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Monday DL Links, no meeting this week

Hi all,

Happy Monday!

First, an announcement: This week there's a candidate forum here in Yankton at the time when we regularly meet. Because we don't want to discourage people from attending that, we won't have a regular Drinking Liberally this week. However, it's possible that some of the regulars might stop by Ben's after the forum concludes. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Now, with that out of the way, we've got a bunch of links to share this week, so hopefully some will be of interest.

Something to make you feel good: humble, patriotic service. Meet Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Best_Candidate_Anywhere Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/reporter-exposes-candidate...

Economic stagnation is optional, yet we never seem to learn that lesson. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/still-not-getting-it-stimulus.htm...

The Mobridge Tribune bravely weighs in that Marion Michael Rounds is too dishonest for public office. When will other state newspapers show even half the courage of a small-town paper like Mobridge and give the state an honest assessment of our dishonest former governor? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/zerr-rounds-too-dishonest-for-office-se...

On that same topic, is every good ol' boy in Pierre so crooked he could hide behind a corkskrew? The Madville Times notes that Rounds staffer Rob Skjonsberg apparently used his state position to funnel money to private projects, completely ignoring state "conflict of interest" laws — and once again, nobody in Pierre does a thing about it. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/skjonsberg-uses-state-position-to-send-...

Our failed media: Digby notes the difference in how US media (Hi, CNN!) covered the shootings in Ottawa, as compared to the Canadian media. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/exceptionally-hysterical.html Charlie Pierce observed the differences too: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Voice_Of_Experience

Speaking of failed media, George Will spreads lies, fear, and paranoia about ebola. That is not hyperbole; he's knowingly contradicting scientists to spread panic. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/george-will-ebola-airborne

Charter schools: Poor results, no accountability, but the grift goes on. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/02/the_great_charter_school_rip_off_finally...

Is there a growing movement to add the Right to Vote to the US Constitution? Somewhat surprisingly, that fundamental right is not already enshrined there, leaving the franchise subject to the whims of courts and local officials. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/adding-the-right-vote-the-consti...

This is why a Right to Vote is important: Voter suppression explicitly benefits one particular party — the party that caters exclusively to the rich. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/turn-out-for-what-charts

What Atrios Said: You can't have a reasonable, Very Civil discussion with awful people because, in the end, they're simply awful people. I'm sorry if voicing that unpleasant truth makes the bipartisan ghost of David Broder cry. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/10/rossd.html

It's an impulse that goes back to the days of only white, male property owners being allowed to vote: Republicans don't think most people should be able to vote, and are doing their best to make that happen. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/republicans-deeply-cynical-move

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/13/1333878/-Cartoon-The-counter-in...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally! (But remember — no official meeting this week because of the candidate forum.)

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9 PM, every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

Keep checking the Madville Times for the latest on South Dakota issues, including Mike Rounds' simmering EB-5 scandal: http://madvilletimes.com/

Digby provides an observation about the dust-up between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Reza Aslan, and others. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/qotd-reza-aslan.html

What's more likely to be fatal to Americans than ebola? Just about anything, including fireworks, lightning, and bee stings. Remember that when the media tries to scare you for ratings. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/eeeek-ebolascare.html

The Dallas hospital at the center of the ebola scare lacked proper protocols. However, Texas nurses are not unionized, so they couldn't speak out without fear of being fired. Instead, they had to rely on the California nurses' association to relay the important public health news. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nurses-union-dallas-hospital-lacked-ebola-pr... Also, the Dallas hospital waited three days before using Hazmat suits: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dallas-hospital-waited-three-days-to...

No, the new New York Times report about Iraq does not vindicate Bush. I know many right-wingers are living in a post-factual world, but facts still matter. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/15/no_bush_was_not_right_about_iraq_how_con...

Atrios christened George Effing Will the "Worst Person in the World" on Saturday. The bowtied ninny truly earned his tongue-in-cheek title, as he prissily pooh-poohed the conservative War On Women. Sure, conservatives are constantly attacking women's rights and women's sovereignty over their own bodies, but... Actually, I don't think he really had a point. But the Washington Post still published him! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/whos-civic-illiterate-george.html

Beer & Culture Corner: 10 Reasons Germans Love Beer and Sausages (from the BBC, no less!). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1knFGJ4QnPVmD9ZfzNCxlfC/10-reas...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9 PM, every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a whole bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

The national media is starting to notice the South Dakota senate race. For example: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/somethings-stirring-south-dakota Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ever-changing-senate-landscape-s... And here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Importance_Of_Being_South_Dako...

Rachel Maddow covers the South Dakota senate race here (including recounting the story of Larry Pressler hiding in a closet for 15 minutes after exiting a meeting through a wrong door): http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/republicans-scandal-opens-...

Digby takes time to remind us who Larry Pressler really is, and it doesn't match the hype and gauzy memories. As a bonus, she extensively quotes a piece by South Dakotan Ryan Casey. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-is-larry-pressler.html As Mr. Casey notes, Pressler's current conversion to "Independent" is miraculously convenient, which fits a pattern of opportunistic behavior with Pressler.

Speaking of Pressler, are Larry and his wife committing voter fraud? Remember, "voter integrity" is something everybody is deeply concerned about when the wrong people do it (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/i-smell-voter-fraud-at-very-least...

At the Madville Times, Cory interviews our own David Allen about his PUC candidacy. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/interview-david-allen-seeks-puc-seat-to...

Comedian Lewis Black has some thoughts about voter suppression (not safe for work): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xWaO2jYrLs&feature=youtu.be

Pink drill bits sent to fracking sites to "promote breast cancer awareness." Is it possible for the Komen foundation to jump the shark multiple times? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/little-pink-bits.html

At the Daily Beast, Michael Cohen presents Leon Panetta as an example of what's wrong with Washington D.C. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/08/leon-panetta-is-what-s-...

Paul Krugman notes that the deficit is down, and nobody knows or cares. Good thing we "pivoted" away from dealing with job creation and prosecuting corrupt banksters, and instead focused on Teh Deficit. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/the-deficit-is-down-and-nobo...

Mr. Krugman also writes about President Obama's tenure in office (so far) in Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008

Inadvertent Humor Corner: Angry conservatives can't tell the difference between actress Lena Dunham and Gilded Age economist Thorstein Veblen. http://www.vice.com/read/i-accidentally-fooled-conservative-twitter-with...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9 PM, every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a whole bunch of links to share this week, so hopefully some of them will pique your interest.

Charlie Pierce directs us to a story about the almost cartoon-villain evil source of the Koch Brothers' outlandish wealth. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Great_Crime_Behind_The_Great_F...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the breakdown of American society not just by race and class, but by fear and money as well. It helps explain the Teabagger mentality, and increased political tribalism since the Reagan era. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/first-they-came-for-air-traffic.h...

Petty, pouty Harry Reid refuses to aid Rick Weiland in South Dakota's senate race because Reid wanted Herseth Sandlin to run instead. Never mind that she didn't want to run, or that Harry Reid doesn't get to pick candidates for every state. If Reid's tantrum costs Dems the senate, will he get voted out as leader? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/09/reid-pouts-says-working-for-weiland-goe...

Speaking of dumb things harming liberals' electoral chances, how's about another long, pointless war in the Middle East? http://theweek.com/article/index/269021/the-dumb-war-in-syria-will-haunt...

TPM investigates the "International House of Prayer," a charismatic "church" based in Kansas City with increasing influence in right-wing conservative politics. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/longform/inside-the-international-house-of-...

Bipartisanship is always a one-way street for Villagers and Republicans: http://www.salon.com/2014/10/02/the_rights_bipartisan_sham_why_their_cal...

Charlie Pierce points out yet again how George Will is a mendacious hack (as though that were necessary). Along the way, we learn some history about the Founding Fathers, and how they decidedly rejected term limits at the Constitutional Convention. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/George_Will_Gets_It_Wrong_Again

Irony Corner: When new draconian voter ID laws affect a nice, white, conservative lady, suddenly it's "dirty tricks." No fair! Voting hurdles are only supposed to affect "those people" (if you know what I mean, and I think that you do). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/hey-nobody-told-us-this-could-hap... But on the bright side, here is some good news about voter participation: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/and-now-for-some-good-news.html

Sports Corner: Why no one wants to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-no-one-wants-to-host-the-2022-olympics-... More here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/10/02/ioc_demands_oslo_drops...

Rude Humor Corner: The Rude Pundit has a list of short observations in list form. (Customary disclaimer: Not suitable for all tastes or work environments.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/09/in-brief-few-things-youre-thinkin...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9 PM, every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, the last one in September. There aren't quite as many links here this morning, but hopefully you will still find one or two to be of interest.

It turns out that Germans are much more satisfied with their lot than Americans are. Why? A lot of it has to do with corporate structure, and how that affects jobs and the economy in the long run. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/germanys-creeping-satisfactionism...

Apparently some banks now are able to remotely shut off your car if you miss a payment. Never mind if you're stranded far from home, or in a bad neighborhood, or at a stop light (which snarls traffic and causes problems for everyone else). Who exactly thinks this is a good policy, especially from a public safety perspective? How does it even help the loan holder to recover the vehicle, more than a traditional repossession? It seems like it's just big banks throwing their weight around sadistically because they can. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/09/innovative-ways-to-make-shit-even-mo...

Racism Corner: A spokesmodel at Fox "News" declares that Eric Holder ran the Department of Justice "much like the Black Panthers would." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/andrea-tantaros-eric-holder-black-... More here: According to the same talking head, he's also one of "the most dangerous men in America" (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/25/fox-host-calls-eric-holder-one-...

How can Wall Street be so poisonous and dysfunctional towards the economy and society at large? Because it operates solely for the benefit of individual financiers within the system — not even for the benefit of the rapacious companies they work for. In short, greed and climbing the career ladder. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/once-they-get-their-egg-golden-go...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9 PM, every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

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