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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The Wednesday Read: State of the Union

This is the time to re-ignite the American imagination. This is the time to search for the tallest summit, and set our sights on the brightest star. This is the time to rekindle the bonds of love and loyalty and memory that link us together as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots. – President Donald J. Trump 02/05/19

President Donald J. Trump gave his State of the Union (SOTU) address last night. The speech lasted 1:22:25 making it the third-longest SOTU speech in history.

Here are some of my thoughts about his speech.

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The Sunday Message

I’m against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice. – Nancy Reagan

Many people felt that Nancy Reagan was trying to be on both sides of the abortion issue by what she said in that quote.

That seems to be the answer some people have these days – it’s kind of like “walk a mile in her shoes” before you judge.

One of the quotes that I like most that deals with abortion came from former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming:

I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.

With the process of appointing a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning this week, Gallup Polling released the results of a poll about Roe v. Wade:

As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.

It’s not like the Justices of the Supreme Court check the polls before deciding a case.

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Caught My Eye…

All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage
– Limelight (Rush)

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 about today include Jon Tester/Steve Daines taking/getting credit, Rosendale & life, migrant children – are you kidding me, the IG & Comey, The Fourth Estate, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. – Paul Bryant

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 Jared & Ivanka, a Capitol Hill home, unemployment, California, Donald Trump, Jr., George H.W. Bush, Matt Rosendale realtor, abortion, Trump & North Korea, the media & the Trump Administration, REO Speedwagon, Flag Day, Jon Tester dirt farmer, and much more.

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I grew tired of using “potpourri” so I am using “odds and ends” today. Who knows, I may move up to hodgepodge or miscellany next time there are several stories to write about.

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sage Grouse
  • Brad Johnson
  • The Abortion Vote
  • Hillary & Keystone & the Pope
  • Scott Walker
  • Yogi Berra
  • TWW’s New Look

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“White Men Mansplain Racism”

Earlier this month the Great Falls Tribune Editorial Board found themselves in some hot water with readers because they ran an editorial cartoon by Gary McCoy about Planned Parenthood and its chief executive. You can see the cartoon HERE.

First of all, it is nice that the Tribune Editorial Board (I might start calling them “The Bored” or “The Boring”) created a little controversy in our sleepy little town of Great Falls, Montana. The weekly “free Barry Beach” letters are making me yawn.

I like it when the contents on the opinion page stir people in the community, but that does not happen enough in most Montana newspapers – they don’t like to make waves.

After the Tribune mentioned that the cartoon stirred some controversy from their readers, I had to go back and see it again to see what it was about. I did not particularly care for it. Some readers thought it was racist and I can see how they might interpret it that way.

Like most people, I wish there were fewer abortions, but abortions are legal. I also understand that abortions are a very small percentage of what Planned Parenthood does. They also provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.

I wasn’t going to write about the cartoon or the Tribune Editorial Board, but yesterday I happened to catch the opinion in Sunday’s Tribune from three fellows who call themselves the “No Teams Team.” Read it HERE.

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Caught My Eye…

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. – Bil Keane

Welcome to Friday and the big show that is called “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Chattanooga Tennessee:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the four Marines who were gunned down yesterday in Tennessee and to the others who were wounded. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, too. 

Today’s topics include the Every Child Achieves Act, Major Garrett & the President, Iran Nuclear Deal, Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood, ESPN, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” column of March! Is this a great country or what?

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: If you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about SPAM, unemployment, calligraphers, Dow Jones, Public Service Commission, renters, the 1913 session, minimum wage, knives on planes, Mansfield-Metcalf, bison, filibuster, Kansas City Royals, and much more!

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