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We meet tonight at the"41 TapHouse". Brave the Snow.

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

In Trivia News: Our Trivia Contest ended in a four-way tie last week. After several tie-breaker questions failed to determine a winner, someone ordered drinks and, soon thereafter, the contestants decided to collectively contribute the $10.00 prize to this week's contest. With our weekly $10.00 addition to the prize pool, our Grand Prize stands at $20.00 today. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

In Politics: I stopped by a meeting of Indivisible 605 Thursday evening to check out their event. Instead of the 20 or 30 usual suspects I expected to see, at least 250 people filled the main room at the Icon Lounge. And, unlike the social security crowd that populates the Democratic Forum's noon luncheon and most meetings of the local and state Democratic Party, the crowd was mostly young, enthusiastic, filled with energy (you could feel it in the room) and looking for something to do. They clapped soundly when Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned and almost roared when the emcee asked if anyone supported Bernie Sanders. I didn't recognize many people from prior Democratic gatherings and one has to wonder why the local Democratic Party has consistently failed to involve and motivate these people. Lord knows the Democratic Party needs the help.

It didn't seem that the Indivisible 605 crowd will wait for local Democrats or the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) to get their act together. (No mention was made of the Democratic Party and I didn't see any current Democratic officers or staff in attendance.) It appears the crowd wants to take matters into their own hands. They will make some noise and hopefully make a difference blunting the worst of the current right-wing agenda now empowered in Washington and Pierre. In the short-run, we have a bat-shit crazy President and cynically accommodating Republicans to motivate everyone. The question remains, in a world where everyone expects quick answers and instant gratification, can this crowd maintain their commitment. In all probability, progressives find themselves in a long-term struggle. The crazies are well financed and now they are embedded in government. There are no quick solutions. We need to prepare for the long haul.

Here are some sobering thoughts on Trump and his support from my favorite blog http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/how-unpopular-is-trump

And, here is our link to a summary of much of the national progressive news, political cartoons and opinion for the week: http://www.directzine4dems.com/965.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.

Through Thick and Thin, We are Always Here for You.

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

In Trivia News: Bruce must have a mind like velcro. Once again he answered all eight questions correctly to claim our $40.00 Grand prize. He even knew that a company of bears is called a "sloth".....I didn't know that and I had the answer sheet…. Congratulations Bruce. Our prize pool resets this week to $10.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

In Politics: Trump continues to tear up social conventions and violate the norms of behavior that bind our Country together. God only knows where we are headed and what our country will be once we get to wherever it is we are going. Chaos seems to permeate Trump's Administration with the only purpose of feeding his ego and filling up his enormous insecurities. To justify the turmoil, Trump claimed yesterday that he had "inherited a mess". (An untrue claim. He inherited 4.7% unemployment, a growing economy and a record stock market.) I liked Stephen Colbert's response the best. Wrong Mr. President. "You inherited a fortune, we elected a mess."

You would think the Republicans would intervene but that seems unlikely until they get their precious tax cuts. Politico summed up the Republican strategy well when they described the Republican reaction to Team Trump's questionable communications with the Russians:

Politico: "The GOP needs the president to sign off on its agenda, so Republicans on Capitol Hill are still brushing off calls for an independent investigation into communications between Trump's team and the Russian government, despite the drip-drip of new revelations. But Republicans readily acknowledge that the investigation chatter is quickly engulfing any legislative momentum they gained after their resounding victories last November."

Here is our link to a summary of much of the national progressive news, political cartoons and opinion for the week,.. http://www.directzine4dems.com/964.htm

In South Dakota politics: Our legislature has mirrored the national agenda of Right Wing Republicans for so long it seems like forever. Nothing has changed. The details are just noise. There is nothing new to report. Sorry.

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.

As always, Drinking Liberally tonight. "41 TapHouse"

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

In Trivia News: After three bonus questions failed to break a three-way tie last week, our merry crew declared an end to the contest (they lost patience when the remaining contestants got the last question wrong) and decided that our $30.00 Grand Prize should carry over to today. With the $10.00 we add each week, this week's Prize increases to $40.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

In Politics: Yes, we had a small victory last night when the Court continued the injunction against Trump's Muslim Travel Ban. Perhaps this victory will bring pause to Donald and his white supremacist cronies; perhaps some of our Republican friends will decide that Country is more important than Party and their precious tax cuts; perhaps they will begin to resist the far-right agenda of their current leadership. But don't bet on it. (Here is a link to a reality check on hope: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/on-trump-keep-it-simple-in-5-points

