Just about the time when you think it can't get any crazier along come my friends in the GOP and prove me wrong. Welcome to my regular exercise in mental health. Not yours, by mine. I write Sunday Morning Coffee so that, at some time in the future, folks won't say, "What you saw this stuff going on and didn't say anything." Well, that sounds noble anyway. Grab a cup!
Anybody Got a Lie Detector?
Sometimes one can start to believe their own story. That's what is happening to poor Dr. Ben Carson as he took the wheel of the Republican Clown Car. Now it seems that folks, tracked down by the media in Detroit who knew Ben as a child, don't have any memory of a "troubled youth" who was "out of control". Maybe Ben just "thought" he was...or it makes for a good story. Then there is that West Point piece. Ben says he was offered a full ride scholarship to West Point but... Hey, it made for a good story. That Ben said he didn't have involvement with a shady nutritional company, when the video is there to prove it, is a bit more troubling but... Then there is the whole pyramid story.In a 1998 commencement address he floated his own personal theory that the pyramids in Egypt were built by Joseph -- the biblical patriarch known for his coat of many colors -- to store grain. In the scheme of things, considering how the GOP contenders love fiction (Fact check the CNBC debate.) all of this amounts to nothing and we're simply piling on. Besides Ben has Jesus so it's OK.
In yet another example of entertainment from our friends in the GOP...last week a "show of unity" collapsed when the contenders could not, would not, agree to how to better "debate". Following the CNBC debate where they just "made s*it up" there was a unity call to have the campaigns decide the who, what and where of the debate. After all, they were able to bamboozle (I'll use that word later too!) the media and the public with "made up s*it" why not go all the way and create rules where...there are no rules? It was brilliant but, in the end, abandoned. But, don't give up the public is eager to see what ideas you can foster next. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
You might have missed the big event in Boise, Idaho last week when several dozen folks dressed up in flack-jackets, waving American flags and spewing fear took to the steps of the Capital and warned that the Syrian refugees who were being resettled there were actually "sleeper terrorists who pray to Allah and demand Sharia law". So, who are these people? The III% movement was co-founded by pro-gun, anti-government activist Mike Vanderboegh, who promotes the idea that the Second Amendment allows unsatisfactory election results to be overturned by armed revolt. Yeah.. But, hey...it's free speech.
So, what happens if you love America but hate Muslims and there isn't some wacky group to belong to? Maybe your out for dinner with your friends/family at say Applebees in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and damn if some Muslim doesn't sit down behind you. Worse yet that Muslim is a Negro who is dressed funny and not speaking English. What to do...what to do? Well, you could do what Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch is accused of doing. You could stand up, call out the woman speaking Swahli and then when she ignores you...smash her face with a beer mug. I wonder who Jodie likes in the GOP field...
Asma Mohammed Jama also known as Mishy Ojama who is originally from Somalia but spent most of her time in Kenya before immigrating to the US. Family and friends are raising money for Asma's medical expenses. If you want to help here is the link to Go Fund Me.
I have a friend who is running against Iowa House Member Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) who is not afraid. A couple of months ago when Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) vetoed over $50 million for school funding, that had been passed with bi-partisan support, Claire Celsi called the governor a "Rat Bastard" in a Facebook Post. She was right...but more than that Cownie has no idea what is coming. You see, Claire ain't afraid to "mix it up". Pete, who is not well known for being involved with his constituents, has no idea what is coming. Hang on WDM...this will be fun!
Trouble in River City
Iowa tax-payers have, once again, been bamboozled by Gov. Branstand and his buddy Debbie Durham and her money tossing friends at the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The Kraft Heinz Company, formed in July by a merger of the two companies, had announced they were going to start some cost-cutting operations (that means firing workers) so they might post better profits for their shareholders. (Hang with me on this economic stuff..K?) The company announced they would close seven plants in the US and Canada as they shed 2,600 workers. (Gotta take care of the investors ya know) Last quarter earnings at Kraft Heinz were just $1.5 billion. So, you can understand why they came "hat in hand" begging Iowa and the City of Davenport for money. So, the company that is closing the Davenport plant and cutting their workers from 1,400 to 470 came to the State of Iowa and the City of Davenport pleading for cash...your cash. And, in a hasty meeting on Thursday the Iowa Economic Development Authority gave them $5.1 million and called it a victory for Iowa. But, that's not all...the City of Davenport is going to give Heinz Kraft another $10 million in another economic development package.
Now you understand that "economic development" is something that is reserved for only the already successful, rich, wealthy corporations. And that "economic development" is really just a "tax shift" which shifts the burden of running government back to YOU and away from corporations.
"Let them eat...cake." Ya know maybe that Mike Vanderboegh fella is on to something.
Coming up on Wednesday is another bank holiday...also known as Veterans Day. (There will be sales!) The day, time now for your history lesson, was placed on the calendar by President Wilson in 1919 as a day to remember the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" as
the nation celebrated the end of the "war to end all wars"...the First World War. For a while it was called "Armistice Day" but not many folks could spell Armistice (just kidding) so in 1938 the name was changed to "Veterans Day". In 1954 President Eisenhower (one of few Republican presidents I actually liked) issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation.
All good and all honor to those men and women who have served in the armed forces of these United States of America against threats "foreign and domestic". In fact, this week we welcomed home our son-in-law, a pilot and Major, who has been in Afghanistan for an extended deployment training those folks how to...fly.
One sobering reality, as you take the day off from banking and go to the mattress sale, the United State of America has not won a war since the end of hostilities in 1945. Seventy years ago. That's not to say we haven't been in plenty...we've simply not...won...one. Just thinking out-loud.
I get to live in Windsor Heights (let the "Speed Trap" jokes begin) and love it here. It's small, if you want to go to the City Council Meeting you sit among friends. I can call the police chief on the phone, the fire department is tops in response times. I really do care about the direction of my little community and I want to see it become more progressive rather than caught up in the issues of the past. For that reason I've supported Zac Bales-Henry for the City Council and in the election on the 8th of December. We're holding a little gathering at our home next Sunday as a meet and greet. Hey, it's another opportunity for...wine.
Have a great Sunday and thanks for Reading!