I wish I didn't like politics more than baseball. And, while I like hockey, I'd much rather talk about religion. Politics and religion...those two things Mom said you should never discuss. Know why? Because most folks make up their mind about both topics with emotion rather than intellect so when people disagree...well you understand. Sunday Morning Coffee is my weekly news brief on some things you may have heard about...or if you were wrapped up in baseball...maybe not. Grab a cup...and let's go!
Give Me a Big Fat Kiss and Let's Make Up!
Pucker up! Yesterday the presidential candidate most despised by Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) and the man who is committed to turning aside ethanol in Iowa won. Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) captured 11 of the 12 national party convention delegates chosen at four party meetings held across Iowa on Saturday. One party regular said, "It's either going to be Cruz or Trump; I guess we've got to go with the lesser of two evils." Smooch!
You make us all proud.
Meanwhile in Wyoming
It was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who won another caucus 55.7% to 44.3% for Sec. Hillary Clinton. That makes eight wins out of the past nine contests. And, know what? Polls in New York are tightening. Once thought to be a "slam dunk" for Sec. Clinton New York is becoming less of a sure thing. (Heck, in March she led by 48 points.) In fact...remember ten months ago? Sec. Clinton was crowned the winner by the establishment...game over! So, if (and stay with me here) if Sen. Sanders continues to win the popular vote but fails at securing enough delegates (they split 7-7 in Wyoming...I dunno why either) when this gets to convention...yikes! Democrats going to pucker up too? This is so fun.
In the wake of North Carolina and Mississippi passing laws that allow true followers of Jesus to discriminate against others the Pope had to stick his nose into things. Yeah, the Pope. He wrote some big paper about love and people and...(icky) sex. No, he did not condone marriage equality but he did write something interesting: “I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion. But I sincerely believe that Jesus wants a church attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness.” I think that means kindness, understanding and love should replace fear, hate and disrespect...from the Church. Can it be argued that folks in North Carolina and Mississippi who choose to "just say no" to a same-sex couple should be accorded that aura of kindness rather than contempt? Yep...if, indeed, those states were a theocracy rather than a democracy no problem. But, that's the issue...they ain't. Or, they are not supposed to be. Look for both states to spend plenty of tax dollars on legal fees because we're headed to the SCOTUS...(Cartoon: Tim Lloyd)
Let's Talk Water in Iowa
Yesterday I was at a "listening post" in Guthrie County, Iowa with Desmund Adams who is running for the United States Congress (more on that later) and top of mind concern among those folks was water quality and the urban rural divide that seems to exist. Don't get ahead of me here because their concern was not about being pro-agriculture or anti-agriculture they simply wanted clean, safe drinking water. One person said, "I think people in Des Moines think all of us country people don't care about water quality and that's not correct. We don't want to drink contaminated water any more than city folks. What we want is action against the polluters and smart answers for clean water. Why aren't we in the face of the chemical companies?" Good question...and noted.
Paying the Bills
Meanwhile more secret money has been uncovered as farm groups and individuals pour cash into the legal defense fund of three counties being sued in Federal Court by the Des Moines Water Works. It would seem, in this article from the Des Moines Register, that the Farm Bureau isn't alone and that several seed companies, chemical companies and others are opening up their checkbooks. How much of the donated $934 million is legal? That's an interesting question and no doubt will be sorted out in yet another court case. Lawyers are loving this battle.
For those of you who are weary of establishment candidates and cash being poured into the coffers of political candidates this article in the Des Moines Register by Kathie Obradovich might interest you. It's about how Desmund Adams has been busy building coalitions among a host of people as we move forward toward the June 7th primary for Iowa's Third Congressional District. Central to the core of this candidate is that it's people who vote and that's where the effort needs to be. Rather than dialing for dollars (which he has also been doing) Desmund spent the past several weeks calling every elected official in the 16 counties that make up the Third District. But, he went beyond that by calling every local county and city commissioner we could find. These are Democrats, Republicans and no-party officials all across the district. Those whom he did not speak to got a voice message...directly from Desmund. In my memory this is something candidates just don't do. Rather they rely on mailings, paid advertising and lining up political endorsements Desmund has been reaching out to the people with a positive message of progress. Yeah...that.
I was in a bank this past Friday making a deposit and the young lady said, "Got anything special planned for Monday?" What the heck was she talking about? "Uhm, no...I get to go to work and stuff but, nope, nothing special." (Odd that she was asking about Monday on a Friday morning.) She looked up and said, "Are you sure? Isn't Monday your Birthday?"
Ya know, at my age we just tend to move along. Not so with our grand-daughter Jovie who turned eight on Friday. For a full week she had been counting down the days and reminding us of how special Friday was going to be...and know what? It was. And, I'm blessed.
Have a wonderful Sunday...and thanks for reading.