Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again. Happy Easter! We've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Esquire, Robert Bateman discusses why Americans so easily support deadly warfare: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54446/what-is-moab-b...

Meanwhile, The Leader's airstrikes in Syria accidentally killed 18 US-supported fighters. Oops. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/oh-those-moderates.html

The New York Times is a vitally important media outlet. Why are its pundits (not its news) so bad? http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-new-york-times-is-not-built-for-thi... Also here: http://fusion.net/the-best-of-bret-stephens-your-newest-new-york-times-o...

As always, for commentary and news about South Dakota politics, check out Cory's site, Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

That's all for now. If you have time, 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've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Business Insider gives some helpful hints about how to save money and stop being so poor. There's a lot of condescending nonsense in it, but then it's not so much about advice as it is telling other well-off people that the safety net doesn't need improving. Poor people could be Elon Musk if they just tried harder! Also not acknowledged in the article: It costs a lot to move, even if a new job is available and moving is an option. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/04/business-insider-tries-kick-...

Alex Pareene writes that the "long, lucrative right-wing grift is blowing up in the world's face." If you want to understand the Trump era, "You pretty much just need to be in semi-regular contact with a white, reasonably comfortable, male retiree." www.fusion.net/the-long-lucrative-right-wing-grift-is-blowing-up-in-t-17...

Atrios observes that the hagiography of maverick John McCain continues apace. There's literally no BS McCain can't pull, no hypocrisy too great, to shake the pundits' unwavering love of him and his maverick image. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/mccains-got-story-to-tell.html

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about the Gorsuch situation that has every would-be Solon in the country donning a toga and (suddenly!) agonizing about the breaking of norms. (O tempora! O morés!) An already-broken congress and a stolen supreme court seat are trivial; Democrats having the gall to actually use the filibuster is a grave threat to the Republic. NSFW!) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/on-gorsuch-republicans-are-more-f...

Charlie Pierce examines The Leader's lobbing of missiles into Syria, and the legislative branch's ongoing abdication of its constitutional responsibility to declare war, or to rein in a president who makes war unilaterally. (The pundits' reaction was predictable.) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54387/trump-syria-st...

Atrios offers a take on our bipartisan foreign policy establishment: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/the-bi-partisan-foreign-policy.html

The Rude Pundit notes that the people applauding military action in Syria are strangely silent about South Sudan: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/if-were-gonna-be-cops-then-lets-d...

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

Another week is here already. Time seems to pass more strangely since January 20, at least in some respects. To combat that, we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Have you wondered why it's so hard to convince some people of the truth, even when you have plain facts in front of you? Well, Digby points us to an article by Jeremy Adam Smith about "blue lies," a psychological concept that helps explain why so many people believe anything The Leader says, regardless of how obviously false it is. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-his-lies-work-so-well.html

In the NY Times, Sam Anderson writes about his family's pilgrimage to Mount Rushmore: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/magazine/why-does-mount-rushmore-exis...

Tom Sullivan writes about "the fetish of choice," and how having to constantly make decisions about what to spend, even on simple everyday things—as is done in Japan—is not freedom; it's a joyless, exhausting experience. So why not try it with healthcare? Shop around constantly for every medical need! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-fetish-of-choice-by-bloggersr...

Charlie Pierce refers us to some investigative journalism by David Dayen about shadowy middlemen in the pharmeceutical industry jacking up prices and making a bundle, and not even other people in the industry always know what's going on. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54202/free-market-he... Digby's place has more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/anything-that-smells-like-money-b...

Charlie Pierce speculates that the Democrats in Congress may have finally learned their lesson about the negative consequences of enabling by being the Adults In The Room™ while vandals tear things down. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54218/neil-gorsuch-d...

Also, our current foreign policy is little more than "free-fire zones everywhere." This is, as Charlie points out, problematic (as well as immoral). http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54216/trump-middle-e...

Paul Krugman argues that Coal Country is a state of mind. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/opinion/coal-country-is-a-state-of-mi...

Health Corner: The BBC examines the health benefits of lemon water. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-lemon-water

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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Media Matters gives a rundown of some of the incredible nonsense, bigotry, and crackpot conspiracy theories you can see on The Leader's favorite Fox "News" teevee show: https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/20/bigotry-and-idiocy-donald-trump...

Assessing the handwringing response to The Leader's election, Frank Rich writes, "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly." http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/frank-rich-no-sympathy-for-...

