Grab your regular dose of politics, religion (and this week) a sex all flavored
with a little gossip to spice things up. Sunday Morning Coffee is just my
little way to assist with the discourse here in Iowa and beyond. Quick stories that I hope get you to think. Let's go!
Last week Deez Nuts (I-IA) entered the presidential race and is actually polling ahead of some other candidates. Sadly, there is no actual person by the name of Deez Nuts but the 15 year-old behind the story is real. And, he's from Iowa! A little digging tells us that Deez Nuts, who filled out the Federal Elections Commission paperwork is really Brady Olson of Wallingford. And while anybody can fill out paperwork to run the remarkable thing is that Deez Nuts is polling higher than Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)! On Friday Deez Nuts said that, in the primary election, he supports Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the Democrats and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) for the Republicans. But added that he really thinks folks should vote for him in the general election.
Ashley Madison and Jesus
I had no idea there was a site where folks who wanted to cheat on their spouse could sign up and have a fling. The site, that has a tag line of, "Life is short - have an affair!" was hacked last week and thousands of personal data of folks who signed up were made public. It's said that divorce attorneys, social workers, councilors and Jesus are all gearing up for a spike in business. Case in point: Josh Dugger (of "19 Kids & Counting") last week admitted to using the site and said, "I have been the biggest hypocrite of all time. While professing family values and my faith I was cheating on my wife." He says he is turning to Jesus. That's nice.
I went to the Iowa State Fair and saw Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) give a stump speech at the Des Moines Register Soapbox. Of course he railed against President Obama, the Affordable Care Act, the economy and "illegal aliens" who are massing into the United States. Good stuff until he got to this line: "We need to understand the Constitution. Read the Constitution. Obey the Constitution!" Of course folks clapped a whooped it up. But right there in THE CONSTITUTION is that pesky 14th Amendment. But, hey...why let a little thing like reading get in the way of mouth breathing.
Birthright & Foreign People
We are a nation of immigrants. You would think that would be easy for some folks to admit. However I've heard more than one person argue that point or try to evade it by saying something really stupid like, "No, we are Americans. We fought and died to save America. These people have no right to be in this country. They are illegals and we need to toss them all out. Every last one of them." So, what you must do to argue the point is bring up personal sacrifice (war) and then point to how superior you are to others. Nice, and a great time for this week's cartoon from our friend Tim Lloyd.
Democrats Should Be Ashamed
Yesterday morning Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at the Des Moines Register Soapbox. I was there and witnessed Democrats, whom I know and who are working on the campaigns of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) try to shout down Rep. Wasserman Shultz taunted her during her speech and afterward. The crux of the issue, they believe, is a lack of debates. It was shameful and if they think that being an ass in public in front of other Democrats will further their cause...it won't work. I'm trying to figure out what they so dislike about Rep. Wasserman Shultz. Is it because she is a powerful women? Is it because she comes from South Florida? Is it because she is Jewish? I'll have to get with my friends from the Iowa Starting Line for photos...that should be fun.
Speaking of the Iowa Starting Line...congratulations are in order. Pat Rynard and his team received the Hashie Award for the Best Personal Blog in the Des Moines Metro from the Social Media Club of Des Moines. If you don't know what a Hashie is...here you go.
My Fish & Rep. Steve King
Speaking of social media... I got into a little dust up with David Nir, political director of the Daily Kos last week. I called them out for such puny story lines about the a Democrat who was the first to announce in Iowa's Third Congressional District. Desmund Adams, a friend, and the first Africian-American to seek a federal office in Western Iowa, got a few mentions in the Daily Kos "newsletter" but when Jim Mowrer announced they did a full story. I called them on it saying that they seemed to be enamored by the fact that Jim raised $2 million dollars in his lost bid to unseat Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in 2014. I suggested that my fish (Her name is Holly) could raise $2 million if she were running against Rep. King, who is one of the most hated of all people among Democrats and not just in Iowa. After all, Christie Vilsack raised $2.7 million and you know where that went. Reporters don't like it when you point out the obvious...but the conversation ended when David wrote about me in a comment to another young man,"Yeah, this guy is super weird." David showed such class...
No Labels - Shocking What They Hear!
Meet my friend Peggy Hupprt who was working the Iowa State Fair with the group No Labels. When the No Labels group said that now Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) was a "problem solver" and offered her the same endorsement as they did to Bruce Braley in the run up to the 2014 elections...it was surprising and disappointing for many reasons. But this is a new election season and I wanted to visit with Peggy about was what she was hearing from "typical voters" and poll results they were doing. She told me Donald Trump was leading with Sen. Bernie Sanders coming in second. OK does not surprise me. What she said next was shocking. "Several people who support Mr. Trump said they want Ben Carson to be the Vice President or, if not him, Carley Fiornia should get the nod." When I asked, why she said, "People told us that Carson could get the 'blacks in line' and that Fiornia would 'get the women in line'."
I'm sticking with it that Mr. Trump will win the Iowa Caucus and if that happens the "first in the nation status" will go to an enlightened state like...Georgia.
Our lives have changed a bit. This past week our daughter, Hunter, and her daughter Jovie came to live with us. Hunter had worked for Bayer Labs in St. Joseph, MO but they closed the plant. She had a job offer in Kansas City but was reluctant doing a move and having "The Jovester" enroll in KC schools. She's always wanted to be a nurse so, within four weeks, she applied and was accepted into the Mercy College of Health Sciences nursing program. We now have a seven-year old living wish us. School starts...tomorrow!
Have a Wonderful Sunday...and take in the final day of the Great Iowa State Fair!
Thanks for reading.