It's been quite a week. Many of us popped popcorn grabbed some sodas and took in the big TV show of the week, "James Comey Takes On Liar Trump". It was a sight to behold...oh wait...did you know that James Comey is six-foot-eight? See what you learn here... Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my look at some of the news stories you have seen or might have missed all with my personal commentary. Why? Because it's fun...grab a cup and let's go!
Who Do You Trust?
Four simple words. Do you trust a person who has lied and gotten his own way through bullying and intimidation all of his life or do you trust a person who has been a straight shooter? That's the choice you have. In the latest Huffington Post/YouGov Poll taken just days following the Comey testimony 26% of the respondents said President Trump was more trustworthy than James Comey. Meanwhile 46% found Comey more honest and trustworthy. I'm with the majority on this...but it shouldn't surprise you. Besides, if you look at the record...the history of these two Donald Trump comes off as a carnival barker. Such a weasel.... "Lordy, I hope there are tapes." that's about all you need to know.(Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
Sunday Twitter Storm
Just in case you were wondering. This morning this is what Mr. Trump was Tweeting about: defends his record as president, criticizes press, Comey, and leaks --criticizes Dems --jobs, taxes, economy. And it's all before 8am. Isn't it interesting that the president has decided to conduct the business of the United States through Twitter? It's like he is on campaign mode all of the time. Just can not divorce himself from the reality TV guy he truly is.
What About Us?
Here is the worst part of this entire episode of our real life drama each of us lives thorough on a daily basis. President Donald Trump continues to harm the United States and its standing on the world stage. Sure he gets along swimmingly with the folks who hate us...but our "allies"? Not only that but he is making a mockery out of the Office of the President. It is embarrassing. And when the one of the first thoughts in the morning is, "I wonder what crazy shit the president did overnight." Well, you get it...sad truly sad. But, we must resist and lift up what we can that is positive.
The Des Moines Register
Question: Did Karl Moyer buy the Des Moines Register? Or, does it just seem like it? Anybody know?
Those are the words that motivated J.J. Kapur, an incoming West Des Moines Valley High School student to action. J.J. is a Sikh and he is out to share his faith with anybody who will listen. We aired this interview on The Business News Hour last week and the number of downloads has been amazing. People, it would seem, are willing to learn. So, how did the turban become a symbol of terrorism rather than of peace? Good question. One of the first answers might be a lack of education. Again, if you would like to listen to J.J. (who by the way has won national speech contests at Emory University and Harvard) click through the link.
So Much To Do!
Yesterday I spend several hours at the Iowa Working Families Summit which was held in Ames. The number of people, surprisingly, was down. I write "surprisingly" without the knowledge that there were no fewer than two additional progressive events happening in the Metro. We can't go to everything. What is interesting is the number of progressive events that are happening and how that is energizing so many people. "Ya can't swing a dead cat and not connect with a progressive gathering in Iowa", was one of the comments I heard yesterday. If I were a Republican strategist I'd be just a tad nervous these days.
Here are some take-away thoughts from the Iowa Working Families Summit:
- Sponsors Were Pleased - While the number of people who attended may have been down the people who sponsored the event from the Iowa Federation of Labor to the many vendors who were there seemed pleased with the energy;
- People Are Hurting - While our local economic development folks may crow about how wonderful things are (it is there job to do that) a great many people in Iowa are hurting. They are worried, frustrated and angry at a system that seems to shell out dollars and praise to a few but tend to leave crumbs for them;
- Union Workers are Proud - In my lifetime I have been in one union. I signed my Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way card in 1973. It was a short experience. I was between broadcasting jobs and needed work...it wasn't pretty laying railroad track in the summer when one was used to sitting in AC. However, that experience and the stories I heard about my Grandfather who was a Congress of Industrial Organizations organizer have always compelled me to look at unions as an honorable way to lift the economics of us all. The union members at this event feel frustrated that so many do not share that outlook;
- Our Revolution is Hot - One of the many groups who have emerged since the 2016 election is Our Revolution. Heading that organization is Larry Cohen who offered up a fiery speech at the end of the day. We'll have a conversation with Larry on the Business News Hour this week.
Bottom line...you should have been there.
Who Was in Ames?
I wish I could report to you that I saw a number of Republican candidates at the Iowa Working Families Summit but...alas...no. It's too bad, they might have learned something...and we did have air conditioning and a good meal. Some of the folks that made the trip included Theresa Greenfield a yet to announce candidate in Iowa's Third Congressional District. Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls included Jonathan Neiderbach, John Norris, Nate Boulton others may have been there but I missed them. I did see State Senator Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) there. Rob is the Minority Leader in the Iowa Senate and is working overtime in an effort to reclaim the senate and sanity in Des Moines.
If you didn't stick around for the speech by my friend Larry Cohen who heads the organization Our Revolution you missed a great speech...he was not shy. "American's want health care not health insurance. It's a rip-off that we pay 20% of our medical dollars to companies who work to find ways NOT to deliver health care to Americans!" or this "This is about unity. It is not about dividing us but uniting us to move forward..."
If you click above you'll hear his entire speech...enjoy. You could do worse than listen...perhaps it may motivate you to get involved.
On Friday my Mother z'l would have been 97 years old. I think of her daily and remember the good times. Here's an image from a birthday party with close friends and family.
One other bit of personal news, I heard yesterday from Desmund Adams about his son Khalil. The report was than the open heart surgery this past week was a success and it looks better than prior. "We are all grateful for the support and prayers of so many. Thank you all."
Let's hope things go well...
Thanks for reading/listening and have a great week!