Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

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

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $100.00.

In Politics: The Sioux Empire Fair begins today and, following our meeting, I will go to it to get a hot dog, a funnel cake and visit the brand new Democratic building on the midway. Unable to resist, I will probably also take a peek at the traditional Republican display in the air conditioned expo building, just to see how thoroughly they have transformed themselves from the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Trump and his racism, isolationism, cronyism and corruption. Being familiar with the South Dakota Republican Party the transition will probably have been easy and complete.

But for this excursion, I plan to take a break from politics today to ponder the question, "How in the hell did synchronized swimming become a sport?" I mean really? It is something that has bothered me for a long time.

I need a drink.

Join me at Drinking Liberally as I ponder.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1091.htm

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

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

We meet, as always, at the 41 TapHouse located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great (The 41 TapHouse has been named the best restaurant in South Dakota) and the conversation is insightful. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $90.00.

In Politics: Under the heading, You-can't-make-this-stuff-up, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which now has a majority of Donald Trump appointees, has proposed reducing the number and extent of inspections at nuclear power plants. Remember, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl were years ago! According to the Washington Post, a nuclear industry spokesman explained, "Nuclear facilities are operating well (now), and the inspections are a financial burden...". To which I state the obvious, nuclear facilities seemed to be operating well 40 years ago, too.

Given the existential threat nuclear power plant failures represent to vast areas of our country and large population centers, the cost of making certain they operate safely should be considered only when deciding whether or not they should be operated at all.

Likewise, again under You-can't-make-this-stuff-up, after every American intelligence agency has pointed out that the Russians successfully attacked our 2016 elections and that they plan to continue their efforts in 2020, after Robert Mueller emphasized the Russian's past and continuing attacks on our elections in his congressional testimony on Wednesday, after the Senate Intelligence Committee reported Thursday (yesterday) that the Russians had hacked the voter files in all 50 states and that they had the ability to change voter information in Illinois (and perhaps in other states, too), the Republicans in the Senate, as if on cue, refused to allow a vote on legislation to protect the integrity of our elections. (Our own Senators Thune and Johnson, as good Republicans, supported their Party's refusal to address this threat.)

I remind our Republican friends that the integrity of our elections is the foundation of our Democracy. If people can't trust the results of our elections, they will not accept the leadership so chosen. And, alternatives to selecting leadership outside of elections is chaotic at best and potentially involves military coups and troops in the street, Banana Republic style.

This may seem far-fetched now but Republicans are playing with fire for a possible temporary advantage. Republican intransigence and thoughts of its consequence drive one to drink.

Join me.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1090.htm

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

John Thune Tries to Prove He is Not a Life-sized Cardboard Cutout

It is worth repeating again this week that our meeting place, "The 41 TapHouse", was named as the "Best Restaurant in South Dakota" by an organization that determines such things, namely "Yelp!". https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2019/07/11/best-... "The 41 TapHouse is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great and the conversation is inciteful. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $80.00.

In Politics: Last week I noted that Trump supporters seem to have become more overt in expressing their support of the "Donald". Well this week as if to prove my point, Trump, in his best Mussolini-like pose, basked in his supporters' approval as they chanted the racially charged words, "Send Her Back" in response to his attack on Democratic Congresswoman Omar from Minnesota, a US citizen and Muslim. Trump later denied he approved of the chant. Here is a video of Jimmy Kimmel's take on Trump's denial. You decide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu5F5xCaI2s (Ignore the ad.) My view, Trump is a racist. It is at the core of almost everything he does.

In South Dakota: Our Republican congressional delegation of course refused to condemn Trump's racism. Senator Thune, in a tepid attempt to prove he is not a cardboard cutout that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's staff uses as a prop at press conferences, said he 'hopes it doesn't get personal'.

Gee, John! Have you seen the video? It is very personal. Show some leadership and respect the history of our state. We were settled by Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War to save the Union and end slavery and immigrants from Europe looking for economic opportunity. We have our good qualities, though we too easily forgive ourselves for treating the Native Americans very badly. They probably are the only group who could reasonably join Trump and his crew in chants of "send her back." But even they would want to make the chant less personal and replace the personal pronoun "her" with the more inclusive "them".

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1089.htm

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

Is Trump a Health Risk? On average Trump Voters Die Sooner.

