Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Wow – it’s hard to believe that this is the last day of September. At least with October we’ll have some baseball playoffs to watch (if you can find the channel), plus football kicks into high gear. We also have hunting season – so watch out!

By the way, there are about a gazillion new laws taking effect October 1 here in Montana. This is because the Montana legislature circus met in Helena earlier this year. OK, there are not a gazillion new laws, just 165 according to the story from the Associated Press. Some even make sense!

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sanchez Case
  • Funding the Government
  • Planned Parenthood Hearing
  • Edward Snowden

Sanchez Case:

The Adam Sanchez, Jr., court case is being held in Yellowstone County (Billings) due to a change of venue from Cascade County (Great Falls). In case you do not remember, Sanchez is accused of killing Cascade County Deputy Joe Dunn with his vehicle during a high-speed chase last August.

Sanchez was free from jail at the time he allegedly killed Deputy Dunn. Many believe the Cascade County Attorney’s Office, which is run by County Attorney John Parker, screwed up and Sanchez should never have been released from jail. Read the Great Falls Tribune story HERE.

Deputy Dunn’s widow told the Tribune back in October that “John Parker — he was responsible for Sanchez and dropped the ball,” and that “Someone else needs to be put on this.” Read the whole story HERE.

The Tribune asked their readers the “Question of the Day” back then which was, “Should the case against Adam Sanchez Jr. be prosecuted by someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker?”

75% said yes.

Although the widow of Deputy Dunn and those participating in the “Question of the Day” in the Great Falls Tribune want Parker off the case, he is involved in it. I saw that he was questioning jurors during jury selection.

About the only question left is “Why does Parker believe he deserves another chance?”

Funding the Government:

One of my fabulous readers pointed out the U.S. Senate held a vote on a short-term bill to fund the government through Dec. 11 to avoid a shutdown, and Montana’s junior U.S. Senator Steve Daines was one of the 19 senators who voted no.

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio did not vote. He has missed many votes.

Luckily there were 77 senators who did not want to shut the government down and who understand the art of compromising.

I think those 19 senators should be nicknamed the “extreme caucus.” They are part of the reason there’s a civil war in the Republican Party. Their group consists of:

Boozman (R-AR), Coats (R-IN), Cotton (R-AR), Crapo (R-ID), Cruz (R-TX), Daines (R-MT), Heller (R-NV), Inhofe (R-OK), Lankford (R-OK), Lee (R-UT), Moran (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Sasse (R-NE), Scott (R-SC), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA).

One of the more interesting things is a couple of them (maybe more) believe they would make a good President.

Planned Parenthood Hearing:

I could only stand to watch about 90 minutes of the five-hour plus grilling of Cecile Richards (Planned Parenthood’s president) by Republican members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee led by Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, – and I’m a moderate!

One thing we discovered is that Chaffetz really does not like that a woman makes so much money. We also discovered that although the women’s vote is important to the GOP, the Republican side of the House Oversight Committee (according to their website) has 25 members with only one female, whereas on the Democratic side they have 18 members with eight females.

I believe with the GOP members of the committee attacking Planned Parenthood, which is a key provider of health services for women especially younger women, this will not be good for the GOP in the 2016 elections.

Finally, many GOP members did not allow Richards to fully answer most questions. The Hill reports that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) interrupted Richards 19 times in five minutes while she was trying to answer his questions. After watching that exchange, I Tweeted that it’s no wonder Congress has a favorable rating hovering around single digits.

For many House members on the right, this was their only chance to get five minutes of fame. This will also help them raise campaign money from the pro-life crowd.

Just about everyone wants to see fewer abortions in the USA. Abortion is legal. The videos of the Planned Parenthood employees talking about fetal research were secretly done and highly edited. Planned Parenthood provides valuable healthcare services.

Edward Snowden:

Edward Snowden is on Twitter @Snowden. OK, for those of you who do not remember, here is what Wikipedia says about him:

Edward Joseph “Ed” Snowden is an American privacy activist. A computer professional, former CIA employee, and former government contractor who leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013

His first Tweet was on September 29, at 10:00 a.m. in which he asked, “Can you hear me now?” As of this morning, his message was retweeted 98,000 times. The message has been favored 89,000 times. Snowden already has 951,000 followers.

I must admit that @Snowden is a pretty cool Twitter name…

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7 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

  1. I’m guessing Mr. Parker probably isn’t looking at the Sanchez trial as a 2nd chance. He probably feels that he needs to do his job, which in this case involves prosecuting the defendant.
    I’m not defending the fact that Sanchez was out on the street but Parker is still the elected official calling the shots.

    • Rick – Thanks. You could be right. I think he should have stepped aside and let someone else do this case. I know it’s his job, but it was also his job not to let Sanchez go free. Hopefully someone will run for County Attorney next time. Parker is vulnerable if he decides to run again. -JmB

  2. Obama missed 314 votes as a US Senator…so as Hillary once said “At this point, what difference does it make?”

    Planned Parenthood has a surplus of over $120M, do they really need government funding or should we use that money where it is needed?

    • Barry – Welcome back! I don’t think any elected officials should miss votes because they are campaigning for another office. In the Senate, they mostly work Tuesday-Thursday so it’s not like they don’t have a lot of time for campaigning.

      As for the supposed surplus by Planned Parenthood (PP), I have my doubts about that claim. Back in 2011 someone claimed PP made $300 million in profits and that was found to be mostly false by politifact.

      -JmB

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