Sunday morning brings out the best in all of us...because it's the start of the week and we get to down a hot cup of Sunday Morning Coffee! Politics, Religion and some Gossip thrown in for flavor and you've got a delightful read to jump start your brain. See, you're having fun already. Let's get to it.
The Iowa Democratic Caucus
Everybody has already written about it...like nearly everybody. "It was an embarrassment.", "It was unorganized.", "It was a disaster!" not so fast. It was, in my book, fun. On the Democratic side neighbors from my precinct got together in a crowded room picked sides, heard speeches, gave a little money, signed petitions and went home. Could it be better? Sure, there could have been better trained leaders in some of the 1,683 precincts in the state and yes there are ways to better count and report the findings and, I'm sure, after the attention garnered by the entire nation somebody will figure it all out. In the meantime we get the slimiest of victories for Sec. Clinton and a win for Sen. Sanders. Who, if you remember, had no name recognition and no money. To nearly tie with the biggest political machine in the nation is no small feat. Well done Robert Becker and crew. And for my friend Matt Paul a win is a win. On to New Hampshire!
Side note: My rabbi called me last week from New York and asked me who I caucused for. I told him, "Rabbi, I had to caucus for the only Jew running." He was not happy.
The GOP Caucus
OK, my guy...The Donald...didn't pull off a victory. I should have listened to my operative friend who told me three weeks ago, "Michael, you have to understand that, in Iowa, it is the campaign who goes to caucus and yells "JESUS!" the loudest who wins." I should have listened. Turning to religion when there is no other hope makes perfect sense. Because both the Democrats and the Republicans were in the same building I did get to chat a bit with some of my GOP neighbors, including the Mayor of the City of Windsor Heights, and they were all smiles...going in. Congratulations! Jesus won! (Cartoon, Tim Lloyd)
North Korea Missile
When a wacky nation like North Korea launches an intercontinental ballistic missile with a satellite folks tend to notice. That happened yesterday and nearly every nation is condemning the act. Why did they pick yesterday to launch the satellite into orbit? The Super Bowl. No...really. The timing of the ICBM launch is said to have been planned just prior to the Super Bowl for "maximum exposure". That being said, Iowa has nothing to fear. If North Korea launched a nuclear weapon using an ICBM we're in the clear. See...turning to Jesus has advantages.
Speaking of the Super Bowl
Guess by now you know that there is a new Colonel Sanders in town. Yep, Norm McDonald, who had donned the white suit, is being replaced today by another comedian, Jim Gaffigan. The thirty-second spot will air in the pre-game broadcast and will be an in-game spot during the CBS live streaming effort. But, why wait for the game? Here is the spot:
See aren't you glad you came by? BTW, Gaffigan is the third star to wear the white suit for KFC the first was "Saturday Night Live" alum Darrell Hammond who kicked off the campaign last spring. See what you learn here! One more? A thirty-second ad during the 50th Super Bowl is said to be costing companies $5 million and it looks like the inventory is sold out. Wanna know what's going to be playing? Here is a link to all the ads from our friends at Ad Age. Just tryin' to help. Spoiler alert by the way.
Rock 'n' Roll and Gone
It's not been a good start to 2016. The stock market is crazy and we've already lost ten rockers. Most notable have been David Bowie and Glenn Frey but there have been others. And, because I'm here to serve, this is a link to check out who else has passed on to Rock 'n' Roll Heaven.
Meanwhile in Iowa
Iowa Senate Democrats are crafting a bill to repeal Gov. Terry Branstad's (R-IA) reckless endangerment of over 500,000 of Iowa's poorest citizens with his for-profit effort to privatize Medicaid. House Republicans say the bill, Senate Study Bill 3081, known as the “Health Care Protection Act,” is DOA and will not see the light of day in their chamber. To really understand this mess you have to come to the realization that Republicans don't give a crap about folks. It's all about money and Jesus and, clearly, those beating their chests about both know nothing about their religion. But...hey sin and sin again...then shout "Jesus!" and you're OK. Or am I getting that wrong somehow?
So You Want Proof Huh?
The Clown Car has moved on to New Hampshire and the three winners of the Iowa GOP Caucus have all stated their objection to social security and seniors. How? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would love to privatize social security and usher in the old, worn George W. Bush system. (Note to self, check the Wall Street Markets.) Meanwhile "The Donald" thinks "savings accounts are a good idea"...like he's really had any good ideas. And then the new darling of the GOP Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has said that, "Social Security has weakened our people..." wants privatization, would lift the retirement age and supports the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) budget plan that would raise out of pocket costs for the typical Medicare patient to more than $6,000 a year.
Oh yeah...having spent three and a half years caring for my Mother and dealing with a fixed income of less that $11,000 a year these people should just go to Hell. But they won't...they are shouting "Jesus!". Weary....
It's been a busy week and the one ahead looks to be the same. Some of you know that I've been tapped to manage the congressional campaign for my friend Desmund Adams and while that takes a bunch of time it's been an honor to work closely with him and his assembled, and very talented, team. There has been lots of excitement and the endorsements keep coming in because they realize Desmund is the only Democratic candidate who can win back Iowa's Third Congressional seat in November. If you want to know how...let's chat.
Anyway, I was struck by something he said the other day as he visited with a person from Flint, Michigan who was visiting Des Moines. "Let me share with you this," said Adams, "When I get to Washington I will not forget Flint. Even though my focus will be Iowa, this nation can not turn our back on what evil has wrought in your community. Austerity economics is not in the best interest of our people...all our people."
Have a great Sunday...and Happy Super Bowling.