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As always, Drinking Liberally tonight. "TapHouse 41"

As always, we meet 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 $80.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week so this week's prize increases to $90.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Not all Republican officeholders are heartless little bastards (HLB's) but most are so beholden to their own ambitions, so determined to retain their office, that they seem to kowtow on cue to even the most extreme members of their Party. Whether prompted by the National Rifle Association and its 2nd Amendment obsessed membership, by the xenophobic American Firsters who inhabit the outer reaches of the Republican party and who take their cue from Sean Hannity and Fox News, or by the many Russian bots who use the unlimited resources of a State actor to spread political venom and vituperation on social media and poison our National Politics, our Republican friends roll over at the mere hint of disapproval from any of them. So, while they may not all be HLB's, at times you can't tell one from the other. Examples abound. Take yesterday. The Republicans in Congress stopped attempts to reach an agreement to prevent 1.8 million people brought to our Country as children from being deported wholesale, blamed the mentally ill for our easy access to guns and the pandemic of gun violence here, and, little noticed, voted to undermine the American Disabilities Act and make it more difficult for a whole subset of our citizens to participate in our society. https://psmag.com/social-justice/congress-is-close-to-gutting-a-key-prov...

I am sure, deep down, Republicans care about other people, they just don't dare to show it.

In South Dakota, the Republican-controlled legislature practices the same mendacity. Lately, led by G. Mark Mickelson, Speaker of the South Dakota House, they are trying to limit citizen participation in our government by making the Initiative and Referendum process more difficult. Having controlled State government in South Dakota for over 40 years, they have difficulty tolerating ordinary people meddling in the affairs of state.

I need a drink.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1016.htm

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 "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"

As always, we meet 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 $70.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week so this week's prize increases to $80.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the craziness has become normal. We wait for it to stop but it goes on and on and on. It is as though we live in a perpetual 911 call or an 11:00 AM test of the tornado warning system and the siren is stuck. In normal times the news media tends to pepper its stories with intimations that our health and safety may be threatened by events, but now they don't have to try. Whether it is nuclear war or domestic abuse, everything that comes from the Trump White House is so far beyond what is normal and accepted behavior that the hysteria is baked right in. It is crazy. I want it to stop.

In South Dakota, the Republican-controlled legislature is in session. It is living proof that Trump is only a symptom of the pro-business corruption in the Republican Party. For example, G. Mark Mickelson, Speaker of the South Dakota House, just the other day, as a principle in a business with an interest in the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) industry, introduced a bill (HB 1184) which will, if passed, grant CAFO's the same access to public right-of-ways as public utilities. https://dakotarural.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/action-alert-cafo-manure-pi... The bill has the effect of circumventing local control of CAFO permitting. Mickelson's actions reek of "conflict of interest" but then this is South Dakota. Republicans have controlled the government so long here they don't even recognize their own corruption. It is just business as usual.

I need a drink.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1015.htm

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 "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.

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

As always, we meet 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 $60.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week so this week's prize increases to $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the criminality of Trump has become apparent for all to see. I defer to the New York Times Editorial Board for a description of the depth of the mendacity of Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress. Here is a tidbit from a dark editorial the Times published today.

"In a demonstration of unbridled self-interest and bottomless bad faith, the Trump White House and its Republican minions in Congress are on the cusp of releasing a "memo" that purports to document the biggest political scandal since Watergate. To pull it off, they are undermining the credibility of the law enforcement community that Republicans once defended so ardently, on the noble-sounding claim that the American public must know the truth.

Don't fall for it."

…. like many of us, the New York Times Editorial Board has waited for Republicans to show some concern for the long-term integrity of our democracy. They, apparently, have given up hope. The editorial continues…..

"It would be nice to treat Mr. Trump, Mr. Nunes and their cohort as the junior high school pranksters they resemble, but what they're doing — cynically undermining the nation's trust in law enforcement, fostering an environment of permanent suspicion and subterfuge — is far more dangerous.

The question is whether there are any adults left in the G.O.P.

The evidence so far is not encouraging, notwithstanding a sporadic furrowed brow in the Senate. At some level, one hopes, a sense of shame and responsibility to the republic will finally kick in. But that, too, is unlikely. Republicans from the top on down have made it clear, expressly or otherwise, that this is all about winning the political fight directly in front of them, the consequences — and the rest of America — be damned."

Here is a link to the full editorial.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/opinion/nunes-memo-fbi-trump.html?act...

