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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Last week's Holiday Party was a terrific success. Thanks, everyone, for coming! There was lots of great food, about three dozen familiar faces and new-ish faces, and a good time was had by all.

And now, to start off the new week, we have a selection of links. Peruse them at your leisure and give a click to any that look interesting.

As privileged insiders wail and gnash their teeth about the demise of The New Republic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes an unvarnished appreciation of the influential magazine's uncomfortable racist legacy. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/the-new-republic-an-...

Charlie Pierce notes that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly isolated in its echo chamber, removed from the real world, and paying attention only to high-powered corporate lawyers. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Supreme_Disenfranchment

From Hullabaloo, we have a Torture Apologia Chart to diagram the excuses given for violating taboos, our own laws, and international law: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/torture-apologia-chart-by-batocch...

At the Majority Report, Sam Seder interviews Marcy Wheeler (a.k.a. "Emptywheel") about the torture report. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5bG7v6jgOY

At Salon, Digby writes that Mark Udall's Senate speech revealed a little-noticed smoking gun about our government's torture program. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/torture_reports_hidden_fiasco_how_mark_u...

Charlie Pierce comments on the odious budget bill passed by the lobbyists – I mean congresscritters – in Washington. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Senator_Professor_Lands_A_Punc...
Digby and Dday note additional horrible provisions sneakily crammed into the omnibus bill: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/protecting-most-vulnerable-among-...

Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone also has some thoughts about the gutting of Dodd-Frank during the recent outpouring of "bipartisan" kumbayah: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/dodd-frank-budget-fight-proves...

Be sure to regularly check the Madville Times for news about what's going on here in Our Fair State. http://madvilletimes.com/

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

Monday DL Links & Holiday Party reminder

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are a few links to start your week. Also, remember our Holiday Party on December 9!

To no one's surprise, the legislators "investigating" the EB-5 scandal blame the dead guy, declare there's nothing to see here, and skedaddle. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/gutless-incurious-legislators-blame-dea...

Meanwhile, Gov. Daugaard's budget proposal is out, and once again South Dakota's schools are going to have to make do with hot air and empty promises. (Though there's plenty of money available for "executive management" in state government!) http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/governor-gets-quarter-of-new-money-for-...

Gaius Publius at Hullabaloo discusses a Bill Moyers piece about the lives of the unbelievably, obscenely super-rich, and how society is distorted by the vast inequality that enables them. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/bill-moyers-on-lives-of-very-very...

The Rude One has a thoughtful piece about the non-indictment in Staten Island, despite video evidence and the coroner's report. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/12/no-indictment-for-white-cop-who-c...

As cities and suburbs age, the old "donut model" of them is changing too. It's not always clear-cut that the old city center is the "hollowed-out" part, while the suburbs are the "good" part of the donut. http://www.newgeography.com/content/004788-voting-with-your-feet-aaron-r...

Cory at the Madville Times relays Nate Silver's finding that Rapid City has the most unpredictable weather in America: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/rapid-city-has-least-predictable-weathe...

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/01/1348341/-Cartoon-Black-and-whit...

Culture Corner: There's a new biography of the late, great, sadly lamented comedian Phil Hartmann. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/phil-hartman-remembere...

Finally, it's time for our Drinking Liberally Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time), downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

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

Post-Thanksgiving DL Links, Party Reminder

Hi all,

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We've only got a couple of links here this week, but there's a reminder about our Holiday Party on December 9. Don't forget to put that on your calendar!

At Hullabaloo, Gaius Publius tells us about a new law in San Francisco preventing employers from changing their employees' schedules capriciously and without warning. Violating the law requires them to pay additional "predictability pay." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/shift-minions-getting-all-uppity-... There's an excellent quote at the end about a worker who asphyxiated while catnapping in her car between her split four-hour shifts: "The Economy did not attend her funeral."

