Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I grew tired of using “potpourri” so I am using “odds and ends” today. Who knows, I may move up to hodgepodge or miscellany next time there are several stories to write about.

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sage Grouse
  • Brad Johnson
  • The Abortion Vote
  • Hillary & Keystone & the Pope
  • Scott Walker
  • Yogi Berra
  • TWW’s New Look

Sage Grouse:

It seems that everybody had an opinion about the sage grouse. Frankly, I really don’t care what they do with the bird.

Here’s how the Washington Post broke the recent “big news” about the grouse:

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would try to protect the greater sage grouse without listing it as endangered – a long-awaited decision that immediately brought praise, condemnation or caution from the various interests. Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell said that the chicken-like grouse does not meet the required standard because a collaboration of federal agencies, states, ranchers, industry and environmental groups has already begun to restore areas where it breeds.

For a moment I thought Jewell said the sage grouse tastes like chicken. I found some recipes for grouse HERE.

Click on the name to read comments from the Montana delegation (Sen. Jon Tester, Sen. Steve Daines, and Rep. Ryan Zinke)

Brad Johnson:

According to a story this morning by the Associated Press, current Montana Public Service Commission Chairman Brad Johnson today will announce that he is running for Governor of Montana.

Back in May, I wrote that Johnson should stay where he is (PSC). He’s run for more elective offices than I can remember. I think people grow tired of perpetual candidates.

I also wrote that Johnson does have a lot of experience, but I don’t think he can beat the current Governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, who has indicated that he is running again. I don’t see anyone on the GOP side who can beat Bullock (at this time) no matter the experience or how deep their pockets.

The Abortion Vote:

The latest abortion vote in the U.S. Senate happened yesterday. Yes, you are correct in thinking that abortion has been legal since 1973.

The latest attempt to curtail abortions was in a bill called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 36). It failed when the supporters could not get 60 votes to end debate and advance the bill.

As for Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester voted against the bill and U.S. Senator Steve Daines voted for the bill.

Just about once per year the GOP has to have a vote on an abortion bill to appease the pro-life folks and raise money for their campaigns.

We now have about eight days left in this fiscal year and the Federal government has not been funded. The sticking point will be defunding Planned Parenthood because of abortions. Planned Parenthood provides valuable healthcare services, not just abortions.

I think everyone can agree that it would be great if we had fewer abortions in the United States, but they are legal.

I’m kind of hoping the federal government shuts down and we get to see how each side spins it. Since the Republicans control the House and the Senate, they will probably be the losers.

Hillary & Keystone & the Pope:

Hillary Clinton probably thought everyone would be watching the news coverage of Pope Francis and not paying any attention to her statement in which she said she opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

This was a classic news dump. Normally we see these on Friday afternoon or evening and they are best before a three-day weekend so hardly anyone notices.

Scott Walker:

I must say I was happy to see Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) suspend (quit) his Presidential campaign. He was terrible during the debates. He could not gain traction.

I like Ohio Governor John Kasich on the right and on the left I like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I do wish Jim Webb was getting more traction.

Mostly I enjoy watching Donald Trump destroy the career politicians.

Yogi Berra:

Berra died Tuesday at the age of 90. He was a great one; winning 10 World Series titles. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in the D-Day invasion.

He is probably best known for his Yogiisms. One of my favorites is, “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

Rest in peace, Yogi!

New Look:

I changed the “theme” for The Western Word because the WordPress folks told me that my old theme was not optimized best for ads. The ads make me a little coin each month. The revenue also keeps me from being a burden on the government or from digging in my yard for the stacks of money I buried over the years because I don’t trust banks.

This theme is called Twenty Eleven. The photos at the top of the page change when you click on different links. They were all taken by me. If you like or dislike it let me know. Some of the formatting from old columns may have changed slightly, but the great writing is still there!

Disclaimer: Don’t try any of this at home – I am a professional blogger.


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