I’m having salad for lunch so I can have three dozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups tonight. –Anonymous
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Montana PSC
- Jury Duty
- Trump Reelect
- One More Thing
These days the Republican-run Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) is a lot like watching clowns perform during a three-ring circus.
I wrote about a commissioner’s emails being obtained and posted on a conservative website. Some of them were personnel. Anyone who works for the government should know that government emails are not personal and can be obtained if someone wants to jump through some hoops.
MTN News is reporting Commissioner Roger Koopman’s emails were requested by fellow commissioner Randy Pinocci. All the PSC commissioners are Republicans. Pinocci contends he did not release the emails to the conservative website.
MTN News also reported this interesting piece of information:
Pinocci’s requests, dated Nov. 20 and Dec. 9, also were signed by Commission Chair Brad Johnson – but Johnson told MTN News Friday that it was a “signature stamp” and that he “had no prior knowledge of Pinocci’s request.”
The whole PSC is full of clowns. Thanks to MTN and others in the Montana media for exposing this circus.
My continuing account of getting called for jury duty…
I know I must be getting old and cranky because little things piss me off. Maybe it’s the military in me that does not like dealing with idiots. I think if you have a job to do, you should do it to the best of your ability.
A few weeks ago I received a “Summons to Report for Jury Service” letter from Montana Eighth Judicial Court in Cascade County.
I get summoned for jury duty what seems several times a year.
The letter was postmarked on January 24. The return address on the envelope had the name Faye McWilliams Clerk of District Court listed. McWilliams resigned from that position on January 2. The actual summons was signed by a deputy clerk.
The “summons” is written like some third grader just discovered that in Microsoft Word you can make the words bold, underline words, and some words larger than others. It looks like they also discovered they can italicize words.
I may have written about this before, but a friend of mine received a summons to appear in Montana Eighth Judicial Court in Cascade County a few months back and the time listed to appear was 10:30 p.m. (For those of you from Iowa, that is at night)
Anyway, I had to call and let them know I received their letter. Then a couple of weeks later I had to call to find out if the trial was still happening. On that recording, they said the trial had been delayed and I must call back in two weeks.
I called again in two weeks and the District Court trial had been canceled. I was off the hook. It was party time!
I went to my mailbox right after that and guess what? I received a summons for jury duty in another freaking court.
I wish I was this lucky in the lottery. There is something wrong with this system.
A new national CBS News poll that asked 10,000 registered voters their thoughts on the Presidential election found that whether or not they’re voting for him, 65% of registered voters nationwide think President Trump will definitely or probably be reelected, including more than a third of Democrats who think so. Republicans are especially optimistic: more than 9 in 10 expect him to win.
This is not good news for the Democrats. The Democrats have not come up with a candidate who people believe can beat Trump.
Check out the poll HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is a badass. He is 6’9” and 273 pounds. He whipped Deontay Wilder (6’7” and 231 pounds) Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Fury said leading up to the fight that he wanted to “taste blood” during the fight.
He did exactly that. Fury won by TKO in the seventh round.
During the fight, Wilder was bleeding from the nose, mouth and even his ear. During a clinch cameras caught Fury sticking out his tongue and licking blood off the shoulder of Wilder.
I hope that Fury unifies all the belts in the heavyweight division. There are too many champions in the different weight classes in boxing.