Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Barry Beach
  • National Day of Protest
  • The Cartoon Debate Continues
  • In-depth Election Coverage
  • NASCAR

Barry Beach:

The Great Falls Tribune’s Phil Drake did a pretty good job detailing what will happen to Barry Beach after a new clemency law goes into effect October 1. Read his article HERE.

Back in 1984, Beach was sentenced to 100 years without parole for the 1979 murder of Kim Nees. Beach claims he is innocent. He has a large following who also believe he is innocent.

I was one of the first people to write about Beach back on April 8, 2008, after I watched the program, “The Killing at Poplar River” on Dateline NBC. I said at that time that Beach deserved a new trial.

Beach’s attorney will file an application sometime after October 1. It may take quite a while for it to be heard. One key thing mentioned in the story was that since Beach was denied clemency last year, he will now have to show a substantial change in circumstances or evidence.

I believe politics play a part in everything. Since Governor Steve Bullock is up for reelection in 2016, it would probably help him if he was going to free Beach if he waited closer to Election Day.

Another thing I wonder is if Beach is given the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the governor, what if the governor says he will grant clemency if Beach confesses to the murder, will Beach confess to gain his freedom?

National Day of Protest:

The “National Day of Protest” took place on Saturday at Planned Parenthood Clinics across the United States to bring attention to the recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling aborted baby parts.

There were protestors at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Great Falls, Montana.

It’s fine with me that there were peaceful protests. Planned Parenthood deserves some of the criticism they are receiving. A few of their employees were pretty stupid and callous when talking about aborted baby parts – even if they were caught on a secret video.

Like I wrote before, I think we can all agree that we would like to see fewer abortions, but the fact is that abortion is legal. Planned Parenthood does a lot more than just abortions – they provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.

Trib’s Cartoon Debate:

Usually when you’re digging yourself into a hole, the thing to do is to stop digging. For some reason the Great Falls Tribune Editorial Board allowed the three guys who call themselves the “No Teams Team” to write a second column in a week about a cartoon the Tribune published which some deemed racist.

This time they are complaining about the debate surrounding their column.

I wrote a column about it last week titled “White Men Mansplain Racism.” That still pretty much explains my feelings about the “No Teams Team.”

Tribune’s Election Coverage:

The headline kind of said it all, “Tribune to provide in-depth city election coverage.”

There’s a primary for the Municipal election in the city of Great Falls on September 15. This is almost as great as football season starting.

I have always wondered what “in-depth election coverage” entails so I will be watching. I hope to be surprised.

NASCAR:

I used to enjoy NASCAR races, but in the last couple of years I have not watched a whole race. I try to see the last 25 laps or so and that’s it. Sometimes it feels like they make up the rules as they go along and it sometimes mirrors pro wrestling.

Another thing is the races are seldom that competitive. For example, there were 43 cars starting the race in Bristol, Tennessee, Saturday night. At the end of the race, there were only 13 cars on the lead lap. (Source)

The grandstands are seldom full anymore. NASCAR needs to make some major changes.

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