Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. – Wayne Dyer

Welcome to Wednesday! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • MT State Rep. Randall Pinocci
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • The Trump Boycott
  • Planned Parenthood

Montana State Rep. Randall Pinocci:

Yesterday the Great Falls Tribune reported that the Commissioner of Political Practices has found sufficient evidence that Rep. Randall Pinocci, R-Sun River, violated Montana’s practice laws in the 2014 election and has turned the matter over to the Lewis and Clark County Attorney to consider for civil prosecution.

Although that sounds terrible, he’ll probably end up with just a small fine.

You can read the Commissioner of Political Practices decision HERE. One part caught my attention:

Candidate Pinocci has had considerable past difficulty with the campaign finance reporting requirements set out by Montana law. Despite repeated opportunities, Candidate Pinocci failed to file an adequate campaign finance report of his 2012 election activity.

Pinocci has not filed (as of yesterday) for reelection yet in HD-19, but another far-right Republican, Wendy McKamey, has filed to run in HD-19. I do not reside in HD-19, but McKamey was my State Rep in HD-23 during the last legislative session. I was not impressed with her wackiness.

Wounded Warrior Project:

This just made me sick when first heard about it. The Wounded Warrior Project is accused of wasting million of dollars in donations. CBS News reported that according to the charity’s tax forms, spending on conferences and meetings went from $1.7 million in 2010 to $26 million in 2014.

CBS also reported that in comparison, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) spends 96 percent of its budget on vets. Fisher House devotes 91 percent. But according to public records reported by “Charity Watch,” the Wounded Warrior Project spends 60 percent on vets.

One employee said they threw big parties for staffers. At one place they hired a Mexican mariachi band. They spent the donations on alcohol and rented rooms at expensive beachfront hotels.

Shame on the leaders of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Trump Boycott:

Donald Trump contends that he will boycott the Fox News Republican debate Thursday night. Trump is unhappy with the Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly who asked him some tough questions in an earlier debate. Trump called Kelly (among other things) a “third-rate reporter.” That statement is probably true, but she gets great ratings.

Whether or not Trump sticks with the boycott is yet to be seen. The press releases sent by Trump’s campaign and by Fox News were so childish they should have been written in crayon.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Trump said he would hold his own event in Iowa during the debate to raise money for wounded veterans. The AP also reported this:

The billionaire’s decision to skip the final presidential debate before Iowa’s kickoff caucuses ensures that he will dominate the conversation in the closing moments of campaigning in 2016’s leadoff state.

Trump is just one of the very few who can actually take on Fox News. Every time people believe that Trump has stepped over the line and can’t recover or will lose support, he doesn’t.

Trump has once again drawn attention to himself. The cable news networks (even Fox News) were talking about it Tuesday night. #Winning

Democrats should be worried about Trump losing. They have a better chance if Trump wins the GOP nomination, plus we all want to see the Trump show continue until November…

Planned Parenthood:

The New York Times reports that a grand jury in Houston, Texas, that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

Think about that – a grand jury in conservative Texas indicted two abortion opponents.

According to the NY Times, David R. Daleiden, who was the leader an anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, has been indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. Another center employee, Sandra S. Merritt, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record.

As Gomer Pyle used to say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”


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8 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

  1. Wounded Warriors:
    I always ask those who call for donations for Vets, how much of the money goes to the vets. Most answer 10%-15%. I do not donate to them. Wounded Warriors says 58%, so they get my money…it appears that they are honest but still wasting money, which is sad.

    Trump: He is smarter then you give him credit for…

    Planned parenthood:
    Mike you left out two important facts in this matter..:
    1) A board member from Planned Parenthood in Texas works in the DA’s office that filed the charges…can you say conflict of interest?
    2) The charge is that Daleiden, actually “bought” and “sold” fetus parts using a false ID. That has already been proven to be false. “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

    • Barry – Thanks for your comments.
      I am totally disappointed in Wounded Warrior. I have not donated to that organization, but I have others.
      As for Planned Parenthood, the “two important facts” you listed are more along the line of evidence the defense can try to use to defend the two who were indicted. We’ll see if they can prove those two things are actually “facts” in a court of law.
      Thanks again, JmB

    • And you Barry left out the fact that the employee of the DA’s office had ZERO to do with this case. Nice attempted diversion though.

      • Rick, how is it that you have intimate knowledge on what happened in that office to make that statement?

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