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 one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.
Today’s topics include:
- Tribune’s New Conservative Columnist
- Aaron Rodgers & Muslims
- Obama – ISIS is Contained
- Democratic Presidential Debate
- Wyoming House Seat
- Peyton Manning/Broncos
Gregg Smith & the Tribune:
The “No Teams” guy has picked a team! To no one’s surprise, he picked the conservative team. Great Falls attorney and businessman Gregg Smith will write a monthly political column for the Great Falls Tribune from a conservative perspective.
Smith and two other fellows had been writing a column about “No Teams” that appeared in the Tribune about once a month. I can’t really explain what it was about beyond those two words. I know I yawned a lot when I read it.
Smith was once a conservative blogger who would routinely go after the Tribune. Now he’s the Tribune’s conservative columnist. With Phil Drake already in their stable, lefties might begin to think there’s a conspiracy against them at the Tribune.
Good luck to Smith – it’s nice to see Great Falls folks do well.
Aaron Rodgers & Muslims:
I applaud Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for denouncing the anti-Islamic fan who ruined the moment of silence at Packers game on Sunday. (Source)
According to a story in USA Today, at Lambeau Field, before the Green Bay Packers lost to the Detroit Lions 18-16, a fan shouted out a slur against Muslims during the moment of silence and Rodgers had this to say:
I must admit, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was that made a comment that was very inappropriate during the moment of silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that puts us in the position we are today as a world.
There seems to be a lot of hatred toward Muslims/Islam in this world – especially in the United States. I happened to catch the following post on Facebook and Twitter:
If you can differentiate between white Christians and the KKK/Westboro, then you can differentiate between Muslims and ISIS.
That statement seems to fit this situation pretty well.
Obama – ISIS is Contained:
If you are one of the several folks who tweeted or posted on Facebook the comments President Obama made about ISIS being contained, you should probably read this story from The Hill:
According to his deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, the president was referring very specifically to the question of ISIL’s geographic expansion in Iraq and Syria when he made that remark.
The Obama haters were out in force after the attacks in Paris, so here is a pro-tip: Instead of directing your anger toward Obama who cannot run again (and who has not taken your guns), you should devote your attention to help elect the candidate you want for President. Less than a year from now that person will be elected and will be preparing to take office.
Democratic Presidential Debate:
If college or pro football is on TV, debates take a back seat with me. It seems that is the same with others as Saturday Night’s debate between Democratic Presidential candidates had few viewers.
There were only about 8.5 million views – making it the lowest rated debate so far. (Source)
Debates are probably best held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Wyoming House Seat:
After just four terms, Wyoming GOP congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is retiring from Congress. She is a member of the extreme Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House.
The big question will Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, run for the seat?
No matter what, the odds that the seat stays in GOP hands are pretty good.
My Kansas City Chiefs destroyed the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Sunday afternoon in Denver.
I liked it. It’s not very often that the Chiefs beat the Broncos. The final score was 29-13, but it was not that close.
I do feel bad for Manning. He was playing injured and needed the week off to heal. His head coach, Gary Kubiak, is a moron. Manning was a top QB last year and Kubiak took over as head coach and messed up a good thing.
I do like Peyton Manning. I don’t care for the Broncos.