The Wednesday Read: Hatred, Death, & Football

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. – Ausonius

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Anti-Semitism & White Nationalism
  • Hey Moe…
  • Deaths in 2016
  • The NFL – Buffalo
  • The NFL – Denver

Anti-Semitism & White Nationalism:

Montana elected officials recently came together against anti-Semitism and white nationalism. U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox said in an open letter:

“We stand firmly together to send a clear message that ignorance, hatred and threats of violence are unacceptable and have no place in the town of Whitefish, or in any other community in Montana or across this nation,” Montana’s elected officials wrote. “We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here.”

While it’s good to see so many people condemn these hateful groups, these groups thrive on getting publicity – and they have received plenty of publicity from here in Montana and around the world in the last week or so.

Hey Moe…

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Great Falls state Senator Mary Sheehy Moe announced that she will resign her seat (SD-12) in the Montana Legislature at some point near the end of January. The reason is so that she will be available to provide more support for her daughter and three newborn grandchildren who were born prematurely.

I’ve watched Moe closely in the legislature since I am a resident of SD-12. She will be missed, but being a mother and grandmother is much more important!

Deaths in 2016:

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that 2016 has been the year that many notable people died. On a personal note, I also had several friends and family die in 2016 – and they are greatly missed.

Here is a list of “notable” deaths in 2016 from the New York Times, whatever “notable” means…

The NFL – Buffalo:

I thought it was interesting that the Buffalo Bills fired Rex Ryan this week with less than two full seasons under his belt. I’ve always thought head coaches should be given 3-5 years to put their team together, but in today’s world owners and fans want instant gratification.

I’ve always thought that Rex Ryan should go back to doing that he does best – being a defensive coordinator.

The NFL – Denver:

My Kansas City Chiefs put a stake through the heart of the Denver Broncos Sunday night ending the Broncos chances of making the playoffs – the year after winning the Super Bowl.

Although Gary Kubiak led the Broncos to a Super Bowl win last season that was the team that former coach John Fox put together. Fox’s team lost the Super Bowl in 2013, finished 12-4 the next year and was fired and replaced by Gary Kubiak.

I tweeted after the game Sunday night that Denver coach Gary Kubiak has run John Fox’s Super Bowl team into the ditch. We’ll see what tricks they have to get them back to the playoffs in 2017.

In the meantime, Chiefs fans will be cheering for the Broncos to beat the Raiders this Sunday! If the Chiefs win (against the Chargers) and the Raiders lose, the Chiefs will be the #2 seed in the playoffs!


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3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Hatred, Death, & Football

  1. Anti-Semitism & White Nationalism::
    We had the Aryan Nations headquartered just miles from our house in Hayden, ID in the 90’s. Couer d’Alene authorities did the same thing, called them out publicly and within a few years, they messed up and they were gone. The same thing can happen in Whitefish!
    On a side note, I prefer the term White Supremacist over Nationalist, because it more accurately describes these ignorant people really want…the Democrats must have re-branded them.

    The NFL – Denver: Go Raiders!!!! And thanks to KC for beating up the Broncos for us last week…

    • Barry – As for the White Supremacist/Nationalist groups, it’s nice to see so many people come out against them, but what is the next step – send a more tersely-worded letter?

      If all government officials do is sign a letter it draws attention and gives the hate groups free advertising and proof that the government is against them. Then others will come and join their cause.

      In this Montana case, the toothpaste can’t be put back in the tube and it may escalate.

      P.S. – The Broncos may take their frustrating season out on the Raiders! Watch out!


    • Don’t try to blame it on Democrats, these goofballs named themselves. And Richard Spencer coined the term ‘alt-right’ to try to normalize the whole schlemiel. The three main peas in that white pod are Nationalists, Supremacists and Separatists. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between these racist hatemongers.

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