As we wind down to the end of the year, there seems to be a lot happening. Here are some of my thoughts and commentary on matters that recently caught my eye.
The topics include:
- Tryon versus Taylor
- Great Falls Taxes
- Elsie Arntzen
- January 6 Committee
- Susan Gianforte
TRYON VERSUS TAYLOR:
Over at the MAGA conservative E-City Beat blog, they are pretty good at not adding their name to hit pieces about members of the Democratic party.
Recently “ECB Staff” posted a story about local progressive Jasmine Taylor getting banned from Twitter. When I checked Twitter, Taylor was still there, but maybe she removed the post that got her banned.
Taylor posted a response to the story titled, “Tryon Continues Obsession with Local Woman.”
The opening graph from Taylor kind of says it all:
If there’s one tax credit I can claim every year, it’s the one I get for living rent-free in Commissioner Rick Tryon’s head. Tryon, like many an aging Republican, has a long history of targeting women. Women in politics. Women in leadership. Hell, even women he’s never met outside of a Facebook comments section. That’s why I know that although I am the current object of Rick’s unblinking attention, I am but the latest in his long history of targeting women who are too loud for his liking.
You know she is spot-on about Republicans targeting “loud” women,” “women in politics,” and “women in leadership.”
Read the complete response from Taylor HERE.
GREAT FALLS TAXES:
It looks like the citizens of Great Falls will get their taxes increased next year, but maybe not as much as first thought. That is after The Western Word and other folks complained about it.
The Electric reported this piece of information:
At the time, commissioners said they wanted to pursue the best option until the finance office explained the cost impact to taxpayers, which would have been an estimated 191 percent tax increase.
When City Manager Greg Doyon returned to town, he told commissioners in a work session that was not likely to be palatable to the taxpayer and that they should look at a different mix of options.
So, those commissioners were all in until they were brought back down to earth.
I don’t want my taxes raised at all, but I do support taxes that educate people – like taxes for public schools, and I have said from the beginning that I would support a levy for the local library. I said I would support the levy for the library to help educate the ignorant MAGA folks roaming around Cascade County. Plus, we need to ensure that the less fortunate in the community have access to the local library.
You can read The Electric report HERE.
The Electric reported that Montana Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Elsie Arntzen held a community forum Dec. 19 in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU.
It was also reported that the event didn’t appear to have a structured format or focus and Arntzen said they were there to share their voices as a community.
While Arntzen came across as unprepared, a few local MAGA legislators like Daniel Emrich and Scot Kerns should have kept their mouths shut and just listened and learned. It’s the one mouth two ears philosophy.
Check out the full report from The Electric HERE.
JANUARY 6 COMMITTEE:
Will anything happen with the report from the January 6 committee? I kind of doubt it. I watched the hearing, and the information was alarming.
We’re hearing from a few Republicans who are turning on Donald Trump. That reminds me of the 2016 campaign season when there were a lot of Republicans against Trump until they found out he was going to be the nominee. It’s all about who can butter your bread in politics.
With the committee’s final report and the Trump taxes being released, people should realize that Trump is even more of a scumbag than we thought.
I think the ban on TikTok is ridiculous. It’s an overreaction to a nothing burger.
I probably spend more time on TikTok than on Twitter or Facebook these days. I have an account (@BigSky1959). I also have accounts with Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Truth Social to name a few.
There is a Facebook post from Governor Gianforte from a while back, but I wanted to comment about First Lady Susan Gianforte killing a deer with a slug from her 20-gauge shotgun.
Congratulations to the First Lady.
As a pre-teen and then teenager, I used to hunt with a 20-gauge single-shot shotgun and during deer season I used slugs. You had to be really close. I could not afford a rifle to hunt deer.
Overall, the First Lady impressed me. By the way, I think she could afford a deer rifle, but maybe she is more familiar with the shotgun.
Here comes a story from my younger years…
One time I was duck hunting (I was not using slugs) with that 20-gauge and called in some mallards near my blind. I shot the first duck, and the spent shell would not eject. The word got out to the other ducks, and they all decided to land while I was trying to get my shotgun to operate.
I was so mad that when my dad picked me up, I said I wanted a new shotgun. A few days later we purchased a Remington Model 870 12 Gauge pump action shotgun. That was around 1970 and I still have that gun today. I gave up hunting several years ago as there are too many hoops to jump through, but I have (mostly) great memories from all those outings.