The Wednesday Read

Tolerance is ensuring others have equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness even if you don’t agree with their choices. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Bullock for President
  • Pentagon’s $1.5B Wall Transfer
  • A Fun Run

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time. –Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Middle East – Time to Worry
  • Michael Cohen
  • Former Federal Prosecutors
  • Trump’s Tax Returns

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The Wednesday Read: Daines, Trump, Biden, & the Packers

Pretty words aren’t always true and true words aren’t always pretty. – Anonymous

Today’s topics include:

  • Daines & Afghanistan
  • Trump Campaign Travels
  • Biden in Montana
  • Green Bay Packers

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TWW Poll: Space Force?

Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force. – Vice President Mike Pence 08/09/18

Today’s poll here at The Western Word asks, “Do you agree with the Trump Administration’s plan to create the U.S. Space Force?”

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Security Clearances, Sexual Assaults at Military Bases, & Bullock

No matter how big your house is, how recent your car is, or how big your bank account is. Our graves will always be the same size. Stay humble. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Security Clearances
  • Sexual Assault at Military Bases
  • Bullock Heading to New Hampshire

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Caught My Eye…

If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies. – Jon Stewart

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include the Senate tax bill, Bobby Hauck, the Thunderbirds, Alabama Senate Race, and One More Thing!

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Tuesday Thoughts: Special Session, USAF, & Election Day

Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Montana Legislature Special Session
  • U.S. Air Force & the Mass Shooting
  • Election Day 2017

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Bergdahl: An Appropriate Sentence?

In June 2009, U.S. Army Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan and was captured by Taliban forces. He was held for five years where he was tortured, beaten, and held in a cage in darkness after he tried to escape.

In May of 2014, Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The exchange was approved by then President Barack Obama.

After an investigation, the US military charged Bergdahl with one count each of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place.

Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Last week Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge from the US Army with no prison time. His rank will be reduced from sergeant to private, he will be required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months. The sentence will be reviewed by higher authorities.

I think the sentence is appropriate.

Many people were outraged at the sentence and that is fine. Some of the reasons they were outraged were false reasons – like that soldiers were killed looking for Bergdahl. It’s true that soldiers looked for Bergdahl and some were badly injured, but the only death was a military working dog.

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The Commander-in-Chief and Bergdahl

It was disclosed yesterday that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would be pleading guilty to desertion and to endangering the American troops sent to search for him.

The New York Times reports that the guilty plea could mean a five-year sentence for the desertion charge, and the charge of endangering troops carries a potential life sentence. He is due to be sentenced October 23.(WaPo)

I’ve written several posts about Bowe Bergdahl here at The Western Word. I wanted to see a full investigation into the matter before jumping to conclusions.

Leading up to the last Presidential election, Donald Trump should have toned down his hatred toward Bergdahl (not to mention others who were captured) and wait for answers. Of course, Trump did not.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you. – Zig Ziglar

Today I take a look at the Gold Star Family, Drunk Driving, the First 100 Days, Presidential Election Polls, Today in My History, and much more!

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