Happy Friday, faithful readers!
Here are some of the many issues that caught my eye for this column:
- TODAY – Election Process Presentation
- Trump Indicted
- Reefer Madness Update
- Malmstrom AFB & Drag Story Time
- Karen & Rick
- March Madness
- One More Thing
TODAY – ELECTION PROCESS PRESENTATION:
REMINDER: The Board of Cascade County Commissioners will broadcast the Election Process Presentation by Sandra Merchant in person and via Zoom on March 31, 2023, (TODAY) beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The event will be held at the Family Living Center – Expo Park. The address is 400 3rd Street NW, Great Falls, MT.
Here is the latest Zoom information:
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: 876 8848 2933 Password: 586968
More information can be found HERE.
If you follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) then you were one of the first to know that former President Donald J. Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury Thursday evening.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that the indictment is the first against a former U.S. president. Reports say that Trump will surrender next week with some reports saying Tuesday, so mark your calendars and get the popcorn ready. Other reports say there are 34 counts in the indictment, which has been sealed. I have also read that at least three other indictments are pending meaning Trump will probably be in court in some capacity for the remainder of his pitiful life.
Of course, Trump is presumed not guilty until he has his day in court.
Nonetheless, the time spent with the porn star might just be the most expensive in history.
To tell you the truth, I am enjoying the hell out of this. Trump was and still is a stain on the USA. We may never recover. Trump has brainwashed the gullible and non-educated folks in this country like a cult leader.
The shit may hit the fan now, so be on the lookout!
Here in Montana, the elected MAGA Republicans are coming to the former President’s defense.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte called the indictment “politically motivated” and in another Tweet said, “This is yet another sad example of the left’s efforts to put its thumb on the scales of justice, weaponizing our judicial system and eroding Americans’ trust and faith in it.” (Source)
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale said, “How can this be considered anything but an attempt to impact the 2024 elections. New York DA Bragg has put his prejudice on full display.” (Source)
U.S. Senator Steve Daines took time out of his busy schedule from telling people he was once banned from Twitter until he spoke to Elon Musk to say, “Let’s call this what it is: a political prosecution from a rogue DA who campaigned on indicting @RealDonaldTrump. The American people will see through this prosecutorial misconduct.” (Source)
Those three stooges are always good for a laugh.
REEFER MADNESS UPDATE:
Common sense prevailed (was this the first time this session?) with reports that SB 546 was tabled in committee yesterday. In case you missed it, this bill from State Senator Keith Regier would repeal adult-use marijuana in Montana.
The Montana Free Press reported that on Thursday, one day after an impassioned hearing on Senate Bill 546, the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee voted 6-4 to table the bill.
Good deal. The Republicans in the Montana Legislature should stop screwing around with the will of the people.
Read the Montana Free Press report HERE.
MALMSTROM AFB & DRAG STORY TIME:
Just a little update to the reports about Malmstrom AFB hosting a Drag Story Time and a Drag Show, on June 30, 2021.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines said on Twitter, “This is infuriating and distracting from the mission at Malmstrom.
As our military is suffering a crisis of confidence and recruiting challenges, DOD should be focused on national security and making our military a source of honor for this nation—not the Left’s woke agenda. (Source)
U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale said on Twitter, “And we wonder why recruitment numbers are down? Anything that does not help our troops to be the most effective fighting force on earth is a distraction. This is a disgrace!” (Source)
These two fellas have no military experience because that type of service is below them. They are Chickenhawks.
Like I said yesterday: Come on MAGA folks, this is not news. Seriously, there are more important issues facing our country than Drag Queen Story Hours.
KAREN & RICK:
You may already know that Karen is a pejorative slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behaviors. (Source)
I wondered what a male name for “Karen” might be.
I would like to propose the male name for Karen be known as “Rick.”
Yes, that is probably the “Rick” you’re thinking about.
I’ll provide my argument in the coming days…
The women’s and men’s Final Four games are this weekend with the women playing two games tonight (Friday) and the men playing two games on Saturday.
The Championship for the women is Sunday and the men play their championship Monday night. (Source) (Source)
As for my brackets, my men’s brackets are shot. None of my teams made the Final Four. I have 520 points.
The good news is that my women’s bracket is still good. I had South Carolina and Virginia Tech in the Final Four and they made it! Right now, I have 810 points.
ONE MORE THING:
March came in like a lion and went out like an indicted former president. – @middleageriot
Yes! I will discuss this topic Monday. Thanks, JmB
Do you think the Trump indictments are politically motivated?
I would hope not, but in today’s political world with the District Attorney being a Democrat and Trump being a Republican, that makes it easy to for Trump’s defenders to use the politically motivated card.
Supposedly it’s a misdemeanor. He’s the former President. That seems odd unless there’s more to the story.
Who knows but I’ve read the misdemeanor is, when connected to another crime in this case, a federal campaign contribution violation, it elevates the misdemeanor to a Felony.
Trump’s lawyer Cohen got a 36 month sentence for breaking campaign finance laws in relation to the hush money payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen MacDougal before the 2016 election. If the underling did a jailworthy crime then it seems reasonable that the boss who ordered him to do those also did a jailworthy crime. Of course, Trump would not go to jail like Cohen did … rich guy in America and all that.
AP has a story that says at least one of the charges is a felony charge, but doesn’t say much more.
For the MAGAs:
Drag time story hour at Malmstrom or even the library might have been a distraction from core mission if the people who arranged them had spent anywhere near the time and energy as our politicians spend carrying on about them. But they didn’t. Small events, came and went. Didn’t even attract anyone’s attention at the time.
Steve Daines and Matt Rosendale have far more important things to spend their time worrying about. This is a distraction from their core mission, legislating, like for instance doing something useful about that looming US default/borrowing limit issue, which is causing a crisis of confidence in the markets. Instead they sit around wasting their time and our tax dollars yammering about drag queen story hours from two years ago.
Great points. Thank you. -JmB
Jeremy Trebas watch part 146:
He will be your hero for this one Jackie.
In another authoritarian blow to eliminate all local control in Montana, in favor of one-size-fits-all dictates from overreaching Big Government in Helena, Jeremy sponsored a bill to prevent any local government from enacting a ban on making and receiving cellphone calls while driving. Apparently our auto insurance bills are not high enough for Jeremy.
His bill SB 206 passed the Senate and is now in the House Local Government committee, where fellow Big Government one-size-fits-all champions from Cascade County – Scot Kerns, Steven Galloway, and Steve Gist – will also get another chance to help stomp out forever that pesky local control in Montana. Because they know better for any city in Montana what’s good for that city than the officials who run it.
Local control: It’s always good when Montana Republicans are whining about what Washington does, but always bad when Montana local governments stray even the slightest from the approved hard right Republican path.
Haha. I doubt Jeremy becomes my hero. I thought and still think the cell phone bans were silly. People eating in their vehicles take up more attention. My biggest issue is city/state not doing enough to combat drunk driving. That’s a real problem that kills people. Thanks, JmB
If people would make and receive calls in their car without ever looking down at their phones it would be one thing. But they do look down at their phones. You see it all the time. Even with the current “bans” in place.
True. Drivers look down to get a French fry, their drink, change stations, etc. -JmB