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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again. Hopefully everyone had a good weekend. Here are some more links for you to browse, should you be so inclined. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

It's not new, but this remains a handy graphic illustration of wealth inequality in America: http://images.dailykos.com/images/139401/large/wealth-spread-in-us.jpg?1...

At Eschaton, guest poster Avedon gives us an excellent Kurt Vonnegut quote from 1965 to sum up the dying middle class and spreading American class system: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/explanatory-thread.html

Atrios reminds us that means-testing Social Security doesn't actually save any money: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/mean-testing-doesnt-get-you-anywhere...

Also, one of the dumber parts of our failed media's coverage of Real America is their own contempt for it, which they irritatingly present as "understanding" Flyover Country: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/100-diet-of-rendered-bacon-fat.html

From LGM, Brian Beutler reports that the people who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act already have health care. But that's different, because Medicare is totally not government-provided healthcare, because shut up that's why, you commie. (Or words to that effect.) http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/the-core-of-opposition-to-th...

As the Washington Post's inexcusable Fred Hiatt agitates for a pretty new war, Charlie Pierce sets history straight. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34497/fred-hiatt-wou...

On the topic of inexcusable people employed by the Washington Post, Crooked Timber celebrates Krautmas, commemorating Charles Krauthammer's perpetual wrongness: http://crookedtimber.org/2015/04/22/krautmas-came-two-weeks-early-this-y...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a bunch of links for your reading pleasure, should any of them catch your interest.

As Charlie Pierce notes regarding the alarming trend of law enforcement problems, "you get what you pay for, and we're not willing to pay for anything anymore." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34321/this-is-all-ve...

On a similar topic, here's a sobering headline we should never have to read in the USA: "Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges." http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/15/3647374/private-probation-la...

Further, another problem with sending the National Guard into war zones is that when they're deployed domestically, they see their fellow citizens as "enemy forces." The increasing militarization of the police exacerbates the same problem. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/we-have-met-enemy-and-he-is-you-b...

This week in security theater: Metal detectors at baseball games. An expert says they won't actually make you safe, but they will make you miss a few innings. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/14/baseballs-new...

For people gearing up for campaign mode, here's an article from New York Magazine about whether Hillary Clinton is "any good at running for president," and whether that really matters. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/04/hillary-clinton-2016-campai...

The article is talking about British politics, but it applies here as well: Obsessing about the deficit is a con; it's "an excuse for redrafting the social contract on behalf of the elite." http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/14/labour-bean-countin...

TwitterFail: Senate Republicans tweet how indebted they are to Lincoln's assassination. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-gop-lincoln-tweet

Athenae has some choice thoughts for shameless Iraq war hustler Judith Miller, who's now promoting her book and still claiming she was right. http://first-draft.com/2015/04/19/make-room-judith-miller/

As always, for more South Dakota news and blogging, check out Corey's Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.com/

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is upon us, and as always we have some links for you to look through with your coffee if you're interested.

With more and more people favoring increasing Social Security benefits, some right-wing pushback has begun. Here Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times dismantles the erroneous, mean-spirited, mendacious arguments of glibertarian princess Megan McArdle: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-bloombergs-megan-mcardl...

At the New Republic, Brian Beutler argues that we should make the Confederacy's defeat a national holiday: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121406/civil-war-150th-anniversary-co... The article is thought-provoking, but the comments are useless – that is, unless you've miraculously found a use for screeching butthurt from Confederate fanboys. After the tiresome, predictable hissy fit thrown by resentful Confederate apologists, Mr. Beutler wrote a follow-up: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121477/civil-war-150th-anniversary-so...

Paul Krugman discusses areas where government excels: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/opinion/paul-krugman-where-government-...

South Dakota is among the ten states most dependent upon federal funding. Note the number of Red State moochers on the list. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/04/10/south-dakota-among-ten-states-most...

George Will remains a shameless liar while burbling about Saint Reagan's job creation numbers. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/05/george-will-revives-tired-canard...

On a brighter note, this week's Culture Corner features Washington Irving, as presented by Garrison Keillor in the Writer's Almanac. Who knew that Irving was responsible for such iconic things as Santa Claus's sleigh, and the belief that in Columbus's time, Europeans thought the world was flat? http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20150403/

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

I hope you had a good Easter weekend and are ready to get back to the grind. Here are some links to look through with your coffee if you're interested.

Athenae makes the observation that although civil rights takes time to move forward, that doesn't mean that years ago everyone was bigoted or discriminatory. It just means that overall, those attitudes were more acceptable. However, there were always some outstanding, equality-minded people among us. http://first-draft.com/2015/03/29/not-everyone-got-enlightened-at-once/

Charlie Pierce weighs in on the blowback for Indiana's discrimination bill, and "polite" opportunistic bigots like David Brooks who support it. Though of course Charlie deals with it more colorfully than this abstract does justice. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34023/david-brooks-i...

Urban Development Corner: LGM presents more evidence of how horrible modern urban sprawl can be, and how nearly-impossible it is to undo it once it's done. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/sprawl-terrible-in-all-ways

Digby and Paul Waldman point out what people actually mean when they refer to any negotiaions with Iran as "Munich 1938": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-munich-means.html

Having a uniform minimum wage does not hurt employment or the economy. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/04/02/youth-minimum-wage-no-economic-dat...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week, another set of links to get things started. If you're so inclined, look through them at your leisure and see if any spark your interest.

There are still some people of courage left when it comes to freedom and women's sovereignty over their own bodies: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33942/theresa-fedors...

Be sure to check Alicublog regularly for excellent posts such as this: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-violent-bear-it-awaythat.html Roy does yeoman work, and his comments section is invariably a delight.

Solitary confinement serves no purpose for rehabilitation, if that's your goal for imprisonment. However, if your goal is to drive people insane, solitary confinement works quite well. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/03/in-membrain.html

Always be sure to read your Krugman: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/liberals-conservatives-and-j...

In 2014, Wall Street bonuses dwarfed the combined incomes of all Americans working minimum wage. Here's a helpful graph to illustrate: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/they-are-so-worth-it.html

More and more people are suggesting that South Dakota voters fix the minimum wage law that the vandals in Pierre slashed in their last session: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/03/24/gop-businessman-calls-for-referend...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, discussed in secret and without public input, is much worse than we thought: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33946/the-tpp-is-eve... More here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/new-leaked-tpp-chapter-worse-than...

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

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

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