The Monday Memo: Ryan Zinke, Obamacare, & Iowa Caucus

If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity. ― Albert Einstein

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Down goes Zinke
  • ACA/Obamacare
  • Iowa Caucus Poll: The Democrats



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


Monday Morning Politics

Here’s a look at some of the recent political happenings that caught my attention over the weekend and this morning.

Today I take a look at a new poll, a kick-off, a fire suit, another candidate, and Medicare! (more…)

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations! You have made it to another Friday and with that honor comes another edition of “Caught My Eye…” This is where I take a look (sometimes with a little sarcasm) at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.

This week I take a look at naked Woodstock, a Cowgirl, calling 911, my inbox and more! So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s look at the news… (more…)


“Americans have grown tired of the wars. While we support the troops, we’re tired of seeing flags flown at half-staff in honor of our fallen. We’re tired of seeing maimed young men and women rebuilding their lives. We’re tired of hearing about IEDs. We’re just tired and we’re sad that so much of our treasure has been used up in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

There won’t be a landing on an aircraft carrier tonight nor will there be a “Mission Accomplished” sign behind President Obama when he gives his speech tonight (6:00 p.m. Mountain time) from the newly-remodeled oval office.

But really, part of the mission is accomplished.

President Obama will speak about major combat operations ending in Iraq. Obama was against this war when it was not “cool” to be against this war. Even after the United States was in it neck deep, he did not support the surge that ultimately led to the United States to be able to withdraw our combat troops. It will be interesting to see if he gives any credit to former President George Bush for where we are today. Since politics play a role in everything, I doubt it.

Americans have grown tired of the wars. While we support the troops, we’re tired of seeing flags flown at half-staff in honor of our fallen. We’re tired of seeing maimed young men and women rebuilding their lives. We’re tired of hearing about IEDs. We’re just tired and we’re sad that so much of our treasure has been used up in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Long wars with 24 hour media coverage can tire a whole nation. (more…)

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Taking time out of my busy vacation schedule to watch the World Cup and the latest shenanigans from the Obama Administration, I watched General Stanley McChrystal get replaced (fired is a better word) today as the top war commander in Afghanistan by his Commander in Chief, Barack Obama.

Here in the Midwest with the heat index over 100 degrees, I just had to find a cool air-conditioned spot to let off some steam about the latest move by Obama.

In my opinion, it was a terrible move to fire McChrystal and one that will set back the war effort in Afghanistan by a year or more. There seems to be some discontent in our ranks from the lowest enlisted person to the highest Generals with our country’s current leaders in regards to a plan for Afghanistan.

Obama has named General David Petraeus to succeed McChrystal. During his speech announcing the replacement, I waited for the part where Obama would say, “This is all George Bush’s fault” but it did not happen. McCrystal was Obama’s man and his man alone.

General Petraeus did not faint, either, which is a good sign.

One thing I got from Obama’s announcement was that if you are in the military you had dammed-well better respect Joe (bite me) Biden and Barack and our (inept) civilians in charge of the military plus those ambassadors in Iraq and Afghanistan or your butts will be out quicker than Obama can say “fore” on a golf course. In other words, you will be “McChrystalled” (more…)

Toga Time?

As I commented about earlier, it will probably be tough going for the Democrats in the next couple of elections unless things turn around and the streets are paved in gold.

Not even I thought the Democrats could screw up in this short amount of time. I know, I know, it’s all Bush’s fault.

Basically, the voters gave the Democrats the keys to Washington. Some people believe they have run it like the fraternity house portrayed in the movie, Animal House. Animal House historians may remember that John “Bluto” Blutarsky (played by John Belushi) spent seven years in college (GPA of 0.0) and went on to become a United States Senator.

Washington sometimes reminds me of Animal House.

First we have Max Baucus spending campaign money to try and explain the health care bill. Then Vice President Joe Biden was sending an e-mail asking people to help Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Montana’s junior Senator, Jon Tester, has been sending e-mails with the frequency that some middle school kids send text messages. So far this month, I’ve seen e-mails dealing with everything from health care, to veterans, to taxes hitting my inbox. (more…)

Published in: on April 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm  Comments Off on Toga Time?  

Message from Joe

First we heard about Senator Max Baucus using some campaign dough to do a television ad.  He’s not up for re-election until 2014.

Today I received a message from Vice President Joe Biden.  There were no “F” bombs in it, either!  The Vice President wants me to write a letter to the editor praising Baucus and Senator Jon Tester for their “tough stand” on health reform.  Tester is up for re-election in 2012.  The Democrats are worried about these two seats and they should be.

The VP wrote:

Two weeks after it was signed into law, health insurance reform is still the talk of the town.

It’s for a good reason: This was a historic accomplishment.  But it wasn’t easy.  I remember what it’s like to be a senator and take a tough stand on an issue — confident that it’s the best thing for your constituents, but equally sure that special interests will pour buckets of money into attacking you for it.

Your senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, took that tough stand when they supported health reform.  Now, we need to provide a line of defense money can’t buy: the voices of real constituents speaking out and showing their support.

That’s where you come in.  Do you have three minutes to jot down a quick letter to your local newspaper?  If you need ideas on what to say, you can watch a quick video Organizing for America put together about how reform will benefit Montana.

Umm, I don’t think so.  I guess VP Biden must feel Montana’s senators are in deep political trouble, and they are, especially Tester, since most of his campaign promises have been broken.  On the other hand, Baucus has several other issues he must contend with over the next four years.  I look for him to retire instead of getting creamed either in the primary or general election.  Can you say, U.S. Senator Brian Schweitzer?

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