Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.
Today’s topics include:
- Montana Fundraising
- The “liberal” Western Word
- Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
- The Benghazi Staffer
- Newt Gingrich & Speaker
- Social Security & Gas
- Saturday Night Live
Statewide Office Fundraising:
The Associated Press (AP) posted a story over the weekend with the amount of money raised by candidates and those exploring a candidacy for Montana’s statewide offices.
You can see how candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, superintendent of public instruction, and supreme court are doing in the campaign fundraising world by clicking HERE.
Don’t be discouraged if your favorite candidate is not raising a lot of money. There’s a great chance some third-party group will spend several thousand dollars to help them get elected.
The “liberal” Western Word:
Last week was a great time for comments here at The Western Word. My favorite came from frequent reader “Barry” who said The Western Word “is a liberal blog predominately supporting liberals and dissing conservatives.”
If you look back over my 2,600 + columns, I doubt those on the left would say this blog is liberal.
I told Barry that right now the GOP is the low-hanging fruit. Recently it’s been pretty easy to find someone in the GOP doing or saying something stupid.
On my Twitter page, the saying “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…” still holds true today.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl:
Reuters reported over the weekend that the presiding officer at the Article 32 hearing recommended Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, should not be sent to a military prison. It was also reported that the presiding officer recommended that the case to be moved to the military equivalent of misdemeanor court.
The above information came from Bergdahl’s lawyers, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
One other piece of information that Reuters reported was that Major General Kenneth Dahl, who led the military’s investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance and capture said that that none of the soldiers sent to look for Bergdahl had been killed.
A lot of people jumped to conclusions about Bergdahl and made several outrageous comments. It looks like many will be wrong.
I’ve written about Bergdahl several times here at The Western Word. You can read my comments about him by searching for “Bergdahl” on this site.
Earlier this month I wrote about the comments House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi. I said I think they should terminate the Benghazi committee and investigation immediately, and Hillary Clinton should not testify (again) in Congress about Benghazi.
Now new information is out – this time from a Benghazi committee staffer named Bradley Podliska. Podliska is an Air Force Reserve major and a former staffer on the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He claims that Hillary Clinton was the panel’s primary target.
Read the story from The Hill HERE.
Newt Gingrich & Speaker:
Gingrich appeared on Fox News Sunday and gave his comments about the Speaker of the House mess. Host Chris Wallace asked Gingrich about returning to Washington to be the Speaker of the House:
GINGRICH: Our mutual friend Sean Hannity asked the question in a way that was impossible to say no. If 218 members approached you and they said they were collectively were for you, are you going to say no?
Well, no citizen is going to say “I would turn that down”. But the odds against that happening are enormous. It’s totally implausible, and Callista and I are making no plans to return to Capitol Hill.
WALLACE: I was going to ask you. How did Callista feel when you told —
GINGRICH: She broke up laughing and said that Sean had mouse-trapped me.
According to different sources, Callista was a House staffer when they started having an affair, so I doubt she wants him anywhere near the House of Representatives…
Blame it on Gas:
The Associated Press reported that for just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, which is unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population.
The reason is that, by law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation, which is being dragged down by lower prices at the pump.
Is this a great country or what?
Saturday Night Live:
The opening sketch on this week’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) nailed “Fox & Friends” perfectly. You can watch it HERE.
SNL also did a “PSA” about guns. Watch it HERE.