Monday’s Quick Hits: Killing Journalists, Rally Priests, & SCOTUS

I have never been hurt by what I have not said. – Calvin Coolidge

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Killing Journalists
  • Father, forgive me…
  • Supreme Court Pick

Killing Journalists:

Recently somebody posting as “Sue Kralj” posted the following message on Facebook:

When the crazies start killing the journalists again, I hope they start at the Tribune! I won’t shed a tear for the aiders and abbetters. Poetic justice.

A reporter for the Great Falls Tribune, Seaborn Larson, posted on his Twitter account that “Sue Kralj” was “Larry Kralj.”

Like many who run Montana blogs, I am acquainted with Larry. I also know him from my 12 years working for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns.

This post stepped over the line.

I hope that instead of people saying how concerned they are about the post, someone has alerted local authorities and that the local authorities take it seriously. Very often someone who commits an act of violence has given clues that were overlooked.

Father, forgive me…

Did you hear the one about the four Roman Catholic priests from Montana who attended the Trump Rally in Great Falls?

It’s not a joke. They attended the event as VIPs, held signs, and were dressed, as Lee Newspapers put it, in their “clerical garb.”

Lee Newspapers reported:

They clapped for Trump as he doubled down on his oft-repeated slur of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” mocked the #MeToo movement, and questioned the meaning of former Republican President George H.W. Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light” slogan.

I’m not a Catholic (I don’t even play one on TV), but I can see how some Catholics could be upset about their attending. I can also see how some were happy they were there.

Of course, evangelicals were there. It’s like it was almost required attendance. A few days before the event, I was asked by a prominent evangelical pastor if I would be attending the Trump rally. I said that I was not really that excited about Trump and his actions, so no. He then informed me that Trump was a Christian and had been for about five years.

I don’t challenge anyone’s claim of being “saved” or those who claim they are a Christian. There will be a judgment day and someone more important than me will be the judge.

Supreme Court Pick:

Tonight President Donald J. Trump will announce his pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice.

I’m thinking Trump will pick someone from Fox News.

The choices in the Fox News stable are abundant. Maybe Jeanine Pirro of “Justice with Judge Jeanine” fame? He might even pick Andrew Napolitano. A long shot would be Geraldo or former Fox News personality, Greta Van Susteren.

Seriously though, I think it’s between Raymond Kethledge and Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump will need to keep the Republicans in the Senate happy with this pick – he can’t lose too many Republican votes if Democrats all vote no.

 

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4 Comments

  1. There is little that the Talibangelicals do, or approve of as US policy, that is christian in nature.

    Did you ask your preacher acquaintance if he’d heard the joke about the two Corinthians? It’s a knee slapper.

    • Doug – Yep. I heard that one. Haha. -JmB

  2. Hi Jackie,
    I just read your post.
    We have alerted authorities regarding the Kralj blog post, but it’s my understanding there is little they can other than add this to an existing file.
    I am a little more seasoned than others on the staff and realize this crap comes with the job. Doesn’t make it right or acceptable, but comes with the territory.
    Sounds Iike it wouldn’t have been your first rodeo either, having worked with Conrad Burns.
    I wonder if anyone on social media who provided a platform to this guy and egged him on has any sense of guilt or responsibility for what is happening. The monster is loose.
    I am a fan of the First Amendment, but realize it does come with some responsibility.
    Phil Drake
    GF Trib

    • Phil – Thanks. Good to know. -JmB


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