Back in South Dakota, we are not surprised at the mendacity of the Republican Party. We have been dealing with it for a long time. To those who watch the legislature, what is happening in Washington now is the same show we have watched in Pierre going on forty-six years. We have known for a long time that, for most Republicans, it is all about power. We have suffered through Janklow and his predecessors but we are not better for it. We are still a poor state, with only pockets of prosperity, mostly Republican prosperity. Here, Republicans have been in power so long, they don't even recognize the corruption they practice daily. They have normalized it. In Washington, they are just getting started.

The hope is the voters will reject them in November. It is a fragile hope but the work rests with us.

I need a drink.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1014.htm

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 "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.

G. Mark Mickelson Attacks Democracy

As always, we meet 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 $50.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week so this week's prize increases to $60.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: As always in Trump World, there is a lot going on.
Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1013.htm

In South Dakota: Last week while researching G. Mark Mickelson, the current Republican Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives, I discovered Mr. Mickelson's interview with Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper in which Mr. Mickelson expresses his impatience with democracy and disdain for those who disagree with him. He was especially disdainful toward those of us who are not "lawyers". I repost a link to the Rapid City Journal interview here: http://rapidcityjournal.com/mount-podmore-mark-mickelson/audio_0774ea28-...

Now, ignoring our proud 120-year history as the first state in the Country to adopt the initiative and referendum process and allow ordinary citizens to participate directly in the legislative process, Mr. Mickelson has launched a two-prong attack on South Dakota's Initiative and Referendum process. First, he has led a drive to raise the threshold for initiated Amendments to our Constitution and to restrict the funding of Initiative and Referendum efforts. Cynically, he is using the very Initiative process he wants to undermine to propose these changes. Second, and perhaps more ominously, just this week he filed two bills that would further eliminate or restrict our tradition of Direct Democracy. One, HJR 1007, would eliminate the initiative process for constitutional amendments. Another, HJR 1008, would, in effect, give the Legislature a veto on any Constitutional Amendment which the voters of South Dakota may enact.

Mark seems to have an autocratic bent. He certainly reflects the current Republican leaderships intolerance with those whose views on policy differ from their own. Heaven forbid, if once in awhile, the people successfully enact their own ideas of good government and circumvent the cozy, smoke-filled rooms in Pierre where the current leadership cuts deals with their donors.

Here is a link to a post in dakotafreepress.com that outlines G. Mark Mickelson's attack on Direct Democracy.
http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/25/mickelson-pischke-want-to-kill-ini...

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 "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.

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

As always, we meet 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: Elwyn won our $170.00 Trivia Contest Grand Prize last week answering all nine questions correctly. Congratulations Elwyn and thank you for upholding the high Trivia standards of our merry crew. We had lowered the necessary number of correct answers to six to increase the odds of someone winning the Grand Prize but Elwyn made our rule bending unnecessary. Elwyn contributed $40.00 of his winnings back to our Prize pool (Thank You, Elwyn) so this week's prize stands at $50.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: The Republican s-show in Washington continues. I recall that Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com wrote some time ago that in order to understand Donald Trump it helps to think of him as the head of a criminal organization. This thought seems more prescient daily. Rather than repeat what you have already heard in the news, I thought I would simply provide you with several links. The first is to an article Mr. Marshall wrote almost a year ago which sums up the potential criminality of Donald Trump and his toadies. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/what-the-cia-and-fbi-knew-about-tru...
And for those who like to look at primary documents, here is a link to the full transcript of Fusion GPS's (the group that compiled the Trump dossier) co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee about his group's dossier and their belief Trump's empire is financially tied to international criminals. (the juicy stuff comes in the second half of the transcript) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/01/heres-what-the-founder-of-fu...
For those of you who prefer to skip a few details here and there, here is a link to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's video summary of Mr. Simpson's testimony and how it fits into the big picture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDrNi4ghF2Y (The summary of the House testimony starts at the 6-minute mark of the video.)

And, for your further entertainment, here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion.
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1012.htm

In South Dakota: I wish someone would explain to me why Mark Mickelson, who is Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives, one of the three or four most powerful political offices in our state, has apparently given up on the legislative process and turned to ballot measures to change the laws of our State? In my attempt to answer this myself, I discovered a Rapid City interview between Mr. Mickelson's and Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal in which Mark says he is an impatient guy who likes "to move pretty quick on stuff" to explain his sudden attraction to our Initiative process. Here is the link: http://rapidcityjournal.com/mount-podmore-mark-mickelson/audio_0774ea28-...
After listening to the interview, I am not sure if I would characterize Mark as impatient, but his high regard for his own opinions certainly shines through. I would encourage him to relax a little and enjoy the political process like his grandfather and his father before him seemed to. He is still young and there is plenty of time to accomplish his goals while giving the rest of us the time we need to catch on to his vision of the way things should be.

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 "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.

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