Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Happy New Year DL

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we don't have Drinking Liberally this week. We'll next meet on January 9. However, to tide you over during the holidays, we have a few links to peruse, if you have time and interest. Happy New Year!

Charlie Pierce writes about the obscene Billionaire and Heiress Relief Act passed by the Republicans in Congress. Where's Dickens when you need him? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14470051/paul-ryan-tax-bi...

Josh Marshall accurately categorizes the Republican bill as "the big heist" and "organized looting." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-big-heist

Atrios once again pithily notes that if you want to win elections, you've got to give people something to vote for: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/gotta-give-people-something-to-vote-...

Atrios sums up the poisonous conceit at the heart of BothSides journalism: "The myth of the last several decades is that bothsides wanted similar outcomes, but they just disagreed about the way to get there." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/both-sides.html

Where do they find these evil, soulless people? Charlie Pierce introduces us to Seema Verma, conservative hack from Indiana, who is now in charge of gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing home regulations. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14504814/trump-nursing-ho...

From Eoin Higgins at Deadspin, "Why Won't the FCC Let 'Orphan Counties' Watch Their Local NFL Teams?" It's more than a discussion about football games; the way the FCC long ago assigned counties to various media markets has serious consequences for local news and other information. https://deadspin.com/why-wont-the-fcc-let-orphan-counties-watch-their-lo...

New York Times reporters get snippy when called out on their stenography for The Leader: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/someone-does-work.html also: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-nyt-does-not-understand-journali...

If none of these suits your fancy, be sure to check out the old standbys who are still doing good work. For example, the Dakota Free Press, Alicublog, and others

That's it for this week. See you on the 9th!

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

We have a few more links than usual this week because we're prepping for the holidays. Since most people will be busy with Christmas and New Year's, DL will meet this week (December 19), and then we won't meet the next two weeks. Well, if you're at Ben's and other DL regulars are there, then call it a meeting and have a grand old time. But we won't "officially" meet (as though we ever do!) until January 9.

So with that, have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy the links!

At GQ, Drew Magary presents the Least Influential People of 2017. There's a healthy heaping of snark, so dig in and enjoy. https://www.gq.com/story/least-influential-people-2017

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory notes the national press starting to question the truthfulness of Kristi Noem's scary bedtime story about the estate tax: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/12/11/holes-in-noems-estate-tax-tale-get...

At TPM, Josh Marshall exhorts the press not to cower before "authoritarians and liars." You know of whom he speaks. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dont-cower-before-authoritarians-and...

An editorial at USA Today did not mince words about the unfitness of The Leader (naturally this caused some pearl-clutching from members of the Beltway elite such as WaPo reporter Robert Costa, whose interview with Brian Williams on election night was about as much of a conventional wisdom echo chamber as you could ever imagine): https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/unfit-to-clean-toilets-in-obamas...

Charlie Pierce writes about the Alabama election and sprinkles in some history to enrich the reporting: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14424877/doug-jones-alaba...

Atrios has some thoughts about public transit and the "visionaries" like Elon Musk who warp priorities and sensible development: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/visionaries.html

Atrios also has some thoughts about the density of development needed for cities to thrive (they don't have to be anywhere near as skyscrapery as Manhattan to make it work): http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/paris-is-hell.html and here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/nice-things.html

Happy News: Digby relays the story of a puppy saved in Puerto Rico. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/friday-night-soother_15.html

Sports Corner: Don't know who to root for in next year's World Cup Soccer Tournament? Let the Reykjavik Grapevine persuade you to choose Iceland with their get-to-know-you feature about the Iceland team: "Meet the Smiters." https://grapevine.is/mag/2017/12/08/meet-the-smiters-aron-the-annihilato...

Music Corner: The Onion's AV Club presents The Year in Band Names. https://www.avclub.com/and-of-course-anal-trump-the-year-in-band-names-2...