The Rude Pundit has advice to the senate for how to deal with The Leader's nominees while under FBI investigation: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/advice-to-democrats-comey-has-giv...

In Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter writes that the current presidency is already a joke. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/graydon-carter-trump-presidency-i...

Regarding the health care debacle in congress, Paul Krugman writes about the scammers, the scammed, and America's fate: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/opinion/the-scammers-the-scammed-and-...

Finally, we finish with Poetry Corner: Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
And never stops at all, 
   
And sweetest in the gale is heard;         
And sore must be the storm 
That could abash the little bird 
That kept so many warm. 
   
I've heard it in the chillest land, 
And on the strangest sea;        
Yet, never, in extremity, 
It asked a crumb of me.

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 as usual we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about TrumpCare/RepubliCare: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/gop-straight-up-wants-people-to-d...

A Texas legislator proposes legislation to help men the same way that the male legislators propose "helpful" legislation to help the womenfolk understand how to use their own bodies. Oh, and she's sarcastically funny, too. (h/t Charlie Pierce) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53855/texas-lawmaker...

At the Huffington Post, Jason Linkins notes that the high priests of Bipartisanship have fallen silent now that Republicans are in power. Same as it ever was. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-pundit-shifting-standard_us_58...

Charlie Pierce takes apart Trump's budget, which among other horrible, cruel, stupid things, cuts all funding to Meals on Wheels. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53897/trump-budget-m...

For some perspective on the budget cuts, see this simple graph illustrating the cost of a few items compared to the cost of keeping The Leader's family in a second residence in New York, instead of the already-provided White House. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZR5lauzy3bo/WMsMyhatxBI/AAAAAAAAsLs/qGjIfLyXP...

Atrios reflects on the long-lost good old days of the G. W. Bush administration: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/he-was-horrible.html

Has the EPA been in bed with Monsanto about concealing possible carcinogens in Roundup? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53906/monsanto-glyph...

RIP Chuck Berry: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/03/chuck-berry-1926-2017.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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

The NCAA basketball tournament is here this week and we're a little light on links. I don't think those two things are connected, but you never know. Anyway, here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce examines the cruel, farcical RepubliCare bill being crafted in congress: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53694/republican-hea...

In the NY Times, Gail Collins writes about getting freedom from health under the Republicans' new plan: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/getting-freedom-from-health.h...

Meanwhile, even the Mennonites are getting riled up at The Leader's immigration policy: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53717/mennonites-pro...

If you need additional linky goodness, always check out Josh Marshall's TPM, Cory's Dakota Free Press, Roy's Alicublog, and Charlie Pierce at Esquire, at the very least.

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,

Another week is here, and we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

John Oliver entertainingly dissects and ridicules the Republican health care non-plan (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

Rachel Maddow invites New Yorker reporter David Remnick to discuss the many avenues of investigation for Trump Russia connection http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/many-avenues-of-investigation-f...

Speaking of Russian connections, Atrios has some thoughts about our new Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/jim-crow-forever.html

Brian Beutler has some thoughts about the media's reaction to The Leader's speech: https://newrepublic.com/article/141053/worst-performance-trumps-presiden...

Alex Pareene makes a good point: The Press swooning about The Leader's military adventures is going to get lots of people killed. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/you-cretins-are-going-to-get-thousands-...

Willing lapdog Kelly McBride at Poynter advises journalists to cover The Leader more positively, and to act not like reporters, but as theater critics. Avoid listening to or discussing substance. Talk about how you perceived his tone and style! Charlie Pierce disagrees with the journalistic recommendations. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53535/trump-journali...

Iowa lawmaker who wants to politicize state universities cites a Sizzler Steakhouse "degree" on his resume: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/at-least-there-probably-werent-any.h...

In the New York Times, Paul Krugman writes about "the uses of outrage": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/opinion/the-uses-of-outrage.html?_r=0

Comix Corner: Tips for getting along with Trump voters! http://jensorensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/trumpvoters600.png

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce has some worthwhile ruminations about President's Day: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53273/trump-presiden...

Josh Marshall at TPM writes about vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St Louis – the cemetery where his mother is buried. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-vicious-hand-of-blood-and-soil-r...

The Rude Pundit finds a curious omission in the latest column by David Brooks: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/02/in-brief-david-brooks-cant-figure...

