Monday’s Odds & Ends

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland

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:

  • 75,000 Montanans
  • Dish Network
  • TWW Anniversary
  • Presidential Campaign TV Ads
  • State of the Union

75,000 Montanans:

Applause to the editorial team at the Billings Gazette for pointing out that if President Obama had signed the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) repeal bill, then 75,000 Montanans would have lost their health insurance. Read the editorial HERE.

The Gazette admonished U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke for supporting the bill and for their statements after the bill had passed the House. It was the 62nd vote in the House to repeal Obamacare. Republicans like Daines and Zinke have so much hatred for Obama that they have allowed that hatred to cloud their judgment.

I have always said that elected officials on both sides of the issue need to come together to make Obamacare better for all.

The Gazette closed their editorial with this:

The law’s not perfect, but it’s not a failure. It has effectively reduced the health insurance gap in the only developed nation without universal coverage.

Amen to that.

Dish Network:

The long state-wide nightmare has ended! Maybe I should have said the long state-wide “whining period” is over.

Dish Network and Cordillera Communications, which owns several television stations in Montana and other states, were in negotiations to renew their contract. It expired and the several TV stations were removed from Dish Network. I was not affected by this deal, but if I had I would have been ticked at both sides.

That’s when the whining started in Montana. I found it amusing that after the stations were removed from Dish, the local stations were still telling their Dish subscribers to contact Dish to complain – although most, if not all, Dish customers were not seeing the ads because the signal was no longer being carried.

Then the anchors from the local news stations were put in the awkward position of trying to sell the idea that Dish was the bad guy in the deal.

Nonetheless, they reached an agreement and the local stations are back on Dish Network.

Now maybe they can work more on reading from a teleprompter…

TWW Anniversary:

Sunday was the 11th anniversary of The Western Word! It all started on January 10, 2005.

Please, no parades…

I plan to keep on saving the world one column at a time…

Presidential Campaign TV Ads:

In case you missed it, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have new television ads out.

First, here is Trump’s ad called “Great Again.”

Here is Clinton’s new ad:

How do you feel about these new ads?

State of the Union:

Get the popcorn ready! President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday night. It should be interesting since the majority of people in the chamber pretty much hate the President.

I will be Tweeting my thoughts about the SOTU throughout the evening. I will not be too serious. Follow me @TheWesternWord.

Pro-Tip: Watch the SOTU on C-SPAN instead of Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and the networks.Draw your own conclusions instead of letting some partisan person tell you what was said.

One thing to remember is that we need to be on alert! Will this be the day that he finally tells us he is going door to door to take our guns?

Obama is running out of time for the “gun grab” that the extremists on the right have been warning us about for seven years.

Tick, tick, tick…

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7 thoughts on “Monday’s Odds & Ends

  1. Am I the only one who is sick of hearing Trump say, in effect, America sucks? We’ve certainly got problems but this is still the best place in the world to live and .
    Lastly, congrats on the Chiefs victory. It may be awhile before I recover from my Vikings loss.

    • Rick – thank you! As for Trump being down on the USA, I think he’s wrong but it seems to be striking a nerve with people.
      Thanks for the congrats on the Chiefs victory. The Vikings are on their way up, but that was a tough loss. -JmB

    • Rick I, too, am sick of hearing the Donald say extremely negative things about America. I add to the list, Jeb, Ted, Marco and Chris. Luckily for me I have cousins who live in South Africa. They keep it real for me on a daily basis. This is the best place in the world to live. We should be thankful every day for the accident of our birth place.

  2. I agree with Randall sentiments. I consider myself a left leaning independent and find your comments thoughtful, well reasoned and to the point of the issues. In my opinion you the bridge the ideology gap where so few can today. I think there is more middle ground out there and if we can some how find our way back to the middle we might be able to accomplish something for all the people of the US. Keep up the great work.

  3. Happy Anniversary. Unfortunately I have just recently become ware of your blog so I have missed 11 years of your comments. I consider myself a left leaning Democrat, it is so refreshing to read a log written by a member of the Republican, that is moderate, pragmatic and insightful. The best to you and yours.

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