Screw it! Wait! That's no way to start Sunday Morning Coffee...I'm sorry. Let's start again: So many stories so little time. This is Sunday Morning Coffee my attempt to bring you some of the crazy news items you may have seen or missed...all with my personal twist. If you are into this sort of thing...read on. If not...screw it. Move along, nothing for you to see here.
Chicago & The Establishment
I'm old enough to remember the 1968 National Democratic Convention when thousands poured into the streets motivated by a total lack of faith in the Democratic Party and it's shameful record regarding injustice and the Vietnam War. The establishment called them thugs...they always do. But, the motivation was not hurt and harm it was political frustration of a party run by "old white guys" who had little in common with the people. It was "business as usual" and the frustration was great. Today we have, in the legions of Bernie Sanders followers, the same frustration. They have been brought into action by an "old white guy" who finally is saying what needs to be said, "The system is rigged, we are not about hate we are about giving voice to all the people of this great nation! Join this political revolution." And they have. Yet the establishment continues and the frustration has not boiled over into riots but throngs of new voters, engaged voters showing up at the polls. Hence...Michigan where all the polling got it wrong. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Speaking of Michigan
How could it be that three major polling organizations had Hillary beating Bernie by 21 to 32 percent yet, at the end of the day Sen. Sanders won the contest by over a full percentage point? The establishment doesn't get it...because pollsters are no better than fake wizards. What nobody thought of is that most of the out-calls to Democratic Voters take place on land-lines. You know, that telephone you have that sits on a desk with a cord that is connected to the telephone pole? Those folks tend to be older...more in tune with Hillary while the younger voters ditched cords for mobile years ago. Face palm!
How is it that you can accept the endorsement of the KKK, incite violence from the podium and call every minority group a name and not be labeled a racist? I dunno but let me float this out, and you know I've suggested this before, America is a nation that is fraught with racist tendencies. This nation, since it's birth, has pushed people to the margins and then either enslaved them or murdered them. It is in our DNA and so when a national figure emerges and calls out to this simmering and seething crowd they react with impunity. This isn't hard to figure out. As John Legend, just yesterday, in a Tweet responding to Donald Trump, Jr. "It isn't complicated..."
And, it isn't. Those who bask in the glow of "White Privilege" tend to think, that they are the victims and will not be able to understand this and, friends, that is exactly the problem and it is shameful.
Marco Rubio and Florida
For those of you hoping, against all hope, that Sen. Rubio can somehow stop Mr. Trump...pack your bags. It's over. Marco needs to win Florida and it's 99 delegates to stay in the race. If it were not for Ted Cruz he might be able to make that happen but it seems that Marco and Ted are splitting the "anti-Trump" voters throw in Gov. Kasich and Trump wins. Memo to the RNC: It is over for you as well. If Mr. Trump is what you bring us in November be prepared to not win another election down to the County Supervisor. You are the party of exclusion...this will be interesting to watch.
Yesterday I was in Greenfield Iowa (have you seen the Hotel Greenfield? Yikes!) where I engaged a young man about the history of that small community. We were talking about Henry A. Wallace who was born in Adair County and went on to become the Secretary of Agriculture under President Franklin Roosevelt and then Vice President from 1941 to 1945. I mentioned something about socialist programs and the current political climate. He said to me, "I don't like Socialists, they scare me?" I had to know why and when he couldn't quite formulate an answer other than "fear" I told him about the clearly socialist programs fostered on the United States by FDR and how they brought this nation back from the brink and how many of those programs such as Social Security are still with us today. Surprised she said, "Wow, I had no idea. But, (and there is always a "but") we need to find a way to get the bad ones off of social programs while keeping the good ones."
Good and Bad ones? I'll leave that right there.
The Iowa Legislature gives a green light to companion animal abuse and neglect. Last week I did an interview with Melodie Porter Smith from Panora PETS about what she says is in increase in abuse and neglect cases. She says (and you can listen to the interview here) that they have a bill in the Iowa Legislature designed to punish humans who abuse and neglect companion animals but the Republican controlled House won't bring it up. You see, the Farm Bureau and Big Ag see any attempt to protect, even companion animals, as a threat to their "way of life". Shameful.
Meet Yofi a four month old puppy that was burned at the hand of humans and then left to suffer for days before being taken to the veterinary clinic by a person not related to the incident. For...days. The resulting infection took an ear and much of her skin. This image is two weeks post incident and she is getting better by the day.
If you want a "poster-child" for that movement...who now lives with us and is getting the care, treatment and love every companion animal should get please feel free to share.
Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading!