Welcome back! If you missed SMC over the past two Sundays it was because both were during Passover. The first two days and the last two days of the holiday week are considered highly important and so...no SMC. By the way we're now counting the Omer, the 49 days between the final day of Passover and the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. See what you learn here?
The Lie Continues
Last night at a gathering of Republicans at Mar-a-Lago the former president was in top form as he continued to lie about the election, throw shots at Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and even said some nasty things about McConnell's wife Elaine Chow, who served as the Secretary of Transportation during 45's one-term administration.
Of course he continued to say he actually won in Georgia and in Pennsylvania and blamed everybody, other than himself, for the loss. And, from news accounts, those in attendance (high ranking senators from the GOP) ate it up. The National Republican Party paid $100,000 for the use of the resort. That after the former, twice impeached, president sent the party a cease and desist letter banning the RNC from using his name or image on any fund raising. Masochists I guess?
Speaking of Raising Funds
It was nice that the former president paid back millions of dollars to supporters who were tricked into taking their one-time donation and turning it into a recurring donation and even increasing the amount each month. He did it by using a "Mob Boss" tactic of intimidation which so fits his style. What an awful man.
Yesterday there were 4.6 million COVID19 vaccinations given. A new record. But, and this is a big BUT, infections continue to rise. In seven days the U.S. totaled 68,000 new cases and it is particularly alarming in Michigan and Minnesota where scores of young people are now being admitted to hospitals. You might ask "Why?". People say they are tired of wearing masks. They whine that social distancing is too hard. They want to be with their friends. They want to be normal.
Yeah, and Darwin will handle the rest. Idiots.
"Guns Will Make You Safe!"
We hear that all the time. And as Americans long for some sense of "normal" we're back to killing each other at a rapid pace...which, when you think of it, is normal for the U.S. Meanwhile states like Iowa will soon allow you to carry without a license and gun sales between friends and relatives no longer need a background check. Meanwhile President Biden is trying to do something about it by issuing several executive orders. However, and you know this is true, those orders will be challenged and ignored as Americans hold on to their precious Second Amendment while trampling on the rights of others.
I'm reminded of other words written above the entrance of Auschwitz, "Work will make you free." Another lie.
Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) said at her press conference that Iowa has no room for any of the migrant children who are being detained at our southern border. She then added it was not Iowa's problem it was, "The president's problem." How very thoughtful and Christian like. Pastor Mike Householder is the guy behind the mega Lutheran Church of Hope where, it is reported, the Governor attends. Nice work Mike...doing a hell of a job there. Weary....
Last week television sports guy Keith Murphy wrote on his Facebook Page this factual message. "Major League Baseball will move the All Star Game and the 2021 Draft out of Georgia because of the voter bill signed into law." He simply wrote the facts as an solid reporter should do. Oh but the comments from others.... It would seem to me that the vast majority of people who were commenting had no idea of what is going on in Georgia...and for that matter here in Iowa. "What's the big deal?" "Ya gotta have ID to drive a car." "Shortening voting by a couple of days....get real!" They have no idea...none. The real issue is that Republicans do not want you to vote and they will do anything in their power to make it more difficult. And they are using "The Big Lie" that their "Dear Leader" lost in 2020 because the vote was rigged. No proof mind you it's just easier to deny you the right to vote. Words, "Work will make you free." just another lie.
Black Lives Matter
Well, not so much it would seem. When demonstrators come to the Iowa State Capitol and interact with the State Police, asking for names and badge numbers, they are thrown to the ground, handcuffed and sent to jail. That is the reality here. Meanwhile the racist media and their enablers refer to the demonstration as an attack at the Iowa Capitol..."an insurrection" where police were "mobbed by protestors". While at the same time saying the folks who showed up at the U.S. Capitol on the 6th of January were peaceful, law abiding people.
The difference is that people died as a result of that angry, out of control mob in D.C. But, at least they were...white. So they get a pass. Face it, black people are just too scary. That's why police profile them. That is why cops follow them when the cop decides this black man shouldn't be driving in a white neighborhood. It happens all the time and it happens to my friends. None of us are truly free until we are all free. Anything else is simply bullshit.
For two weeks I didn't write Sunday Morning Coffee and I got calls and messages asking if I was OK. Thank you for that...and I did feel a bit guilty. But, that is the Jew in me....or the Catholic in me (well, that's not accurate but we do share that guilt thing).
Today my Bride gave me the most beautiful birthday card. No, really...and I cried. It was that powerful
Oh, and I get my second shot this week. So there is that.
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday.