Each week I bring you a vacation from business and a glimpse of some stories you might have heard about or missed completely. Each is blended with my opinion and a link to the original storyline. This is Sunday Morning Coffee. If you would like to leave a comment here, feel free. Or, let's connect on Twitter @MichaelLibbie or my personal Facebook Page. Yep, my name is Michael P. Libbie...no hiding here kids. Grab a cup...let's go.
Democrats Eat Their Young
Want proof? Head to Eastern Iowa where Joe Seng, a Democratic State Senator from Davenport, has been cleared to run in a primary on June 5th against incumbent Democratic Congressman Dave Loesbeck. Seng, who describes himself as a "conservative Democrat" went rogue on the party and without visiting with his fellow Senate Democrats started a petition drive to challenge Loesbeck. That effort met with some mixed results and a challenge from Loesbeck regarding the validity of many signatures. Some of the signatures, as one person said, "...cost me many rounds of drinks...". Seng will lose the primary, he's not well coordinated and watch for the party to seek a creditable challenger to primary Seng on his next run in 2014 . Memories are long... Here's the story from our friends at Radio Iowa.
What's the one thing, other than beating President Obama this fall, can Governor Mitt "It Is Not A Cult!" Romney and Senator Rick "I've Got Jesus You Must Too!" Santorum can wrap their hands around and come together in agreement? Governor Scott "Think Koch" Walker. Yesterday it was a "Walker Love Fest" at a Faith & Freedom event in Wisconsin where the governor faces a recall election this June 6th. It's "all in" for the GOP on trying to save the union busting, anti-jobs, anti-education, pro-millionaire (No...not Terry "Governor for Life" Branstad...) Scott Walker. I was in Wisconsin four times this past month. Even folks that hate the President don't much like Walker. Will be fun to watch. (Photo: Suzanne Tucker / Shutterstock.com)
Stick A Fork In Him...
Last week the "money pit" dried up. Sheldon Adelson, the casino guy from Vegas, who has been bankrolling Congressman Newt "The Angry" Gingrich said the end has come. Gingrich has cut his staff, isn't in the race in Wisconsin and just looks...tired. Called this one months ago. Now the only drama is...who will he support in Tampa? Here's the story from our friends at the Washington Post. I was soooo looking forward to seeing more of Callista...dang! (Photo: Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com)
Trayvon Martin - "Thug"
Yesterday, during Shabbos, I was visiting with my Mother about...stuff. The murder of Trayvon Martin came up. "Well you know he was a thug and in trouble with the law." A "thug"? I asked her where in the heck she was getting this stuff. "I saw it on the news; I always watch Fox." Case closed kids. Meanwhile there is this new story that the screams recorded on the 911 tape were, according to two voice recognition experts, not the screams of the shooter Zimmerman but of Trayvon. Just so you know, I'm not making this up (like Fox News), here's the story from our friends at MSNBC and the Orlando Sentinel.
Last week, while on assignment in Wisconsin (told ya), a couple of us took a night off and went to see The Hunger Games. Uhm...two words: Depressing & Draining oh...and Looooong. 2.5 hours of my life I'll never get back watching good acting mixed in with poor Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) and a twisted story-line that left more questions than answers. However, we might have been alone in our review as dozens of young teenage girls swooned over the love story that was mixed in with loads of dead kids and creepy characters. Had my fill and I'm not so hungry anymore.
"Get Ready 'Cause Here I Come"...
This coming week two very different religious events take place. My Christian friends, who haven't had a religious thought since December, will mob the church of their choice, eat some ham and celebrate the Easter Bunny and eat its eggs. Meanwhile my Jewish friends, who haven't had a good time since Chanukah (The "Jewish Christmas") will flock to synagogues and homes to eat tasteless crackers mixed with matzo ball soup, a burned egg and listen to a story. That about sums it up. Sad what we call "religion". For all the stories, for all the marketing, for all the time folks "talk about" religion the vast majority of people don't have a clue. (At least the Iowa Egg Council has a good month.) Weary? Very. BTW: May is Jewish Heritage Month. Bet you didn't know.
I'm sorry, this post has been (with the exception of mentioning Callista) a little short on the sexy part of the promise. Hey, I thought Barbie was a hottie...too. Actually, because this is April Fool's Day I decided to throw in the word "SEX" just to see if we'd pick up some additional readers. It will...work.
Busy week ahead. The time before Passover is always a little crazy. Out go all the food items that are prohibited. Out go all the pots, pans, dishes, utinsels that we use all year. Ovens get cleaned and on and on and on... (Passover = Spring House Cleaning) Paper plates replace china until Friday night and then it starts. Passover is my favorite holiday of the calendar. Spring and Freedom...two great events. Here is hoping you have a superior week. - Michael
Oh, that "End of the World" plug...April Fools. Unless you are a "Faith & Freedom" sort of person and always under...attack. ;-)