Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

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

Charlie Pierce approached the topics of a Free Press and "civility" in his article about the ridiculous White House Correspondents Dinner. Read it for the quote from William Lloyd Garrison alone. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20100406/michelle-wolf-s...

Charlie also brings us up to speed on ICE, which is now detaining US citizens: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20116355/ice-detain-amer...

Amanda Marcotte joins the Majority Report podcast to discuss how the right became "Trump-worshipping monsters." It's an interesting look at the (d)evolution of our politics in roughly the past 40 years. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/05/02/amanda-marcotte-troll-nation-...

Ryan Cooper argues that it's time to normalize Karl Marx as a philosopher and economist. In other words, he should be studied and treated equally with other thinkers who were right about some things, wrong about others, and enormously influential. http://theweek.com/articles/770718/time-normalize-karl-marx

Culture Corner: Respectable Lawyer tweets a thread discussing the artistic evolution of Afghan "war rugs." https://twitter.com/RespectableLaw/status/992125693365452805

Humor Corner: Drew Magary argues that TV shows are too long now. https://www.gq.com/story/tv-shows-are-too-long-now

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

May Day DL Links

Hi all,

May is here! Happy May Day! We've got some links for you to peruse, of which hopefully a few will be of interest.

The history of May Day in its various forms: https://www.history.com/topics/history-of-may-day

Looking for good podcasts with interesting guests and topics you won't find anywhere else? Check out the Majority Report with Sam Seder. For a couple recent examples:

Terence Keel joins Sam to discuss the social factors underlying the continued interest in race science — and the history of bad science around race. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/04/25/terence-keel-divine-variation...

Daniel Marans of The Huffington Post joins Sam to discuss Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's proposed Postal Banking Act and how it would hurt predatory lenders. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/04/26/4-26-postal-banking-and-az-sp...

Sports & Culture Corner: Drew Magary argues that "NFL owners are hopelessly damaged human beings." https://www.gq.com/story/nfl-owners-players-meeting

If anyone wants to find old Garrison Keillor episodes of the Writer's Almanac, there are links available here: http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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 one or two will be of interest.

Charlie Pierce brings us a history lesson about an existing part of the Louisiana justice system that, to quote Mr. Pierce, is a monument to white supremacy: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19829027/louisiana-jury-...

Dakota Free Press recaps Marty Jackley's less than auspicious arguments before the Supreme Court regarding taxing online sales. There's a surprisingly good discussion int he comments, too. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/04/18/jackley-gets-tough-reception-from-...

Cory also notices Kris Kobach getting no jail time for being held in contempt of court after robbing people of their right to vote, and compares this with the treatment other less white, less well-connected people receive. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/04/19/judge-slaps-kobach-with-contempt-o...

Alex Pareene bids farewell to Paul Ryan and excoriates the elite journalists who enabled the empty-suited fraud to ascend to the House Speakership. https://splinternews.com/if-we-had-a-liberal-media-we-wouldnt-have-had-a...

What's next for Puerto Rico, where they still don't have power after Hurricane Maria? Why, more austerity of course! No matter how sick or injured the patient is, the cure is always more bloodletting. https://www.apnews.com/c6c46952335e45839bcce31f2109e21c?utm_campaign=Soc...

Humor Corner: Drew Magary presents the field guide to bad conservative hair. https://www.gq.com/story/bad-conservative-hair-field-guide

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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, of which hopefully a few will be of interest.

*One last reminder that our Drinking Liberally meeting hours have been modified to 7–8pm. You can still stay as long as they want, but be sure to come during those hours to see the most people. (Especially in the summer—which will arrive eventually, people assure me!—when more of us will have other activities too.)

I hesitate to say that any podcast is a "must-listen," but Sam Seder's interview with professor Julie Wilson comes close, at least if you're interested in the increasing isolation, financial anxiety, and social anxiety of the modern world—think "Bowling Alone" with an increasingly ferocious capitalism bolstered by the power of the state. Professor Wilson teaches Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and joins Sam to discuss her new textbook "Neoliberalism." The podcast is here: https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/04/06/4-6-neoliberalism-a-textbook-...

Profiles in Ethics: Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) defends Trump's EPA chair Pruitt by saying that people are just "nit-picking" things about the poor man. Like his $3 million security detail that depleted the agency's budget. Or his bizarre bulletproof door and desk for his office. Or his charter flights at public expense. Or . . . you get the idea. For some reason, Rounds doesn't have a problem with that kind of unethical behavior, and thinks it's ridiculous that the common riff-raff find it unacceptable. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/04/08/determined-to-defend-pruitt-rounds...

