Monday’s Quick Hits

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. – Jack Kerouac

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Buttery & Zinke
  • Zinke’s Daughter
  • Gianforte Mug Shot
  • Joe Arpaio

A Sweet Deal:

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s dormant congressional campaign committee recently sold a 2004 motor home at a steep discount to an old friend in the Montana Legislature.

The AP reported that the “old friend” is Montana State Senator Ed Buttrey. Apparently, he purchased the motor home for about $25,000, which is about half of the market value.

I’m sure Buttrey will make it right.

The biggest news (to me) in the article is that Buttrey says he’s in the final vetting stages for a key post in Zinke’s Interior Department.

To that I say, “Say it ain’t so, Ed, say it ain’t so.”

Although being an undersecretary or something in the Trump Administration might look good on paper, the way this administration is being run, it will negatively taint a person for the rest of their life.

Buttrey can do better by staying in Montana and running for higher office.

Zinke’s Daughter:

Lee Newspapers reported that the daughter of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, (Jennifer Detlefsen) like her father a Navy veteran, appears, in the rawest of terms, to have excoriated President Donald Trump in a social media post after the announcement that transgender soldiers would be banned from the military.

I guess Detlefsen found out that when your father is a member of the President’s cabinet, your comments get a little more attention.

Gianforte Mug Shot:

Gallatin County (Montana) Attorney Marty Lambert says he won’t release the mug shot of Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte. Readers may remember that Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter back in May. (AP)

Gianforte’s mug shot should be released. It’s common sense. He pleaded guilty.

Joe Arpaio:

In case you missed it because it was buried with the news on Friday during the hurricane coverage, President Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Back in July, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt and was facing up to six months in jail for defying a judge’s 2011 court order to refrain from racially profiling Latinos during patrols and turning them over to federal immigration authorities. (LA Times)

Trump has the right to pardon Arpaio. Many on the left are upset about it, just as those on the right were upset with some of Obama’s pardons.

Arpaio was elected in 2000 with 66% of the vote and was reelected in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He lost in 2016. There were also two recall petitions that he beat.

So for several years, it appears the voters of Maricopa County liked the service they were getting from Sheriff Joe.

His pardon means nothing to most Americans, including me. It did give Trump’s base of supporters something to cheer about. It also tells Trump’s closest friends that if they get in trouble, the President will be there for them.



4 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Click on the timestamp to read the thread to find out why this is a gross abuse of the pardon power. Then think about those people Mueller is questioning and what kind of message this sends to his buddies who aren’t birthers.

    • Doug – Thanks. There are many reasons not to pardon the Sheriff. I agree. -JmB

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