Tuesday’s Quick Hits

“Avoiding someone like the plague” is starting to make sense to me…

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Ballots Received
  • Trump Press Conference
  • One More Thing


The Brown household received our ballots in the mail today (Monday) for the Montana Primary Election on June 2, 2020.

Is this a great country or what?

The envelope was stuffed with three primary ballots (Democratic Party, Republican Party, and Green Party). There’s postage stamped on the return envelope, which I hope becomes the norm in all upcoming elections.

I support voting by mail. I hope that becomes the norm, too.

As to which ballot I will use, I can only say that for sure I won’t be using the Green Party ballot. Since I am an Independent, I see candidates on both the Democratic and Republican ballots for whom I would like to vote. I know I can only use one ballot. It would be nice if they put all the candidates on one ballot in the primary and let the voters decide the top two candidates, no matter the party.

Thanks to all the candidates who are running this election season. Your willingness to step forward is appreciated.


Monday’s White House Press conference ended up being a dumpster fire for President Trump again. Even after he took a couple of weeks away from the briefings, he fell back into arguing and belittling reporters and showed how little of a man he is.

As reported by The Guardian, Weijia Jiang, White House correspondent of CBS News, asked why the president constantly emphasizes that the US is doing better than any other country when it comes to testing.

“Why does that matter?” she queried. “Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we are still seeing more cases every day?

Trump’s response was interesting to the simple question:

“Well, they are losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that is a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me. Ask China that question. When you ask China that question you may get a very unusual answer.”

Weijia Jiang is a Chinese American. A few seconds later she asked:

“Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically?”
The president replied: “I am not saying it specifically to anybody. I am saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.”
The CBS correspondent pointed out: “That is not a nasty question.”

Kaitlan Collins of CNN tried to ask a question, but the President said he had moved on from her and tried to call on somebody else. Collins persisted and the President said, “OK. Thank you very much.” He then left the press conference.

Trump has problems with women and especially women of color. He cannot handle a woman asking him a tough or pointed question. He loses voters with every outburst and especially women voters.

The way Trump runs the press conferences is a joke. He should make a list of 10 or so reporters who get to ask a question and go down the list. When he gets to the bottom of the list, he should quit. He seems to go on and on and reporters ask multiple questions and he grows tired, gets cranky, and turns into a woman-hating racist.

On the other hand, I like the way he does it because he implodes each time. Follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) to see my running commentary during Trump speeches and press conferences.

As for reporters like Jiang and Collins, thank you.

Thank God that we live in a country where the free press can hold officials accountable.

Meanwhile, almost 84,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. (Source)


The big question that is on my mind: How many blades in a razor are enough?

I’ve seen ads for SEVEN BLADES. Will there finally be so many blades that it takes two hands to hold the razor up to your face?



5 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. As I have said before, thank you for your blog. To me it is very Montanan. A 43 year native Montanan ( I voted no on the sales tax ) 🙂 That secures my Illinois birth to Montana. I was born close to Iowa. I hope that doesn’t corrupt my beliefs.

  2. I wouldn’t vote for a Green Party candidate this year since the MTGOP swindled them onto the ballot. I agree with you on having all of the candidates on one ballot. I am an independent and I generally pick one party to vote on and I will leave blank or write in who I like better.

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