Speaking of ethics, courage, and other excellent character traits, Atrios notes that pundits have a very strange definition of "courage" that they apply to politicians. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/04/be-courageous-congressman.html

Atrios notes that some of the flaws inherent in Obamacare only existed because of the vain, technocratic mindset among the Very Serious People who designed the program. Ridiculously complex Rube Goldberg mechanisms are always inherently better because the complexity shows how smart the Very Serious People are. . . until something unexpected happens and it all falls apart. (There is a link within to a quoted article from TheWeek.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/04/the-smartest-boys-in-room.html

Charlie Pierce has some pertinent questions for the #NeverTrump conservatives we are now supposed to respect for their principled stands: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19808876/never-trumpers-...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory asks "if it's good to be the king, why don't we hear him laughing?" http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/04/13/if-its-good-to-be-king-why-dont-we...

Comedy Corner: On the subject of laughter, we offer Monty Python's "Funniest Joke in the World" sketch. https://youtu.be/WwbnvkMRPKM

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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, of which hopefully a few will be of interest.

*A reminder that our Drinking Liberally meeting hours have been modified to 7–8pm. You can still stay as long as they want, but be sure to come during those hours to see the most people. (Especially in the summer—which will arrive eventually, people assure me!—when more of us will have other activities too.)

Scott Pruitt, oil industry mole running the EPA, has racked up a $3 million bill for his insane security detail, including things like a bulletproof desk in his office. People trying to put the brakes on his profligacy were demoted or reassigned. Conservative fiscal prudence at its finest! https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pruitt-spent-millions-travel-security

At a meeting with constituents in South Carolina, a representative brandishes a loaded gun to prove that it is safe. (Of course, had anyone been shot during his 2nd Amendment cosplay, it would have been described as an "accidental" shooting, not "negligent.") https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/rep-pulls-a-loaded-gun-at-constitue...

As Atrios notes, we can't put together a recovery plan for Puerto Rico, which is part of the USA and close to the mainland, but we're supposedly going to stabilize Syria? Will this be like the stunning successes of Regime Change and Nation Building that we accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/04/we-cant-even-put-together-recovery-p...

Sports Corner: Want to prove your team is better than Villanova in basketball or Alabama in football? Check out the site My Team Is Better Than Your Team and explore the amazing, illogical, transitive property of who-beat-who. http://www.myteamisbetterthanyourteam.com/

Culture Corner: At the New Yorker, Molly Ringwald revisits The Breakfast Club in the age of #MeToo. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/what-about-the-breakf...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

DL Cancelled 4/3/18

Hi All,

Mother Nature is at it again. Given how much snow we have, and that it's supposed to keep snowing today, the streets and roads are going to be an absolute mess until the plows have cleared them—not to mention parking downtown.

For that reason, our official Drinking Liberally gathering tonight is cancelled. We'll resume next week. Meanwhile, if you are a die-hard who was planning on going to Ben's tonight, don't let our cancellation stop you. Ben will still be open, and you can go have a great time. We just won't meet "officially," so nobody has to feel pressure to be out on the messy, unplowed roads.

See you next week!

Chris

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. But first, a housekeeping note about our meeting hours. In anticipation of spring and summer weather when more people will want to be outdoors – we trust it will arrive eventually! – we're modifying our Drinking Liberally meeting hours to be from 7–8pm, rather than 7–9. People can always stay as long as they want, but we want to try condensing our "official" hours, so that people don't show up after 8:00 to find out that several (or most) people have already moved on. So, to be sure to chat with the most people come from 7 to 8.

That said, here are some links for your reading pleasure.

At the Village Voice, Roy gives his weekly rundown of what people are saying in the right-wing world of anger and hysteria. This week, their incoherent rage is focused on the survivors of school shootings (no, really!). https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/03/26/march-for-our-lives-treads-on-co...

Charlie Pierce offers some opinions about the students' protests as well: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19601237/parkland-kids-m...

Digby finds the reason so many conservative "Christians" love them some Trump, despite his, er, seemingly unChristian conduct. The subset of Christian Nationalists for whom the most important issue is keeping America a "Christian nation." In other words, it's the nationalism. That's always been the core of MAGA, hasn't it? In this case it's Christian Nationalism, with the Christianity not so much a core belief, but rather worn as a cultural signifier, like a jaunty hat. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/its-nationalism-stupid.html

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory finds that no state that has done it regrets expanding Medicaid: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/no-state-regrets-medicaid-expansio...

Cory also poses an interesting question for conservatives hyperventilating about "voter fraud": Isn't South Dakota a sanctuary state for vehicle registration cheaters? And how about all those nomad RV owners who register their "permanent address" in Hanson County? http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/south-dakota-sanctuary-state-for-v...

