Tuesday’s Quick Hits

If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Daines Saves Job Corps?
  • Tester’s Endorsement Promise
  • Jeopardy!

Daines Saves Job Corps?

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced via video conference call that he had “secured” President Trump’s decision to keep the Anaconda Job Corps training center open, saving hundreds of Montana jobs. The decision follows Daines’ call with Trump on Saturday, where he stressed that the Anaconda center was one of the top ranked in the country, and must remain open. After speaking with Daines, Trump told him the site would remain open.

Daines added that the Anaconda Jobs Corps training center employs 250 people in southwest Montana.

You can read a press release from Daines HERE.

The Montana press was quick to write the story giving Daines the credit and make him out to be a hero. Look for this issue to be used in a campaign commercial.

Politics is a funny and nasty effing business. Daines is up for reelection, so I will present an alternate view for all to see:

  • I have my doubts that Daines actually spoke to the President about this issue. He may have spoken to someone else in the White House and asked for a big favor.
  • Trump needs Daines to win reelection and keep the seat in Republican hands which in turn will help keep the Senate under a Republican majority.
  • Ironically, the area of southwest Montana where the Anaconda Jobs Corps training center is located in an area that Daines is probably weak in.
  • It’s not uncommon for the Administration to help a candidate in their own party by creating some “issue” or “problem” and then pretending that the candidate solved it.

Keep watching this election season to see if there are other “issues” or “problems” that are miraculously solved by someone in the President’s party running for reelection.

Stranger things have happened…

Tester’s Endorsement Promise:

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) appeared on Face the Nation where he told host Margaret Brennan that he would announce who he was endorsing for President next week. (Transcript)

I was one of the first to write about HERE. I’ve been checking my Inbox and my SPAM box and I even ate some SPAM this week. I’ve found nothing from Tester about his coveted endorsement.

Well, Jon-boy, it’s been over a week. Not that I care that much, but you have mentioned in the past about Montanans keeping their word and their promises blah, blah. So keep your word and make the announcement.

Besides, the boys and girls at the Montana Republican Party headquarters have nothing better to do and they are getting a little antsy.

Jeopardy!:

If you are a fan of Jeopardy! and have not watched Monday’s show (June 3) don’t read any further.

I found out that 32-day champion James Holzhauer lost the game on Monday early Monday morning through my Twitter feed. The show airs here in Great Falls, Montana, at 6:00 p.m.

Someone leaked the “Final Jeopardy!” video that showed him losing. Some people thought it was a ploy to get people to watch and others thought it was fake news. During the day, a few news organizations sent Breaking News alerts with “Spoiler Alerts” at the beginning of the message. The CBS Evening News even had the story.

So my wife and I watched the show. Toward the end, there was an Amber Alert issued that prevented us from hearing some of the audio from the historic show. By the way, I’m not complaining. Amber Alerts are great and they even found the child quickly.

According to ESPN, in 33 games, Holzhauer won $2,464,216. He ends up with the second most winnings for the regular show behind Ken Jennings who won $2,520,700 during a 74-game winning streak in 2004.

Although I was a little pissed about the leak, for the last few games I have been searching Twitter in the afternoons to see if he won, but that was on my terms. I imagine it’s tough for a syndicated show like Jeopardy! that is aired at different times all across the fruited plains to keep a secret.

By the way, Emma Boettcher, a user-experience librarian from Chicago, was the person who defeated Holzhauer.

 

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