Yes, we meet as always at the "41 TapHouse", which, in an affirmation of our good taste, has been named as the "Best Restaurant in South Dakota" by an organization that determines such things, namely "Yelp!". https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2019/07/11/best-... The "41 TapHouse" is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great and the conversation is inciteful. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

Join us.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $60.00.

In Politics: Is it just me or are Trump supporters becoming more overt in expressing their support of the "Donald". Three times this week random people have volunteered to me that they think Trump is great and that he is being mischaracterized by the Media. They were all white males, all drinking their lunch, and all in less than the best of health, so there is hope.

Which brings me to the point I made last week that Trump voters skew toward the older side and, on average, as a group, will leave this world at a faster rate than those who voted for Hillary. According to Pew Research, in 2016, Trump won the "65 and older" crowd by 9% over Hillary while Hillary bested Trump with "29 and under" voters by 30%. So, if you apply those percentages to the Government's morbidity tables, all else being equal, by the time the 2020 election rolls around Trump will have 863,000 fewer older voters relative to the Democratic candidate than he did in 2016 and, at the younger end of the electorate, the Democratic presidential candidate will gain over 2,768,000 more voters than Trump. In total, again all else being equal, Trump will lose the election in 2020 by 6.5 million votes as opposed to his 2.85 million loss in 2016. When you turn to the electoral college, assuming Trump's deficit is spread evenly across the country, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida all flip to the Democratic candidate even if Democratic voters fail to vote as they did in 2016, even if there is a Jill Stein-like Green Party candidate, even if Gary Johnson decides to run as a Libertarian again, and even if the Russians are as successful with their meddling for Trump as they were in 2016. So there is reason to hope that life and death will return our politics to normal in 2020, naturally. As for myself, I am not leaving anything to chance. I plan to work my butt off.

In South Dakota: Mike Saba, Democratic legislator from District 9 and a former Peace Corp volunteer wants everyone to know that Dusty Johnson, the same Dusty who pretends to be a reasonable Republican, is actually a right-wing ideologue. To appease his Right-wing overlords, Dusty voted to eliminate the Peace Corp the other day. Just like most Republicans, Dusty whispers a good game privately but, when it comes time to stand up, he stands with the extreme wing of his Party. This just confirms what most of you already knew, you can't trust a Republican with your hopes, your dreams or your wallet.

I will drink to that. Join us.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1088.htm

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

Is Trump a Health Risk? On average Trump Voters Die Sooner.

Yes, we meet as always at the "41 TapHouse", which, in an affirmation of our good taste, has been named as the "Best Restaurant in South Dakota" by an organization that determines such things, namely "Yelp!". https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2019/07/11/best-... The "41 TapHouse" is located just west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great and the conversation is inciteful. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

Join us.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $60.00.

In Politics: Is it just me or are Trump supporters becoming more overt in expressing their support of the "Donald". Three times this week random people have volunteered to me that they think Trump is great and that he is being mischaracterized by the Media. They were all white males, all drinking their lunch, and all in less than the best of health, so there is hope.

Which brings me to the point I made last week that Trump voters skew toward the older side and, on average, as a group, will leave this world at a faster rate than those who voted for Hillary. According to Pew Research, in 2016, Trump won the "65 and older" crowd by 9% over Hillary while Hillary bested Trump with "29 and under" voters by 30%. So, if you apply those percentages to the Government's morbidity tables, all else being equal, by the time the 2020 election rolls around Trump will have 863,000 fewer older voters relative to the Democratic candidate than he did in 2016 and, at the younger end of the electorate, the Democratic presidential candidate will gain over 2,768,000 more voters than Trump. In total, again all else being equal, Trump will lose the election in 2020 by 6.5 million votes as opposed to his 2.85 million loss in 2016. When you turn to the electoral college, assuming Trump's deficit is spread evenly across the country, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida all flip to the Democratic candidate even if Democratic voters fail to vote as they did in 2016, even if there is a Jill Stein-like Green Party candidate, even if Gary Johnson decides to run as a Libertarian again, and even if the Russians are as successful with their meddling for Trump as they were in 2016. So there is reason to hope that life and death will return our politics to normal in 2020, naturally. As for myself, I am not leaving anything to chance. I plan to work my butt off.

In South Dakota: Mike Saba, Democratic legislator from District 9 and a former Peace Corp volunteer wants everyone to know that Dusty Johnson, the same Dusty who pretends to be a reasonable Republican, is actually a right-wing ideologue. To appease his Right-wing overlords, Dusty voted to eliminate the Peace Corp the other day. Just like most Republicans, Dusty whispers a good game privately but, when it comes time to stand up, he stands with the extreme wing of his Party. This just confirms what most of you already knew, you can't trust a Republican with your hopes, your dreams or your wallet.

