Time to put on your "happy face"! Turn that frown upside down! Pretend that everything is just ducky as we enter into the new post fact world of President Donald Trump and his cronies. It will be a fun filled four years, or less, if the Republican Senators have their way as they wait for President Trump to screw up. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee. Short stories of stuff you may have seen or...missed but all with my sarcastic twist. Hey, give me one day a week...let's have some fun! Did I mention that Melania Trump is hot?
There was a rally last week in New York City that drew up to 25,000 people committing themselves to 100 Days of Resistance. Here is the link to their movement. Filmmaker Michael Moore talked about what everyday citizens can do to resist Donald Trump in the first 100 days. He also said, "Donald Trump will lose it and you know what makes him lose it? Humor. He can not take the fact that people don't like him and when we use humor it really gets to him." Anyway, should you be interested in 100 Days of Resistance here is the post from Robert Reich that details what each of us can do.
First White House Press Briefing
Strap in kids. If the first press briefing is a foreshadow of what is to come this is really going to be fun. Mr. Trump's press secretary strolled into the White House Press Room to castigate the news media because they lied about the size of the crowd at the inauguration of his boss. We all know Sean Spicer didn't just decide to take on the press corps in his five minute lecture that was full of lies and half-truths. He was directed, by his boss, to go out there and lie his head off..oh, and take no questions. But, remember we are now in a Post-Fact Era where you can say anything and at least 38% of the people believe. If you want to scroll through the lies and misleading four facts here is your link to Politico. Oh yeah...and he took no questions.
It is telling that the first press room event was combative and full of factual errors. (OK, that idiot that reported the bust of MLK had been removed should be fired...today.) The bigger issues is this is how Donald J. Trump ascended to the presidency and anybody who thinks that is going to change is deluded. But, for those of you who "so badly want to give him a chance" go ahead. It ain't happening. This man built a business on smoke and mirrors and lies. It is not going to change. Strap in... Oh, Melania is only 24 years younger than the president. But you knew that.
The photo? It's from a tweet sent out after Sean Spicer lied his ass off. You might remember this guy. He was the press secretary for Saddam Hussein lovingly referred to by the American press as "Baghdad Bob". Sorta fits... (Click to enlarge)
First Executive Action
It is telling that the first executive action by President Trump was an effort to remove insurance coverage to over 20 million Americans. If you look back the first executive action by President Obama was to issue an executive order to rescinded an earlier executive order severely limiting public access to presidential records after they left office. One president is building while the other is tearing down. But, hey, we knew that.
I.M. Stupid Has a Face
Several weeks ago we featured something new from our contributor Tim Lloyd, whom I have come to appreciate for his wit and wisdom. He had penned a letter from I.M. Stupid to his dear Mother. Set in the spirit of a voice over from a Ken Burns documentary we offer up yet another episode of our favorite Trump Supporter. To enjoy just click the link below.
As an added extra I thought this quote from a woman who had traveled to Texas to be on hand for the inauguration was telling. She was asked why she supported Trump and answered, "Because he is going to cut the tax rate from 35% to 15%. All I had to do to get a raise was to vote!" Don't you love the patriotic view of America? Our new motto should really be, "What's In It For Me?" (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Women and Marching
I wish I could have gone and joined the thousands of women who marched yesterday. You don't want to piss off the women of this nation. They will make your life hell. Thank you for your efforts and for your devotion of equality. Thank you!!
Yesterday, in what appeared to be a complete refutation of the "old guard" the Iowa Democratic Central Committee elected Derek Eadon as its party chair. When I first heard that Derek was in the running I had doubts. He was way too progressive and the "old guard" would not let go of that power but I liked him. When I tossed his name around to some IDP folks many did not know who he was...which might mean more than we think. Yesterday Derek won the vote and, in case you were wondering, now leads an executive committee that is the youngest in memory. Here's a peek at who is...who: Derek Eadon, 33, was voted in as chair. Andrea Phillips, 42, won the 1st Vice Chair spot, which is also a DNC voting member. Jordan Pope, 19, beat out a state representative to become 2nd Vice Chair. And June Owens, 45, became the 3rd Vice Chair. (Photo - Iowa Starting Line)
I celebrated Shabbat in Mason City this weekend and then back to Des Moines in time to attend the RAGBRAI Route Party. First time my Bride and I had the opportunity to be among all of these crazy folks who love ridding across Iowa. Lots of friendly faces but one that I was looking forward to meeting was John Karras one of the founders of RAGBRAI. He is now 86 and we talked about his health ("pretty good for an old guy") and what RAGBRAI has become ("It's a big deal and worth lots of money"). I asked him what his most fond memory of RAGBRAI was and he said, "Back in the day there would be money left over and we would retrace the route and give money back to the local Chamber of Commerce in the towns along the route. They, often, spent money they didn't have and we thought it was a nice gesture to give some back for their hard work." I liked that...and thank you John!
Have a great Sunday and a Fantastic Week!