Sometimes I sit here on Sunday Morning and wonder to myself, "Has the entire world gone mad?" but then I realize it has not because everything is really OK... Sure. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee where politics and religion and gossip are the order of the day. Some of these stories you may have seen...others not so much. Let's get started..
family members for committing the crime of bringing "shame" on the community or family. We might not have heard about this murder other than the fact Qandeel Baloch was a well known social media star. Her, often, risque posts on Facebook and other sites were mild compared to what we see here but they often shocked conservative Pakistan. Her brother admitted to the murder where he gave her a sedative and then strangled her. Rarely are these murders prosecuted because there is a rule in Islam where if the family "forgives" the murderer they go free. She was 25. Now you know.
Meanwhile in France 84 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when, what is being called, a "newly radicalized Islamist", drove a 19 ton truck through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. Despite a heightened state of alert there were only 60 police officers on duty to handle the imminence crowd who had gathered to watch fireworks in the coastal city of Nice. Here is and update from The Telegraph out of the UK including new information about a text the killer sent just moments before the rampage asking for more guns...
Of course we know who is to blame for this attack and the continued terrorist attacks and even the coup attempt in Turkey. Mr. Trump had this to say yesterday: "Every single thing they’ve touched has turned to horrible, horrible death-defying problems." He then went on to say that it is time for the nation to choose a law and order candidate and he is just the guy to get that done.
Of course there is zero truth to his statement that President Obama or Secretary Clinton had anything to do with France or Turkey but...it doesn't matter. It is fresh meat.
(Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
The Circus Comes to Town
Tomorrow the 2016 Republican Convention kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio. If you take a gander at the list of speakers you will see exactly why this part is so completely out of touch with reality. Or maybe Dana White the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship fits right in with the keen intellect of the parties base. What must the world be thinking that this nation actually has people, who can read and write, stand up for a TV reality star without one single shred of service to this country and support him for president. This, truly, is the most bizarre circus we have seen. Cue the clown car.
Governor Mike Pence
If there was any doubt that this year is a political hot mess it was stripped aside as Donald Trump, after thirty-minutes of talking about himself, introduced Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) as his running mate. Let's see this is the same guy who declined to answer, on national television, whether it is legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians. This is the same guy who was forced to abandon his wacky idea of creating a state-run television station where he would be free to fling his misogynistic mumblings to the faithful. The same guy who is known for cutting taxes and misleading statements on the economy of Indiana. Indiana does boast of one of the lowest median wage levels in the country at $32,910 35th lowest in the nation. But why not end your political career with a run for the vice presidency...
Mental Health and Iowa
It's really nice that, here in Iowa, we have no mental health issues. Don't believe the doom and gloom that says Iowa ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to mental health care. Don't believe the statistics that say there are 123,000 Iowans with mental health issues and only 731 public and private mental health beds in the state. We're just fine because Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) said so. Take your whining to...Indiana or something.
Forget Pokemon Go...the newest sport here is murdering cyclists. Last week yet another "distracted driver" who killed a cyclist by smashing her from behind with her car received a small fine and had her drivers license suspended. Courtney Lynn Johnson 24, was sentenced Friday for three traffic offenses. She told police that she was texting when she hit 21-year-old Grace Harken of Riceville from behind last July on Highway 218 near Osage. Twenty-five cyclists have died in collisions with cars since 2011. Yet the Iowa Legislature has repeatedly turned away some common sense bills that would, in some measure, attempt to protect cyclists or at least call the killings what they really are and send some folks away for a several years.
Here is something that should happen. Cyclists who are coming to Iowa for RAGBRAI simply should show solidarity and skip the ride until some meaningful legislation is passed which would start to protect cyclists. It is amazing to me that the state which holds the biggest cycling ride in the world has such a double standard when it comes to killing cyclists.
Another observation? The only person to receive serious prison time for murdering a cyclist was Jonathan Leyva Rodriguez who killed Wade Franck last year on a city street in Des Moines. I wonder if being a person of color had anything at all to do with the sentence or is it simply speculation that white folks get a pass in Iowa?
My friend Nate Boulton, who is running for the Iowa State Senate in District 16 and is sure to take that seat in November, told me at the Iowa Cubs game this week he is committed to helping other Democrats in and around the Greater Des Moines Metro. He is joined by a large group of individuals who lost in Democratic primaries or are in secure legislative seats who are working to pick up a larger majority in the senate and take back the house.
Happy Birthday to my friend Sam Kreamer who thru a great party last evening at his home. What an interesting mix of people. We truly enjoyed the conversation and I got to get chummy with one of their family members. Meet Maya...she and I are about the same age.
Now you know why Sunday Morning Coffee is a bit late today...
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!