Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

DL Christmas Party!

Hi all,

Our Drinking Liberally Christmas Party is upon us! We will meet at the Copper Room at Ben’s Brewing Company at 7:00 Tuesday night for food, fun, and conversation--and, of course, door prizes. Come, bring your friends, and join us!

Now, here are some links to start your week.

Athenae says “it’s not that they’re lying; it’s that nobody cares.” Are all politics now tribal, and truth doesn’t matter? http://www.first-draft.com/2011/12/its-not-that-theyre-lying-its-that-no...

The media wants a list of demands from the Occupy movement? Okay, here’s one from Occupy Our Homes: Bank reform. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/12/06/1042771/-Occupy-Our-Homes-shows...

Digby: “Another day, another millionaire whiner.” http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/another-day-another-millionaire-w...

I, for one, welcome the new drone overlords of our glorious surveillance state! http://www.salon.com/2011/12/06/nprs_domestic_drone_commercial/singleton...

The Fox “news” business channel says the Muppets are brainwashing kids to be communist. Yikes! Better watch out, or Kermit and Fozzie will send you to the gulag! http://thinkprogress.org/media/2011/12/05/382182/fox-business-the-muppet...

Cory at the Madville Times shows us Ron Paul’s ad that borders on self-parody, followed by Conan O’Brien’s brilliant actual parody of it. http://madvilletimes.com/2011/12/ron-paul-kicks-out-the-ad-jams-conan-en...

Via Digby, Chris Hayes takes us to school about the foreclosure crisis: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/foreclosure-primer-chris-hayes-ta...

That’s all for now. Be sure to bring your friends and join us for the Drinking Liberally Christmas party this Tuesday night.

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

--Chris

DL Christmas Party, Monday Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

First, a reminder: Our Drinking Liberally Christmas Party will be at the Copper Room at Ben’s Brewing Company at 7:00 on Tuesday, December 13. There will be door prizes, food, and lots of good conversation. We’ll have potluck food and treats, so if you have a favorite food that you’d like to share, please bring it. Also, if you have a liberal friend who hasn’t joined us before, but would have a good time, bring them too. The more the merrier!

And now, here are some links to start your week.

Kevin Drum is furious that not only did the 1% ruin our economy, they made out like bandits, and then rubbed the rest of our noses in it. http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/11/how-2008-radicalized-us-all

Charlie Pierce has an excellent article about the NBA lockout, and how it isn’t about economics; it’s about a desire to break workers and unions. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7290143/it-just-money

Illegally foreclosing on active-duty soldiers is, obviously, against the law. Shouldn’t someone be going to prison for it, then? Or is prison just for the little people, not the banksters? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/supporting-troops-by-david-atkins...

Amanda Marcotte: “The GOP wants to take your money and give it to rich people, full stop.” http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/the_gop_wants_to_take_your_m...

More whining from the fabulously entitled 1%: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/1-whine-redolent-of-privilege-wit... It’s not enough that they sip champagne, eat caviar, and pee in golden toilets; our feudal lords demand that everyone give them the deference and adulation they deserve, too.

That’s all for now. Be sure to bring your friends and join us for the Drinking Liberally Christmas party on Tuesday, December 13! In the meantime, don’t forget to come join us for this week’s “regular” Drinking Liberally, too.

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

--Chris

DL Christmas party, weekly links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

First, an announcement: Our Drinking Liberally Christmas Party will be at the Copper Room at Ben’s Brewing Company at 7:00 on Tuesday, December 13. There will be door prizes, food, and lots of good conversation. We’ll have potluck food and treats, so if you have a favorite food that you’d like to share, please bring it. Also, if you have a liberal friend who hasn’t joined us before, but would have a good time, please bring them as well. The more the merrier!

And now, here are some links to start your week.

Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic catalogs, with video and pictures, incidents of police brutality at Occupy Wall Street protests. Quoting from her article: “When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.” Sieg heil, y’all. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/11/too-much-violence-an...

