another take on it: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/harry-reid-tax-returns-11446038

Texas executes a mentally retarded man, using John Steinbeck’s fiction as the “clinical” basis for why it’s allowed to do so. http://www.salon.com/2012/08/08/steinbecks_leave_lennie_alone/

Voting rights for me, but not for thee: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/voting-rights-for-me-but-not-for-... More on the voting shenanigans in Ohio (which are occurring elsewhere too, but are the most revolting in Ohio): http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-ongoing-assault-on-voting-rig... I wonder if Scalia and The Supremes will do another triple-reverse this-time-only Bush v. Gore to uphold democracy here?

As you’ve probably heard, Willard Romney picked Ayn Rand fanboy Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential nominee. The Village swooned about how wonderful it was… until they realized Ryan’s plan to kill Medicare isn’t actually popular with people. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/12/1119510/-PANIC-MSM-Romney-is-in... Still, Romney finally has a running mate. Vulture/Voucher 2012!

That’s all for now. Enjoy the nicer weather, and come join us 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,

Hi all. Monday is here again, the weather has been nicer, and we’ve got quite a few links. Hopefully you’ll find one or two among them that interest you.

A step forward for equal rights: Marriage Equality has been added to the Democratic Party platform. http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/democratic-platform-marriage-e...

People who hate the government safety net are angry at and terrified by the idea that Luck may play a significant role in everyone’s life—even theirs. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/if-it-werent-for-bad-luck-theres-...

Digby notes that the delicate hothouse orchid that we know as the Jaaahb Creeatur is actually just a garden-variety greedhead who, like a bratty toddler, wants everything all for himself. Job-creatin’ isn’t even remotely an issue. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/they-just-want-it-all.html

When blaming the poor gets boring, start blaming the cripples: The Washington Post’s latest contribution to political commentary. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/07/blaming-poors-gets-old-after-awhile.... Charlie Pierce adds his eviscerating two cents’ worth: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/charles-lane-social-security-11215...

The British love their national healthcare system, and are appalled at the ramshackle American “system” of healthcare. Rush Limbaugh is sputtering with rage that the Brits have that opinion. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/big-bad-rush-is-frightened-too.ht...

Chik-fil-A is a seriously weird company. Is it a corporation or a right-wing church? Or an odd mixture of both? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/jesus-favorite-chicken-sandwich.h... On that topic, this comment wins the internets for the day: “Had there been a Fox News back in 1960, I'm sure there would have been a Woolworth's Lunch-counter Appreciation Day, too.” http://www.first-draft.com/2012/08/summing-it-up.html

Sandra Day O’Connor looks at her radical Republican party and haz a sad. But of course she doesn’t take any responsibility for the dangerous right-wing avalanche she helped start. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/sandra-day-oconnor-haz-sad.html TPM (and their commenters) weigh in as well: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/sandra-day-oconnor-john-rober...

Charlie Pierce discusses how the Post Office is in trouble because of concerted right-wing attempts to destroy it. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/post-office-default-11215023

More people are demanding locally-grown produce. That helps the local economy, saves unnecessary transportation costs, and gives people fresher food. http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/locally-grown-trend-rising/?id=13...

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/30/1114189/-What-we-really-need?de...

That’s all for now. Come join us 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,

Hi all. Monday is here again, and — if you’re interested — here are a few links for your perusal.

Blogger Hecate has a thoughtful post about what’s missing from our national (non-)discussion about gun violence. http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/what-i-learned-in-law-scho...

David Atkins discusses the contradictions in our discussions of the 2nd Amendment. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-right-to-bear-firearms-by.htm...

Digby has some good analysis of misogynistic comments from a Wall Street Journal writer about the Colorado shootings: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-misogynists-analyst.html

Digby also writes about “ungrateful conservatives”: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/ungrateful-conservatives.html

Part of the reason for economic recessions and sluggish economies worldwide is that robber barons—especially ones from developing countries—are hoarding trillions of dollars in secret offshore tax havens. Instead of that money circulating in the economy and producing value, it’s just sitting there. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-financial-elite-is-lawless.ht...

