Monday’s Quick Hits

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? – Jean Cocteau

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Trump Addresses Congress
  • Navy Secretary
  • Tom Perez
  • Academy Awards
  • Daytona 500

Montana Legislature:

The Montana State Senate is on break this week and the Montana State House will be working until Wednesday when they will go on break. This is according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

The good news is there’s less of a chance they can harm Montanans this week – plus we can come out of our bunkers for some fresh air.

They could possibly finish a whole 90-day session in record time if they stopped getting involved in federal issues, not to mention other silly issues.

Voting By Mail:

The Associated Press reported that the Republican-led Montana Senate passed a bill Friday to allow counties to conduct this year’s expected election for U.S. House by mail, despite objections by the state GOP chairman that it would give the Democratic candidate the advantage. The vote was 37-13 and it now heads to the House.

That vote showed that the GOP Chairman has little clout in the Montana Senate. We’ll see how he fares in the state House.

Applause to the 37 state senators who supported the bill. Sooner or later all elections will be done via mail.

Trump Addresses Congress:

Get your popcorn ready! President Trump will address a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

Here at The Western Word, I received a tip from the White House about what President Trump will say to break the ice at the beginning of his speech to Congress.

Here are the first three lines:

Look at me. Look. At. Me. I’m the captain now.

I don’t know if he will drop the microphone and walk off after that or what…

Navy Secretary:

President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration because of extensive financial ties that would not meet the Defense Department’s rigorous ethics standards, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday evening. (

I think it would be fun to be the Navy Secretary – you could go on cruises all around the world and call it work…

Tom Perez:

Saturday morning was a good time to watch the Democratic National Committee elect a new chair. It was on CSPAN. I was able to sneak in a nap or two while they counted the votes. It was that exciting.

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday beating Keith Ellison 235-200. He then asked Ellison to be his deputy. (CNN)

I’m not sure this is a great team for the Democrats. We’ll see how they perform.

The 89th Academy Awards:

Just as I was about to turn off the television and head to bed after La La Land was announced as “Best Picture” mayhem ensued. “Moonlight” was then awarded the “Best Picture” Oscar and they were able to give their acceptance speech.

Here is what PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the Oscars, said in a statement (USA Today):

“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the statement read. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Considering the Academy awards went on for almost four hours, maybe fatigue was the problem…

Daytona 500:

I don’t watch too many NASCAR races these days and seldom do I watch a complete race, but I try to catch the Daytona 500 each year.

This year’s race was nothing but wreck after wreck after wreck which made it long and mostly boring until the last few laps. Many of the big stars of NASCAR were knocked out of the race. There were only 15 of 40 cars on the lead lap at the end of the race. About 15 other cars were knocked out of the race. I think one wreck involved 17 cars. (Yes, I do watch it for the wrecks)

By the way, Kurt Busch won the race.

There are only about 35 more races left in this season that ends in November…


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