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:

  • UM Law School Grads
  • Tweet of the Week
  • Ben Carson
  • 10 Days

UM Law School Grads:

Ouch! The headline from the Associated Press “UM law school graduates having tougher time passing bar” is pretty devastating for the law school at the University of Montana. Read the story HERE.

The AP reported that for the second consecutive year, the percentage of law graduates who passed the exam hit a historic low. Sixty-eight percent of UM graduates passed the July exam, slightly better than the overall pass rate of 62 percent.

It’s very costly to become a lawyer. Students need to know that they are getting the information that will prepare them to pass the bar exam.

I wonder if the Cascade County Attorney’s office might hire some of those who fail the exam…

Tweet of the Week:

The Great Falls Tribune’s “The Edge” column is one of my favorite parts of the newspaper. I like when the opinion page of the newspaper is a little “edgy.” Once in awhile The Western Word has been fortunate enough to be mentioned in the column.

This past Saturday I guess they decided to point out some spelling errors in a Tweet from Tom McGillvray (@repmcgillvray):

Rubio showing passion and good judgment. Trump on his heals defending his ignorance

After the end of the Tweet, the Tribune editorial board asked, “Find one misspelling in each sentence.”

The column is not online yet.

I read the Tribune every day, and I would caution them not to get into the habit of pointing out spelling and grammar errors. We’re not all perfect and most of us don’t employ editors to look over our work.

Besides, that road could lead to embarrassment. For example, I got a kick this summer reading in the Tribune about country star Dierks Bentley’s concert at the Montana State Fair. This is the concert where he supposedly “…spent an hour and a half signing old and new favorites that had most of the crowd on its feet…”

I am sorry I was not there to witness the “signing.”

Ben Carson:

Maybe GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson forgot about the section of the U.S. Constitution dealing with freedom of religion when he made the following comments on Meet the Press. Here’s how the Associated Press reported it:

Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Freedom of religion does not mean that your religion is the only one that counts. The Carson campaign has responded to the criticism HERE.

The Great Falls Tribune’s Question of the Day asks, “Should a president’s faith matter to voters?” You can vote HERE.

10 Days:

We’re coming down to the last 10 days of the fiscal year for the Federal government. The new fiscal year begins October 1.

Right now there’s a lot of jockeying going on by the elected officials. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) sent an email from his campaign saying:

When extremists shut down the government two years ago, 12,000 Montanans were temporarily out of work. It cost our economy billions and put the financial security of millions of American families in jeopardy.

And now they’re threatening to do it again unless Congress defunds Planned Parenthood.

This isn’t the way our government is supposed to work. Extremists shouldn’t be able to grind work to a halt to prove an ideological point.

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, my favorite Republican senator, U.S. Senator John Thune, said a shutdown of the government does not help the Republican cause. Now if he can get other members of this party to believe that. If you’re a Democrat, then you probably would welcome a shutdown – it will help your cause.

KRTV in Great Falls has already aired a story about the effects a government shutdown would have on Malmstrom AFB.

There will be a lot of “static” during the next ten days. I’ll be giving you the independent view from here in my bunker!


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