For those who think the deficit is the most important thing ever, the Congressional Budget Office confirms that ObamaCare does, in fact, cut the deficit. (Will dead-end conservatives continue screeching about it anyway? Probably.) http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/25/12947096-cbo-obamacare-...

Willard Romney goes to England to show everyone what an incredible statesman he is, and instead performs the political equivalent of stepping on a rake. “Another British source that said, after meeting Romney, that he's ‘devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity.’” Then there’s his constant stream of gaffes... http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/romney-london-olympics-gaffes....

On the Majority Report, Sam Seder discusses Peter Orszag’s inane plan to privatize the Postal Service, destroy mail service to rural areas, and shovel money to private corporations. http://youtu.be/Mq71JRkVOPo One wonders if Orszag is that colossally stupid, or if he’s just looking to shovel money to his corporate buddies. Unfortunately, he was formerly President Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The Washington Post gives up. Reporting the truth is hard, so why bother? http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/07/26/the-washington-post-gives-up/187...

As always, read your Krugman. In this column he explains why the obsession with the deficit is asinine, when we should actually be focused on jobs and growth. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/27/opinion/money-for-nothing.html?hp

The American media is confused by the British people's love of their national healthcare system. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/american-media-stunned-by-love-of...

That’s all for now. Stay out of the heat, and come join us 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,

It’s another hot Monday, but here are a few links for you to scan if you’re interested, hopefully in air-conditioned comfort.

As always, read your Krugman. In the following links he covers the unable-to-be-parodied Romney fundraiser, and explains tax policy. What more could you want? http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/classy/ http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/what-you-add-is-what-you-get...

Mr. Krugman adds more in-depth thoughts about the super-rich here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/opinion/krugman-whos-very-important.ht...

Charlie Pierce revisits the Morrill Act, which established our nation’s system of land grant colleges. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/morrill-act-of-1862-10520324

Digby discusses ethical norms versus what’s technically legal when it comes to taxes and tax avoidance: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/more-norm-busting-huckleberry-gra...

President Obama extends health care insurance to federal firefighters—you know, the people risking their lives to fight wildfires in the west. Previously, many of them had no health insurance. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/11/12679740-obama-to-exten...

Romney says NAACP members “want free stuff.” Why the clumsy racist dogwhistle? Just use the Reagan standard “welfare queens” and “strapping young bucks eating T-bone steaks with their welfare checks” already. If he’s going to pander to his racist base, he should at least have the guts to do it brazenly. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/12/12700434-romney-naacp-m... Digby has more about it here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/are-you-sure-you-want-to-talk-abo...

Yet more Krugman, this time discussing the Obama campaign making Bain an issue. A key quote about why this approach is effective: “voters are not policy wonks. They do not go to the Tax Policy Center website to check out distribution tables.” http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/no-bain-no-gain/

That’s all for now. Stay out of the heat, and come join us 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! We made it through the hottest days so far, and are scheduled for some balmy upper 80s and low 90s. While you’re beating the heat, here are a few links for your perusal. Hopefully you’ll find one or two to be of interest.

Mother Jones magazine presents “The Dog That Voted and Other Election Fraud Yarns.” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/voter-suppression-kevin-drum...

Alex Pareene asks why the fraudulent, incompetent bigwigs at the huge Wall Street banks haven’t been put in jail. If an ordinary person had done anything similar, they’d be in jail, not collecting a huge salary with bonuses and stock options. http://www.salon.com/2012/07/02/bankers_constantly_lying_defrauding_most...

How did the Supremes rule on the Affordable Care Act? According to a Pew survey, 45% of Americans either don’t know, or wrongly think the court struck it down. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/03/12547834-keeping-up-or-...

David Atkins passes along some quotes from the Founding Fathers that you probably haven’t heard very often: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/founding-fathers-quotes-you-proba...

