Sunday Morning Coffee...my weekly politics, religion and gossip blog is being served for Sunday Morning Brunch today. Why? Well, do not mix failing to eat with going out with your 35 year-old daughter to the clubs. Yikes! She drove! OK...let's get into it shall we. Lots to cover:
We Did What?
Last week a slim majority of voters in the United Kingdom decided they had enough of being part of the European Union so they voted to Brexit. Then, after the markets collapsed, the pound-sterling fell to a 40 year low and other European countries made plans to pull out of Great Britain citizens there went to Google to find out what the hell the European Union...was. "We got ourselves out of the bloody EU which is what by the way?" The Washington Post had a great piece on the metrics following the vote. What was really fun was that the way the Exit Crowd lied to the people telling them about the threat of Muslim armies on the door step of England. It seemed so Donald Trump. Weary...
Then the Brits decided to start an online petition to take back their vote. As of this writing over 3 million of them have signed on for a "do over". Parliament must hear any petition that has over 100,000 signatures. "I say, old chap, what was it we voted on?" Here is the piece from NBC News.
So, get this: The Donald jets to Scotland the day after the vote to open up a high end golf resort and says, upon landing, how much he admires Scotland for voting to regain their independence and vote out of the EU. Trouble is...Scotland voted to stay in the European Union. This clown can't even get that right? Meanwhile the irony: He is hailing the vote while the markets strip $400 billion out of 401k accounts that belong to common people and courting the super wealthy at his resort. Tell me again why you, Gov. Branstad (R-IA) and Supervisor Robert Brownell (R-Polk County) support this guy? Really...sometime we need to sit down over a very strong adult beverage and have you come clean.
Just when you thought everything was going just ducky (one of them words used in Great Britain) we get a report that Iowa comes in at the end of the line when it comes to mental health care. But, the fact of the matter is, we don't actually NEED any mental health care in Iowa we just ship folks off to jails and prisons. A Des Moines Register (I know...Commie Bastards!) had this startling piece in a recent editorial: "A 2015 report estimates there are 120,000 people in Iowa with a serious mental illness, but only about 300 psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who can prescribe medication. Iowa now ranks last among the states in terms of the available state psychiatric beds."
You see, Gov. Branstad has seen the light and unilaterally closed facilities because we just don't need them...right? You people actually voted for this guy....remember? And, what is sad, you are about to vote for another Republican should Gov. Branstad ever decide to retire. Weary 2.0 but then again we, no doubt, need for-profit prisons. See where we are headed here?
Meanwhile in Congress Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) last week held an old-fashioned sit in but this time dozens of lawmakers sat in the Well of the House Chamber protesting that the GOP controlled body would not take a vote on tougher gun measures. Of course Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) called it a "publicity stunt" while he posed for photos in a homeless shelter kitchen. Two items: The Democrats should have stayed. No really! They should have made the decision to stay and really make a point. Friends could have sent in food and pillows and blankets. It would have been a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. It was a publicity stunt...because they caved too quickly. Weary 3.0. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Folks are getting all excited over the prospect that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is going to play the spoiler and court Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voters which will peel off supporters from the left and allow Mr. Trump to become president. While Mr. Johnson seems like a nice guy he stands for stuff that Bernie would never cave to. But, then again...on the surface it may be appealing. This could turn into a real hot mess...
Was back in Iowa last week. Wonder what position he is looking at under a President Hillary Clinton White House?
Really proud of our son Aaron. Not only a great father and husband he also gives back a bit. Last week he rode his bike over 150 miles in a fund raising program to stop human trafficking. Well done and gosh he's a great kid.
Meanwhile this weekend our daughter, Holly gets closer to 40. She doesn't read Sunday Morning Coffee..so I can say that. Congratulations and you are beautiful!
Gotta go before this goes into Sunday Afternoon Coffee....stay cool out there and thanks for reading!