Digby examines the all too common use of “pain compliance” in our increasingly paramilitarized police. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/police-pain-and-peppers.html

Athenae tells the chancellor of UC Davis what she can do with her self-serving calls for “healing”: http://www.first-draft.com/2011/11/the-healing-process.html

Pepper spray is 1,000 times stronger than a raw jalapeno and can cause serious eye and respiratory damage. Rachel Maddow interviews Deborah Blum, writer at Scientific American and author of The Poisoner’s Handbook, to get the facts. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/45410896 More from Ms. Blum here: http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2011/11/20/about-pepper-spray/

Dredging up more awfulness from the toxic cesspool where her soul ought to be, Megyn Kelly of Fox “news” defends using chemical weapons against peaceful protesters. Because you see, pepper spray is a vegetable. So it’s harmless. And funny! Hahahahaha! http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/fox-news-on-uc-davis-pepper-s...

In a related note, here’s yet another study showing that watching Fox “news” actually makes you dumber than watching nothing at all. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/21/1038766/-New-public-study:-Watc...

Like pepper spray, tasers aren’t happy fun toys; they’re substitutes for lethal force, and they can kill. However, because they’re sanitized—the target doesn’t bleed—recreational tasering frequently occurs in situations where shooting would be completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, some people die from that tasering. (How rude of them to die like that! Don’t their nervous systems know it was “non-lethal” force?) http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-taserday.html

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) explains why no deal from the “Super Committee” was in fact the best deal possible. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/21/1038837/-Bernie-Sanders-explain...

Not content with fluffing Wall Street and ignoring rampant unemployment, Congress is fast-tracking internet censorship. At some point can we ask them to please, stop hurting us? Or won’t they be satisfied until the entire country is a grim dystopia run by Wall Street tycoons in their underground lairs? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/23/1039498/-Internet-censorship-bi...

We’re not just the 99%. Paul Krugman points out that we’re actually the 99.9%, while the economy is run for the benefit of our overlords in the top 0.1%. Welcome to Neo-Feudalism! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/999-by-david-atkins.html

Paul Krugman once again explains why austerity in a recession harms the economy. You cannot slash your way to prosperity or contract your way to expansion. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/death-by-hawkery/

Fun with maps! Cory at Madville Times directs us to an interactive map showing US population migration by county. http://madvilletimes.com/2011/11/forbes-map-shows-county-by-county-migra...

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” examines the “myth” of sexual harrassment. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/21/1037764/-The-myth-of-sexual-har...

That’s all for now. Remember to mark your calendars for the Drinking Liberally Christmas party on Tuesday, December 13. Bring your friends and come join us! In the meantime, don’t forget to come join us for this week’s Drinking Liberally, too.

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

--Chris

Monday DL links, discussion of Holiday Party

Hi all,

It’s Monday, and here are some links to start your week. There are quite a few, but hopefully if you sift through them, a few will be of interest.

The Booman Tribune reviews the latest emission from appalling hack David Brooks. As a Very Serious Person beloved by all the Villagers, there is literally nothing he can say, no matter how stupid or false, that will cause media outlets to properly shun him. http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/11/13/204517/11

Charlie Pierce: The Masters of the Universe strike again. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/banks-italy-debt-6564008

More from Charlie Pierce about the Washington Post’s torture-lovin’ op-ed writer. Just when you think couldn’t get any worse, the Potomac High School Tatler-Gazette continues to lower the bar. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/marc-theissen-waterboarding-656279...

Police in Seattle indiscriminately pepper-spray Occupy Wall Street protesters. Among them, a pregnant woman and an 84-year-old woman. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/dorli-rainey-pepper-spray-occup... More here: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2011/11/17/84-year-old-woman-tells-her-...

In Davis, California, a campus policeman pepper-sprays peaceful, seated protesters in the face, as nonchalantly as if he’s spraying his geraniums. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/disgusting-and-inexcusable-by-dav...

The First Amendment right to freedom of assembly is so quaint and outdated. If anybody inconveniences our wealthy overlords, they must be attacked and dispersed using military devices. And hey, if protesters—let alone innocent bystanders—are injured in the process, well, that’s just bad luck. Paramilitary force against civilians is what democracy is all about! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/ear-splitting-pain-compliance-dev...

The “Too Big To Fail” banks have stopped lending to small businesses. Remind me why they exist again? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/17/1037491/-Big-Banks-have-abandon...

Eric Alterman writes about how the billionaire media moguls poison the news coverage against Occupy Wall Street protesters: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/11/ta_111711.html

There are currently about 1.1 million fewer households in the US than there should be, according to demographics. Why? Because young people can’t afford to live on their own. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/business/economy/as-graduates-move-bac...

