The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Some people will sink the whole ship just because they can’t be the captain. – Unknown

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

  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul
  • Special Grand Jury
  • Fifty Percent
  • The Western Word Poll


I do not condone violence against elected officials or their staffers.

It seems that U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is always getting harassed or threatened (or beaten up by a neighbor). Then he turns to the media to get his story out and people feel sorry for him and he gets attention.

The latest episode happened on Monday when a package with white powder showed up at his home in Kentucky. Paul blamed pop singer Richard Marx because he sent a mean tweet.

According to the Washington Post, Paul issued a statement about the package.

As a former staffer to a U.S. Senator, I can tell you threats are common. When the senator or representative makes a big deal out of it, I think it gives other people ideas.

What most senators and representatives don’t do is publicize the incident. They or their staff notify capitol police or the FBI and local law enforcement.

I remember when one of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns’ offices was vandalized three times with rocks being thrown through the window. I think there was one small media report about it in the local paper because the owner of the building called a reporter. He was pissed because his insurance cost increased and was finally terminated due to the frequent claims.

When a staffer (me) was threatened by a wacko and told my family would be murdered, we did not issue a press release or statement. The FBI took care of it.

Rand Paul is seeking attention and using these incidents to get it. He should turn off his publicity-seeking and let the authorities handle it. I bet the frequency of the incidents against Paul would go down significantly.

Read the Washington Post report about Rand Paul’s latest incident HERE.


The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that New York prosecutors have convened a special grand jury to consider evidence in a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business dealings, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The development signals that the Manhattan district attorney’s office was moving toward seeking charges as a result of its two-year investigation, which included a lengthy legal battle to obtain Trump’s tax records.

It does not look good for the former President, but it looks good for those of us who believe Trump is a serial liar, and that those who drink Trump’s Kool-aide are some of the most ignorant people in the country.

I remember the saying, “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.”

Sounds good to me.

Read the complete AP story HERE.


About half of all American adults are vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Tuesday, a key milestone as daily vaccinations slow down and the country begins inoculating teenagers — but some states have charged ahead with even higher adult vaccination rates. (Forbes)

USA Facts is reporting that overall, 400,822 people or 37% of Montana’s population have been fully vaccinated. That is of May 24.

Tell your friends and family to get vaccinated. Click HERE for more information.


There has been a ceasefire declared in the latest Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The dispute has been going on for decades. (Source)

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you support Israel or Palestine in this conflict?”

Click HERE to vote in the poll.

The results will be posted Thursday.