It is the season of giving...and so I give you Sunday Morning Coffee which is all about the stuff people are not supposed to talk about. My name is Michael Libbie and if you wish to leave a comment here, feel free. Or we can connect on my personal Facebook Page or my personal Twitter Stream @MichaelLibbie. Gosh, lot's to visit about. Shall we?
Politics - Religion - Capitalism
I had not seen Rush Limbaugh's name in months and I have not missed it. How some of you folks enjoy that person is beyond me. However, his name popped up this morning in this wonderful piece by my friend Leonard Pitts. It seems that Pope Frances (I like this guy and I'm not Catholic or even a Christian...) had some words about religion and class struggle and that commentary flew in the face of greed. Leonard nails it...so you've got to read. But, come back? Meanwhile wondering how my right-wing Catholic friends feel about this. Weigh in>
Pearl Harbor Day
Was yesterday. It came and went without so much as a whimper. The day that we promised to "never forget" seems forgotten...unless it's the 50th or 75th anniversary and then all of a sudden we all get excited. I don't usually write anything good about Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA), mostly because I simply can't stand his goofy politics of exclusion. However, last week he proclaimed that flags be flown at half-staff in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Well done sir...at least some folks noticed.
I Dunno Either
Last week Rep. Tyler Olson (D-Cedar Rapids) put his campaign to become the Democratic Nominee for Governor of Iowa "on hold" because he and his wife, Sarah, are in the midst of a divorce. Of course the cultured, ever self-righteous Republicans (ie Craig Robinson) opined, "Do we really know Tyler Olson?" and the GOP seized on the news suggesting it's over. I dunno. But, my gut tells me this is going to be hard to bounce back from. I know...it's not stopped others...and maybe Tyler can re-group or, better yet, he and Sarah can shake this off and get it together. Rather than casting stones Craig you should be hoping for reconciliation. But that would be the high road huh?
FBI Visits Milo
Meanwhile former State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Milo) had visitors. Seems the FBI wanted a closer look at his digital life so they knocked on his door and removed some computers. My friend, and Sorenson attorney, Ted Spoor says, "It's nothing." Hey, I believe that! After all, this is the time of year when neighbors and friends get together on a whim to roast chestnuts and stuff. But, remember, Kent "Got Jesus" several years ago so Ted might be right...
Speaking of Religion
Chanukah is over. I can now join in on the Christmas Thingy... One thing we Jews have over Christians is packing up the holiday decorations.
Last week former South African President Nelson Mandela died at age 95. Over the past week many, including President Obama, have said some wonderful things about him. What isn't surprising is that many have glossed over the fact that Mr. Mandela was an activist and an agitator who did not seek, nor give, universal acceptance. Here are six things that you may not hear about Nelson Mandela. But, come back..K?
War On Christmas!
So, we all KNOW there is a "War on Christmas"...right? If you really, really know your Christmas War Stuff take this Quiz from our friends at The Gazette. You will love it! See what you can learn by reading SMC each week!
I was "Fired" last week. Mom was in a snit...and I get it. Besides it wasn't the first time in my life I'd been fired. If you have not read Mom & Me, here you go.
Have a fantastic Sunday and watch out...they say it's going to snow a bunch. MILK!, BREAD! EGGS! Hurry...get to the store NOW!!!