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Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet tonight, as always, at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $40 grand prize last week. With the $10 we add each week and the $20 Mary generously contributed last week, our Grand Prize stands at $50 today. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: With the support of Trump and our US Senators, Thune and Rounds, Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act next week and throw 23 million people off of their Health Insurance. Some Republicans are going through their usual hand-wringing ritual, complaining that the bill they plan to vote on goes too far or doesn't go far enough. But we all know their hand-wringing is just for show. Deep down Republicans want to give tax cuts to the wealthy patrons they serve and if they have to eliminate the health insurance for 23 million Americans to do so, so be it. Amen. Tough crap. To paraphrase the views of Trump, our Congressional Delegation, and most Republicans, "The people who will lose their health insurance under our plan are poor anyway, Right?… So do they really count? They are Godless too most likely, Right?...If they were good like us, if they were Godlike, they wouldn't be poor, Right? And they could buy health insurance themselves. Right? Besides they will still have "access" to health insurance (if they can afford it)(snark, snark)), so what are they complaining about. Screw them! I want my tax cuts."

As usual, President Obama said it best, "Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation."

"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It's a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America."
— Barack Obama, in a Facebook post.
https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10154996557026749

And, if the Republican's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act wasn't enough, we have the Russian thing going on and all the other crazy stuff this alt-right, Republican President can dream up in his fact-free universe. For example, via Political Wire ( https://politicalwire.com/ ) we have,

"Trump Proposes Law That's Existed for 20 Years: By Taegan Goddard 141
President Trump "called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. But neither Trump nor nearly 6,000 of his die-hard supporters seemed to realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years," USA Today reports.
"Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect 'very shortly.'"

If you want the facts on this and other matters, I discovered a very thorough and academic source:

http://econofact.org/do-undocumented-immigrants-overuse-government-benef...

Finally, here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/983.htm

I have started drinking seriously. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

And, don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Spellerberg Park Friday, Potluck Picnic, 5:00 PM

This Friday, and this Friday only, we move our regular 5:00 PM gathering from the "TapHouse 41" to Spellerberg Park at 22nd and Western and join the Democratic potluck picnic honoring Roger Andal. Roger was a Minnehaha County Democratic Chair, a leader of the Disabled American Veterans, a Tom Daschle aide, and an all around good man. He passed away unexpectedly several years ago.

I am not sure alcohol is allowed in a public park so Friday we may not be able to live up to our name. Use your own judgment but, considering the Trumpian world we live in, do rules really matter? For the record, I think so, but I am not sure Republicans do. They appear able to accept any outlandish behavior from Donald Trump as long as he supports tax cuts for their Billionaire masters, appoints right-wing federal judges, and eliminates regulations protecting us from Wall Street scam artists and faceless corporate bureaucrats.

Join us for Friday's picnic at Spellerberg Park.

We need to discuss how we can influence the dwindling minority (down to 34% in recent polls) of mostly Republican voters who still support Trump despite his right-wing agenda and his probable insanity.

In Trivia News: Mary won our $65 dollar Grand Prize last week answering all nine questions correctly. Congratulations Mary! She contributed her winnings to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. (Billie comes from Gregory County and Mary hails from Mission, SD, just down the road. She feels a local connection. She also believes Billie is a strong Gubernatorial candidate. I concur.) Whether or not we hold a Trivia contest this Friday depends on the dynamics of the Democratic Picnic. If we do, the prize will be $10. If not, we will start our Trivia contest next week, June 15th, with a $20.00 prize when we return to our usual venue at the "Tabhouse 41".

In Politics: I posted this video last week evidencing the incontrovertible fact that Trump is a bully. I can't let it go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecTuW_KU7YE

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/981.htm It has a very good summary debunking many of the falsehoods Trump repeated when he withdrew from the Paris (Global Warming) Accord.

Join us at Drinking Liberally Friday, at Spellerberg Park. Remember the Picnic is a potluck.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: At Spellerberg Park this week but normally at the "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "41 TapHouse"

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41". The "Taphouse 41" is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $65. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute some of your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Internationally and nationally.... Trump pulled America out of the Paris Climate Accord yesterday. We join Syria and Nicaragua as the only other countries outside the Accord. Last week, Trump acted like a 5-year-old child at the NATO summit in Brussels, criticizing Germany and its Prime Minister, getting into a macho handshaking contest with French President Macron, and bullying his way to the front of a scrum of NATO heads-of-state in order to do his best Benito Mussolini impression. (Here is the video. ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecTuW_KU7YE

I can't get over how rude the boorish bastard is.

It seems that whatever decision or appointment Trump has to make, he always chooses the most extreme course, he alway picks the person with the most extreme views: Session for Attorney General, Pruit for EPA Director, DeVos for Secretary of Education, the voter supression expert Kris Kobach to head a committee investigating voter fraud, and on and on... He may have received only 46% of the vote but there is no moderation in his soul. He wants what he wants when he wants it and to hell with the rest of us. He has his billions. We are not his concern.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/980.htm

Back in South Dakota: Billie Sutton announced that he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for Governor in 2018. I traveled to his ranch west of Platte to observe his announcement. It was a good event. The weather was beautiful as was the Sutton ranch and its setting above the Missouri River. He gave a good speech. He will be a fine candidate. Here is a link to an introductory video of Billie. http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Minority-leader-to-announce-political-p...

Rumor has it other Democrats may enter the race. They are assured of a tough contest.

