Making Montana Proud

Today (Wednesday) is one of the biggest travel days of the year, so if you are traveling have a great time out there on the highways or in the airports as you make your way over the river and through the woods to your destinations! The Associated Press reports, “Around 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday.”

Wear your seatbelts and please don’t drink and drive!

Today I write about three recent issues in the news which has cast Montana in less than favorable light. Although I titled this column and the three paragraphs “Making Montana Proud,” I’m being sarcastic…

Making Montana Proud (1):

Former Montana State Representative Joel Boniek (R) has made the news once again, this time in Park County (MT) Justice Court.

According to the Associated Press, “A Livingston justice of the peace walked out of a hearing after being heckled by a rowdy crowd, leaving the former state legislator who instigated it all to declare he was in charge of the courtroom and proclaim the case against him dismissed.”

In the future I’m thinking that Boniek might get to be in charge of his jail cell…

Making Montana Proud (2):

The Helena (MT) Independent Record is making the news instead of reporting it. In the fourth paragraph of an Associated Press story about President Obama’s Asia trip, the sentence, “Obama was born in Hawaii” was changed to “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii.”

Supposedly it was copy editor humor that went too far, and it was “not intended to be printed in the paper.”

If that’s your story…

Making Montana Proud (3):

In an issue I wrote about last Wednesday, Lee Newspapers is reporting today, “A tea party group based in Billings has launched digital petitions asking the White House to allow Montana to secede from the United States and create its own new government.”

I guess since the Mayan calendar says the world might end on Dec. 21, 2012, issues like seceding from the United States (or shopping for Christmas) should not matter that much…

And Finally…

If you are looking for music to listen to during the Thanksgiving holiday, remember that the Pilgrims liked to listen to Plymouth Rock…