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.
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.
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…
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!”