I truly hope you'll spend some time this weekend remembering the sacrifice so many have
given so that we can enjoy family picnics, a day on the boat or a mattress sale. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my look at politics and religion spiced with a little gossip, just for fun. Time to dig in.
The great "He Who Shall Be Un-Named" has, it appears, clinched the Republican nomination for President of the United States...as I predicted months ago. The reason this has happened is the same reason that, if ever faced with a serious criminal charge, I will request a bench trial rather than a trial by jury. Unless I am guilty. Then a "jury of my peers" would seem to be in order. Weary my friends...and all of this is happening in front of our eyes while the rest of the world shakes their heads in disbelief.
But Wait! We are Not Alone
In case you missed it the people of the Philippines just elected, as their president, the former mayor of Davao City the city on Mindanao, the second-largest island of the Philippine archipelago. Rodrigo Duterte is known for his profanity-laden speeches, misogynistic jokes, and his promises to give the police a free hand to murder suspects. You read that correctly. The people of the Philippines just elected a guy who boasts of how many people he and a roving band of vigilantes nicknamed the Davao Death Squad or DDS murdered during his tenure as mayor. See, it could be worse.
Job? What Job?
He's still here. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) is still getting a paycheck but he's not working. The mild-mannered, 82 year-old "farmer from Butler County" who has actually been getting paid by your tax dollars since he was 26 still will not do his job and hold hearings on Judge Merrick Garland. Never mind that a majority of Iowans support a hearing that may pave the way for the United States Supreme Court to...function. So, when the GOP loses the presidential race in November and a good number of seats in congress and the new president appoints a far more liberal justice to the Supreme Court...oh the irony.
Speaking of Congress
Our "Birds of a Feather" image this week is of Mr. Trump and Mr. Jim Mowrer who is seeking an opportunity to represent Iowa's Third Congressional District. Jim, you may remember, ran for congress in 2014 against Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as a "Blue-Dog Democrat" thinking folks in Northwest Iowa might like that. It did not turn out well for Jim. So, last year he moved into the 3rd District and became a "progressive"...or so he says. But wait... last Thursday evening during the Des Moines Register/KCCI TV8 debate he proudly said he is in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline. And, know what? On that very same day Donald Trump, in what was billed as a major energy speech, said he would "fast-track" the Keystone XL Pipeline pushing aside concerns of the environment. No doubt Jim would also support the Bakken Pipeline which, last week was halted over concerns that construction would disrupt Native American burial grounds.
So, why? It's pretty easy to understand. Jim's minders (the Unions) support both and because they have given Jim thousands of dollars he must support what many of you oppose. See how this works?
Meanwhile the opponents of Mr. Mowrer, Desmund Adams and Mike Sherzan both oppose Keystone XL. Hmmmm...Wow, look at that! No union money! The primary election is June 7th. Now you know.
Speaking of June 7th
There is something else going on that day....the California Primary. Once, not long ago, it was a lock for Sec. Hillary Clinton. Today the polls show that Sen. Bernie Sanders and she are neck in neck in what has become the final stand for Sen. Sanders. True, Bernie could win California and Hillary would still become the nominee but if she doesn't win...big...she will be entering the general election on a low note. What is interesting about all of this is that two of the most distrusted political people on the planet might very well face each other in November.
But Wait, There is More
OK, let's say that Mrs. Clinton is the nominee of the Democratic Party and Mr. Trump represents the GOP...then what? Hold on because the Libertarian Party is making a play for Sanders supporters. In an interview this week Austin Petersen, the Libertarian Candidate for president said he is the "Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama" of his party. No kidding. The guy who has been praised by the likes of Glenn Beck and Mary Matalin is pushing for Bernie voters. Could any of this get any more strange? Yes, and the Democrats, going into November, have some things to fix...quickly.
This past week it was the 4th Birthday of our grandson Carter!!! We had just gotten back from vacation so our celebration continues tomorrow. Can't wait!
It's great to be back and vacation was lovely. Anna Maria Island is a wonderment and a place where they shun big box and corporate giants like McDonalds and WalMart. (Go ahead and click on the images.)The tallest building on the 7.5 mile long island is three stories...I think there is a law about that. The beaches are white sand and the water, even at 8 feet, is crystal clear. The speed limit is 25 (just like Windsor Heights) and the businesses are Mom & Pop. While there, and in the company of friends, I actually considered moving. No, really. I can do what I do from anywhere. The downside...it's Florida and the state is not very progressive. Sort of like Iowa...
Thanks for reading and have a meaningful Memorial Day Weekend.