A non-political topic: Rachel Maddow talks about battling clinical depression. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/rachel-maddow-depression-rollin... There’s also her excellent interview with Terry Gross from Fresh Air, where the subject also came up: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/27/148611615/rachel-maddow-the-fresh-air-inte...

RIP, Andy Griffith. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/03/12546495-andy-griffith-...

That’s all for now. Come join us Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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

—Chris

July 4th DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! It’s hot in advance of July 4, but we’ve got a handful of links here for your perusal with a tall, cool glass of iced tea or lemonade. Hopefully you’ll find one or two to be of interest.

Our employer-based health care system originated during WWII, when there were wage controls, and employers used insurance as a way to attract good workers. Things like Medicare were cobbled onto it after that to fill gaps. Obviously, if you were setting up a health care system from scratch, that’s not how you would do it. Rachel Maddow points out the role of the Affordable Care Act in solving the problem of America's terrible health care system, and talks with Dahlia Lithwick about the bigger picture of the Supreme Court upholding the ACA's individual mandate. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/48006553#48006553

Republicans support the Affordable Care Act—as long as Obama’s name isn’t on it. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/republicans-support-o...

Digby analyzes John Roberts’ vote on the Affordable Care Act: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/john-roberts-long-march.html

Charlie Pierce notes that the Affordable Care Act is going to change lives, especially for families dealing with Alzheimers. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obamacare-alzheimers-impact-101525...

A Republican lets the cat out of the bag about voter ID laws. Quelle surprise! It’s not about the sanctity of the vote and all the other misty-eyed malarkey they try to feed us; it’s about giving the GOP a political advantage. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/republican-lets-cat-out-of-bag-on... Think this is an exaggeration? Well, remember the 36% overcount in the recent Davison County elections? Remember the anti-fraud crusade the SDGOP went on to root out the problem? Yeah, me neither.

Here’s a list of all the things you’d need to believe in order to believe the fevered right-wing Fast & Furious conspiracy hyped by Fox “news”: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/issa_fast_and_furious_...

Whiskey Fire explores the great national questions of our lifetime: http://whiskeyfire.typepad.com/whiskey_fire/2012/06/great-national-quest...

Willard Romney’s campaign is apparently run by immature children: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12417365-its-not-a-race...

Steve Benen writes about the GOP’s affinity for loyalty oaths. I thought the only oath required to serve in Congress was an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12417902-the-gops-affin...

Regarding the sacred “original intent” of the Founding Fathers™, it turns out that they did think the government could require you to purchase certain things, such as a firearm and ammunition (George Washington) and health care (Thomas Jefferson). I’m sure right-wingers simply overlooked this in their overheated screeching about ObamaCare. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12418537-dont-know-much...

Atrios has a comment about the general antipathy towards the humanities in higher education: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/06/can-someone-do-maths.html

Iowa’s governor Branstad makes it more difficult for felons who have served their time to regain the right to vote. In addition to other onerous burdens, they have to submit a credit report, which seems like a poll tax. Also, what’s with Iowa’s Republican secretary of state referring to voting as a “privilege,” not a right? Does he think due process is a privilege too? http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/27/12440115-voting-shouldn...

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” tackles health care reform! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8neIKHoFXuI/T_DkUdTGNQI/AAAAAAAAEyA/EftVNMVIW6...

That’s all for now. Have a happy 4th, and come join us 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! We’ve got a handful of links here for your perusal, and hopefully you’ll find one or two to be of interest.

As always, Cory at the Madville Times has been doing yeoman’s work covering the corruption and cronyism in Pierre. For example: http://madvilletimes.com/2012/06/daugaard-attacking-referenda-with-july-...

Jamelle Bouie writes about how the corporatization of the University of Virginia reflects the broad shift in our national values. http://prospect.org/article/corporatization-uva

David Atkins writes about why bipartisanship is dead: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/why-bipartisanship-is-dead-by.htm...