Voting rights are still under attack by state-level Republicans to ensure that close elections go their way. The latest in Wisconsin: You can use a college ID as your newly-required voter ID, but if you attend a technical school, your ID doesn’t count. In other words, tech school students are second-class citizens. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/45332392#45332392

Paul Krugman explains why it’s a good thing if the congressional SuperWanker Committee fails. (Okay, he doesn’t refer to them that way; that’s Atrios who does. However, the term is appropriate.) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/opinion/krugman-failure-is-good.html?_...

“Older, Suburban, and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census”: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/19/us/census-measures-those-not-quite-in-...

Finally, on a different note, we’re thinking of dates for our annual Drinking Liberally Holiday Party. The date currently is set for Tuesday, December 13, at our regular meeting time at Ben’s. If you have other suggestions, be sure to come and discuss at this week’s 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 Monday, and here are some links to start your week.

Mark Andersen at Daily Kos writes of the return of the Robber Barons. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/13/1031323/-Return-of-the-robber-b...

David Atkins and Matt Taibbi discuss the broader, more obvious, and yet harder-to-see meaning of the Occupy Wall Street movement: People are sick and tired of the negative direction in which the country has drifted over the past few decades. I’m not talking about petty social or political differences; I’m talking about a lack of vision, a lack of civic purpose, and an empty, deadening culture of greed, selfishness, commercialism, and fear. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/embracing-slow-path-to-undefined....

Rightwing bloggers chortle at the violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/11/rightbloggers_d_9.php

Amanda Marcotte takes the Atlantic magazine's shallow, vapid glibertarian blogger Meghan McArdle to the woodshed: http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/the_staffing_concerns_of_the_playgrou...

For those who would like some good quotes about the importance of education from great Americans of yore, I refer you to Charlie Pierce’s blog at Esquire.com: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/ron-paul-elizabeth-warren-socialis...

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

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

--Chris

Early DL Links

Hi all,

Here are the DL links a little earlier than usual. There are quite a few, but hopefully if you sift through them, a few will be of interest.

Two entries at Digby’s blog discuss how the elite Villagers at the Washington Post remain devoted to slashing Social Security: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/concerned-villagers-by-david-atki... also here http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/when-journalism-goes-bad-somethin...

A study shows that the 1% achieve their vast wealth not by hard work and innate superiority, but rather by chance. http://www.startribune.com/opinion/132819963.html And yet this is how they act: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/assholes-and-proud-of-it_05.html

It’s always enjoyable whenever anyone takes effete, pompous blowhard George Will to task. Every one of his insufferable columns is like a fussy, elaborate doily spun out of ground-up thesaurus pulp. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/george-will-mitt-romney-6535781

The wingnut welfare machine that provides comfy incomes to flamethrowers and nincompoops on Fox “news” and in conservative blogs and magazines, isn’t limited to the USA. Part of the machine in the United Kingdom is related to ALEC, the right-wing think tank that writes legislation for conservative state legislatures to pass when they are told to do so. As in other states, last session the ruling party in Pierre dutifully and obediently did their out-of-state masters’ bidding. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/liam-fox-6536076

Matt Taibbi says Wall Street isn’t winning; it’s cheating. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/owss-beef-wall-stree...

Humor Corner! As discussed at last week’s Drinking Liberally: the Monty Python “Philosopher’s Soccer Match” sketch. http://youtu.be/ur5fGSBsfq8 “…and Marx is claiming he was offside.”

While unemployment hovers at 9% and inequality and injustice are rampant, what is the Republican-controlled House of Representatives busy doing? Wasting time honoring White Castle. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/white-castle-birthd...

Keeping it simple: A graph shows what it would look like if US land were divided like US wealth. http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/27/354837/land-distribution-ame...

Condi Rice: Incompetent as National Security Advisor, incompetent at US history. But I understand she’s a darned fine pianist and ice skater. So there’s that. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/condi-rice-letterman-pearl-harbor-...

Matt Taibbi writes about New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/mike-bloombergs-mari...

The Washington Post ombudsman doubles down on the WaPo’s untrue, misleading hit piece against Social Security. Garbage like this in the elite Beltway echo chamber helps explain why Washington makes such horrible public policy. http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/wapo-ombudsman-defend... More here from Digby about how the WaPo is harming democracy: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/goldilocks-gets-bad-case-of-salmo...

