Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you lived in the US...if not...well it's this "made-up" holiday that has it's roots in a fable but offers Americans the opportunity to eat several thousand more calories than necessary. It's one of many holidays that give rise to the fact that 66.3% of our population is obese or overweight. See what you can learn here? Grab a cup of Sunday Morning Coffee and enjoy more politics, religion, satire and gossip. And, nope...no sugar or creamer. Take it...black. Makes the weekend so worth it!
One Thousand Twenty Nine
Three years ago in December a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed twenty children, six adults and himself. Remember that? Since that day there have been 1,029 mass shootings in the United States. The killers have done away with 1,300 lives and injured 3,699 more. But you really don't care because you would rather continue to believe that we are more safe and that your "pea-shooter" will somehow deter a government that you don't like and don't trust. Such cowards. There is no reasonable argument against complete background checks, closing gun-show loopholes, increasing mental health care and getting tougher on assault weapons. But, I know...you are scared.
One of those 1,029 mass shootings happened over the Thanksgiving Holiday as a murderer, who CNN now says, muttered "baby parts" and "anti-government" speech according to investigators close to the case. Nothing at all happens when the hate-mongers, dressed up as "Pro-Life Saints" in the Republican Party call for action against Planned Parenthood based on a doctored video. What could go wrong other than, in this case, three people left home and never returned do to a...wait for it...mass shooting.
Maybe He Should Have Been Roughed Up
The republican candidate who will win Iowa, Donald Trump, last week said a protester who was punched and kicked at a Trump rally "should have been roughed up". Aren't you proud of your guy? Then, a couple of days later makes a mockery of a reporter who has a handicap. But you proud and noble Iowans will march to the caucus and there, in the dark of night, will, by secret ballot, give Mr. Trump a resounding victory.
Nebraska is starting to look better each week. At least there they don't have a scholastic test named after them...they know better.
What's really funny is the GOP Establishment is in a panic that this guy is going to win in Iowa. Then what do you do? Brokered convention?
You're Not Really Free
“People are not truly free when they are unable to feed their family. People are not truly free when they are unable to retire with dignity. People are not truly free when they are unemployed or underpaid or when they are exhausted by working long hours. People are not truly free when they have no health care.” - Bernie Sanders
Know where he gets that "crazy talk"? How about the State of the Union message by President Roosevelt way back in 1944: “We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. Necessitous men are not free men.” You know, that president who brought us a whole slew of "socialist programs" that have become the fabric of our nation.
According to the 2014 Census, 47 million Americans live in poverty today, including 20% of American children and 36% of black children. But, hell, if you ain't one of those "statistics" screw off. We don't care! "Go get a third job that pays $725 an hour maybe you'll be able to get you a turkey for Christmas." Such "family values"...weary.
Want to join me for a "Day of Mourning"? It happens on 14 December as Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) becomes the longest serving Governor in the history of the United States. Nice work Iowa (see above). If you want, you can protest during the big party being planned for Gov. Branstad on Sunday the 13th of December. The Branstad/Corning/Reynolds Reunion Committee will be honoring him at the State Historical Society starting at 4PM. They will gather together and share "The Branstad Story". How nice of them to highlight the failure and his over-reach of power. Oh, it's a cash bar.
The Democrats Will Lose...Again.
I'm not going to make any friends here but allow me to share with you why the Democrats will, once again, lose the Third District Congressional Seat currently occupied by Rep. David Young (R-IA). Ready? Democrats will stay home...at least the Democrats who are young and of color. Home they will stay. Why? Have you seen the current crop of candidates? My friend Jim Mowrer is a nice guy who raised millions and lost big to Rep. Steve King (R-IA) but he does not have the passion nor will he energize the youth vote or the black and brown voters. Ain't gonna happen. Former Gov. Chet Culver...really? And there is another guy, Michael Sherzan, who has money but also will not energize the votes needed in Polk and Pottawatomie County. No way. That leaves 41 year old Desmund Adams. Black, young, powerful speaker, great family, connects with the youth and has a great personal success story. The problem: The "establishment" is scared of Adams. Click the image below as Desmund lays out the issue at a recent media interview:Rather than stand up and recognize the vote numbers and who can best take it to Rep. Young they will stay home and the Iowa Democratic Party will come to regret it in 2016. Write it down someplace... Yes, I'll stay on that because you know it's right.
It's been a good week. Time off from the broadcast for a few days to connect with family. This weekend we traveled to our oldest daughter's home for a Thanksgiving Meal. Her husband, an Air Force Major, just got back from seven months in Afghanistan where he was teaching folks how to fly, take orders and understand systems. There to help but all the time he was on the Afghan base he was fully armed with 300 rounds, body armor and automatic weapons. Along with a "security detail" that was also fully armed. And...he was supposed to be with "the good guys".
It was a good Thanksgiving.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!