Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

Lethargy prevented yours truly from sending out invitations the past two weeks and I apologizes for it. But we have been meeting as we always do and as will again today, this Easter weekend, at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable. Join us.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $120.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: The Mueller report is finally out and, despite Attorney General Barr's assurances to the contrary, it confirms the worst about Donald Trump. At times it is difficult to describe the abhorrence I feel as Trump daily tramples on the customs and traditions which bind us together as a Country. But, having watched the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris burn almost to the ground this week, I would compare Trump's presidency to that event. In his series on Civilization, Kenneth Clark famously said, as the camera panned out to show the magnificence of Notre Dame, that he couldn't describe what Civilization is but he knows it when he sees it. That symbol of Western Civilization now lies partially destroyed for all to see, saved from total destruction only by the firemen and women of Paris. It will hopefully be rebuilt by the people of France.

Much as fire consumed Notre Dame, Trump daily attacks our institutions, the rule of law, and our international network of alliances which together provide the foundation of our Country's prosperity and strength. Trump perceives these same institutions as a threat to the culture of White Male privilege which has nurtured him and his followers. He believe they impede his desires. He wants to pull them down and pull us back to a darker time. Whether he will succeed is still an open question but the slow burn he started is threatening to become a conflagration. We are the firemen and women of our country. We are the only ones who can extinguish the fire Trump has begun and determine what kind of country we want to be. Do we want a Country hopeful, tolerant, prosperous and open to new possibilities, or a Country of Trump, selfish, intolerant, poor and afraid of what is different? The next election will tell the story. Can we count on you?

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1076.htm

In South Dakota, the South Dakota Democratic Party will hold its annual McGovern Day Dinner in Sioux Falls next week, April 27th. As of this writing the main speaker for the event is list on the SDDP's Web site as "to be announced'.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. There is much to talk about.
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

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $110.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Trump's hand picked Attorney General, William Barr, received Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long awaited report on Trump's collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice last week. Barr summed Mueller's report up this way, "There is smoke everywhere and Trump is the only guy with any matches. We have even found a few fires, but we haven't found a connection between the fires and Trump's matches. Therefore I declare Trump innocent....How, you ask? ... How do you think I got this job, you dimwit."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1073.htm

In South Dakota, Democrats choose their Chairperson for the next four years last Saturday. The current Chair, Ann Tornberg, could not withstand Paula Hawk's sour grapes campaign and lost to Paula on the second ballot. On the first ballot, Ann received 23% to Paula's 45%. The other four candidates received the following percentage of votes on the first ballot: Allison Renville 3%, Tom Cool 12%, John Kennedy Claussen 12%, John Cunningham 3%. in the other officer contests, Randy Sieller of Fort Pierre was elected Vice-chair over Paula's hand picked candidate and Lorri May and Bill Nibbelink were re-elected Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Time will tell if the Democratic Party chose wisely and can reverse its long decline.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

Anxious To Get Home, the Democratic Party Truncates Its Chair Election

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $100.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the Mueller Report.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1072.htm

In South Dakota, Democrats wait with a yawn and a stretch to pick their Chairperson for the next four years. The current Chair, Ann Tornberg, has not been able to reverse the Democratic Party's continued decline into irrelevancy. (Its percentage of the electorate has declined from 35% to 29% during Ann's tenure.) Ann seeks reelection anyway. Five others, Allison Renville, Tom Cool, John Kennedy Claussen, John Cunningham and Paula Hawks have announced their candidacy for the Chair position. All have their strengths and weaknesses. Starting with Ann I will briefly describe how their opponents characterize each of the current candidates. Ann, "we need a change"; Allison: "too young, but she would make a great staff person"; Tom: "too institutional"; Claussen: "too historical"; Cunningham, "too Pro-life"; and Paula, "too opportunistic" (In 2012, Paula betrayed her fellow Democratic House candidate and teamed up with her Republican opponent. As a wit told me, we don't need a Republican running the Democratic Party.) Luckily, I don't have a vote so I don't have to choose.

