Happy Father's Day and welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee, brief news clips that you may have seen or might have missed all laced with
my personal comment. Why? Because early on Sunday Morning everybody here is asleep and I can't help myself, there is so much crazy going on I just need to share. Grab a cup of Sunday Morning Coffee...but careful, it's HOT.
MR. Rodman Goes to Pyongyang
And nothing happened. Dennis Rodman spent five days in the isolated nation in the hope of bringing the two nations closer together. He coached some basketball, met with the Minister of Sports but did not see his BFF Kim Jong Un. Ironically at the same time Mr. Rodman was there so too was Joseph Yun, the administration’s pointman on North Korea, who left on a U.S. military medical evacuation plane with American captive Otto Warmbier on Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after Rodman arrived. Warmbier was arrested last January on a charge of trying to steal a propaganda poster. It seems Mr. Warmbier has been in a coma for the past 15 months. A coma...in a prison...in North Korea. Oh and Dennis did take a copy of the Trump manifesto "The Art of the Deal". Nice... One other little detail. The trip to North Korea for Mr. Rodman was paid for by PotCoin.com. What is that? A banking system for the cannabis industry. Hey, it's marketing!
Well, Now What?
Last week Donald Trump said, "I am being investigated." Uhm, we all knew that it's just that 45 finally was forced to say the words. Of course it is a "witch hunt" and no other president in the history of the United States has ever been treated so poorly. Yeah...that old "birther thingy" was just a joke...right? Meanwhile Senate Republicans are salivating over moving the spotlight away from 45 and directing it on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. They want to have her testify about the Clinton emails. Lemme get this right. The GOP wants to talk about emails (again) while it's clear the Russians and the Trumps are in bed together and have been for decades. You know, THOSE Russians. It's all enough to make your head spin.
Shooting in Virginia
The nation was transfixed last week when a crazy man from Illinois shot up a baseball field and wounded five people. It was clearly an act of domestic terrorism. For a brief moment the nation stopped and seemed to come together. The president, in a carefully worded speech, called on American's to come together and tone down the hateful rhetoric. Members of congress joined together in calling for unity. Many of us were thinking..."Maybe now?" But it didn't take long for the hateful rhetoric to come roaring back. It seems that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) (the guy with the Confederate Flag on his desk) said it was President Obama that divided this nation and led to the attack in Virginia.
We believe that shooting to be real. However we're waiting to hear from Alex Jones.
All the President's Men - Revisited
Last night MSNBC aired a pretty neat look at the Watergate issue complete with Woodward, Bernstein, Redford and Hoffman. I had never seen this before and the timing, 45 years following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building, was...interesting. Here we are forty-five years later and it looks like we're in the same mess. Wait a minute!! #45 and 45 years? Coincidence?
Hard to Keep Up...Right?
Sometimes you've just got to shake your head and wonder if this nightmare will ever end. Day after day this bunch in the White House pisses on the United States and our people. And, yes, I STILL seek Trump-Pence bumper stickers. How odd...how very odd.
It's pretty amazing. 45 LOVES the crowds and making a spectacle. Last week the president flew to Miami where several hundred older Cuban-Americans who are still fighting the revolution gathered to hear Mr. Trump bluster about overturning President Obama's Cuba initiative. Soon Americans wishing to go to Cuba must register with the Treasury Department with tour groups and then maintain logs of their activity there and be willing to have those logs inspected by Treasury when they return. If it sounds a little like Orwellian...it is. See, told you it's hard to keep up.
Iowa, as you know, is awash in red ink. That's because the "supply-siders" who are now in control think corporate hand-outs and lower tax rates will spur jobs and business. Of course they are wrong and history bears that out. But please, do not confuse them with details. Meanwhile 45 and his budget wants to shift more medicaid care to the states. Conservative estimates suggest that will cost Iowa about $123 million. But, it's only money.
Big Event in Des Moines
This Thursday the Asian-Latino Coalition is holding a Democratic Candidate Forum and networking event at the UAW Local 450 headquarters located at 4589 NW 6th Drive. We understand that all of the announced candidates have been invited and those who accepted the invitation include:
Andy Holden McGuire
A candidate reception will be held from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Appetizers & beverages will be provided including crab rangoon & egg rolls prepared by Som Baccam.
Free and open to all Democrats & Progressives.
The candidate forum will begin at 6:00 PM with candidate introductions & opening statements.
The forum will include a moderator and three guest panelists. All questions from audience members will be submitted in writing.
Now you know....Here is the Facebook Link should you wish to learn more.
I've been an orphan now for over 3 years. My Father z'l died while I was doing CPR on him during a rainy night in Fort Dodge. It's one of those things you never forget. To say we were "real close" might be a stretch. He, like so many of my friend's Dads worked all the time. But I have some very wonderful memories that come back to me on a daily basis. The entry to my office has a photo of him holding his little dog. It was taken just after he returned to the US from 3+ years in the Pacific during WWII. He was a fun guy...and funny.
And, yep, it was a Union Bar.
May you too have good memories of your father today, and every day. And, if you can...call him up and let him know you love him.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday.