Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Daines & Pence
  • Gianforte & Three Republicans
  • George Ochenski
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Toronto Raptors

Daines & Pence:

They might fool some of the people, but others will see right through it.

It’s disguised as a trip to Montana to give Vice President Mike Pence a firsthand look at Montana’s devastating meth crisis. They even issued press releases with statements.

I would venture to say the actual reason for the trip is to hold a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). Daines is up for reelection in 2020. To attend the fundraiser, it will cost you from $500 up to $15,000.

The official business to look at the “meth crisis” will make it easier on Daines’ campaign pocketbook.

Yes, both sides do these official/fundraising trips. That does not make it right. I remember back a few years ago when Montana Republicans were ticked at the Democrat Governor for mixing official and campaign business when using the state plane.

Gianforte & Three Republicans:

In case you missed it, three Republicans from North Central Montana wrote a column that appeared in the Great Falls Tribune asking U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte to run for reelection in the U.S. House and not run for Montana Governor.

Good for them. I doubt Gianforte listens.

The authors of the column are:

  • Ted Kronebusch, chair of the Pondera County Republican Central Committee.
  • Chris Hinoien, chair of the Teton County Republican Central Committee.
  • Liane Johnson, former chair/vice chair of the Montana Republican Party, and a former chair of the Glacier County Republican Central Committee.

They close their column by saying:

We ask Montana Republicans to join with us in supporting Greg Gianforte for Congress and Tim Fox for Governor. As longtime Republicans, we hope the rumor of a dangerous “Republican Shuffle” does not destroy the foundation we have all worked so hard to build.

You can read the whole column by clicking HERE.

George Ochenski:

Everyone should check out this week’s column by George Ochenski that appears in the Missoulian. The title of the column is:

Montana politicians should be doing the jobs they have – not campaigning for the jobs they want

Ochenski hits the nail on the head. Click HERE to read the column.

FIFA Women’s World Cup:

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway and the United States plays Thailand today (Tuesday) at 1:00 p.m. Montana time. (ProSoccerUSA.com)

The match will be televised on FOX.

For more information about the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, click HERE.


Toronto Raptors:

I enjoy watching the NBA playoffs and the Toronto Raptors are playing the Golden State Warriors for the title this year. The Raptors are giving the defending champ Warriors all they can handle.

The great season the Raptors are having was tainted some by their fans last night (Monday). Yahoo Sports reported it this way:

Just before halftime in his first game back since injuring his calf earlier this postseason, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant went down with a similar injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in Toronto.

While Durant was down on the floor, several Raptors fans throughout Scotiabank Arena started cheering and waving at him, appearing to be happy that he went down.

One Raptors fan standing courtside near Durant could be seen on the broadcast waving at him, clearly happy that he went down and was sidelined from the rest of the game.

“Appearing” to be happy – they were very happy and cheering. In short, they were asses. They embarrassed Canada. Even the broadcast team noticed it. Some of the Raptors players who seem to be more mature than their fans waved at their fans to stop it.

The good news is the Raptors lost the game on their home floor and those a-hole fans don’t get to celebrate just yet. The Raptors are still up 3-2, but the next game is in Oakland.

Why did we ever allow an NBA franchise to be placed in Canada in the first place?



7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. Cuda, . What is the text that was omitted ?An ellipsis is a indication that text has been omitted. I do not understand what you were (are) trying to say. Athletic contests produce winners and losers. Cheering someone’s injury is at best unsportsmanlike . Fans are supposed to have respect ,if not awe, for the game and the incredible ,elite, athleticism that is required to perform at that level. The Trump comment is self-explanatory. It is not even about Trump directly. It is about the difficulty of communication in this era.

  2. Sad that you would celebrate a teams losing because of something their fans did,..one should never wish someone should lose but wish their team would win…something to ponder…

    • Cuda – I am sure what you mean by “you would celebrate” but the Raptor fans were wrong for cheering the injury. That’s the point. I would have written basically the same thing if they would have won. -JmB

    • Cuda, What is the purpose of the comma and two periods ? What is the purpose of the two ellipses inserted between something to ponder ? If you are deliberately omitting text it adds to the confusion of your statements. In the Trump era of communication this use of English is all too common

      • John, why would you interject Trump into a conversation that has nothing to do with him or politics, I wish there was a cure for TDS!

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