It will be difficult for any of the announced candidates to pull the Party together and overcome its east/west, rural/urban, and pragmatic/ideological purity divides. But then that is what politics is all about isn't it? Overcoming divides? That and giving everyone the time and space to make a common choice. Unfortunately, the South Dakota Democratic Party's executive board wants to get home quickly and has proposed that after the first ballot, if no one receives a Majority, the top two candidates face off in a tie breaking vote. This forecloses new candidates or those with little initial support from becoming compromise candidates and unifying the Party's various factions. But then, hey, this is only the Democratic Party. It is more important to get home early then to pick a leader who can reform the Party, give it direction, and infuse Democrats with the energy and organization they need to become relevant again in South Dakota.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

Republican Kowtowing and the South Dakota Democratic Party

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $90.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, common sense prevailed briefly in the US Senate as it voted 59 to 41 to disapprove of Trump's Southern Border emergency declaration. Unfortunately, South Dakota's two Senators, John Thune and Mike Rounds, supported their "dear leader" and his attempt to further undermine the checks and balances of our Constitution. They were last seen crawling backward on their bellies as they KowTowed to Trump in absolute supplication, all the while repeating the refrain, "You are great. You are Grand. Your wall may be stupid, a big waste of money, but we stand with you and the rest of your clan, for Roses are Red, Violets are blue, and, hell, we'll admit it, we're corrupt just like you."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1071.htm

In South Dakota, the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) will choose its Chairman for the next four years next week in Oacoma. There are five Democratic Candidates and one candidate who claims to be a Democrat when it is convenient for her. (Paula Hawks).

Despite a lot of good intentions and whatever the results, the SDDP will probably remain what it is today, a Top Down organization whose leaders will continue to wonder why its members don't participate and do their bidding. Rather than live up to its name and reform itself and become a truly (small "d") democratic organization, the SDDP will most likely remain a rural dominated Party in which "one county" rather than "one person" equals one vote and in which a Harding County with its 173 Democratic voters will have as much say in Party affairs as a Minnehaha, Pennington, Beadle or a Brown County with their tens of thousands of Democratic voters.

It was pointed out the other day that South Dakota has more cows per capita than any other state in the Nation. As long as the SDDP is governed on the basis of "one cow equals one vote" it and its candidates will never be able to form a message that resonates with a majority of both urban and rural voters. Instead it will lie moribund on the table as it does now, only partially organized and available to any cohesive interest group to use as a platform for its agenda, no matter how popular or unpopular that interest groups ideas may be to the general public.

It is a sad state of affairs because the Democratic Party affords ordinary people one of the few structures where they can regularly express their political preferences and attempt to influence the public discussion. Alternatively, people can either accept their powerlessness or choose to form and fund an independent organization of their own, an alternative, which for practical purposes, is available only to the wealthy, the well connected or those with a lot of extra time on their hands.

Despite my skepticism, I wish the SDDP well for they are the only alternative in town to the Republican Party, the Party of Trump, an alternative totally unacceptable to me for many reasons but also because, unlike our Senators, I don't feel like Kowtowing anytime soon.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

Tonight's Discussion Subjects: Stormy and Love

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $80.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: In an effort to demonstrate his absolute supplication to Donald Trump and Trump's demands of total fealty to whatever his whim of the moment might be, our own Senator Rounds defended Trump's $130,000 hush money payment to Adult Film actress Stormy Daniels by stating that Trump " made the payment because he loved his family…." Rounds really said that. I didn't make that up.

So to follow Rounds' logic, Trump may have sent his wife Melania a valentine card this year that read something like this, " Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm having sex with a pron star again to show my love for you."

Last week I speculated that our Senator's, Thune and Rounds, could rationalize just about anything to support Trump's right-wing and often fascist agenda. Unfortunately for all of us and for our Country, even I didn't know how right I was.

Our Republican leadership is feckless. If you are a Republican and love our country, it is time to look elsewhere for leadership. But then again, according to Senator Rounds, you could demonstrate your love of country by having sex with a porn star.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1070.htm

I need a Drink.
Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

Opps! I Stand Corrected.

I should be more careful. Sometimes people act out of form. After voting with Trump to oppose opening the Government until Trump got the $5.7 billion he requested for his border wall, South Dakota's sole Representative, Dusty Johnson, switched sides and voted to disapprove of Trump's Emergency Declaration for our southern border. He said he feared that a crazy, liberal President who agreed with people like me might someday abuse the President's Emergency Powers, too. That's a good enough reason for me. I apologize to Mr. Johnson for misreporting his vote.

Johnson still supports the border wall as do Senator's Thune and Rounds. But he has demonstrated that he values our Democratic institutions over partisan politics, a least in this instance.

Senator Thune and Rounds still haven't fully declared how they will vote. Hummm... Democracy or Trump... Such a difficult decision........for a Republican.

