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: The Three Stooges

A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed. –Anonymous

In a perfect world, Republican President Donald Trump would say he wanted $5.7 billion for a border wall and Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would counter with a $3 billion offer. They would then find a compromise somewhere in between and we’d all live happily ever after.

But that is not the case across the fruited plains in today’s reality TV approach. The three stooges go on television in primetime and state their cases to the American people while interrupting their TV shows.

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: MT Legislature, Impeachment, & the Border

I often wonder who Pete is and why we do things for his sake… -Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • MT Legislature – Stinking Rules
  • MT Legislature – A Challenge
  • Impeachment
  • The Border

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The Wednesday Read: North Korea, Heenan, & Edwards

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • North Korea & Trump
  • Heenan Announces Run for Congress
  • Sheriff Bob Edwards

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Wednesday’s Topics: Istanbul & Benghazi

We’ve had another suicide attack, this time in Istanbul, Turkey. We also saw the release of the House Republicans’ Benghazi report.

I’ve got an opinion about each – so read on…

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Obama: Freedom is More Powerful than Fear

I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law. –President Barack Obama (12/06/15)

President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night to talk about terrorism. I suggest before you allow the right and left wing publications/politicians to define what was said in the speech, that you take a few minutes to read it yourself HERE.

This was far from Obama’s best speech. He attempted, as the Associated Press reported in their analysis of his speech, to tell us that it was going to be OK.

He laid out four ideas that he called the strategy to destroy ISIL – ideas that we have heard before.

He also talked about what we can do here at home to address the challenge.

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OPM Breach: Suspicious Minds

There were two or three ideas floating around this morning that I could have written about. First we had Donald Trump saying, “I’m really rich” during his speech announcing that he was running for the Republican Presidential nomination. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a candidate say that. Trump is always worth a few lines. Then last night we had LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers losing for the fourth time in the NBA finals, which I cheered. This was after he proclaimed, “I’m the best player in the world.” One headline may have said it best, “LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever.” Good for him.

I decided to hold off on those two wonderful issues and write a personal account about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the federal employee data breach.

I know the excitement is building, so please read on…

It seems just about any time that personal data in the Federal Government is hacked, I make the list.

I received an official-looking letter from a “Secure Processing Center” in Livonia, Michigan, on Friday or Saturday informing me that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of the “cybersecurity incident” affecting its systems that may have exposed my personal information.

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Freedom Is Not Free

“I think he obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation.” -Republican U.S. Senator John McCain talking about Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Source).

McCain is absolutely correct. Last week I pointed out that on Rand Paul’s Presidential website, you can purchase a “Filibuster Starter Pack.”

There are a lot of people, many who are in the U.S. Senate and House, who do not understand national security. That’s been evident the past week or so – especially with the “Stand with Rand” crowd which includes my U.S. Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT).

With Paul and people in the Senate who support him leading the way, the United States is less safe this morning because Paul placed politics over our nation’s security. On an added note, the Republicans who have now been in control of the U.S. Senate for about six months are proving they have problems leading.

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CIA Torture Report

Every day on the USA Today website they list the “5 things you need to know” for that particular day. It is part of my morning read from around the web.

The number one thing they listed for today is “Angels strut for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” I actually appreciate the reminder.

The number two thing they listed for today is “Torture report: Is summary’s release a good or bad thing?”

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