That’s it for now. Come out and join us this week 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 Halloween everyone! Here are some links to start your week.

Glenn Greenwald writes about How Ford's treatment of Nixon launched a new era of elite immunity -- and pervasive, limitless corruption. http://www.salon.com/2011/10/25/book_excerpt_with_liberty_and_justice_fo...

Katrina vanden Heuvel writes about the right wing’s war against science and reason. Repeal the 20th century! Maybe the 18th and 19th centuries too! http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-republicans-war-on-science-an...

Once again, Paul Ryan (R-WI) is wrong about economics. The USA has less upward mobility than many other industrialized nations. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/chart-of-the-day-paul-ryan-wr... Good news, though: We’re still a microscopic amount better in this area than the extremely class-conscious United Kingdom. We’re negligibly better than a country that still has a House of Lords! Hooray!

Charlie Pierce also takes the esteemed Mr. Ryan to task here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/paul-ryan-heritage-foundation-spee... Mr. Pierce further notes that we all are the 99%. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/income-inequality-statistics-65305...

The Rude Pundit writes very non-rudely about the Occupy Movement and the unruly reclamation of public spaces. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2011/10/occupy-movement-and-unruly-reclam...

Brian Beutler at TPM finds that rarest of species: The Republican Keynesian. The so-called “deficit hawks” are suddenly in favor of spending money to create jobs when it involves programs they like. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/republicans-cry-uncle-on-spen...

Paul Krugman discusses the different economic policies in the European Union and Iceland, and which are working out better. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/opinion/krugman-the-path-not-taken.htm...

Paul Wolfowitz, the Bush administration official best known for being spectacularly wrong about Iraq, Afghanistan, and virtually anything he offered an opinion on, now has some Very Serious Thoughts about what we should do in Afghanistan. Rachel Maddow offers a response. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/29/8536971-the-10-years-of...

The top 1% are keepin’ it klassy. A major New York foreclosure law firm threw a homeless-themed Halloween party. It’s not enough that they live opulently while most Americans struggle; they have to mock them as well. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/top_ny_foreclosure_law... Digby chimes in: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/dark-side.html

With the Occupy protests outside St. Paul’s Cathedral, the BBC asks whether the church is inside or outside the establishment: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15497618

That’s it for now. Come out and join us this week 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 Monday, and here are some links to start your week. There are quite a few, but hopefully if you sift through them, a few will be of interest.

Digby notes the common practice of dehumanizing protesters as a way of deligitimizing them: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/movement-jokes.html

From his palace at Versailles, David Brooks languidly stirs himself to squeeze out another column about how people less fantastically wealthy than he is are morally inferior as well. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-great-restoration-651...

Rachel Maddow explains the three pillars of the American retirement system, and how Social Security is the only one left standing. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/44968952#44968952

The Rude Pundit advises NPR to quite bowing and scraping to the right-winger. (As always with The Rude One, beware the rude words contained within his post if such things offend you.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2011/10/few-bits-of-advice-for-national-p...

Forced-childbirth advocates and other people who think women’s reproductive rights are icky support legislation that actually bans contraception. Some, like Mitt Romney, truly don’t seem to understand how contraception works. For those people, we point you to the Rachel Maddow Show “Man Cave’s Not-Too-Upsetting Guide To Down-There Parts”: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/20/8420876-the-man-cave-gu...

Humor Corner: Need help translating right-wing talking points into English? Let the Redstatetta Stone language translator help you! http://soundcloud.com/mike-in-raleigh/redstatetta-stone

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” features the superhero “Invisible Hand of the Free Market Man” vs. the 99 Percenters. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/17/1026563/-Who-can-save-the-perse...

That’s it for now. Come out and join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

--Chris

DL links

Hi all,

It’s Monday, and here are some links to start your week. There are quite a few, but hopefully if you sift through them, a few will be of interest.

Next time someone glibly says that the government doesn’t do anything? Here’s your answer. http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/12/8286210-next-time-someo...

