The Wednesday Read

Show up in every single moment like you’re meant to be there. – Marie Forleo

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Birthday Boy
  • Trump Folds
  • One More Thing


Cindy Daines sent me an email. It was not a personal email, but one in which she informed me that her husband, Steve, is celebrating his birthday on August 20.

In doing some checking and if my math is correct, Steve Daines is 57.

There were a couple photos of the whole Daines family included in the email. Mrs. Daines asked me to sign a birthday card because Steve “has been working tirelessly in the Senate.” But that was not all – she asked me to send him some money.

Yes, other elected officials send similar emails. I’ve made fun of them, too.

I don’t think Steve “Howdy Doody” Daines needs any money. He has plenty of money, both personally and professionally.

I’ve said before that a very dangerous place to be is between Steve Daines and a camera. It looks like we’ll see Daines using his family for fundraising and campaign-related things during this election cycle.

As for Montana’s other federally elected officials, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is 63, and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte is 58.

Montana needs some younger people to run for these offices. I know there are people in their late twenties up to their late forties who could do an amazing job.


After the latest mass shootings, President Donald Trump seemed to be leaning toward universal background checks when buying guns. I figured that was a safe bet since about 90% of people agree on universal background checks.

I was thinking that maybe just maybe we might come together as a country to do something about these mass shootings.

It appears I was wrong, again.

It also appears that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has stepped in and kind of slapped Trump back to reality – the reality of him not getting reelected without the support of the NRA. The Atlantic is reporting that universal background checks are now off the table.

It was like in a gangster movie when the bad guys get to the key witness and silence him.

If the reports are true, then it looks like Trump has folded like a cheap suit.


I saw this story a day or two ago and then watched as those on the right went crazy when they heard about this:

A newly elected St. Louis County councilwoman has been sworn into office using a Dr. Seuss book.

I could almost hear people saying “Oh, the humanity!”

The Associated Press (AP) reported on the story that first appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

…the council doesn’t require members to be sworn in on a Bible, and newly elected 2nd District member Kelli Dunaway chose “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Her 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter held it for her during last week’s ceremony.

I like that book, but one that I enjoyed reading to my kiddos was “Goodnight Moon.” I might pick that one if I am ever sworn in again.

I’m sure some readers are thinking “Everyone Poops” would be a great choice, too!

One can just imagine the outrage some would have if Dunaway decided to use the Quran for her swearing-in ceremony.

I say good for Dunaway – have a great term in office!


4 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. Trump lost any legitimate high ground (what little he has on any topic) to accuse people of anti-Semitism when he declared that Jews that vote for Democrats are disloyal. That is a very hateful thing to say about anyone.

    He learned his lessons in McCarthyism from his mentor Roy Cohn well.

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