Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett
Welcome to Monday! Can you believe it – today is the first day of summer!
Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!
Today’s topics include:
- BigMike Lenahan
- Montana Chamber Endorses
- Tester Endorses Clinton
- Gun Control Measures
- Obama & National Parks
*By the way, later today I will post a special column about the NBA Finals and sports – stay tuned!
Over at the blog “GreaterFalls.com,” David posted a disturbing screenshot of a post on Facebook from someone in Great Falls supposedly named “BigMike Lenahan.” The post contained some nasty comments about “Damn Faggots” in Great Falls during the Big Sky Pride event this past weekend. The Big Sky Pride event is an annual celebration for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their supporters.
You can see the column from David by clicking HERE.
David explains five scenarios about whether the post could be accurate or not – from it could be from someone who hacked the account to “BigMike Lenahan” actually wrote it. David also posted this piece of information:
The screenshot has been passed around to several people on Facebook, and someone sent it to Joe Briggs, one of the Cascade County Commissioners, and also to the Cascade County Undersheriff. That’s because Big Mike apparently is an officer at the Cascade County Detention Center.
The Facebook page for BigMike Lenahan seems to have disappeared.
David added a note about some commentators saying if it’s true, then Lenahan should be fired. He does not think so but believes education and training would be best.
I don’t know if Lenahan did it or not, but if he did then termination from his taxpayer-funded job would be my choice.
One other thing – David should write more at GreaterFalls.com. I miss his work.
Montana Chamber Endorses:
The Montana Chamber of Commerce only endorsed one Democrat this election cycle – Jesse Laslovich for State Auditor. In every other statewide office, they endorsed the Republican candidate.
It kind of makes me feel sad for the one Republican they did not endorse – State Auditor candidate Matt Rosendale. Well, not really, but I wonder what he did to the Montana Chamber to tick them off.
They also endorsed candidates in the “non-partisan” races for Montana Supreme Court, although only one race is contested. The Chamber picked Kristen Juras over Dirk Sandefur in the contested Montana Supreme Court Justice #3 race.
See the full list HERE.
I think they should have told their members to leave the Chief Justice race blank, or write in Mickey Mouse…
Tester Endorses Clinton:
When I heard the news, I tweeted on Friday that “The long wait is over: ‘Tester endorses Clinton for president.’”
In case you are not from around Montana, Tester is U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Montana’s senior senator and a Democrat. He’s also head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and uses a suitcase on rollers to carry Montana beef to his apartment in Washington, D.C.
Gun Control Measures:
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Senate will vote on four gun control measures today. They are all expected to be defeated, but they deserve a vote and we deserve to know how our senators voted.
Plus, we’ll then see the advertisements during campaigns that say, “49 killed in Orlando and Senator XXXX voted against a bill that would stop future mass murders.”
Who knows, maybe they will actually pass something!
Obama & National Parks:
I’d like to commend the Obama family for following the rules during their visit to Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite National Park this weekend. (USA Today)
As far as I know, they did not take a bison calf or any other wildlife and place it in the back of their car, and I don’t think they ventured into any unauthorized areas.
Good job Mr. President!