Thank you for choosing Democracy, Dusty.

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: South Dakota's Congressional delegation continues to walk in lockstep with President Trump as he force feeds us his Right-wing, ultra-conservative agenda, and wallows in his particular and well tuned New York brand of personal and corporate corruption. He lies about everything from crowd size to nuclear disarmament treaties, coddles white supremacists, and destroys South Dakota's economy by imposing tariffs on our farmer's biggest purchaser of farm products. And yet Senator's Thune and Rounds and Representative Johnson continue to defend Trump and vote to support his policies.

Most recently, they have either supported or failed to oppose Trump's emergency declaration designed to circumvent Congressional control over spending and divert billions of our tax dollars to build a border wall which security professionals say is unnecessary, which Trump originally promised Mexico would pay for, and which most view as a wasteful monument to Trump's over-sized ego and the racism he fosters.

You can almost hear Thune and Rounds and Johnson rationalize their support and their silence. "Hell, $8 billion may be more than the combined $4.8 billion South Dakota state budget, the $498 million Sioux Falls City budget, the $200 million Sioux Falls School District budget and the $80 million Minnehaha County budget, but it's only a drop in the bucket overall. Right? Who will notice? It's a small price to pay to keep Trump happy, right? Our job is to stay in office, not make waves. I'm keeping my head down. I don't need a crazy tea party Trump supporter to primary me."

The tail is wagging the Republican dog folks. It's leadership is feckless. If you are a mainstream Republican, it is time to look elsewhere.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1069.htm

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

Long Past Time for Republicans to Stand on Principle

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Peter, a first time guest, won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week and contributed his winnings back to our prize pool. Thanks to Peter's generosity this week's Prize stands at $60.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, Trump relented and signed the Legislation needed to keep the Government open. Then, as if unable to tolerate the calm, he created another Constitutional Crisis by declaring a National Emergency and announcing he would use money Congress had appropriated elsewhere to build his wall. Trump's drama and his attacks on the institutions that have given us a stable government for almost 250 years, which, in turn, underlies the very foundation of our prosperity and leadership in the World, has to stop. Unfortunately, only Republicans, including our own Republican Senators Thune and Rounds and Representative Johnson can mitigate the damage Trump inflicts daily on our Country. As Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee said yesterday……:

"To my Republican colleagues: When the president attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated, you did not speak out. When he attacked the press as the enemy of the people, you again were silent. When he targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn't like as illegitimate, we heard not a word. And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse."
"Many of you have acknowledged your deep misgivings about the president in quiet conversations over the past two years. You have bemoaned his lack of decency, character and integrity. You have deplored his fundamental inability to tell the truth. But for reasons that are all too easy to comprehend, you have chosen to keep your misgivings and your rising alarm private."
"That must end. The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1068.htm

Back in South Dakota, a friend noted an article from Jan. 29 in my hometown paper, the Huron Daily Plainsman, entitled "Nepotism bill defeated in committee."

My friend wrote, "Seems like an outrage considering, as the paper noted, Kristi Noem hired her daughter a recent SDSU grad as a policy adviser in her office, Daugaard's chief of staff was his son in law, Gov. Rounds hired his brothers, sisters in law and children. Republicans feeding their families at the teat of government. Welfare for them. Thought they were opposed to that."

Republican hypocrisy, it is never ending.

I need a Drink.
Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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

A Report on South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Forum in Brookings

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $50.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, Trump will sign the Legislation needed to keep the Government open even though Congress eliminated most of the money he wanted to build his concrete wall. It is reported that upon learning this Trump had a child-like fit and decided to stiff-arm Congress (and the American people), declare a National Emergency (of his own making) (which he just did a half hour ago) and build his wall anyway. He is quoted as saying, "It is my sandbox and I will do what I want. Besides, I have the Army Corp of Engineers. Maybe I will have them build a Hotel or two for me, too. Why not? It's a whole new world, Baby! Who needs Congress when you have the Army Engineers and Emergency Powers.".......... "Besides," he screamed, "I'm King of the World."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1067.htm

Back in South Dakota, I have been asked to be more positive in my description of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP). I will try.

Last Saturday, I attended a Candidate Forum for those running for State SDDP Chair hosted by the Brookings County Democratic Party at the Public Library in Brookings. A video of the Forum is available on the Brookings Democratic Party's facebook page.
All six announced candidates, Tom Cool, John Cunningham, John Kennedy Claussen, Paula Hawks, all from Minnehaha County, Allison Renville from Roberts County, and Ann Tornberg, from Union County and the current SDDP Chair, attended the Forum.

