Monday’s Quick Hits

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Today I take a look at REAL ID, Dakota Access Pipeline, College Football, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!


It was great to see the editorial boards of the Great Falls Tribune and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle agree with The Western Word that Montana officials should comply with the REAL ID Act.

In case you don’t know what REAL ID is, here is the definition from the Department of Homeland Security:

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

The Tribune Editorial Board had this to say:

So we urge state officials to move on from this battle. You made your point, and that’s great, but your stubbornness is about to have real and possibly dire consequences. It’s time to turn your attention elsewhere, and start complying with the Real ID Act.

The Daily Chronicle Editorial Board had this to say:

But they need to get over it and bring Montana’s driver’s licenses into compliance, or a lot of Montanans are going to have to spend a bunch of money needlessly.

I’ve thought that Montana should comply with the REAL ID Act since it became law. I also said our elected officials should quit acting like cowardly lions and support REAL ID because sometimes freedom is not free.

Dakota Access Pipeline:

The New York Times reported that she Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory on Sunday in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River. The Army said it would look for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

This is the right thing to do. Congratulations to the protesters for their victory. With a new administration taking over January 20, this issue is far from settled.

College Football:

I’m kind of like a bear going into hibernation during bowl season! It all starts December 17 with the New Mexico Bowl and ends January 9 with the National Championship Game! (USA Today)

Plus, we have the FCS playoffs with the quarterfinals coming up this weekend. I am hoping for a North Dakota State & Eastern Washington final on January 7.

How bout those Chiefs?

I’ve watched a lot of football but I think I saw my first “pick two” when the Atlanta Falcons, who were up by one point after a touchdown, went for a two-point conversion. The Chiefs’ Eric Berry intercepted the pass and ran it about 100 yards back for two points. The Chiefs beat the Falcons 29-28. (Highlights)

The Oakland Raiders visit the loudest outdoor stadium Thursday night (Arrowhead). The Chiefs beat the Raiders 26-10 in Oakland earlier this season.

Let’s get loud Kansas City!


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4 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Thanks for the change of pictures in your heading area. It is an inviting landscape and I have a cousin who rode the rails and saw the U. S. , then saw the world when he served overseas and in Viet Nam. He is one of the most interesting conversationalists you could meet. He is also a sculptor…so that adds so much to his persona. Your picture certainly brought him to mind.

    • LJohn 58: Thanks. Those are photos from around Montana – I think all from my cell phone camera. -JmB

  2. How about those Raiders at 10-2! KC will face a different Raider team on Thursday, beca use rhey have patience now and they know how to win when behind. Good luck!

    • Barry: Thanks. The Raiders are playing well. We’ll see how they handle KC at Arrowhead – we’ll also see which Chiefs team shows up! Good luck to you. -JmB

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