Art Corner: "Truth Coming Out of Her Well" by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Note the whip she bears, with which to chastise mankind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Coming_Out_of_Her_Well

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 at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes a brief point about the purpose of a liberal arts education, which is unfortunately necessary in the Age of STEM – you know, all the people breathless with excitement about how every person needs to learn to write code at age 5, and that's all there is to life. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-liberal-arts.html

Digby points us to a Columbia Journalism Review study of the 2016 election. One of the key findings: The main problem with "fake news" wasn't that Russian hackers were somehow swaying the election; it was that the major media, such as the NY Times, were covering the race in a grotesquely distorted way. Specifically, they mention the nonstop coverage of Clinton's "scandals" versus the negligible coverage of real Trump scandals, while simultaneously covering his "policies" in a gullible, credulous way. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/but-her-emails.html

"I Don't Think the Moral High Ground Exists Anymore" – Charlie Pierce has some thoughts about Al Franken's departure. He also quotes and links to a piece by Dahlia Lithwick discussing the same issue. (You may have differing opinions about the whole depressing issue, but it's a topic worth examining.) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14381583/al-franken-resig...

At the Jacobin, Matt Breunig and Ryan Cooper argue that the Obama administration's coddling of big banks during the foreclosure crisis caused a huge loss of wealth for the 99%—in particular, the wealth of black households was lost. https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/obama-foreclosure-crisis-wealth-inequalit...

Culture Corner: From Lapham's magazine, a cavalcade of insults delivered by famous people. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/comedy/charts-graphs/name-calling

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 Missive

Hi all,

It's been a couple weeks since the last e-mail. I apologize, but we were traveling and it wasn't easy to collect links or get logged onto the website to send an update. However, I trust everyone managed just fine all the same—alternately looking at the news, averting your eyes, getting hugely upset, and then doing some kind of activity to calm down . . . and then repeating the process. (These days we have to complete the full cycle at least once an hour, sadly.)

As for tonight, everyone stay inside, warm and out of the storm. When things calm down tomorrow, come out and 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 at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Want to stay informed about petitions, the GEAR UP scandal, and everything else going on in South Dakota politics? Check out Cory's posts at the Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Need to find out what's going on amongst the wingnuts and Fox News crowd, but don't want to immerse yourself directly in it? Check out Roy's posts at Alicublog for the latest, served up with big bunches of cleverness (and for some of the smartest, funniest commenters you'll find on the Intertubes). http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

For daily posts about politics with a focus on economics, check out Atrios's blog Eschaton. For example, his take on the constant lament about how "there aren't any workers" for employers . . . despite wages staying stagnant. As Atrios says, "If only there were some [economic] way to attract new workers . . ." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/if-only-they-could-find-away-to-attr...

At the Boston Review, Elizabeth Catte writes about "the mythical whiteness of Trump Country": http://bostonreview.net/race-politics/elizabeth-catte-mythical-whiteness...

Humor Corner (also Architecture Corner): Behold the website McMansion Hell. http://mcmansionhell.com/

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 at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes the point that one never-mentioned reason for the estate tax is that it makes things simpler for most heirs. Read on to see what he means. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/the-estate-tax.html

Some people are finally deciding to unlearn the wrong lessons from 1972, quit running from the unfair caricature of George McGovern, quit cowering in fear and crawling to the right, and instead offer policies that are both popular and geared towards the future:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/opinion/democrats-economic-policy.htm...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about "why Donna Brazile's story matters – but not for the reason you might think." This isn't a piece about who allegedly cheated whom; it's more a story of "why did anybody do this in the first place?" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/taibbi-why-donna-brazile-book-...

Dave Weigel at the Washington Post notes that Democrats have been losing support as the media focuses on Trump scandals. He argues that they should regain support by running against tax cuts. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/02/pollsters-de...

Tales of Poor Development: From Alexander Heilner at Politico, the story of a Florida boomtown that shouldn't exist. In addition to being soulless and all its other problems, one big storm could wash it away . . . but it's the fastest-growing city in the USA. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/fastest-growing-city-...

Poetry Corner: Now that the chill and early evening darkness have returned, how about "No!" by Thomas Hood? https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/no

Poetry Corner II: If Thomas Hood's poem isn't your style, how about "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray? https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44299/elegy-written-in-a-country-...

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,

It's another windy Monday, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory remains vigilant on the story of sexual harrassment of female legislators in Pierre: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/10/24/deutsch-equates-stern-advice-from-...