Perhaps most importantly, Cory sounds the alarm on Mark Mickleson's effort to roll back democracy, the bill to kill grassroots initiative and referendum in South Dakota: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/hb-1196-the-end-of-grassroots-init...

As always, for your dose of wit while monitoring the right-wing fever swamps, be sure to check out Roy's place, Alicublog. For example: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/03/how-dare-you-philistines-object-to...

Keep abreast of our intrepid Well-Regulated Militia by following the WellRegulatedMilitia twitter account: https://twitter.com/Well_Regulated_

When the Onion gets it right, they get it right. https://instagram.com/p/Bg9K8LKBlV0/

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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.

Charlie Pierce reminds us that 15 years after the Iraq invasion, nobody has been held accountable for the debacle: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19547603/iraq-15-years-g...

With the Cambridge Analytica story, Mr. Pierce reminds us that there is a very long, very sordid, very illegal history of "ratfking" in the modern Republican party: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19485380/cambridge-analy...

Political Advisor Luke Thompson joins the Majority Report to discuss whether Cambridge Analytica is "bunk" – i.e., whether they could actually deliver what they claimed. Thompson also provides some informed background information about the whole scandal. It's worth listening to, especially in light of the wild, hair-raising claims that Cambridge Analytica allowed the Trump campaign to manipulate human behavior. Thompson begs to differ. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/03/22/luke-thompson-is-cambridge-an...

Robert Wright gives the sage advice to never trust "Woke Bill Kristol," even though he appears to be on the right side now. Trusting neocons is a suckers game. https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/12/11/16759130/truce-left-right-re...

Atrios notes that "free trade" often has little to do with "free trade," and more to do with corporations getting rid of pesky regulations they don't like: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/not-about-free-trade.html Also, some commentary about trade wars: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/trade-wars.html

One problem with self-driving cars, even if they work "perfectly": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/succinctly-put.html

At The Week, Ryan Cooper writes about how Democrats could win in a landslide and "fix America." http://theweek.com/articles/760739/how-democrats-wipe-gop-fix-america

Culture Corner: A student sings the national anthem in Lakota. https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/03/19/student-represents-voi...

Health Corner: Could plain old walking improve your health? https://www.alternet.org/books/could-walking-be-solution-your-creativity...

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 and Spring Poem Links

Hi all,

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

Atrios has some thoughts about the Lamb congressional victory in Pennsylvania, the subsequent spin, and the often inept branding of Team D: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/lamb-is-victory-for-wypipo-labor.htm...

Liz Cheney emerges from her lair and reminds us of what things were like during the Good Old Days of the Dubya administration (h/t Atrios). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/k-tel-best-of-2003.html

At TPM, Josh discusses the danger of The Leader's compromised relationship with Russia, and how that affects our government and international relations: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumps-dangerous-allegiance-threate...

Things are bad, and David Frum is making them worse: https://theoutline.com/post/2079/things-are-bad-and-david-frum-makes-the... Time to stop giving participation trophies to people who have been horribly wrong for years, even decades, just because they're "right" now. Maybe listen to the voices of people who were actually correct back when it would've mattered.

Travel & Science Corner: The Scottish cliff that changed our understanding of geological time. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180312-how-siccar-point-changed-our-un...

Poetry Corner: In anticipation of its arrival, the Guardian features the ten "best" poems about Spring. Enjoy! https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/mar/21/the-10-best-poem...

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.

For a change, this week we lead with Poetry Corner. Helen Mirren reads Tennyson's "Ulysses" to Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb_zJbJ7FI&sns=em

Charlie Pierce brings us the story of a small Canadian town that won a court battle with a big energy company about the right of the town to protect its water supply: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19130097/canada-water-oi...

Atrios helpfully reminds us that "Centrism" isn't really centrism: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/centrism-isnt-centrism.html

Alex Pareene writes about the latest round of conservatives getting paid to troll college students, then pretend they've been denied their First Amendment rights, and have the NY Times' resident opinion page trolls take up their defense. https://splinternews.com/if-you-truly-care-about-speech-you-will-invite-... Charlie Pierce has some thoughts about it too: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19177772/bari-weiss-camp...

On the Majority Report podcast, Sam Seder discusses the West Virginia Teachers' Strike with Mike Elk. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-majority-report-with-sam-seder/i...

At GQ, Drew Magary writes that the Democrats can't stop using the same old broken playbook: https://www.gq.com/story/democrats-bank-deregulation-vote

At The Week, Ryan Cooper argues that it's time to reboot the Democratic party: http://theweek.com/articles/759261/reboot-democratic-party

Paul Krugman writes about our Trumpy trade war: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/opinion/trump-trade-tariffs-steel.htm...

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