Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years. – Harry S Truman

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

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The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Great Falls International Airport
  • Rasmussen & Planned Parenthood
  • Gallup: Rating Congress
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Seahawks/Lions
  • Jason Whitlock

Great Falls International Airport:

It looks like the outdated parking situation at the Great Falls International Airport is going to get a little better according to an article in the Great Falls Tribune. There will be cheaper rates if you’re just parking to pick someone up or if you’re attending an event at the airport. There will also be a cellphone waiting area for use by folks planning to pick up somebody at the airport after they get a phone message that the plane has arrived.

The Great Falls airport is well-known for squeezing every last penny out of people for almost anything they can. They should at least give a break to active duty military personnel and their dependents with two hours of free parking if they provide valid identification.

If they actually need to squeeze every penny out of our military personnel, they can take their parking fees from the airport director’s bloated salary.

Rasmussen & Planned Parenthood:

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood, including 29% with a Very Favorable one. Forty-two percent (42%) view the reproductive health organization unfavorably, with 30% who hold a Very Unfavorable view of it.

Many politicians would love to have a 53% favorable rating. Ironically I saw a note from a local Tea Party supporter about protesting Planned Parenthood this month. The Tea Party movement had a favorable rating of 31% in 2014 and their favorability has gone down each year since 2010. (Source)

Gallup: Rating Congress

Although the Republicans in Congress are going after Planned Parenthood (See story above), as the majority party in Congress, Gallup polling found that 16% of Americans rate the job Republicans are doing as “excellent” or “good,” and 48% rate it as poor or bad. (Source)

On the other hand, Democrats don’t do much better with 19% rating their job performance as excellent or good, versus 41% rating it as poor or bad.

Patrick Kennedy:

Patrick Kennedy is the son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He has a new book, A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Health and Addiction, with Stephen Fried.

He has a column posted at USA Today that everyone should read. He also appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night. You can watch that segment HERE.

Not everyone in the Kennedy family is happy that he is talking about family issues.


How in the heck could officials miss the batted ball toward the end of the game between the Seahawks and Lions? If you don’t know what I am talking about, read THIS.

There are people in New York reviewing every play and there are several officials on the field watching the action. I don’t remember ESPN play by play guy Mike Tirico saying anything either. According to ESPN, it’s a Rule 12, Section 4, Article 1 violation. (Source)

Lions fans are buying billboards to vent their frustration. They should purchase a few near NFL headquarters. While they are at it, they should purchase Calvin Johnson some stickum for his hands so he can hang on to the ball.

Jason Whitlock:

I’ve followed Jason Whitlock since he was a columnist with the Kansas City Star. I enjoy his work. He worked for ESPN and recently they “parted ways.” After he left the Star, he went on the radio and provided an explanation about the reason he left. I listened to it and it was entertaining and interesting.

Whitlock has promised #TheExplanation2 on Twitter Tuesday, so get ready sports world.

I’ve written before that ESPN is going down the toilet. They parted ways with two of my favorite folks, Bill Simmons and now Jason Whitlock, who are the best at what they do.

Simmons started out by writing a column for a website he started ( Getting paid to write a weekly column is what I consider a dream job. His following increased and he was offered a job at ESPN – so take note bloggers – I’m telling you there’s a chance!

If you like the ESPN 30 for 30 programs, you can thank Simmons for that.

You should be following them both on Twitter – follow Whitlock HERE and Simmons HERE.

It’s going to get interesting. Meanwhile Fox Sports and NBC Sports are both gaining on ESPN.


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