The Wednesday Read: Drunks & Child Abuse

Montana, Montana, Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast, You’re easily the best
Montana, Montana, Where skies are always blue…
-Montana State Song
-Lyrics by Charles Cohan, Melody by Joseph E. Howard

We are about to enjoy another one of those great summers in Montana, with thousands upon thousands of people visiting the state to see our mountains, visit our parks, and fish and float in our rivers.

Sadly, Montana is becoming well-known for a couple reasons that should bother us all: drunk driving and child abuse.

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Published in: on April 18, 2018 at 9:26 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Drunks & Child Abuse  
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Tuesday Commentary: Helena Schools, DUI, FBI Raid, & Interior

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Helena Schools Lunch Debt
  • Billings Gazette DUI Editorial
  • The Great FBI Raid
  • Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official

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The Wednesday Read: Editorials, Zinke, Trump + Putin, & Resignation

Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage. – Amy Jo Martin

Today’s topics are:

  • Editorials, the Gazette & Zinke
  • Trump + Putin
  • Pondera County Sheriff

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Published in: on March 21, 2018 at 7:47 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Editorials, Zinke, Trump + Putin, & Resignation  
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TWW – The Teenage Years Are Upon Us

I wasn’t born here, but I blog here. –Jackie M. Brown (GF Tribune 3-3-14)

Today The Western Word (TWW) turns 13 years old!

Please, no parades. It’s too cold.

TWW blog started on January 10, 2005. It was a Monday. The first post went up about 10:04 p.m.

Ironically, the first line had the following information that seems to be the norm for Kansas City Chiefs fans:

Ah yes, since my Chiefs are done and there’s no Monday Night Football, I will pick the winners of the weekend games:

Hitting the magic 13 means that The Western Word is starting the dreaded teenage years. We all know how teenagers can be, so be prepared.

As for stats, here are a few:

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Lottery, DUI, Independents, Trump, & Chiefs

When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born. – Zig Ziglar

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Lottery
  • Drunk Driving
  • Political Independents
  • Fake News Awards
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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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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Tuesday Commentary: Fees, Shooting, & Cheaters

I fully support @realDonaldTrump’s interest in space travel to Mars, and I wish him the absolute best in his travels. – John Dingell (@JohnDingell) Former U.S. Rep. from Michigan.

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Sticking it to the Man
  • Shooting in Great Falls
  • Montana Democrats – Cheaters

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Tuesday Commentary: Stitt, The Zinkes, & Driving

The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don’t bring presents. – Zig Ziglar

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Bob Stitt
  • The Zinkes
  • Highway Deaths

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Published in: on November 21, 2017 at 8:45 am  Comments Off on Tuesday Commentary: Stitt, The Zinkes, & Driving  
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The Indictments

Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now.Newt Gingrich (Last August)

CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.

Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.

It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.

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Gianforte: Anger Management, Community Service, & No Jail

Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.

Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.

This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.

It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.

MTN New reported it like this:

West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.

But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.

So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.

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