Tuesday’s Quick Hits

When someone told me I live in a fantasyland, I nearly fell off my unicorn. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Stapleton – Four Separate Ethics Violations
  • Montana Legislature – Abortion
  • Government Shutdown Averted?

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Tuesday Commentary: Sheriff, Gianforte, Zinke, & Hannity

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. – Will Rogers

Happy Tax Day 2018!

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Cascade County Sheriff
  • Montana At-Large Race
  • Ryan Zinke
  • Sean Hannity

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Food Park, Comey & Trump, & Syria

The spine of the FBI is the rule of law. The spine of the FBI is a commitment to doing the right thing, in the right way, while protecting civil liberties. – James Comey

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Madison Food Park
  • Comey vs Trump
  • The Photo

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Tuesday Commentary: Fees, Edwards, and Football

*I hope you like the new look for 2018. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or send me an email. This “theme” is one I used many years ago. -JmB

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Happy New Year! Today’s commentary deals with:

  • More Fees
  • What about Bob?
  • I Love Football

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Wednesday Commentary: Government Travel

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. – Potter Stewart

You’ve probably heard about the members of the Trump Administration having problems with travel. Some are acting like a teenager with a new car and daddy’s credit card. So far, there are four who are under scrutiny for their travel.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned. There should be more resignations because the folks who are screwing up all know better.

The latest mess deals with the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, who reportedly cruised the Thames, took in sight-seeing at Westminster Abbey, and watched a Wimbledon tennis match during a 10-day European trip with his wife. The trip was half business, half pleasure. (Fortune)

Montana’s own Ryan Zinke, who is now the Department of Interior Secretary, is one of the four cabinet members who are having some problems with travel.

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday – the last Monday of October! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Ehrlick & Montana Family Foundation
  • Wittich’s Trial Delayed
  • Trump/Carson & Religion
  • Tea Party – Circling the Drain?

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Drones, Hummers, & License Plates

Readers might remember back in January I poked fun at a Missouri state representative for drafting legislation to prevent unmanned aerial aircraft from patrolling Missouri skies. The Associated Press reported that State Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, “said widespread use of drones flying above Missouri scares him.”

The reason why I caught the Guernsey drone story is he represented the northern Missouri area where I lived many years ago.

After reading about Guernsey and the drones, I suggested he stay in his basement or build an underground bunker.

Apparently Guernsey is so afraid of those drones that he supposedly drives a black Hummer. I wonder what weaponry he carries in the Hummer.

In Missouri, besides being paid about $36K a year for part-time work, state representatives are Very Important People (VIP) so they can get license plates for their vehicles with “Representative” on them and their district number. I guess it kind of lets people know when VIPs are approaching. It also lets other drivers know when a VIP cuts them off in traffic, like Donald Dupske, who “is a 77-year-old retiree from McDonnell Douglas and a proud Mizzou alum” whom Guernsey supposedly cut off in traffic after a Mizzou football game.

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