I will drink to that. Join us.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1088.htm

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

Pleasant thoughts about the 2020 Election

Today may be the backend of a long weekend but for those of you who have stayed in town and survived the rants of your crazy Uncle at your family's July 4th gathering, we will meet as always at the "41 TapHouse". It is located just 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's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $50.00.

In Politics:
At 2:00 today we will find out what our Mussolini-like President is doing to destroy the integrity of our constitutionally mandated 2020 census. Trump embarrassed his lawyers in Federal Court on Wednesday and upset a Federal judge by announcing he might not follow the Supreme Court's decision nixing his attempt to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. Experts estimate that such a question would reduce the relative response rate of black and brown people by millions and result in the over-representation of Republicans in the US House of Representatives…...Yes, I agree, Trump is a devious little bastard.

This has led me to ponder the morbidly pleasant thought that Trump's support comes overwhelming from voters over the age of 65. As a group, they voted for Trump by more than 9% over Hillary but, also as a group, they naturally die at a faster rate than Hillary's under 65 voters. Everything else being equal,when you do the numbers, the higher morbidity of Trump's voters will increase his losing margin in 2020 by almost one million votes. Whether or not this negative increase will be enough to swing the Electoral College to the Democratic candidate is another question. More next week.

Today let's ponder morbidity (not our own of course) and the immutable fact that Trump will start his 2020 reelection campaign already down one million votes from his 3 million popular vote loss in 2016.

I will drink to that. Join us.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1087.htm

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's Grand Prize last week. It now stands at $40.00. It may not be the $90.00 our last winner took home but it could all be yours.

In Politics:
Internationally, our criminal President is in Japan playing footsie with his Russian master.

Nationally, 20 of the 24 Democratic Candidates for President held their first debate this week and the consensus seems to be that Kamala Harris put a haymaker on Joe Biden. Luckily for Joe and the rest of the candidates, CNN will hold a second debate in Detroit at the end of July.

Also, Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Campaign on July 17. I can't wait.

In South Dakota: Cory Heidelberger fell short in his quest to refer the laws stifulling South Dakota's traditional ability to Refer Laws and Initiate statutes and Constitutional Amendments. For the time being those opposing Direct Democracy have won. But the fight goes on and Cory and his crew continue to collect signatures to place their Initiative Petition on the ballot and return the laws governing our Referendum and Initiative process to the way they were before our Republican Legislature began meddling with them.

If you see Cory's circulators out in the next 120 days, sign their Initiative Petition to retain our right to effectively petition our government. And get your family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to sign the petition too.
Go to SDVoice.com for more information on Cory's Petition and how you might be able to help save Direct Democracy in South Dakota.

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

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1086.htm

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

Sign our Referendum and Initiative Petitions Tonight or somewhere this Weekend

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's Grand Prize these past two weeks. It now stands at $30.00. It may not be the $90.00 our last winner took home but it could all be yours.

In Politics: Nationally, we have a President who, at best, is a Russian dupe and at worst may be a Russian asset. He publicly confessed to his crimes two weeks ago and said he would do it again given the opportunity. While his confession was a bit of a surprise, his criminality has been apparent to all of us for a long time. Why Republicans willingly go along with Trump and risk being consumed by his criminality is a testament to their own moral bankruptcy. I pray enough integrity remains within them to put their country first, join Democrats, and rid us of Trump, but I am not holding my breath. Despite their whispered protestations to the contrary, Trump and Republicans are one and the same. It is up to the rest of us to save the rule of law and our Democracy. Enough said.

In South Dakota: Two years ago our Republican Legislature, led by want-to-be oligarch Mark Michelson, decided they were tired of being questioned and held accountable by South Dakota voters through our State's long tradition of Referendums and Initiatives. Rather than confront the right of ordinary citizens to petition their government in an open debate, they passed laws making it more difficult for voters to mount a successful Referral or Initiative campaign, hoping to kill these rights with 1000 cuts. For example, in the past any South Dakota resident could circulate a petition without prior approval. Now to carry a petition, a circulator must apply to the South Dakota Secretary of State (SDSOS) for approval, giving their name, phone number, and email address which, upon approval, is public information. In addition, a circulator must offer everyone who signs their petition this same information. And, upon completion of the petition the circulator must again swear to their identity, provide the SDSOS with their last three residential addresses, and supply correspondence addressed to them at their current address. Any error in this process risks the SDSOS invalidating the circulator's petitions and the will of the voters who signed them.