Roy at Alicublog chronicles the conservative National Journal’s minimizing of hunger and hatred of Sesame Street: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2011_10_01_archive.html#142768948131411711... I’ll leave the response to Dickens, who said it best: “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Paul Krugman on the panic of the plutocrats: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/panic-of-the-plutocrats.html?_... More good Krugman here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/opinion/rabbit-hole-economics.html?_r=...

Digby has a great observation about the Occupy Wall Street 99 Percenters: Their agenda isn’t that of a working class; it’s one of the oppressed peasantry. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/perennial-revolutionary-programme...

Eric Alterman discusses the Era of the 1%: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/10/ta100611.html

No matter how much they pretend to be like regular people, the One Percenters simply don’t understand how the 99% of us live. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/13/1025278/-Herman-Cains-health-ca...

Conservatives are trying to copy the “We Are The 99%” movement with their own incoherent, sad little “We Are the 53%” whine. Epic FAIL. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2011/10/theres-only-one-way-to-make-...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo lays bare the raw narcissism of Wall Street tycoons: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/poor-widdle-babies-by-david-atkin...

More reminders of why the sweetest words in the English language are “David Brooks is off today.” http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/david-brooks-occupy-wall-street-65... http://www.eschatonblog.com/2011/10/first-up-against-wall.html I would have linked to the Rude Pundit’s dismantling of David brooks on 10/11, but it seemed a trifle too rude for our little family-friendly e-mail chain. You can search for it on your own, if you’re inclined. 

Congressional Republicans vote to let emergency rooms deny health care to pregnant women who are miscarrying. Go hemorrhage to death somewhere else! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/44898502#44898502 Atrios puts it succinctly: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2011/10/purpose.html

Like clockwork, an elite pundit leaves the sheltered confines of his news magazine, goes in search of Real Americans™, and discovers that they miraculously happen to think exactly like him and his affluent, centrist buddies. Tom Friedman must have swooned with delight when reading Joe Klein’s latest “contribution” to the craft of journalism. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/joe-klein-silent-majority-6514612

In “Three Strikes Against Wall Street,” Mark Sumner discusses how markets should actually function—as a tool of the government and the people, not as their master. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/16/1026834/-Three-strikes-against-...

Humor Corner: When trying to reason with conservatives, one often has to dodge a flurry of non-sequiturs and other logical errors. For your defense, I give you the funny site “Your Argument Is Invalid”: http://yourargumentisinvalid.tumblr.com/

That’s it for now. Come out and join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

--Chris

Monday links

Hi all,

It’s Monday, and here are some links to start your week. Hopefully a few will be of interest to you.

Paul Krugman comments on the Occupy Wall Street protests: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/unsavvy-people/

The Rude Pundit also has some thoughts about the “message” of Occupy Wall Street: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2011/10/inarticulate-articulation-of-why-...

Tbogg reposts a letter from one of the Wall Street elite to remind us of the kind of people they are, and what they think of the other 99% of us: http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2011/10/04/do-you-know-your-enemy/

Atrios has a good observation about “Team Galt,” which runs our country: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2011/10/they-actually-have-no-idea-what-they...

Charles Pierce discusses Tom “Moustache of Understanding” Friedman and the mythical, self-satisfied political center. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/thomas-friedman-that-used-to-be-us...

The conservative assault on voting rights results in a 96 year old woman being denied the photo ID she needs to vote. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/10/06/another-proud-day-for-conservati... Much more here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/44825193#44825193

Glen Greenwald documents another example of our dysfunctional—if not broken—Fourth Estate. http://politics.salon.com/2011/10/05/erin_burnett_voice_of_the_people/si...

Since most of our teevee news is essentially vapid infotainment or conservative propaganda, consider checking out the early morning and late night BBC World News weedays on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. It’s the closest thing to real news we’re allowed to have here in America. http://sdpb.org/tv/

The story of how, during WWII, Danish scientists dissolved gold Nobel medals to hide them from the Nazis: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/10/03/140815154/dissolve-my-nobel...

After effete political hack George Will snottily attacks Elizabeth Warren in his Washington Post column, Charlie Pierce takes it upon himself to give Will the rhetorical wedgie and swirlie he so richly deserves: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/george-will-on-elizabeth-warren-65... (In addition to being an insufferable pedant who wields his thesaurus like a club, one can’t help but notice that Will is a truly awful writer—and yet the WaPo pays him for his turgid scribblings.)

That’s it for now. Come out and join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

--Chris