Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday – the last Monday of October! 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 one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Ehrlick & Montana Family Foundation
  • Wittich’s Trial Delayed
  • Trump/Carson & Religion
  • Tea Party – Circling the Drain?


Ehrlick & Montana Family Foundation:

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor of the Billings Gazette. This weekend he went off on the Montana Family Foundation and it’s a pretty good read. I even agree with some of it. You can read it by clicking HERE.

Ehrlick starts out with:

The Montana Family Foundation wants you to be afraid — scared of your teachers, scared of your school district, scared of “bureaucrats” who are apparently obsessed with body parts and kindergartners.

They seem to worry that somewhere, in some classroom, a teacher might have the gall to teach … anatomy.

Ehrlick closes his almost 1,000 word opinion with strong words for Montana Family Foundation leader Jeff Laszloffy:

Laszloffy seems to believe you can’t have a child in public school while simultaneously honoring the Lord. What a shock that comes to some of us who can (gasp) go to church and be a part of the PTA.

You want to honor the Lord, Mr. Laszloffy? Quit making God a party in your political crusades.

Amen to that.

I’ve always wondered if groups like the Montana Family Foundation and the national Family Research Council believe deep down that teachers can’t be Christians if they teach in public schools. I also wonder if they believe Christians can’t be union members or even Democrats.

Rep. Art Wittich’s Trial:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that a Helena judge has tentatively agreed to delay the political practices trial against state Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, until March or April 2016.

In case you’ve forgotten about the case, Wittich is accused of failing to report contributions from the conservative nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership way back during his 2010 campaign.

It’s pretty screwed up to delay this (or any) trial that long. It shows that if someone cheats in an election, it may be years before they are actually punished for it. Some may think cheating is worth it.

Trump & Carson:

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump made some comments about fellow GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson’s religion this weekend:

“I’m Presbyterian, he said. “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”

Trump has been fun to watch. He’s made the GOP Presidential race interesting, but I don’t think commenting on another candidate’s religion is a good thing.

While it’s nice to know a candidate’s religion and how it shapes their lives, I believe it’s a personal choice between the candidate and God.

A wise person once told me that we’ll all find out in the end which, if any, religion or belief is correct.

Circling the Drain?

More bad news for the Tea Party – a new Gallup poll just out today reports that Americans’ support for the Tea Party has dropped to its lowest level since the movement emerged on the national political scene prior to the 2010 midterm elections. Read more about it HERE.

Just seventeen percent of Americans now consider themselves Tea Party supporters.

The support for the Tea Party is falling so low that it is getting closer to the overall favorable ratings of Congress.

We may need to place Tea Party members on the endangered species list…

 

## Let’s Go Royals ##

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Odds & Ends

  1. Do you think “Delay” may be the new “Justice?” Matthew Monforton, the lawyer who is pushing for a timely decision on the Open Primary Lawsuit, has asked U.S. Ninth District’s Judge Morris for yet another delay. The hearing is now set for November 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm in the Helena Federal Courthouse.

    • Carole – Delay could just be a tactic, too. As for the open primary case, I expect it to be either decided quickly after it gets its day in court or be dropped altogether because the 2016 election season is coming up. Thanks – JmB

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