Charlie Pierce finds the New York Times straining hard to play the BothSides™ game: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13073641/new-york-times-t...

Charlie also examines Jeff Flake's profile in "courage" that has everyone a-swooning, and finds it rather lacking in substance. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13086190/jeff-flake-leavi... Also fellow Centrist heroes Corker, Sasse, and Saint McCain get in on the fun: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13089764/republicans-cons...

More men behaving badly: Clio Chang presents the story of Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic. https://splinternews.com/leon-wieseltier-was-always-hiding-in-plain-sigh...

A poll suggests that Democratic voters want to ditch the current party leadership, move left, and embrace the grassroots. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/tensions-simmer-poll-shows-...

Travel Corner: Pets are now allowed in Icelandic restaurants (if the restaurant permits it, of course): https://grapevine.is/news/2017/10/27/pets-now-allowed-in-icelandic-resta...

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 at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce considers the sobering problem that, if the Supreme Court relies on bad data, what does that mean for justice? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13044531/supreme-court-da...

Atrios reminds us that Dubya was really, really bad, and the fact that he now says veiled not-nice things about Trump doesn't change that. (Link to article within Atrios's very brief post.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/bush-was-bad.html

Atrios also contemplates what it must be like to be continually poor, with no hope of changing that: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/the-poors.html

The Rude Pundit is not pleased with General Kelly's manipulative, authoritarian defense of The Leader. (Warning: rude words, etc.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/10/oh-just-fuck-off-john-kelly.html

Culture Corner: Poetry at the Mall of America:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/10/mall-of-america-poet-bri...

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 at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At the Majority Report, Sam interviews Journalist David Dayen, who explains the types of fraud that JP Morgan committed during the housing crisis; how the federal government always goes soft on JP Morgan and other unethical mega banks; how Chase scammed everyone and got away with it; and the absolute failure of the Obama Administration to hold Wall Street accountable. Listen to the podcast here: https://majority.fm/2017/10/10/1010-how-jp-morgan-paid-its-fine-for-the-...

Or you can read David's article in The Nation here: "How America's Biggest Bank Paid Its Fine for the 2008 Mortgage Crisis—With Phony Mortgages!" https://www.thenation.com/article/how-americas-biggest-bank-paid-its-fin...

Charlie Pierce eloquently calls on President Obama to end his high-minded silence on current affairs, speak out, and help stem the madness currently spreading across the land: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12816114/obama-america-no...

Atrios has some thoughts about the impracticality of "driverless taxis": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/driverless-taxis.html

Atrios also has an anecdote about some people's unreasonable expectations of Uber, and how that relates to the parallel fantasy about driverless taxis: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/uberd.html

It's no longer "Obamacare." It's RepubliCare now. It's up to everyone to make sure they own the mess they created. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/its-now-republicare-by-tristero....

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,

We've trudged through another week in TrumpWorld, and at least we're all still here and accounted for. Here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce has a plea for Law-Abiding Gun Owners: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12771170/vegas-shooting-g...

Atrios notes that Justice Roberts thinks social science data is too hard for simple folk like Supreme Court justices to understand. Next they'll expect a justice to have book-learnin' instead of being a simple dirt farmer from Fritters, Appalachia. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/gibbertyfibberty.html

At Dakota Free Press, Cory has been paying attention to the Citizen Initiative Review Proposal being worked on in our fair state: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/10/06/citizen-initiative-review-proposal...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan discusses the Democrats' lack of long-term planning, and how it's a disaster both for the Democratic Party and the nation's politics in general. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/lack-of-planning-on-your-part-by...

Atrios presents a short satirical vignette about how our country's discourse has evolved on the topic of racism and white supremacy: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/the-bigger-issue.html

Yet more Atrios, here with an important observation about the Affordable Care Act, with its very good features and its predictable wonk-enhanced failures: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/it-didnt-work-as-its-proponents-clai...

Sports Corner: Iceland just became the smallest nation (pop. 333,000) ever to qualify for a World Cup competition. Áfram Island! https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/09/iceland-qualify-world-c...

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