Wednesday’s Quick Hits

The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then get elected and prove it. – P. J. O’Rourke

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • Gianforte Part Two
  • Cellphone Ordinance
  • Gambling-Addicted States
  • Tom Brady
  • Primary Night Analysis

Gianforte Part Two:

I was all set to be one of the first to tweet “Republican Greg Gianforte released his second TV ad in the 2016 election for governor of Montana” and add the link to it.

I like to be first and beat the folks who do this for a living…

For some reason, Team Gianforte did not post a link to the actual video in their press release announcing it. That press release was sent at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. I asked them about it via email and was told in a one-sentence response:

We will send you a link as soon as it’s uploaded to YouTube.

So I waited. Then I waited some more. Nothing. I finally had to go get a root canal (truth), which really has nothing to do with Gianforte, but I wanted to add something to show I am just a human with real-world problems trying to find my way in the world today…

When I came back I could find nothing. I did see the new ad on TV later in the day. It was not posted on YouTube this morning.

The bottom line is I don’t know if I am ticked off at Gianforte, or from having a root canal.

Probably both…

*UPDATE: At 7:34 a.m. this morning the Gianforte campaign sent me the link to the new campaign ad. You can see it HERE

Cellphone Ordinance:

The Great Falls Tribune editorial board is applauding the city of Missoula for toughening the ordinance banning cellphone use by drivers. Great Falls has a cellphone ordinance that was passed by the cranky old regime in the City Commission.

I still think the ordinance is dumb. There are tons of distractions while driving. By the way, my dream job would be to stand by the road playing the cardboard guitar from Little Caesars to get drivers’ attention. I could be very distracting while rocking out to REO Speedwagon.

They should also ban driving while drinking any beverages, eating French fries, onion rings, and especially curly fries (they can get caught on things and they roll farther on the car floorboard). You sure as heck can’t drive and eat those great big thick burgers – you know the ones that the sexy girl eats on the TV commercials.

Some people might want to ban country music, too. (Just sayin’)

Violating the ordinance does make a lot of money for cities – and that’s probably the main reason they have it. But it’s still dumb.

Gambling-Addicted States:

I receive information every so often from the website called WalletHub. The information is always interesting. This week they provided a report called “2016’s Most Gambling-Addicted States.”

Montana came in fourth. See where your state ranks and how they come up with the report by going HERE. The Great Falls Tribune has a story about the WalletHub report that can be viewed HERE.

I’m not against gambling, but the way it is run in Montana is ridiculous. When I first moved here over 25 years ago, I was excited about going to a “casino.” That excitement quickly ended once I visited one or two. I was disappointed by the type of games allowed in Montana.

Now it seems there’s a freaking casino on every block and many are ugly and placed in old gas stations or fast-food buildings. I think it hurts the city. Sure it provides tax money, but at what cost? I know I’d never get the Tavern Association support if I ran for political office.

It’s too bad they don’t “go big or go home” when it comes to gambling in Montana by allowing Las Vegas-style gambling and have just one or two mega-casinos in the larger cities with a nice hotel attached and bring in entertainment to attract customers. They would have to “flush” the current system of having a casino on almost every block down the toilet.

Tom Brady:

In case you missed it, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a 2-1 decision that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL. The decision overturned a lower judge and sided with the league in a battle with the NFL Players Association. (ESPN)

Since we like to keep score, the Brady case is tied 2-2. The lower court judge and one appeals court judge agreed with Brady. The other two did not. I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. I do admire Tom Brady and what he has done in his football career.

Brady still has some options. He can have the case heard in front of the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

I have said before that I did not believe that Brady should be suspended. I do believe that he did not cooperate as much as he could have with the investigation. I thought a fine was the best punishment. It still is.

I’ve also said that many folks at ESPN, especially the ex-jocks who are jealous of Brady’s four Super Bowl rings, also looked foolish during deflategate. They did once again during the latest coverage of deflategate this week.

The NFL and Brady should compromise and move on.

Primary Night Analysis:

Republican Donald Trump won all five states (Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland) last night. According to the Associated Press, he has 77% of the delegates needed to secure the nomination.

It’s basically over for Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Even the website Drudge Report had the following headline this morning:


Cruz and his people are pointing to Indiana as a place where he might stop the Trump momentum, but a poll before last night’s shellacking showed Trump up by 5 points. Plus Cruz does not understand that Indiana is basketball country. He made a terrible mistake campaigning there:

During a rally at the Hoosier Gym Community Center in Knightstown, Ind., Cruz referred to a basketball hoop as a “basketball ring” right there in that famous gym.

That’s the gym where the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed.

For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton won four of five states (Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). Bernie Sanders won Rhode Island.

Clinton is pretty much in the driver’s seat now.


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1 thought on “Wednesday’s Quick Hits

  1. By 1995, more than $49 million in lottery revenues had been dispersed to schools.

    In 1994 the following games saw these amounts spent:

    Video Gambling Machines: $444 million
    Lottery: $37 million
    Live Bingo: $8 million
    Live Keno: $5 million
    Live Horse Racing: $5 million
    Simulcast Racing: $4 million

    Despite this revenue, many Montanans develop gambling problems, even addictions. It was estimated that “8,000 to 16,000 Montana residents have been problem gamblers at some point in their life,” according to a 1992 report. What’s more, “another 3,500 to 11,500 Montanans may have been pathological gamblers.” The studies also revealed that the “percentage of female problem and pathological gamblers” was higher than any of the other states in the 8-state study.

    My 6th book of Montana history, covering 1960 to 1990, will be out this summer

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