Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Post-Election DL

Hi all,

The never-ending election has finally ended. Thanks to everyone who did their civic duty and voted, and even more thanks to those of you who helped educate voters and got out the vote, and many many thanks to those of you who ran for office. It may seem like a futile, thankless task, but it's necessary. Even if the work seems to go unrequited and unnoticed, at the very least it's good karma. As Longfellow's poem "The Builders" says, "the Gods see everywhere."

Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest.

http://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=118

However, the election went in perhaps a different direction than most of us would have preferred. Welcome to the first week of our four-year national nightmare. Cheers! We've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar writes about what it's like to be black during a Trump administration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/10/kareem-abdul...

Thomas Frank offers an autopsy of the Democratic campaign for President: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-white...

Charlie Pierce has observations as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50522/hillary-clinto...

Of all places, Cracked Magazine (I know!) has a good article about "How Half of America Lost its F**king Mind" (h/t Hullabaloo): http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-abou...

Robert Reich writes that the Democrats used to represent the working class, but not anymore. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/democrats-working-...

In a similar vein, Naomi Klein writes that the Democrats' embrace of neo-liberalism (i.e., mild social liberalsm mixed with pro-Wall Street economics) won the election for Trump: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-...

Regarding the Democratic nominee, Atrios makes an observation that I also have been making (maybe I gleaned it from him—I don't remember). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/primary-colors.html

Health Corner: The reasons people don't call in when they're sick: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161101-the-reasons-we-dont-call-in-si...

On the bright side, Iceland's election featured the Pirate Party. Yaaarrr! http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iceland-election-20161030-story.html

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

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

Election Week DL Links (and an announcement)

Hi all,

Election week is finally here, and we've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, an announcement: On election night, November 8, Drinking Liberally will meet upstairs in the Copper Room at Ben's. We can watch election results there and enjoy each other's company. Please bring along any friends who might want to join us for election night Drinking Liberally.

Second, make sure to get out and vote! If you haven't voted early, then it's vitally important that you make time to vote on election day. Thank you in advance!

Republican voter suppression is having its desired effect in places like North Carolina. This is why we have early voting, to allow busy people more time to vote, especially when anti-American political hacks are actively putting barriers in their way. And of course, the voter rolls shouldn't be politically purged in the first place. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50326/north-carolina...

A reminder that the Both Sides Do It viewpoint is total nonsense, and a double standard: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/america-held-hostage-day-x.html

At Alicublog, Roy hilariously takes apart Jonah Goldberg's incoherent, self-contradictory arguments against early voting. Oh, and did I mention Goldberg thinks we should make it harder to vote? Maybe we could bring back the poll tax! http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/11/once-slow-goldberg-shows-hes-got-p...

In the New Yorker, George Packer writes of Hillary Clinton and the populist revolt. Among the more interesting points is the newfound realization that the country needs blue collar jobs and people to fill them. Although education is an unqualified good, not everyone needs, wants, or has the aptitude for a college degree. As Packer describes it, the "advanced degrees for everyone" mindset of the 1990s became "a secular brand of Calvinism, with the state of inward grace revealed outwardly by an Ivy League degree". http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/hillary-clinton-and-the-pop...

On a similar topic Atrios notes that Philly is hiring bus drivers, and satirically recaps some of the demeaning, elitist arguments against blue-collar jobs like that. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/theyre-hiring.html Is there any reason that blue-collar jobs can't be good-paying jobs? If so, why? Everybody has to work somewhere, and not everybody can (or wants to) write code for Google or push paper at a huge financial firm. Some people might actually like doing "simple," necessary things, might be good at them, and might deserve to be paid a living wage. When we say that "nobody will do those jobs," it's implicitly because they pay so little. When we then say we want immigrants (subtext = "not 'real' Americans") to come do those jobs for pennies, what we're really saying is that we want to bring back the Servant Class, like they had in Victorian England. There has to be a better way for adapting to the modern labor market, and we need to start thinking of better solutions.

