Happy Cinco d' Mayo and welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my personal opinion about the stuff you love to hate. Politics & religion with a little gossip thrown in for fun. My name is Michael P. Libbie and if you wish to comment here, feel free and/or let's connect on my personal Twitter Stream @MichaelLibbie or my personal Facebook Page, which is right here. Lots of stuff to share so let's get going:
Cinco de Mayo
No, it is not Mexican Independence Day (That is September 16th) or the day HyVee has Kraft Mayo on special. This holiday, sort of like Chanukah, celebrates a military victory. The Mexican Army of 4,000 defeated the French Army of 8,000 at the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo our family avoids french fries in favor of tacos. If you want to real scoop on the holiday, which gives gringos an excuse to party with tequila and guacamole, here's a link. See, I try to educate too.
Congress - Face Palm
Last week there was a story circulated about the Worst Jobs in the US. According to Career Cast the worst job for 2013 is a newspaper reporter. I was surprised that nobody mentioned being a member of congress. But, being a member of the Political Class of Congress is really the Best Job in the US even though the aproval rating for what they do is now at 14%. You see, as a member of congress you get to do what YOU want to do and pay little to no attention to the folks you (don't laugh now) "represent". Just say no to common sense things like background checks for firearms. Just say no to hungry kids and education while you take care of the "business class" and "adjust" the sequester for the FAA. Sad.
Given the low approval rating of the US Congress I predict that Cong. Edward Markey (D-Mass) will go down in defeat to GOP political newcomer Gabriel Gomez in the June 25th special election to replace former senator and now Secretary of State John Kerry. I make this prediction solely on the belief that from time to time I need to give my Republican Friends some hope. Wait! FLASH: I just found out that Mr. Gomez is NOT of Mexican Heritage! That changes everything! Fa-git-about-it! Markey will win in a landslide. See, Cinco de Mayo can sort of be just like April Fools Day. Aren't you glad you came by?
On Friday Cong. Steve King (R-IA) made it official; he is not going to take up the GOP mantle and challenge Cong. Bruce Braley (D-IA) for the US Senate. Now that many of the states top Republicans (Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Cong. King) have said "Neyt!" who? The newest name to surface is State Senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) who also joined Twitter last week and has a whopping three tweets out there. Sen. Ernst, on her Twitter Profile let's us all know she is a safe candidate because she is a "Christian". Southwest Iowa News is lapping it all up in this article. BTW, she is kinda cute and could be Iowa's answer to Sarah Palin! Former US Attorney Matt Whitaker is also kinda cute and ready to run but his Twitter Profile lacks the Christian Influence...come on Matt get with it.
Another Holy War?
In case you were wondering why our friends over in the GOP are so fired up about "a well regulated militia" it might be due to the fact that in a recent survey 44% of them say there must be an armed revolution against the US Government. I'm catching a link between religion and guns. If you are a Christian and you die in an armed revolt against the US Government you go and meet Jesus. But, unlike my jihadist friends no "rivers of alcohol or dozens of virgins". Here is the survey data from our friends at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
This would be an interesting twist: Let's say a group of American Muslims got together and formed "a well regulated militia" complete with weapons, training, a flag (US of course), a motto, website.... Wonder what that might look like...
You are welcome.
It's Only Sex...
Front page of the Des Moines Register this morning, "50 Sex Offenders Have Gun Permits". My friend Jason Clayworth did this exclusive and it's really good. Look, it is their Second Amendment right to have a gun and besides Iowa is the wild west when it comes to the ability of law enforcement to keep you from one. Sex, domestic abuse, etc. will not stand in the way of the Second Amendment! That sound you hear? It's heads spinning down at the State Capital. Here is the link to the story.
Speaking of the State Capital...
The money has run out. Yep, the Iowa Legislature started working without their per diem of $135.00 a day on May 3rd yet many, many items are yet to be resolved. Those "signature items" such as screwing the schools, screwing the elderly, screwing the taxpayers, screwing Main Street, screwing cities and counties, screwing with the poor, screwing...screwing all which Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) supports. Maybe they should just go home before they screw anything else up.
I'm sorry...just feeling a little...BLUE today.
We have, what I call a "Dish Safe". You may know it as a automatic dishwasher. But, with only two of us rambling around in this house I see little reason to put stuff into the Dish Safe for days on end and then when you need a pot, pan, dish...you must retrieve it from...yep, the Dish Safe. Who's with me on this?
Tomorrow is the weigh in for Pedal Off the Pounds. The Des Moines Cycle Club had over 90 people at the first meeting last Monday evening and the official start is tomorrow. I'm on Team Purple with lots of very eager bicycle riders hoping that the 22-week program will result in a healthier lifestyle. Like with diet and...exercise. All of this means that I am entering into the warmer weather without Vodka-Tonic which really sucks. I'll let you know when "the shakes" start.
Happy Cinco de Mayo my friends and have a wonderful Sunday! A tip-of-the-hat to our "pool boy" Pedro for helping me write this morning. Wonder if Sangria has fewer calories than...vodka?
Thanks for coming by! - Michael
OH..one more thing! If you wish to leave a comment here feel free but know that due to a huge amount of spam I've had to resort to approving all the comments. Not the best way to run an army...but figure you really were not interested in fake Rolex watches.