The Wednesday Read: Corey, Melania, Jim, & Monica

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. ― David Russell

Today’s topics include:

  • Corey Stapleton
  • Melania, Melania
  • Jim Acosta
  • One More Thing

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The Monday Memo: Thoughts on Veterans Day

As a veteran, it has always been pretty interesting to me to watch and read what people say and do on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day.

I was amused watching the events surrounding Veterans Day this year. Here are some of my thoughts.

This past week leading up to Veterans Day we are inundated with Veterans Day sales. It seems mattresses are all the rage this year. For some reason, I don’t think I would spend Veterans Day shopping for a mattress, but that’s just me.

Of course, as a veteran, we can get a “great deal” on the car this week! Can’t we always get a “great deal” on a car, somewhere?

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, I-185, Daines, & Taylor Swift

Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. – Taylor Swift

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Justice Brett Kavanaugh
  • Initiative 185 (I-185)
  • Steve Daines – Publicity Hound
  • Taylor Swift

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, Anderson, Woods, & Memories.

Thanks to the people that walked into my life and made it better. And thanks to the ones who walked out and made it amazing. — Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Kavanaugh on Offense
  • Fred Anderson & Miles City
  • James Woods & Twitter
  • Calendar and Memories

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September 11

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us. –U.S. Senator John Kerry

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Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 17 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.

At that time I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in Great Falls, Montana, and I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came on my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.

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The Wednesday Read: Montana Green Party, Cohen & Manafort

I don’t think inside the box. I don’t think outside the box either. I don’t even know where the box is. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Montana Green Party
  • Cohen/Manafort

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The Wednesday Read: Trump, Will, Comey, & Bullock

Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. – George Will

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • President Trump Backtracks
  • James Comey’s Advice
  • George Will’s Opinion
  • Bullock Heading to Iowa

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Published in: on July 18, 2018 at 6:09 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Trump, Will, Comey, & Bullock  
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The Wednesday Read: Family Separations, Zinke & Socks, & Sir Paul

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Family Separations
  • Zinke & Socks
  • Hey Beatles Fans

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DHS Secretary Nielsen: Crash & Burn

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared in front of the White House press corps yesterday in an attempt to defend the Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Overall Nielsen came across as cold-hearted – very cold-hearted. She seemed to be in over her head when she tried to explain things.

About the only other member of Trump’s cabinet who has a colder heart is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The funny part, if there is one, is that Nielsen contradicted many things that Sessions and other members of the President’s team said about the policy

Nielsen tried to blame Congress. I think she fails to realize that the President’s Republican Party has majorities in the Senate and House.

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Published in: on June 19, 2018 at 6:04 am  Comments Off on DHS Secretary Nielsen: Crash & Burn  
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Children in Cages

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper.Associated Press

Today would be a great day for the Trump Administration to stop separating children from their families at the border.

Over the weekend, more and more people came out against this cruel act being administered by the Trump Administration.

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