Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs

If you don’t believe in winning, you don’t believe in free enterprise, capitalism, our way of life. – Tom Landry

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • New York Times & Great Falls
  • Tester’s Money
  • Trump & Time & Groping
  • Kansas City Chiefs

NY Times & Great Falls:

Brooks Barnes of the New York Times did a story that was titled, “Welcome to the Campiest Place on Earth” that was about the Sip ‘n Dip Lounge in Great Falls. The story has a few locals upset.

Barnes begins his report with this gem:

When a study recently found Great Falls the least gay-friendly city in Montana, one man wrote on a local news website, “Let’s keep it that way.”

Mermaids are totally tolerable, though.

Great Falls, home to 59,000 mostly conservative citizens, can be a soul-deadening place.

You can read the whole story HERE.

I imagine many of the folks who were upset with the story are the so-called “native” Montanans. I’ve lived in many places all across the fruited plains and I like Great Falls. In fact, when I exited the military I could have had my stuff moved anywhere in the USA. My wife and I picked Great Falls. That was many years ago and I’ve had many opportunities to leave, but I stayed.

I once lived in a place where local stores sold shirts that had the town name and the saying, “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.”

Calm down Great Falls lovers. You’ve got a town that is a keeper – mermaids and all.

Tester’s Money:

Mike Dennison of MTN News reports that U.S. Senator Jon Tester has received at least 81 percent of his nearly $8 million campaign war chest from sources outside Montana.

That’s a great talking point for his opponents. Tester’s campaign counters with the stat that he’s received 13,300 separate contributions from Montanans for the 2018 race, most of them less than $100 each. Then to add the icing to the cake, Tester says there will be tons of money spent by outside groups trying to defeat him.

So what’s a man going to do?

The Republicans lining up to take on Tester have raised little or no money. I don’t think anyone has much of a chance to beat Tester unless there’s scandal or some sort of allegation against him that sticks.

A third term for Tester would give Montana some much-needed clout in the Senate – which has been missing since the departure of Burns and Baucus.

Trump & Time & Groping:

Now, news about the President…

This tweet from the President was hilarious:

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

Twitter had a lot of fun with that.

In other news, Trump is now saying that the Access Hollywood tape of him might not be authentic. The New York Times reports:

He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after. He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently. (In the hours after it was revealed in October 2016, Mr. Trump acknowledged that the voice was his, and he apologized.)

That is crazy.

Kansas City Chiefs:

My Kansas City Chiefs have lost their way. I expected them to beat the Buffalo Bills in Kansas City Sunday, but they did not. The Chiefs have a one-game lead in the AFC West and they play the second place Chargers and the Raiders (both in KC) in the remaining weeks of the season.

They should have upper hand with three of their last four games at home. I’m not that confident in their ability to turn it around. Other NFL teams are probably hoping the Chiefs from the first five games of the season where they beat the Eagles and the Patriots don’t return.

I’d sure like to see them again.

 

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