Charlie Pierce presents an article by Wayne Barrett showing close ties between Trump ally Rudolph Giuliani and the FBI – particularly the group within it determined to "clap the Clintons in irons" as Charlie said. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50306/fbi-email-giul... Josh Marshall at TPM compiles more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/there-s-a-problem-at-the-fbi

The Rude Pundit has some extremely rude words for Trump voters (standard disclaimer: profanity, vulgarity, etc.; don't click if you're likely to be offended). http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/11/last-note-to-trump-voters-you-are...

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

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

Weekly DL Links and an Announcement

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got a few more links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, an announcement: On election night, November 8, Drinking Liberally will meet upstairs in the Copper Room at Ben's. We can watch election results there and enjoy each other's company. Please bring along any friends who might want to join us for election night Drinking Liberally.

This week we'll meet in our regular location at Ben's. We're hoping to have Bernie Hunhoff stop by to help explain the various ballot questions. If you have any questions, bring them along, and we can discuss them together.

Speaking of ballots, you can go to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website anytime to verify your voter registration and print out a sample ballot. If you haven't done so yet, you might want to do that, given the number of items on this year's ballot. Here's the link to the website: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/default.aspx

For updates on the election and general news, be sure to check out the Dakota Free Press for local news: http://dakotafreepress.com/

And Charlie Pierce for more national topics: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

And for a humorous recap of what's going on in the right-wing fever swamps, check out Roy's place, Alicublog: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we're back with more linky goodness for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Confused about South Dakota's ballot initiatives? Cory at the Dakota Free Press publishes the recommendations of Democracy In Action from Rapid City. We present it here without comment to help you get familiar with the many items on the ballot. (See also Bernie Hunhoff's analysis later on in this post.) http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/10/19/ballot-measures-democracy-in-actio...

Charlie Pierce points to the elephant in the room. Why should anyone be surprised that Trump won't respect the results of the election? It's been standard Republican practice for 25 years. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49829/trump-wont-res...

Charlie also keeps us up-to-date with a survey of what's going on in the several states. The amount of absolute nuttery makes it seem like everything is in complete meltdown. Trump as a major party's nominee for President is only the tip of the crazy iceberg. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49850/kansas-house-s...

Will someone please buy Tom Friedman a seat in the House of Lords and stop him from bothering the rest of us with his upper-class fairytales? You know, the ones with the Wise Cab Driver who magically agrees with every Wall Street-friendly thing Tommy says. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49774/thomas-friedma...

Atrios has some thoughts about what he describes as the "lazy faux-patriotic pundit trope about National Unity": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/10/but-what-if-nation-isdivided.html

Finally, we close by sharing Bernie Hunhoff's Facebook post explanation (with his permission) of the many ballot initiatives we South Dakotans will be voting on. These are presented for informational purposes only, not as recommendations from your friendly local Drinking Liberally club. If you'd like to discuss the initiatives directly with Bernie, we're hoping to have him attend the Drinking Liberally here in Yankton on November 1. Mark your calendars!

[text of Bernie's post follows]

Const. Amend. R (tech schools): Doesn't deliver what proponents are promising, but a harmless clarification. I am Yes.

Const. Amend. S ( Marsy's Law for crime victims): South Dakota has good laws for victims. if more are needed, lawmakers will gladly pass them. Plus this doesn't belong in constitution. Vote No.

Const. Amend. T (redistricting): Repubs have 43% of registered voters and over 80% of legislature, partly because they get to pick their voters and they do. Want fairness and competition? Vote Yes.

Const. Amend. U (U stands for Ugly): This represents the deceitful nature of the powerful payday loan industry. It's a fake limit of 18% on loans. Sick politics. Vote No, No, No.

Const. Amend. V (non-partisan elections): Takes party politics out of Pierre's backrooms and off the ballot. We just run as South Dakotans. Pros and cons but I think it'll result in more moderate elected officials from both parties. I am Yes.

Initiated Measure 21 (true payday loan reform): Sets a 36% cap on payday loans as the federal gov't now does around military bases to protect soldiers. Industry apologists say such loans are the only thing available to people drowning in debt. That's like saying it's better to throw an anchor to a drowning man if you can't find a life jacket. The loans are killers. Vote Yes.

