Sunday Morning Coffee, a chance for us to gather together and visit about politics, religion, gossip...all the stuff you love to hate. And, because I have an opinion on most of these things...you get that too. My name is Michael Libbie and if you would like to comment here feel free. Or, let's connect on my personal Twitter Stream @MichaelLibbie or my personal Facebook Page which is right here. OK...let's get to the "good stuff"!
Glee and Sequester
With the excitement some only reserve for their wedding night my friends in the GOP welcomed "The Sequester". Some of the more recent comments: "Finally we will take our country back from the brink of financial ruin." "If this president wants a socialist society he'll now have to find another way. We'll shut it down first." Clear thinking from my conservative friends. Meanwhile, outside of politics, there is a very human side of sequester as thousands of "lazy ass" government workers will accept furloughs and layoffs. Meanwhile, thousands of factory and technical workers will lose their jobs as providers of military equipment. The list is long and lousy. And this is the real shocker, according to the Associated Press, a significant number of Americans know nothing about the sequester. Huh? Weary my friends...weary.
A couple of weeks ago I shared with you my belief that Cong. Tom Latham (R-IA) would not attempt a run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). BAM! Right again as Cong. Latham shared with his supporters that he is not going to make an attempt. This now opens the door for Cong. Steve King (R-IA) who has expressed interest. Meanwhile other names have surfaced Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey (R-Spirit Lake), former News Radio 1040 "WGOP" blow-hard Steve Deace, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and a guy who might be considered by my Tea Party friends to be a RINO, Doug Gross. Four of the five share similar political views. Sec. Northey, a personal friend, would run a good race. But, once his very conservative religious nature emerges that could be an issue. Steve Deace can not win a state wide US Senate race and, frankly, neither can Cong. King or Lt. Governor Reynolds. That leaves Doug Gross the "establishment candidate" who will be rejected by the wacky fringe. So if Cong. Bruce Brailey (D-IA) does not stumble...he should win...big.
It seems to be alive and thriving in Iowa. There is a new webcast show hosted by Tea Party activist Ken Crow. Two funny things last week on his show The Tea Party Community - Daily Brief: 1) He was naming the worst cities in the nation and said, "These cities are in three states, New York, Calfornia and Michigan all run by democrats." Sorry Ken...Michigan is run by one of your darlings. Then later in the broadcast (8:31) a listener "Karen" posed a question about how the Obama Administration is putting "...dihydrogen monoxide in the water". And listed the dangers of government and how much "dihydrogen monoxide" there is in foods. Ken, of course, bought right in... However, dihydrogen monoxide is...water. Nothing more. Smart cowboy that Ken.
The University of Iowa...
Is fast becoming a laughing stock. If you have a kid going to school there just try to learn something from the school about his/her progress, attendance, etc. You will be told "Sorry, we are not allowed to share that information with you." However, should you be the sheriff all you need to do is pick up the phone or send an email and you get...everything. It's the latest embarrassment faced by the University and uncovered by the Des Moines Register. A president without a contract, a dean accused of sexual misconduct, a lousy football program (hey...we have priorities!) and this. Weary...very.
Speaking of Higher Education
Looks like Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) really likes Craig Lang on the Board of Regents even though Mr. Lang has been accused of interfering and making political points in favor of his alma mater the Iowa Farm Bureau. Nah...can't be. There is nothing political about education. But, if you want a good read from our friends over at Bleeding Heartland...here you go. Good stuff!
Meanwhile Marcus Branstad...
Has been named to state commission that oversees hunting regulations. Marcus is the youngest son of Gov. Terry Branstad and an avid hunter. No doubt this will seal the deal for lead shot for dove hunting in Iowa. What? Yes, there was quite a dust up last year when the Department of Natural Resources ruled hunters should use steel shot vs. lead due to posoining issues among eagles. The governor and Marcus disagreed and overruled the ban and it was Marcus who showed up in full camo for the annual "turkey pardon" by the governor on Thanksgiving. That's my boy!
The Minimum Wage
Here it comes. The "job creators" are warning that if the minimum wage is to be raised (the first since 1996) to $9 an hour nobody will ever find a job again. That is such bunk. Recently Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) suggested the minimum wage should be $10.25 an hour because even at $9 that's still under the poverty level. Seriously...we need to protect business and reduce the minumum wage to $2 an hour...and start employing ten year olds in factories...again. After all...that is the American way!
It's been a tough week. Koozie is, I think, 13 years old and has had back issues...something common to dachshunds. She had been recovering from an incident last week when on Wednesday night things got worse and it was off to the emergency room at the Iowa Veterinary Hospital. My bride has written about the event in her blog, "Weiners, Wheels and Wine". "What Do You Do When Your Weiner Won't Stand Up". Check it out...
Meanwhile my Mom has a new blog. It's called Mom & Me and we just started writing down some of the opinionated things a 93 year-old says. We'll keep that one going too. Besides it shows the "softer" side of this Commie Bastard!
And then last night my friends raised over $1,200 for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Bank. I got to go and here's what went on.
Thanks for coming by... And, feel free to share if ya want. Michael