Sunday Morning Coffee is about the stuff that makes you crazy(er). Sex, politics, opinion, gossip - it's also the stuff you crave. Go ahead, you can admit it to us...we're friends and besides, we know what we love to talk about over coffee. So here's your weekly dose of taking a look back...and a peek forward. Grab a cup but...warning...the coffee is HOT!
Proof - Principals Don't Matter
Recently Newt Gingrich was the headliner at a fund raiser for Pastor Jeff "We Like Michele" Mullen. Mullen is the religious leader of the Point of Grace Church and is running for the Iowa Senate against fellow Republician and incumbent Pat "I Am Not A RINO" Ward. Newt, you know, the guy that led the charge of impeaching former President Clinton over his sexual involvement with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Newt who, it turns out, was at the same time involved in a steamy affair with House staffer Callista Bisek, twenty years his junior. But she did become his third wife. You see, in politics...it doesn't matter who you are sleeping with as long as you can use 'em. (Photo: Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com)
This is...bad. Really...bad! Recently our friend Clark Kauffman of the Des Moines Register shared a story about an 83 year old sex offender who was released in 2010 from the Civil Committment Unit for Sex Offenders and placed in the Pomeroy (Iowa) Care Center where, it seems, he has been busy sexually molesting residents and scaring the hell out of staff and kids. Nice work. Nine months ago the Des Moines Register reported that there were, "...27 sex offenders living in 15 of Iowa's 188 residential care facilities." The same type of facilities that Governor "For Life"Terry Branstad and the Iowa Legislature decided didn't actually need routine state inspections. How's that for smaller government? And, there is more... Here is the full story from the Des Moines Register.
Black Friday and Market Day
This Friday those of us who enjoy buying local...really local...get to head off to Market Day an event where dozens of local artists and creative types showcase their work. It's economic development that keeps your cash...here. You've GOT TO GO...OK? This year Market Day is being held at the Des Moines Social Club in the Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut Street, Des Moines. Who knows who you'll bump into. Here's a quick video we did last year so you can get a taste of what Market Day looks like.
Fun...see you Friday - Kirkwood Building - 400 Walnut - Downtown Des Moines
Dear Police State of Amerika
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This is what a Police State looks like...meanwhile in California it looks like there will be an investigation into this pepper spray issue. Sad what we've become. But remember "our faith will sustain us"...last night in Des Moines the GOP was fawning all over their "...deep Christian principals..." please.
Mom is 91 and in full support of the protests. "The people need to be heard and if they are not heard they will take it to the streets. There is no humanity here there is only greed among the banks, non-profits and the elite." Pretty broad brush stroke but for a woman who has seen so much she is sick watching what is happening. It's her country too. Oh, by the way another lesson from Mom: When out shopping everybody learns patience. Here she is counting out $27.57...in ones. The people behind her were...patient and kind.
I was flying out of Kansas City last week (I would have flown out of Des Moines but the ticket price was $225 higher...times two.) when I ran into a 25-year U.S. Army, four tours in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. who just so happens to be assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (bad ass group of solders with an HQ at Ft. Drum) during our "security check". I asked him what he thought of the whole security system. "Security theater." was his response. "I lost all faith in this system years ago but we put up with it because we think it makes us safer." I asked if he had ever experienced the Israeli model of passenger screening. "Yes, but we can't do that here...it takes talent." Remember Americans, the price of freedom is a full body scan. (Carolina K. Smith, M.D. / Shutterstock.com)
Last night it was on to the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game...we lost to Sioux Falls 2 - 4. But, it was the first road win for the Sioux Falls club and there was a nice crowd on hand. Got me to remember a gift my friend H.A. Gross from Plaza Printers gave me several years ago. This hockey stick came complete with the autographs of many of the Iowa Stars (AHL) team of 2006-2007. Chris Connor, Junior Lessard, Tobias Stephan, Marius Holtet, Konstantin Pushkarev and many more. Thanks, again, H.A. it was fun to look some of these guys up and see what they are doing today.
Today make a special purchase for yourself. This is an astounding look at hate and what breeds hate. How hate can cripple the hater and those who are hated. It is the wild story of Frankie Meeink from his birth into a really screwed up family and his dive into the white supremacist movement, booze, sex and drugs. Seriously raw and emotional, it will help you not only understand hate but also help you become more thankful of your family and friends. I've had some folks tell me they don't want to read another "Christian redemption story". This ain't that. As Frankie would say, "Youse don't got a clue, but I'll give youse a peek into a world you can't imagine." Buy it here...and then talk about it with your friends and family. It's my Thanksgiving Day tip for you...
I was in Mason City this past weekend at the congregation that I've led for the past 25 years and we were talking about being thankful. One of the members sitting at the table after services said, "I'm really thankful for the people who I know who are really different than me." He was talking about all sorts of people, black, white, Iowans, New Yorkers, folks from Africa, and the people who he doesn't always hang around with. I asked him why and he said, "Differences force us to learn even when we don't want to." Amen... Have a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving...even if you don't celebate you can still be "thankful".