Sunday Morning Coffee is my weekly stray away from business and into the world of politics, sex, gossip with a little fun thrown in for...balance. We'll get back to business tomorrow. As always, if you would like to respond, feel free to leave a comment here or on Twitter it's @MichaelLibbie and my personal Facebook Page is right here. My name is Michael P. Libbie and (yep) I wrote this. Alrighty then...grab a cup and let's go:
Sluts and More...
Sorry for being so crude however that seems to be the normal state of dialogue these days. Last week I posted what regular folks, who are tired of the hate speech, might do, on a local level, regarding "El-Rushbo" and his tirade against women. (And other assorted groups) I had also posted an ABC News story which spoke to the number of advertisers "El-Rushbo" had lost due to his behavior. Not long after two individuals I know took me to task as being "disingenuous" and, when that didn't rile me, one shared with followers that, "If you are a conservative and doing business with this man you should re-think your relationship". In other words, if you agree that it's OK for a national talk show host to use gutter language to describe someone and then request "sex tapes" of her activity you should not do business with our company. (I think, maybe, he has a point.) My being "disingenuous" was the fact that I failed to call out comedian Bill Mahar when he said,"Sarah Palin is a stupid c**t." Fact is...I didn't know and, had I heard, I would have urged people to write letters to his sponsors. Except he doesn't have any. The Internet and Social Media is an amazing place but these tools, in the hands of unbalanced people, is also a troubling reality. It is sad...truly.
There are an ever increasing bunch of angry people among my conservative friends. There is always a "War on America!" and "Christianity is Being Attacked!" and "The sky is falling!". I was wondering about that and believe it's driven by two things: 1) The reality is sinking in that the electorate has looked at "their guys" and decided their choice is "none of the above" and 2) They realize that President Obama, even for all the false information they spew, will be re-elected this fall and the thought of this is driving them crazy(er). It was bad enough that a person with an odd name, who happens to be black, was elected as the President of the United States (once) but to have it happen again is more than they can stomach.
Let's Do Local...
The call, I had been expecting for months, came this past week from my new friend Susan "This Ain't My First Rodeo" Judkins sharing with me she had decided to run for the Iowa House against Chris "Ain't Got No Newsletter for You!" Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights). I welcome that decision. During the discussion Susan shared this story: "I'm a moderate but I want you to know what that means. In 2003 I served on the Central Committee of the Warren County Republicans. Two things happened that year that caused me to re-think my values: 1) We were being asked to support wars that we could not pay for, that troubled my fiscal conservative nature and 2) We were told, based on a plank, that anyone who was pro-choice was not a Republican. I realized that it was the party which left me and I regestered as a Democrat." Game on...Chris. (Photo: Susan Judkins with Desmund Adams at the Polk County Democratic Convention.)
Enjoyed this look at Templeton, Iowa and all that means to the bootlegging trade. It's a piece by Kyle Munson for the Des Moines Register and it's loaded with some history and a look at the secret world that still goes on down the gravel roads around this community of fewer than 400 folks. Enjoy...but come back? (Oh, and check the movie trailer from director Kristian Day...)
Speaking of Movies
Later today, I believe, we'll post a quick video about my Bride's "G-Spot". Georgie has been working on her "craft room" for...weeks and weeks. She'll give you a tour. I think that is the plan.
A couple of surprising statistics: Iowa has more suicides than homicides and the numbers are growing. Iowa tends to favor punishment vs. treatment when it comes to crimes linked to mental health issues. Iowa ranks 47th in the nation for the number of psychiatrists. 180,000 people in Iowa have a serious mental illness. Shocking stuff huh? This coming Tuesday there will be a community mental health forum held at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 12321 Hickman in Urbandale. On hand will be State Senator Jack Hatch, Orchard Place CEO Brock Wolff and Teresa Bomhoff, chair of the Iowa Mental Health Planning Council. Desmund Adams, who drove the discussion to hold the forum, and sits on the Board of Mercy College of Health Sciences will serve as the moderator. The meeting starts at 6:00PM and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
That's it...and it's FINALLY LIGHT OUTSIDE!!! Where did that hour go? Thanks for coming by. Have a fantastic Sunday! - Michael