The Wednesday Read: Zinke, Cellphones, & the Inauguration

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

  • Zinke Confirmation Hearing
  • Ban Cellphone Bans
  • Skipping the Inauguration

Zinke Confirmation Hearing:

Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) pretty much sailed through his Secretary of Interior confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday.

There was a lot of love in the room. Zinke mentioned he was former Navy SEAL several times. He also mentioned Teddy Roosevelt and said he was an “unapologetic admirer” of him and believes Roosevelt was right to place millions of acres of land in the West under federal protection.

It seems Zinke promised to visit almost every member of the committee’s state if confirmed. Zinke came across as somewhat moderate and that will probably get him a few votes from the Democrats.

Zinke should be confirmed by the senate pretty easily.

The toughest questioning came from Senators Bernie Sanders, Tammy Duckworth, and Al Franken. You can watch the hearing by clicking HERE. You can read the Associated Press report on the hearing HERE.

Ban Cellphone Bans:

State Representative Jeremy Trebas, R-Great Falls, has introduced HB 194 which would prohibit bans on driving while talking on a cellphone or texting. Ten Montana cities ban talking and texting on cellphones while driving, but there is no statewide law. (GF Tribune)

I’ve written about this issue extensively here at The Western Word. I am against the cellphone ban. I think it’s more of a fundraiser for the cities that have the laws. It’s making tons of money for Great Falls.

The bottom line is there are plenty of other things that distract drivers when operating a motor vehicle. I sent a letter to the local newspaper a few months ago in which I wrote the following:

Just so you know eating fries/hamburgers/cheeseburgers/hot dogs/pizza/donuts, picking your nose, putting on makeup, combing your hair, combing your kid’s hair, brushing your teeth, smoking, dogs, cats, kids, hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, singing, playing air guitar/ drums, fuzzy dice, drinking coffee/water/soda, reading, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, billboards, marquees, trees, flowers, sun, moon, meteors, northern lights, rainbows, attractive women, attractive men, clouds, radios, bumper stickers, GPS, wild animals, zombies, Bigfoot, Elvis, and UFOs along with cell phones all can cause distracted driving.

It would be great if officials would spend as much time combating drunk driving as they have enacting these moronic cellphone ordinances. That would actually make our roads safer.

As for Trebas’ bill, I doubt it gets very far, but it’s a good try.

Skipping the Inauguration:

I thought about adding some sad violin music to this post about Democrats not attending the inauguration of Donald J. Trump this Friday. There are about 60 Democrats who have said they will not attend the event according to the Washington Post.

It sucks to lose.

The actual ceremony is a historic event. During this ceremony, we show the world that even after a nasty election our country comes together to change our leader in a peaceful manner. This is a time when both sides need to lay down their partisan swords and act stately.


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4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Zinke, Cellphones, & the Inauguration

  1. One other thing Jackie, if I read one more time how Ryan Zinke is a long time supporter of PEOTUS Trump I am going to heave. Last February I watched as Congressman Zinke responded to a question at a Lincoln Day dinner about Trump. He did not endorse him then and went to great lengths not to. In fact, he made a concerted effort to highlight that there were better options available in the GOP field.

    I would suggest that Mr. Zinke only became a “supporter” when it was clear that it was advantageous to Mr. Zinke.

    • Rick – I imagine you are correct about being a supporter when it was advantageous to him. Zinke and Daines seem to be looking for the next thing to conquer and not what is best for Montana. I hope whoever wins the special House election plans on staying in that seat for awhile. -JmB

  2. I, for one, will not be watching the inauguration. However, not as some sort of statement but rather because I never watch them.

    I am left to wonder though if there’s a connection between Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down and Trump ascending to the office of POTUS….

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