Welcome to Wednesday!
When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.
Today’s topics include:
- Thad Cochran channels Max Baucus
- $500K Campaign Donation
- Glendive third-graders
- Memorial Day Sales
- Shifting Left on Key Moral Issues
Thad Cochran channels Max Baucus:
The first thing I thought about when I read that U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) married his longtime aide Kay Webber on Saturday, was that is so like Montana’s former Democratic Senator Max Baucus, who is now Ambassador to China.
Hypocritical like Max Baucus, that is.
Readers may remember that Baucus married his former state director Melodee Hanes whom he had recommended to be Montana’s U.S. Attorney. Baucus and Hanes begin dating when she was a Baucus staffer.
I don’t know if Cochran had recommended Webber for a position like U.S. Attorney or not but she had been on his staff since 1981. She reportedly makes $165,000 per year. She also went on taxpayer funded trips with him, like Hanes did with Baucus.
Last year Cochran was asked about a relationship with Webber and denied it. During that time, Cochran was also running for reelection – and we all know that nothing is more important than the next election to the folks in Washington, D.C.
It was recently reported that Cochran’s first wife, Rose Cochran, died in December 2014 at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for the past 13 years.
$500K Campaign Donation:
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the campaign contribution limits case back to U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell to determine whether the limits prevent political corruption or the appearance of corruption.
Now the AP is reporting that Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl says his office is re-activating a complaint against 2012 Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill for accepting a $500,000 donation.
Is this a great country or what? Get your popcorn ready!
I still remember my end of the school year trips. I’m sure a lot of kids remember their school trips.
The Billings Gazette reported today that Glendive (MT) third-graders will no longer visit their town’s creationist museum amid concerns that the annual school trip to learn about dinosaurs violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
The cancellation stems from a group called Americans United for Separation of Church and State that claims to have fielded a complaint about the trip. They sent a letter to school leaders requesting that it and all future trips to the museum be canceled.
Thumbs down to Americans United for Separation of Church and State for ruining the Glendive third-graders’ day. I’ll bet you are proud.
Thumbs down also goes to Glendive school officials for giving in to this group.
I believe if parents don’t want their children attending a school event then let them pull them out. It’s also OK to present both sides of an issue to kids saying some people believe this way and some people believe that way. That’s how I tried to raise my children.
Memorial Day Sales:
Yesterday I praised the sporting goods store Scheels for their Memorial Day ad and Tweet that was not about a sale or anything, but about the real meaning of Memorial Day. The ad stated, “In memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom around the world.”
Today there’s no praise for the morons at the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) “GOP Store” for their Memorial Day sale ads sent via email and Tweets.
You would think the RNC folks would take a break for Memorial Day, but no. Actions like this make me believe the folks running the RNC these days don’t have the proper respect for veterans and especially for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
If the U.S. Supreme Court throws out ObamaCare in the coming weeks, it could possibly leave millions of people without health insurance. The Associated Press (AP) believes it would be toughest on Republicans because most have been against ObamaCare. The AP reports twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican governors, and 22 of the 24 GOP Senate seats up in 2016 are in those states. (Source)
I think it would also make it easier to elect a Democrat for President in 2016 because someone like Hillary Clinton could promise to bring back healthcare.
Shifting Left on Key Moral Issues:
A new poll from Gallup found that Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.
Gay or lesbian relations made the biggest jump with 40% finding it morally acceptable in 2000, and now 63% finding it morally acceptable. See the chart from Gallup HERE.
We have seen some amazing changes in how we view several hot-button issues. This will make the 2016 election very interesting.
The Associated Press reported the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation. It was a 2-1 ruling.
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, so I am not too surprised at their decision. The ball is now in the Federal Government’s court. Reportedly they can appeal to the full appeals court in New Orleans or go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Isn’t it fun to watch our Federal government with its checks and balances at work?