Init. Meas. 22 ( anti-corruption reforms): Personally i don't like the public financing of elections piece in this but the rest is too important ... the ethics commission, limits on lobbyists, more transparency and accountability. I am Yes.

Init. Meas. 23 ( (union fees). Due to a glitch in state law, unions can't charge fees when they represent non-union members in a grievance. If you just hate unions vote no. If you want to be fair then vote Yes.

Referred Law 19 (election laws): This began as an ok idea from the state election board and Sec. of State Shantel Krebs but it was kidnapped and turned into a partisan monstrosity by GOP leaders. A very sad day in Pierre when this passed. Vote No.

Referred Law 20 (youth minimum wage): Another bad bill passed by GOP lawmakers alone. Many teens work to help pay the family bills, and they can do most manual, retail and restaurant jobs better than old folks like me. Don't discriminate. Vote No.

[end text of Bernie's post]

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Native American Day or Columbus Day, depending upon where you are. We just have a couple links to share this week. Hopefully you'll still find something of interest. If not here, always check out Digby, Charlie Pierce at Esquire online, Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, and Alicublog. A simple internet search will find all of them.

When it comes to the strategy of hectoring people into magically voting for your candidate, this has been another edition of What Atrios Said: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/10/how-many-polls.html

Culinary Corner: Why chicken doesn't taste like chicken anymore:  http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/why-nothing-especially-chicken-tastes-like-...

Related: Behold Mystery Science Theater 3000's vintage short, "The Chicken of Tomorrow." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G0stojwYjI

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

First off, here's a link to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website, where you can find your polling place and print a sample ballot for study before voting. That's especially important this year, with all the ballot items up for consideration. Happy voting! https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/default.aspx

There's a new book out about the rise of Hitler, and how in the world he was able to rise from obscurity to control Germany. You might note a disturbing similarity between his story and the current Republican nominee for President. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/this-is-no-joke-kids-hitler.html

Did you know how close the world came to nuclear annihilation back in 1983 because of faulty Soviet military equipment? I didn't. To celebrate the anniversary, I wish you Happy "The Earth Isn't a Glowing Cinder" Day! http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48987/nuclear-false-...

From the NY Times: "More jobs, but not for everyone: What fuels the backlash on trade." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/business/economy/more-wealth-more-jobs...

From the corner of Elf Street and Iceland Avenue: After mudslides and flooding in Iceland, elves are suspects. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/world/what-in-the-world/iceland-elves-...

Health Corner: What does 2000 calories look like?  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/22/upshot/what-2000-calories-...

Dessert Corner: The NY Times' most popular recipe ever, the plum torte. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/dining/marian-burros-plum-torte-recipe...

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

Elizabeth Warren accuses the head of Wells Fargo of "gutless leadership" by foisting blame for the company's fraud on low-level employees.  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/20/wells-fargo-ceo-apology... More from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/us-money-blog/2016/sep/22/wells-far...

The success of the "voter fraud" myth:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/opinion/the-success-of-the-voter-fraud...

Charlie Pierce takes apart Jonathan Chait for his mendacious article supporting the waste and corruption of charter schools to spread in Massachusetts: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48717/massachusetts-...

As I have, Atrios has noticed the trend of media pieces blaming Millenials for Trump. As Atrios points out with a link to an excellent essay (backed up by a poll!) by Brian Beutler, The Kids Today are not flocking to vote for Trump. That would be the Baby Boomers, who often write these self-serving, condescending pieces about how stupid the kidz are. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/the-kids-today_20.html

A direct link to Beutler's piece here: https://newrepublic.com/article/136928/dont-blame-millennials-scarily-cl...

Atrios also finds a link to a golden oldie from everyone's favorite Reasonable Republican, David Brooks, in which Brooksie sings a hymn to Sarah Palin. It reads like a parody, but it's actually Brooks from the 2008 NY Times. Keep ridiculous articles like this in mind whenever reading "sensible conservative" David Brooks. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/03/opinion/03brooks.html?_r=1

The Rude Pundit writes about our post-factual election and Trump lies: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-post-factual-election-trump-l...

