The Wednesday Read

Here are a few topics that caught my attention:

  • Cascade County Clerk & Recorder (UPDATE)
  • Nashville School Shooting
  • Opening Day 2023
  • One More Thing


NOTICE: There has been a time and location change for the election process presentation from Cascade County Clerk and Recorder Sandra Merchant on March 31.

Here is the notice from the County:

The Board of Cascade County Commissioners will broadcast the Election Process Presentation by Sandra Merchant in-person and via Zoom on March 31, 2023, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Webinar participants must register in advance for the meeting at the link provided to the right. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you need dial in access: 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 857 4456 5528 Passcode: 463337

Although the above information I copied from the Cascade County website does not contain the location, The Electric reports that “On March 28, it was moved to the Family Living Center at Montana Expo Park at 2 p.m..”

In checking back, the original notice did not contain the location, either. Maybe they don’t want people to show up in person? I do think that MAGA folks don’t like to face criticism face-to-face.


There has been more information released about the mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, which left 6 dead.

Three students and three staff members were shot and killed at the Covenant School in Nashville on Monday morning. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified the victims as Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Mike Hill, 61; William Kinney, 9; Katherine Koonce, 60; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Hallie Scruggs, 9. (Source)

Reuters is reporting that the former student (Audrey Elizabeth Hale) of a Christian grade school in Nashville who killed three 9-year-olds and three adults in a shooting spree there was under a doctor’s care for an “emotional disorder” and had amassed a collection of guns, the city’s police chief said on Tuesday.

Reuters also reported that the three weapons used on Monday were among seven firearms that Hale had legally purchased in recent years from five Nashville-area stores, Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters on Tuesday.

It seems we almost always find out AFTER a mass shooting that there were signs that the person might have been having some sort of problems.

That’s why I think our elected officials should support “Red Flag” also called “Extreme Risk Laws.” The last report I saw says 19 states have some sort of “Red Flag” laws. (Source)

Tennessee does not have a Red Flag law, nor does Montana.

APM Research Labs reported back in 2019 that 77% strongly supported or somewhat supported “family initiated” Red Flag type laws and 70% supported “police initiated” Red Flag type laws. APM reported that “the main takeaway from that analysis is that a majority of Americans, regardless of background, support Extreme Risk Protection Orders.” (Source)

The next mass shooting could happen in your city. Let’s tackle this problem together.


Major League Baseball is back! Opening day is tomorrow (Thursday). Every team and most fans believe they have what it takes to go all the way. After the first month, realism sets in when your team is 10 games out with 140 left to play.

There are some interesting new rules for this season. There’s a pitch timer, shift restrictions, and even bigger bases. Click HERE for more information.

Check out the MLB schedule HERE.


Thoughts and prayers don’t stop bullets nearly as effectively as the Republican Party stops reasonable gun laws.@middleageriot

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12 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. If someone is intent on committing suicide, the best thing that can be done is to restrict the firepower available. He, she surely knew death would be the result. I have to give Republicans credit, they have been blocking gun control and they still get elected. We had a weak assault weapon ban and the republican party in congress failed to renew it. D.V.F.T.P.

  2. The Electric article,
    Jane Weber to the rescue. My interactions with her have always been unpleasant.

  3. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and people can either attend in person or via Zoom.

    To participate via Zoom, you must register in advance by going to:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you need dial in access, call 888 788 0099 or 877 853 5247. Webinar ID is 857 4456 5528; password is 463337.

  4. Mike, I have heard (can’t confirm) that the Friday election process meeting at Expoo Park is in-person only, though there is a link for a Zoom registration. More confusion – but maybe that’s the point.

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