Quote for the Day…
Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them. – Anonymous
CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.
Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Small-Group Gathers in Helena
- Daines & the Filibuster
- Spirit of the West
- Matt Rosendale’s Taxpayer Newsletter
- Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice
- One More Thing
SMALL GROUP GATHERS IN HELENA:
I almost spilled my Bold and Jammy Cabernet Sauvignon when I heard this story on MTN News…
About 20 people showed up at the state Capitol in Helena on Thursday for an event billed as a rally to support what they call the “lawful protest” at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Twenty people. BaaWhaaawHaaa…
The Daily Montanan reported that 25 people showed up, including Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci. (Source)
MTN News reported that Sidney pastor Jordan “J.D.” Hall, was the principal speaker Thursday.
It was reported that much of Hall’s speech on Thursday instead criticized Democrats and their supporters, saying they worship the state over God.
“They are not Christians,” he said. “They are statists. And the state is their god. So, they want a state that is omniscient and omnipresent. They want a state that is omnipotent – one that knows everything, one that is everywhere, one that has all powers.”
As a Christian myself, I am not in the position to judge anyone over whether they are Christians or not. J.D. Hall is not the judge, either. I would caution the people at his home church to look closely at his views. Is this the person you want speaking for you?
Read the MTN News report HERE.
DAINES & THE FILIBUSTER:
From “The American Independent”…
In December 2018, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) penned an op-ed in a Montana newspaper titled “Filibuster obstructs Senate’s work,” arguing that there is no constitutional basis for the filibuster and that legislation should be subject to “an up or down vote” and go to the president’s desk if a majority backs it. “The Senate can change its practice and restore majority rule just as the framers of the Constitution designed it. It is time to return our trust to their wisdom,” Daines urged.
With Daines, it all depends on who has the majority. In my humble opinion, Daines is too partisan to represent Montana. A few weeks ago on Twitter, I called Daines a “prick” for his views. I stand by that statement. Completely.
Read the full article from “The American Independent” HERE.
SPIRIT OF THE WEST:
Great News – The Montana State University “Spirit of the West” band has raised enough money to travel to Frisco, Texas for the FCS Championship game. (Source)
Raised enough money…WTF!
I call out U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MSU Grad and Bozeman resident) and Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (Bozeman resident), both millionaires, for not providing the funding to the band,
Shame on you, tightwads.
ROSENDALE’S TAXPAYER NEWSLETTER:
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) sent a newsletter to his constituents this week. I received it in my mailbox on Thursday.
Yes, the newsletter was paid for with “official funds from the office of Rep. Rosendale.”
That’s completely legit, and the newsletter is scrutinized by officials in the U.S. House to ensure it does not break any rules.
I think they need to rethink their rules.
These are the perks of being an incumbent.
Rosendale led off his newsletter with a quote from extreme right-wing Montana radio host Aaron Flint, who said Rosendale, “A first term congressman standing up to the Washington DC establishment?
Flint goes on to say, “Not Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT). He has already proven…that he is not afraid to call out establishment and stand up…for Montana…”
I think that Rosendale is far more extreme than any other U.S. Representative in Montana history. That includes Daines, Gianforte, Rehberg, and Hill.
Click HERE for a screenshot of the front of the newsletter.
Rosendale does provide his constituents with about 10-15 articles about his work in the U.S. House. These articles lean to the right, but he was elected as a righty.
MONTANA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JIM RICE:
Make no mistake about it, Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice is a good man and should be reelected to the Montana Supreme Court.
From MTN News:
Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice said Thursday he will run for re-election this year to a third eight-year term on the state’s highest court, potentially extending his tenure as the court’s longest-serving justice.
Rice, 64, was appointed to the court in 2001, by then-Gov. Judy Martz. He ran for retainment in the following election year, as any appointed judge must do, and then was re-elected in 2006 and 2014, for eight-year terms.
I have voted for him every time and plan on voting for him again.
Read the article from MTN News HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Readers have been asking, “Hey Jackie, have you purchased any recreational marijuana yet?”
Here is your answer: “Not yet, but I plan to in the next few weeks. I will keep you posted.”