The Wednesday Read: Gas Taxes, Morgue, Stormy, & America’s Harvest Box

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s topics are:

  • Montana Gas Taxes
  • The New Morgue
  • Stormy Daniels
  • America’s Harvest Box



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


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


The Special Session

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. – Benjamin Jowett

I’m kind of happy the Montana Legislature is getting together to try to address the $227 million budget shortage. It will probably give me something to write about. It will be fun to watch the jockeying and the games being played as the members of the Montana Legislature get to feel important again for a few days.

I’ve said often that the Montana Legislature being in session is like the circus coming to Helena. The legislators head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of the “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Then, many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

I don’t think most Montanans have that much respect for many members of the state legislature.


Published in: on November 13, 2017 at 6:55 am  Comments Off on The Special Session  
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Thursday Numbers

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the special session, Montana beef, unemployment, urban chickens, mayor of Great Falls, Sutherland Springs, Montana, economic development levy, Troy Downing, Five on Black, college football, and much more!


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


Monday’s Quick Hits

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Pre-existing Conditions
  • Quist & Gianforte Poll
  • Junior Returns
  • Raising Fuel Taxes


Monday’s Quick Hits

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The House Debate
  • Great Falls School Election
  • The Western Word Polls
  • Federal Funding
  • Full Body Scanner


TWW Poll: Grade the Montana Legislature

What grade would you give the 2017 Montana Legislature?

Click on “Continue Reading” if you don’t see the poll.


Published in: on April 28, 2017 at 10:48 am  Comments (2)  
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Caught My Eye…

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 on today include the Montana Legislature, Rob Quist and the nudist resort, Greg Gianforte and the lawsuit, crash test dummies, and much more!