I know people get tired of hearing about it, and some people feel defensive when the topic is even mentioned, but racism remains a problem in this country. Dating back to days of slavery and the founding of our country, it is our original sin, and it too often taints law enforcement and our justice system. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/black-bodies-arent-weapons.html

On a happier note, remember that our Drinking Liberally Holiday Party is next week, Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time). We'll have it downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet, so there won't be any stairs for anyone to climb. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

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

Monday DL Links & Holiday Party announcement

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are some links for you to peruse if you so choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, this year's Drinking Liberally Holiday Party has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time). We'll have it downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet, so there won't be any stairs for anyone to climb. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

Paul Krugman discusses examples of government success that conservatives don't want people to know about: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/opinion/paul-krugman-when-government-s...

Nick Hanauer asks whatever happened to overtime pay, and points out that overtime pay is crucial for maintaining the middle class: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/overtime-pay-obama-congre...

Brian Beutler writes that President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform aren't automatically illegal just because right-wingers pitch a hissy fit. This should be self-evident, but apparently it isn't. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120342/republicans-obamas-immigration...

Josh Marshall writes about the return of the GOP government shutdown menace, and how that particular dysfunctional mindset is now an essential part of a core element of the party. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-return-of-the-gop-shutdown-golem

After President Obama's immigration speech, Right Wing World is hysterically claiming that the tyrant-in-chief has dissolved the republic, and is fairly openly advocating sedition. You think that's hyperbole? Check out some of the things they're saying. Roy at Alicublog has a good example. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2014/11/greetings-from-occupied-dc.html

Why did Democrats do so poorly at the polls nationally in November? It might have been slightly inevitable in the current climate, but having campaign chairs ululating about CERTAIN DOOM for months probably didn't help spur voter turnout or enthusiasm. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345959/-Rep-Steve-Israel-think...

Finally, Conservation Corner: Americans could save a fortune this winter if they only understood how to use their programmable thermostats. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/21/americans-cou...

That's it for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally, and be sure to put the holiday party on your calendar!

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are some links for you to peruse if you so choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, we need to discuss whether we want to have a Drinking Liberally Holiday Party this year, and if so, where and when. Let's not forget to make that decision. The time is creeping up on us already.

The Rude Pundit writes a poignant, non-rude tribute to a friend who is dying because of a lack of timely health care. "If you believe that some people should not be able to afford to get regular medical care, if you think that's ok or a built-in part of a capitalistic system, then you are a terrible human being, and, if Christianity is where your faith rests, you are a damned hypocrite who knows nothing about Christ." http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-note-to-politicians-who-helped-...

Josh Marshall does some more post-election analysis of issues that will keep surfacing in future elections. He makes several points, but I think his analysis underscores why it's silly to point to the stock market and crow about how well we're doing economically. The stock market is something that has no bearing on most working people's lives. Most people are falling behind economically, following a trend that started back in the 1970s. That's the reality they know, regardless of how well the investor class is doing. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/forget-the-chatter-this-is-the-democ...

How can progressives win elections or at least be competitive in unfavorable territory? Here's a wild idea from Howard Dean: Have a message! As the old saying goes, you can't beat Something with Nothing. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/if-youre-not-goliath-fine-by-blog...

Bob Schieffer serves up perhaps the biggest stinkburger in the history of our failed media's Sunday gasbag shows. Charlie Pierce is there to cover the carnage with as much humor as humanly possible. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Bob_Schieffer_Is_King_Of_The_Gobsh...

For Veterans Day/Armistice Day, bloodthirsty monster Bill Kristol takes time to bash WWI soldier Wilfrid Owen and call for a few glorious new wars — which he won't have to participate in, of course. He will simply watch from his armchair while others suffer and die for his amusement. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/hello-again-and-again-to-all-that...

Speaking of inexcusable human beings, Charlie Pierce reports on Don Blankenship, Coal King of West Virginia: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Old_King_Coal

Whistleblowing of financial wrongdoing on Wall Street, which of course remains unpunished. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-narcissist-blow-whistle.h...

That's it for now. Stay warm, and 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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