Sunday Morning Coffee is about the stuff Mom said "Never discuss...". Politics and religion with some gossip thrown in for flavor. My name is Michael 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. OK...enough commercial! Let's go...
The Middle East - Obama's Pickle
"We don't know what to do." would pretty much sum up our policies regarding Egypt and Syria. Following years (12 in Afghanistan & 9 in Iraq) Americans have little interest in getting involved in "boots on the ground" and fading interest with regard to "democratically elected governments" who just so happen to be Islamist. However, last week it was reported that Syrian government troops used chemical weapons against civilians, killing 1,300. That sparked renewed interest in Washington that "we must do something". What? I dunno but President Obama has his hands full. Who in their right mind would want that job?
Last week eighty members of the GOP controlled United States House of Representatives said they would rather shut down the government then fund the Affordable Care Act. Leading the charge was our own Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Meanwhile Newt Gingrich is back in the news telling the Republicans that shutting down the government will help their cause. Pure revisionist history because following the government shutdowns of 1995-96 President Clinton's poll numbers rose and propelled him to a second term. But facts have never been important to the Republicans.
Meanwhile Republican Voters...
Seem less enthustiac about shutting down the government. On Thursday the Washington Examiner reported on a poll conducted for Republican members of Congress found that Republican voters oppose shutting down the government to defund President Obama's health care law.
The poll, conducted by Republican pollster David Winston, found that 53 percent of Republican voters opposed shutting down the government to defund Obamacare, while 37 percent supported it. Among all registered voters surveyed, 71 percent opposed a shutdown while 23 percent supported it. The poll is yet another sign of trouble for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Republicans who wish to try to force a showdown over Obamacare and the budget.
Speaking of Senator Cruz
He is an American...OK? He says so. He is still bat-crap-crazy but he is an American Bat-Crap-Crazy not a Canadian. Story is that Canada welcomed the fact that Sen. Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship last week saying, "Whew, we dodged a bullet on that one." The irony that Sen. Cruz was born in a county that has civilized health care...that he is so against...is...funny. Not!
The Horror of North Carolina in Iowa?
Remember last week when I shared with you what is going on in North Carolina and how the Republican Governor and Legislature have been working to suppress the vote of African Americans and college students? Here is the refresher... Anyway, I made a comment that the same thing could happen here in Iowa because Gov. Branstad and Secretary of State Matt Schultz champion the same ideas. I was told by my friend over at Bleeding Heartland that the governor and the secretary have not supported such measures. But...I believe they would if the GOP, like in North Carolina, controlled both houses in the Iowa Legislature. You see, it's in their blood. The only thing that is keeping Iowa a better place is the Iowa Senate controlled by the Democrats who would oppose such legislation. Should it fall...it would be Jim Crow Day in the Hawkeye State.
Here Come The Judge!
Last week former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis Lavorato declared that Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) was not involved in the firing of Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Supervisor Larry Hedlund. Hedlund is the fellow who reported seeing the governor's vehicle speeding and shortly afterward was canned. However Lavorato said he could not reach a conclusion on whether Hedlund's termination was justified. Meanwhile Thomas Duff, Helund's lawyer, has said Branstad injected Lavorato as a "...political stunt to subvert the legal process and exonerate himself without facing a judge, jury or the due process of law." Well now...more to come and, once again for your viewing pleasure:
I just want that song running around in your brain...too. Thank you Jack Hatch!
Speaking of Local Politics
Stay with me on this...because it's pretty good. Three weeks ago Iowa House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Des Moines) stepped down from House District 33 to take a gig with the Iowa Attorney General. Immediately a fellow by the name of Karl Schilling announced he was running in the Democratic controlled portion of Des Moines. Then businessman Felix Gallagher made rumblings of running. Gallagher is a Latino who stepped aside when another better known Latino Joe Henry announced his candidacy. (Are you still with me?) Fast forward to last week. Des Moines City Councilman Brian Meyer announces that he will run in House District 33 and everybody else bails to support him. But here is the irony...and gossip: The Southeast portion of Des Moines has a large Latino population who would have welcomed the opportunity to vote for a Latino but...now they are faced with voting for Meyer the guy who, while on the city council, championed for the removal of mobile food trucks...many of which were owned by...Latinos. But hey...Meyer is a big buddy of McCarthy so...politics as usual. Sucks huh?
But, There is More...
Story is that Joe Henry will now run for the City Council. I know and like Joe but...Joe, Felix is still waiting for you to call him back. And he too lives in the Southeast side of Des Moines. Just trying to be friendly here...
It's Going to Get HOT
Warm front here to stay for a couple of days...highs in the upper 90's. I just needed a break from all the hot gossip...back to our regular program.
The word is that Mom is going to be released from her rehab adventure. She wants to go home and the staff thinks she needs to go to assisted living. Me? I dunno. Her home is less than a mile from where we live so getting to her is not an issue. However, she has lived in a cocoon for the past two month with folks waiting on her for...everything. I just don't know how she would do on her own.
But, she did get a new hair-do the other day and that makes everything just perfect.
Have a great Sunday! - Michael