Obviously, Republican powers that be, angered at successful Referendums reversing some of their draconian legislation and the passage of Initiated measures that limited predatory lending, raised the minimum wage, and hobbled their ability to line their pockets and protect their donors special interests, created these requirements to curtail our ability as citizens to act as a check on the legislative process.

Luckily, Cory Heidelberger and others have mounted a campaign to refer and change these laws before the worst of them begin on July 1st. They have until 5:00 PM Thursday June 27th to complete their referral of the laws the Legislature passed during their 2019 Session. Go to SDvoice.org for more information. They need 17,000 signatures to successfully refer these 2019 laws. If they are not successful in this effort because time is tight and the process is difficult, they will continue to work on an Initiated Measure to restore the Initiative and Referendum process to the way it was before our Republican legislature decided to effectively take it from us. If you see Cory's circulators out this weekend, sign their Referendum and Initiative Petitions to retain our right to effectively petition our government. And get your family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to sign both petitions too.

Or, you can join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. We will have petitions there for you to sign as you enjoy a beverage with us.

Since I have failed to send out an invitation for two weeks, here is our link to three week's worth of summaries of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1085.htm
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1084.htm
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1083.htm

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

Special Notice: “Adopt-A-Vet” Fundraiser Today.

Today, Tuesday, May 28th, the day following Memorial Day, we take time out to honor Roger Andal, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a former Minnehaha County Democratic Chair who always fought to defend and promote Veterans' rights and concerns. Roger left us too early a few years ago but we remember his work for our community in a memorial to him just west of Spellerberg Park and next to the VA hospital.

As Democrats, we also honor Roger and all Veterans with an "Adopt-A-Vet" fundraiser today. The details are below:

Donate While You Dine!

Visit the Culver's Restaurant on Minnesota Ave. on Tuesday, May 28th, between 5:00 - 8:00 pm and Culver's will donate 10% of the total Dine-In sales receipts to the "Adopt-A-Vet Fundraiser." The funds raised will be used to buy passes to the Midco Aquatic Center, so vets can benefit from the warm therapy pool. Support local vets!

You have to eat. Why not eat a Culver's on MInnesota Ave tonight.
Please pass this notice on to your friends and family.

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

We meet as always 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: Mike Saba, Legislative District 9's Democratic Representative to the South Dakota House of Representatives, won our Trivia contest grand prize last week answering 8 of 9 questions correctly. He plans to use his $90.00 prize toward his efforts to encourage all eligible voters in his District to participate in our politics. With Mike's victory, we reset our Trivia contest's Grand Prize to $10.00. It may not be $90.00 but it could all be yours.

In Politics: In a somewhat defensive way, Americans like to think we are special. We point to the wealth we have created as proof of our superiority and we beat our chests proudly before the world. Yet, if truth be told, much of the advantage we have enjoyed over other countries is not based on our inherent superior qualities but because of the stable political system we inherited from our Founding Fathers. The Constitution they devised has proven strong enough to enforce uniform rules and laws within our borders and flexible enough to encompass a large market (once the largest in the world) that encouraged the economies of scale necessary to promote industrialization. We had our moments, the Civil War and the Great Depression but we overcame both to become the preeminent economic and military power in the World.

Yet, despite our current dominance, rather than proceed confidently into the future, we find ourselves governed by a fearful and feckless oligarch enabled by a Republican Party willing to suspend its principles and undermine our Democratic institutions for power and the financial benefit of its wealthy donors. Some contend that with Donald Trump America's luck has run out but I do not believe luck has anything to do with it. Rather, I think Donald Trump and his Republican supporters test both the strength of our institutions and our integrity as a people. Trump believes he can buy us, just as he has apparently bought our Republican Senators Thune and Rounds, for a few pieces of silver and the promise of a job.

I hope not. I hope that we can maintain our integrity and prove ourselves to be a virtuous people deserving of our prominence in the World. The 2020 election is less than a year and ½ away. Time will tell. In the meantime, "Resist".

I have failed to send out an invitation for two weeks, so here is our link to three week's worth of summaries of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1079.htm
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1080.htm
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1081.htm

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