Some Republicans talk a good line (remember Bush's "Compassionate Conservatism") but, in the end, they go along with their Corporate Bosses and right wing ideologues. They don't want to lose their privileges at the "Club". Republicans value their respectability and they pine for "smoke and mirrors" to hide their selfishness. (Think tax credits. They love tax credits in conjunction with social programs even though, to people who earn only enough to get by and pay little if any taxes, tax credits are meaningless? But they sound good.) But, Trump doesn't care about respectability or "Smoke and Mirrors". He is into dominance and self-indulgence and he presents a dilemma to Republicans. Unfortunately, it appears they will tolerate his gaucheness and his corruption until they get their tax cuts. By then it may be too late. They may have become what they have pretended to be.

Here is our link to a summary of much of the national progressive news, political cartoons and opinion for the week,.. http://www.directzine4dems.com/963.htm

I need a Drink. 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 "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.,

Yes! We Meet Tonight as Always

Sorry for the late notice but we meet tonight as alway at the "41 TapHouse" 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 last week. This week's prize increases to $30.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

Todd Epp posted an article regarding the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) that sums up the SDDP's problems succinctly. While I don't agree with his prescription, it is always nice when someone agrees with you, even in part. Here is a link to Mr. Epp's musings:

http://kelo.com/blogs/token-liberal/6072/sd-democratic-party-also-to-bla...

Nationally, things are desperate, scary, and more than a little insane. Not much more can be said. Here is our link to a summary of much of the national progressive news, political cartoons and opinion for the week

http://www.directzine4dems.com/963.htm

Bottom line, it is time to get ready for the battles ahead. We have some ideas. I am sure you do too. Come and share them with us. Then let's get to work and organize. But first....

I need a Drink. 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 "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 tonight at the "41 TapHouse", as always.

We apologize. Due to internet service problems, we have been unable to send out our weekly invitations for two weeks. But despite this glitch (the Russians did it) we continue to meet at the "41 TapHouse" located in the Western Mall, just west of Scheels on 41st St.

The internet may go down, NATO may be in tatters, the Affordable Care Act may be gutted and millions of people may lose their Health Insurance, Trump may want to reinstate torture and force us to pay for his wall, xenophobia may have become more than just a $10.00 word from Greek history, and the '50's styled "Ugly American" may have gained ascendance, but we at Drinking Liberally promise we will always be here for you. Join us today (Friday). Given that Donald Trump is our President, we all could use a drink, or two, or three. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contests' $60.00 prize two weeks ago, but with the prize at $70.00 last week Scott divined his way to victory. With the $10.00 Scott contributed back to our prize pool (Thank You, Scott) this week's prize stands at $20.00. It could be yours. Or, as we recommend, you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

In politics: Nationally, we don't have to accept it lying down, but we are screwed. Until they get their tax cuts, Republicans apparently will tolerate any crazy thing Trump does. After that, some Republicans may rediscover their principles of free trade, balanced budgets, non-intrusive government, and fairness and opportunity, all of which they claim to hold so dear; perhaps then they will dare to question our new President's daily attacks on the customs, the traditions, the civil behavior which bind all of us together. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Until then, we are all participants in an ongoing trainwreck.

Two weeks ago, in anticipation of Trump's tariff on essentials from Mexico, I bought a case of Tequila to fortify myself against Trump's on going experiment in bad government. I still have some left. I will share.

Here is our link to a summary of much of the national progressive news, political cartoons and opinion for the week: http://www.directzine4dems.com/962.htm

Locally, I attended an E-board meeting of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) on Saturday. I will not bore you with the details. Suffice it to say, the SDDP has lost its way. Its Chair has forgotten its primary goal is to elect Democrats. Instead, she wants to husband its resources for ballot initiatives, referendums, and constitutional amendments. Despite her own promises, she resists committing $100,000.00 in unbudgeted funds to organize in the Black Hills and Indian reservations and her staff stated they would stay holed up in the Sioux Empire. An intervention is needed.

Speaking of Sioux Falls, Mayor Huether vetoed an ordinance directing the Parks Board to video its meetings. He believes the light of day would inhibit their work. If he is right, you have to wonder about what nefarious work the Park Board does that he doesn't want the public to learn about. We seem to have government at its most autocratic. Thank God, Mayor Huether left the Democratic Party to become an Independent. Or was it a Libertarian or Constitutionalist. Has anyone checked? Let me know. Maybe he just became a Huetherite.

I need a Drink. 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 "41 TapHouse", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.

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