Do Democrats want to campaign, or do they just want a hug? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/democrats-just-want-hug.html

If congresscritter Darrell Issa (R-CA) is actually concerned about the “Fast & Furious” scandal hyped nonstop by Fox “news,” why hasn’t he subpoenaed any of the Bush II officials, under whom the program started? Also, whenever he gets up on his high horse, it should be remembered that Darrell Issa was once charged with car theft. Three times. So far. http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/rep-darell-issa-american-role-mod... Also here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/06/25/ISSA.TMP

Fun With Charts: Here’s an awesome chart showing how Americans think our wealth ought to be divided, along with how we think it’s divided… and how it’s actually divided. Basically, inequality is much worse than the average American thinks it is, and nowhere near as equal as we actually want it to be. (According to Fox “news,” does that mean that most Americans are Marxists?) http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/21/12345961-that-wealth-in...

If you didn't check out either of the Mister Rogers video links in last week's e-mail, you owe it to yourself to do so--especially if you need a pick-me up. The links available in last week's entry in the Yankton "blog" at LivingLiberally.org.

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

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

—Chris

Monday DL Links, including Mister Rogers

Hi all,

Happy Monday! I’ve assembled quite a few links here, so hopefully one or two will look interesting enough to click on. Be sure to check out the Mister Rogers ones at the end, if nothing else.

The Very Serious People are constantly calling for (other people’s) economic suffering in order to purify the economy and… something. Not sure what the end game is, but eventually if enough Other People suffer, the economy magically rebounds, I guess. http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/003624.html

Speaking of which, Wall Street wizard Jamie Dimon went to Capitol Hill, not to receive his well-deserved shellacking for helping wreck the economy, but to be venerated by the congresscritters: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/jamie-dimon-congress-testimony-967... Jon Stewart weighs in here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/jon-stewart-jp-morgan-jamie-d...

Guess which country is emerging best from the financial crisis? Not Ireland or Estonia or Greece or Spain, the poster children for glorious, cleansing Austerity. It’s actually Iceland, who made a point of not shoveling free money at the banksters who destroyed their economy. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/guess-whos-emerging-from-the... More here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/icelandic-example-by-davidoatkins...

Davison County ballot machines overcount by 36%. I'm sure the Republicans will get right on this instance of possible election fraud, because we know they’re sincerely concerned about such things. http://madvilletimes.com/2012/06/davison-county-ballot-machines-overcoun...

Charlie Pierce writes another masterful column demonstrating that the English Language should take out a restraining order against David Brooks. Brooksie’s latest drivel? Americans aren’t servile enough to their betters. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-follower-problem-colu... Atrios has a brief take on it as well: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/06/authoritah.html

Charlie also remembers Iran-Contra and the players involved, lest the past get puréed into a gauzy Hallmark Hall of Fame movie celebrating the participants. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/george-h-w-bush-iran-contra-961720...

David Atkins discusses why Pension Envy is okay, but “class warfare” isn’t. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/why-is-pension-envy-ok-but-class....

Digby’s chart o’ the day: Changes in income and net worth. While everybody else falls behind, one small group is making out like bandits. Guess which one? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/chart-o-day-lost-decade.html Brian Beutler has more about the drop in average household wealth here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/comparing-the-recent-huge-dro...

A helpful illustration of the amount of money that billionaires can spend to buy American elections: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/adelsons-mad-money.html

The latest from the Banana Republic of Michigan: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/13/12201902-video-15-secon... More of a different kind here: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/06/michigan-state-representative-... Also here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/14/499961/as-punishment-for-oppo...

Linguistic Corner: Because it came up last week, here is some information about the Romance language Romanian, which despite being in Eastern Europe is descended from Latin and is related to Italian, French, and Spanish. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_language#Classification Also, information about Icelandic “linguistic purism” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_language#Linguistic_purism

On the lighter side, The Rachel Maddow Show staff tries Scandinavian candy Lakrisal. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/14/12224351-i-dont-think-t...

Anyone who loved Mr. Rogers will enjoy the remixed “Garden of Your Mind” from PBS Digital Studios: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM As a bonus, here’s Fred Rogers accepting his lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys in 1997: http://youtu.be/Upm9LnuCBUM

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

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

—Chris