Finally, Save-the-Date: June 9th, next Friday at 5:00 PM at Spellerberg Park, there will be a pot-luck picnic and Democratic gathering in honor of Roger Andal, a former Minnehaha County Chair, long time leader of the Disabled American Veterans, Tom Daschle aide, and all around good man. Roger passed away unexpectedly several years ago. We will move our Drinking Liberally meeting to this event next week. While I am not sure alcohol is officially allowed in a public park, this is a Donald Trump world right now and, with his example, who needs to follow any norms or rules? I will, of course. I'm just asking...

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "41 TapHouse", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

"TapHouse 41", Tonight. NATO, Diplomacy, and the Budget.

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41". The "Taphouse 41" is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Pam won our $90 Grand Prize last week, getting 8 of 9 questions right and correctly answering a tie-breaker question against Elwynn. She generously donated $45.00 of her winnings back to our Prize pool and used the balance to pay a number of bar tabs. Thank You, Pam. This week's Prize will start at $55. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute some of your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics, Internationally: Our President is traveling on a diplomatic mission to our European allies in NATO, the international alliance which contained the Soviet Union's post World War II aggression and which, almost without exception, has kept Europeans from killing each other for the past 70 years. NATO is the foundation on which we have built much of our economic and foreign policy since World War II. Trump doesn't seem to appreciate the importance of this alliance. Here is a link to a video that, in a few seconds, sums up Trump's approach to NATO and the rest of the world (except Russia and a few other autocratic states, of course):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecTuW_KU7YE

We can all agree that his behavior is boorish and rude, but he is still the crucible through which the world forms its opinion of our country and its people which, unfortunately, includes you and me.

Nationally, Trump released his budget as he romped in the Middle East with the King of Saudi Arabia. We will get into the details of his budget another time but it was appropriate he was visiting an absolute monarch at the time. Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France who famously said "Let them eat cake" in response to the pleas of a hungry mob, would have loved Trump's Budget. It cuts most programs that help people in exchange for tax cuts for the wealthy. In particular, it hurts South Dakota and much of rural America, cutting Medicaid, education funding, crop insurance, mental health funding, child nutrition programs, and on and on...

In South Dakota: Blinded by partisanship, our congressional delegation and Republican leaders continue to support Trump. They could speak out and stand with ordinary South Dakotans but they don't. Enough said.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/979.htm

I need a Drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "41 TapHouse", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41", as always.

We meet, as always, at the "TapHouse 41". The "Taphouse 41" is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Elwynn and Bruce both won a claim to our Grand Prize last week, answering 8 of 9 questions right including such obscure facts as, "Fact or Crap? Desilu Studios made the original Star Trek TV series?.... True. After a tiebreaker failed to end the deadlock, the co-winners generously contributed their windfall back to our Prize pool. Thank You, Elwynn and Bruce. This week's Prize increases to $90.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, following last week's firing of FBI Director James Comey, the insane story of Trump and Associates continues to unfold with head-spinning regularity. Every day brings a new, earthshaking revelation about President Trump, his campaign and his administration and their involvement in Russia's meddling in our elections, their potential financial ties to Russian oligarchs, and their attempts to hide and obfuscate the truth. Finally, late Wednesday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Ron Rosenstein brought some sanity to this madness by appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as an Independent Counsel to investigate all of it. Democrats and Republicans unanimously approved of Mueller's appointment, if, for no other reason, then the mutual desire to take a deep breath and absorb what is happening and where it will lead.

Rumors abound that Vice-president Pence is warming up in the on-deck circle in case Trump is forced to resign. But cracks have appeared in Pence's facade of blissful ignorance regarding Trump and he may yet get pulled into Trump's maelstrom of corruption and obstruction of justice. For those who wonder about the public officials behind Pence in the order of succession to the Presidency, here is the short list:
Speaker of the House…..Paul Ryan
President Pro Tem of the Senate…..Orrin Hatch
Secretary of State…..Rex Tillerson
Secretary of Treasury…..Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of Defense…..James Mattis
Attorney General…..Jeff Sessions

This is a very scary list when you consider that 83-year-old Orrin Hatch is probably the most reasonable person on it.

Meanwhile, underneath all the headlines, the Republican legislative agenda to give tax breaks to the wealthy, cut programs that help people, and eliminate regulations that protect everyone from corporate abuse and financial schemes marches on.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/977.htm

In South Dakota: Along with many of you, I just received a flowery letter from Kristi Noem selling the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In her letter, Kristi claims the Republican plan will protect those with pre-existing conditions and guarantee everyone "access" to health insurance. In fact, it will do neither. Instead, the 30% with a pre-existing condition could be forced into high-risk insurance pools with high premiums which most will be unable to afford. And, by 'access" Kristi means "access to a health insurance market." Everyone has "access" to the health insurance markets right now. Kristi's plan only states the obvious while eliminating subsidies and protections people have now. "Access" is meaningless if you can't afford the cost of the insurance in the first place. Under Kristi's plan 24 million people will lose their health insurance because they wouldn't be able to afford their quoted premiums but they will still have "access" to insurance just in case they win the lottery or inherit a large bequest from a rich relative.

Kristi's letter is a masterpiece of misdirection. She shamelessly tries to sell us an empty bag of empathy. Some might call her disingenuous. But that is too kind. In fact, Kristi's is a liar. But, then she is a Republican and of the same Party as Trump. We shouldn't expect anything more.

I need a Drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "41 TapHouse", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

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