Digby offers some insights about political strategy that don't agree with the constant Village desire to "reach out" to people who will never vote for you. As she says, "resistance *is* the strategy." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-resistance-is-strategy.html

Immigrants are fleeing the USA for Manitoba: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38960035

Rare book theft in London: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/12/thieves-steal-2m-of-rare...

While we're on the topic of London, here is the story of some funny Tube names: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20170208-how-tube-stations-got-their-hila...

Do you run chronically late? The BBC does some investigating into the phenomenon. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170209-why-some-people-are-always-run...

Sam Seder has been on vacation this week, but the Majority Report still has new podcasts featuring fascinating interviews. For example, historian Stephen Kinzer (@StephenKinzer) joined Sam to talk about his new book, "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire." https://majority.fm/2017/02/22/stephen-kinzer-the-true-flag-theodore-roo...

Also, Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, discusses her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." https://majority.fm/2017/02/21/rebecca-l-spang-stuff-and-money-in-the-ti...

Environmental Corner: Water problems in sinking Mexico City: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/17/world/americas/mexico-cit...

Sports Corner: Charlie Pierce discusses an article about how sportswriters are becoming liberal and bad. At least I think that's the argument. Basically the author took an idea and squished it through the Conservative Word Grinder to generate an article-like product. Fortunately, Charlie deals with it deftly, and with the voice of experience to boot. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a53420/sports-writing-libe...

Science Corner: NASA finds a star with seven earth-sized planets. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39034050

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,

Today was Not My President's Day in many locations, and President's Day everywhere else. (I'm so old I can remember having a school holiday for both Lincoln and Washington's birthdays separately. Yikes!) We've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure, and hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce gives an end-of-week wrapup from Friday. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53261/trump-tweet-me...

The New York Times presents yet another gauzy puff piece explaining how everyone needs to try harder to understand Trump voters, and how persecuted they are by liberals who are mean to them (just because they're racist/sexist/fascist. Come on! Can't you meet them halfway?!). LGM begs to differ with that analysis. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-j...

Democratic Party elders and strategists continue to blame voters, rather than trying to appeal to them and make them want to go to the polls. It's possibly the strangest marketing strategy ever, used by no one except the highly-paid strategists who apparently are never wrong despite their continued failures. We turn to Atrios for a pithy summary: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/fuck-voters-they-dont-vote-for-us-an...

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about one of the more recent chaotic disasters caused by The Leader: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/02/photos-of-trump-that-assure-us-th...

A reminder: Austerity following the Great Recession was an economic disaster, a self-inflicted injury. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/kinda-thought-it-was-disaster.html

Comix Corner: If social justice movements tried not to offend anyone. http://jensorensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/socialmovements600.png

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,

Another week is here, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Why are Democrats so bad at getting credit for their successes? Jack Meserve at Democracy Journal has some thoughts. http://democracyjournal.org/arguments/keep-it-simple-and-take-credit/

From an intrepid commenter at Alicublog, a vintage cartoon explanation of Southern Chivalry, as Yertle the Turtle used against Senator Warren: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Southern_Chivalry.jp...

Charlie Pierce visits that topic as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52937/mcconnell-sile...

Charlie also provides us the forerunner of the Senate's gag rule (Rule XIX). To no great surprise, it was instituted to protect slaveowners and their delicate feelings, which is perhaps why the Republican majority is so comfortable invoking it today. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52943/mcconnell-warr...

Digby has a few words about it too: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/resist-persist.html

Digby also points us to an article about the suddenly relevant fascist, racist, Nazi-affiliated Italian philosopher Julius Avola: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/whos-bannons-daddy.html

Immigrants in the US are fleeing to the Canadian border in the wake of The Leader's decrees. Whether you think they deserve to be here or not, the echoes of people fleeing Germany in the 1930s are haunting, and a stain on the USA. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/world/canada/trump-migrants-canada.ht...

As always, check out Roy's Alicublog to see what's up with the bitter, angry wingnuts on the right (and a heaping helping of humor along with it). Here's a sample: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/02/an-inspiration-to-us-all.html

Atrios find Chris Matthews once again yearning for a Strong Daddy to make him feel safe. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/marmalade.html

Humor Corner: If you're a history buff and on Twitter, you might enjoy the postings of Donaeld the Unready. Bigly. Make Mercia great again! https://twitter.com/donaeldunready

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