From the corner of Science Street and Duh Avenue: Manufacturers' own tests reveal that insecticides are harmful to bees:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/22/pesticide-manufactur...

History Corner:  Who lynched Frank Little, labor organizer in Butte, Montana, in 1917?  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/21/mysterious-lynching-of-f...

Wandering Lonely As A Cloud Corner: Difficulties in managing property, tourism, and nature in the Lake District of England:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/world/europe/english-lake-district-thr...

Finally, we close with Drew Margary at GQ: Enough faux civility and attempting to see "both sides"; If you vote for Trump, then screw you. http://www.gq.com/story/a-word-for-donald-trump-voters

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

Charlie Pierce recaps how Cokie's Rules function when covering the Clintons. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48538/cokie-roberts-...

The attack on voting rights continues in Ohio: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48571/ohio-early-vot...

Digby has some thoughts about what's motivating all the angry Trump voters despite conditions in the country slowly improving: the "angry hangover" following the Great Recession. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-angry-hangover.html

Atrios discusses the all-purpose concept of Personal Responsibility when it comes to public policy: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/personal-responsibility.html

Senator Warren writes a letter to FBI Director James Comey: https://theintercept.com/2016/09/15/elizabeth-warren-asks-newly-chatty-f...

Health Corner: Will ancient remedies help fight the looming antibiotics crisis?  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/magazine/could-ancient-remedies-hold-t...

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Hi all. Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something you find interesting.

Charlie Pierce reminds everybody what Labor Day is really about: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48339/labor-day-reme...

Elizabeth Warren has an op-ed at the New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/opinion/elizabeth-warren-what-apple-te...

Digby brings to our attention an article by James Fallows about how the political media has failed us (not just in this election) and harmed democracy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/that-depressing-media-story.html

For biting, humorous commentary about what's happening in Wingnut World, check out Roy at Alicublog. For example: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/09/happy-lost-productivity-day.html And also this: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/09/new-village-voice-column-up.html

Comix Corner: TtDB presents Bill O'Reilly's nightmare. http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/1114cbCOMIC-oreil...

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

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

Labor Day DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Labor Day! http://www.transformationsfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Labor... Here are a few links to peruse while celebrating workers' rights. Hopefully you'll find something you find interesting.

Campaign tactics elude me. Why tell the press about your secret strategies? Campaigns must be as infatuated with the insider DC press as the political gossip magazines are infatuated with themselves. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/and-lets-tell-press-about-it.html

During the primary, the NY Times was single-mindedly, almost comically against Bernie Sanders. Now that the primary is over and Bernie has been vanquished, they've reverted to their perverse 1990s Clinton Rules, constantly trying to create Clinton "scandals" where none exist. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48298/clinton-passpo...

At TPM, Josh Marshall explores how the NY Times is falling back into its "Clinton Rules" coverage of Ms. Clinton—breathlessly hyping every rumor as though it were a huge scandal, while basically ignoring the same things from Donald Trump. Josh's theory is that the press doesn't think Trump is a "serious" candidate—which is in some ways true, except for the most important way: he's the Republican nominee for President. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/you-failed-chumps

Atrios notes that "self-driving" cars are always five years away: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/always-five-years-away.html More here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/what-does-he-know.html

Atrios tackles another meme, about how The Kids Today (and only them—not like their wise elders!) are politically irresponsible and going to throw the election to Trump. Hippie-punching never gets old. You can see it commonly online, including places like TPM, where the commenters are still more interested in savaging anything remotely related to Bernie Sanders than they are to winning the election and making good policy. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/we-wouldve-won-this-election-if-not-...

Is the state government of Michigan even more corrupt and evil than that of South Dakota? Sure, the good ol' boys in Pierre deny people health care out of spite, but Michigan actively throws disabled people off food stamps for no good reason. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48295/rick-snyder-fo...

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

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