Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

The realest people don’t have a lot of friends. – Tupac Shakur

In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:

  • The Praying Coach
  • More Reefer Madness
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • The Western Word Poll

THE PRAYING COACH:

The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution. The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. (AP)

Earlier this year, a poll here at The Western Word asked “Should The U.S. Supreme Court Side With (Coach) Kennedy Or Bremerton (School District)?

At that time, 61% said the Supreme Court should side with the school district and 27% with the coach. There were 12% who were undecided.

I don’t have a problem with this ruling. To me, it is more about freedom of speech than religion.

Nonetheless, someone on social media said they wondered what the Supreme Court decision might have been if a Muslim high school football coach whipped out a prayer rug, knelt on the 50-yard line, and prayed after every game.

That’s a fair question. It might have been 6-3 the other way.

I doubt we’d have the cheering today from people like U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). In a Twitter message, Daines said, “Glad to see SCOTUS protect our religious freedom on and off the field.”

The key word from Daines is “our.”

Check out the full story from the AP HERE.

MORE REEFER MADNESS:

There’s more reefer madness happening in Great Falls. This time small business owners Janelle and Dale Yatsko are having to file a lawsuit to sell recreational marijuana inside the city limits of Great Falls.

According to a report in the Daily Montanan:

The suit argues that according to House Bill 701, which addresses recreational marijuana implementation in Montana, counties and cities can put further rules and regulations on marijuana sales. However, Great Falls’ outright ban of sales within city limits is in violation of state law because cities and counties can only ban sales through a local referendum vote, which has not happened in Great Falls or Cascade County.
“State law allows dispensaries to operate legally in Great Falls, unless the citizens of Great Falls say otherwise through an election,” the couple’s attorney, Raph Graybill, said in a press release. “The city’s ban violates state law and goes against the clear will of the people.”

We all know if the Yatskos were trying to open a casino, the city of Great Falls would bend over backward to accommodate them.

I hope they win and win big.

Read the full story from the Daily Montanan HERE.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS:

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is as dumb as a rock, but she will probably be the next governor of Arkansas. I could not believe she made the following statement:

On May 24, 2022, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a campaign promise that touched on the subject of abortion, saying, “We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in a classroom, the workplace, a nursing home. Because every stage of life has value. No one greater than the other.”

Snopes fact-checked it and she said it.

Read the full report from Snopes HERE.

THE WESTERN WORD POLL:

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion?” (Background)

The results will be posted later this week.

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8 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. The result of the Yatsko’s lawsuit will probably be for the legislature to change the marijuana law to allow any county or city commission to simply override the expressed will of the voters without any additional referendum at all – sort of like the state legislators do with citizen initiatives. It’s just not right if the citizenry is not firmly beneath the boot heel of elected officials, at least if they are right wing officials.

    However, the real reefer madness in that story was buried far down, in a comment that far right extremist Lola Sheldon-Galloway and a merry band of favorites are busy trying to collect up the 7500 or so signatures it would take to initiate an entire Cascade County revote. Lola, as we will recall, is the seemingly anti-business legislator who told the Cascade County Commission a quite believable story that she wanted them to put the question on the ballot because she was concerned a new business in Sun Prairie (in this case marijuana, but it applies to any business) might increase traffic on the frontage road.

    From the Montanan story:

    “According to Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Sun Prairie, individuals are already working on collecting petition signatures to bring the question to broader Cascade County, which need to be collected by Aug. 25 to appear on the November ballot.”.

      • Seems like a lot of residents of Cascade County have a lot of time on their hands to foment dissent and interfere with both the will of the people and private business.
        What exactly is it? The water? Are they “trustafarians”?

      • Ironically, Lola’s cutesy little campaign tagline is “Leave Our Liberties Alone”.

        Besides this marijuana issue she’s also big into trying to curtail the abortion liberties of “others”.

      • Terry – She also spoke out against the homeless encampment at the church. -JmB

      • Not to mention strongly opposed to any rights at all for the LGBTQ community. Against transgender anything, against adoptions by gay parents, against gay marriage. Says the Christian God made those rules, not her, and all our secular laws should follow God’s laws. Which would pretty much mean she’s also against any religion or religious outlook that doesn’t look at the world exactly the same as she does. .

        But be sure to Leave Our Liberties Alone now!

      • Hope Lola has plans to go to med school, which I doubt. A FB friend from New Zealand told me that since the recent Roe v, Wade decision, NZ has been flooded with applications from US doctors. It’s hard as hell already to find some doctors in Great Falls now. What will the future hold? Thanks a lot, Lola. Better get on the horn to Jesus and tell Him to send us more docs!

        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/new-zealand-health-sector-may-see-influx-of-us-doctors-after-abortion-ruling/KR2YZZ2DODK24OQOVKMBAFYTEA/?l_id=110&objectid=12534267

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