The Wednesday Read: Elections, Ballot, Trump, Clinton, & Colbert

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. – Andrew Jackson

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

  • Great Falls School Elections
  • Montana Special House Election
  • Trump Report on Andrew Jackson
  • Hillary Speaks
  • The Colbert Monologue

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi

Today I take a look at Super Bowl 51, Saturday Night Live, Super Bowl Ads, and much more!

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Gallup: Confidence in Military, Small Business Rank Highest

It’s pretty quiet out there. The months of June, July, and August are normally pretty quiet on the blogging front with readers playing outside and enjoying summer instead of checking their favorite blogs for new posts. As a long-time blogger, my historic numbers show this year after year.

Here at The Western Word, I will continue to post columns six days a week – God willing.

There’s some big news on the horizon with the U.S. Supreme Court due to release their decisions this month on same-sex marriage and Obamacare. Presidential politics are on the radar as well as state political conventions. Announcements for state-wide office should be trickling in over the summer and into the fall.

Today a new poll from Gallup caught my attention. It was their annual “confidence in major U.S. institutions poll.” U.S. institutions include things like public schools, congress, presidency, small business, newspapers, television news, church or organized religion, banks, big business, organized labor, the police, medical system, military, U.S. Supreme Court, and the criminal justice system.

Gallup named each of these U.S. institutions and 1,527 people were asked how much confidence they have in each one. The answers could be a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. The margin of error is +/-3%.

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Weekend Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • A Veteran’s Nightmare
  • The Patriot Act
  • American Pharoah
  • Naked and Afraid

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Hey Cable Guy – You’re on Probation!

I am a long-time cable television subscriber – about 35 years. I’ve gone through the never-ending changes in cable companies here in Montana (we should be given a medal). They all promise in some way that they are providing me “with the very best products at the very best value.”

Charter is just the latest company to offer cable, internet, and phone service in Montana.

I’m a television and internet guy – and I’ve got the belly and the large butt to prove it! All I want is to turn on my TV and click on Google Chrome and have them work. I watch mostly sports and news – and I watch movies over Netflix and catch up on some shows via the internet. One of the main reasons I am keeping my cable is because I watch a lot of football and football is on ESPN, NFL Network, and Fox Sports – all of which I need cable or I need to switch to satellite service.

I officially placed Charter on probation a month or so ago when my cable was out. I told the nice lady from Charter that I was tired of them squeezing every last dime out of me. My cable was quickly fixed. While I was on the phone, I also pointed out that one of their websites said certain channels were “Included in All TV Packages” and that I was not getting these channels. She told me that service in Montana was different and I said something like, “You can’t be serious.” A few days later, I was surfing and those channels were now showing up on my television.

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The Real Thing

I’d like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves.
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That’s the real thing.

Many readers may remember that catchy song from the 1970s. You can watch the video HERE. I was around in the 1970s and don’t remember the commercial getting much, if any, negative comments. There were boys and girls, blacks and whites, and people from all over the world in the video.

They performed the song in English.

Coke released another advertisement on Super Bowl Sunday with people singing “America the Beautiful.” They performed the song in different languages.

Watch and listen to it here:

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Duck Dynasty: Quack Quack

The cable network A&E suspended Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame a few days ago after the reality television star made some disparaging remarks about homosexuality that were published in GQ magazine.

In my life I’ve heard people say some pretty ignorant things that have gotten them in trouble with the public, with their constituents, and with their employers. Believe it or not, I’ve said some pretty stupid things myself. I even worked for a few people who said ignorant things that landed them in hot water.

I hunted ducks as a kid, and I listened to my dad’s 33 1/3 rpm record about duck calling.  I practiced enough with my duck call that ducks actually came when I called them. I never knew someone could make millions from making duck calls. I think I missed out. It seems that Duck Dynasty stuff is everywhere these days.

The Duck Dynasty show is not on my regular schedule so I watch it when I think about it. It is funny – and their life story is remarkable. The first time I watched it I thought that down the road they would probably crash and burn because people probably won’t understand the Robertson family and their beliefs.

Several folks said that Phil Robertson suffered an attack on this freedom of speech rights. These people are wrong. I don’t think Robertson had his free speech rights attacked. Phil Robertson has a right to his opinion – and he has a right to express it. He did. His employer, A&E, did not like what he said, so they suspended him.

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