Tom Cool was a candidate for State Auditor in 2018 and is the long-time Chair of the Democratic Forum in Sioux Falls. John Cunningham has been instrumental in organizing and funding programs to involve young people in the Democratic Party and was a candidate for Minnehaha County Commissioner in 2018. John Kennedy Claussen is a former state legislative candidate and a former Chair and current Vice-chair of the Minnehaha County Democratic Party. Paula Hawks is a former legislator from Minnehaha County. She was also the Democratic candidate for Congress in 2016. (It should be noted that Paula challenged Ann for State Chair at a SDDP Central Committee meeting in Sioux Falls following Paula's Congressional race. Apparently Paula felt the SDDP hadn't supported her adequately. This is a common complaint from losing candidates.) Allison Renville is a proud Native-American and Democratic activist who ran in a three-way Democratic State Senate primary in Roberts County. Ann Tornberg has been the SDDP's Chair since 2014.

Spencer Hawley was the forum's moderator and did a fine job other than a few lapses down memory lane with fellow former legislator Paula Hawks who was given top billing in the center of the head table next to Spencer despite being the only candidate to arrive late to the meeting.

The discussion was interesting and centered on having the proper "message" to inspire Democrats and appeal to South Dakotans (all agreed). Most of the candidates also talked about the need for a plan to help raise money from Democrats supposedly sitting on the sidelines. Ann pointed out the a plan had been adopted by the SDDP's central committee at its last meeting. John Cunningham and Paula persisted without commenting on the current plan. Apparently Paula knows Democrats of means sitting at home pouting along with her.

All agreed that we all have to be "proud to be Democrats", even Paula despite having reportedly campaigned jointly with a Republican opponent to defeat her fellow Democratic candidate in her first legislative race in 2012. She has never denied or apologized for this betrayal. If true, I think it should disqualify her as a candidate for SDDP chair but others feel….. Well…… there is all of that money sitting on the sidelines.

For those wondering why four of the six SDDP candidates are from Minnehaha county, I point out that the election of State Democratic officers is the only time the SDDP is governed on a one-man-one-vote basis. At all other times, except at the Democratic State Convention held every two years, the SDDP is governed on a one-County-one-vote basis as modified slightly in recent years. This gives small counties an inordinate say in SDDP's affairs and an anti-urban bias that handicaps it in general elections. For those curious about this inequality, here is a link to some maps which show it graffically. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTGBHAXdh3oFpxggFMiMUtEs...

I believe this rural bias is the at the core of the SDDP's recent electoral failure. As I say, it is time to make the Democratic Party democratic. However, none of the six candidates addressed this issue so perhaps I am just whistling in the wind.

Being the incumbent, Ann had to defend her Administration's performance which she always does forcefully. However, she seemed defensive at times and at the end of the two hours she appeared a little defeated to me, stating that she would support and remain involved "no matter who wins."

I was most impressed by Allison Renfield. She was articulate and seemed to have the passion and talent to move the SDDP forward. Interestingly, despite her obvious talent and her experience organizing her community, she disclosed she had applied for and failed to get two staff jobs with the SDDP, this despite the emphasis the Party has placed on improving its performance among Native-Americans. I am reminded of the Central Committee meeting in Mitchell when Ann announced the SDDP's new outreach to Native-Americans and someone asked if any representatives from the predominantly Native-American counties were present. None were.

Democrats positively have to do better…... Is that positive enough? Let me know.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
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.

Tonight, the "41 TapHouse "

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. The "TapHouse" has plenty of parking, a relaxing atmosphere, and great food. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize increases to $30.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In politics: What can we say, we have a criminal President, his madness continues and the only question that remains is whether or not Republicans will show some spine and resist him? After waiting for two plus years, the odds are getting very long.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1066.htm

In South Dakota, as if to emphasize their irrelevance, Democrats look for photo ops while Republicans pass their right-wing agenda protecting their donors, bolstering misogyny and inequality, burdening us with user fees and taxes, making us less safe with open-carry legislation, and slowly alienating ordinary people from their government and their community. You would think people would recognize the source of their frustration, but it all happens in Pierre, that company town in the middle of no where, and, like lobsters in cold water on a hot stove, no one notices.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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.