The Monday Memo

Indecision steals many years from many people who wind up wishing they’d just had the courage to leap. — Doe Zantamada

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Recess Rallies
  • Juan Williams & Trump
  • NFL Preseason
  • One More Thing

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Bullock & Assault Weapons, & TWW Poll

The Second Amendment says we have the right to bear arms, not to bear artillery. – Robin Williams

Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, is getting a few minutes of fame. On Sunday he told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he would support a ban on semiautomatic firearms.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that this is the first time Bullock has said he would “support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons.”

It wasn’t long before the Washington Post, and other news organizations picked up the story.

Breitbart put it this way:

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) announced Sunday that he would support prohibiting Montana residents from buying and possessing commonly owned semi-automatic firearms.

When I heard the comments, my first thought was that Bullock must have decided to never run for statewide office in Montana again.

Today’s poll asks, “Do you agree with Gov. Steve Bullock’s comments on CNN about banning assault weapons/some forms of semiautomatic weapons?”

If you do not see the poll, click on “MORE.”

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Guns, Elections, Kimmel vs Hannity, & More

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban
  • 60 Minutes
  • Kimmel vs Hannity
  • Zuckerberg Heads to DC
  • One More Thing

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Thursday Numbers

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham

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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Billings Police Department, Billy Graham, assault weapons, gun laws, Trump’s job performance, Mike Patrick, U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, Montana candidate filing, Greg Gianforte, and much more!

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Tuesday Commentary: Las Vegas

Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. – Claire McCaskill

I’m skipping my normal Tuesday column, “Terrific News Tuesday” to comment about the shooting Las Vegas.

We saw plenty of “thoughts and prayers” comments and posts after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The President even took time out to talk about it Monday morning. He’s even going to visit Las Vegas this week because that is what Presidents do.

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Obama: Freedom is More Powerful than Fear

I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law. –President Barack Obama (12/06/15)

President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night to talk about terrorism. I suggest before you allow the right and left wing publications/politicians to define what was said in the speech, that you take a few minutes to read it yourself HERE.

This was far from Obama’s best speech. He attempted, as the Associated Press reported in their analysis of his speech, to tell us that it was going to be OK.

He laid out four ideas that he called the strategy to destroy ISIL – ideas that we have heard before.

He also talked about what we can do here at home to address the challenge.

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Yippee Ki-Yay

When it was announced yesterday that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was pulling the assault weapons ban from the gun bill currently being looked at in Congress, I ran outside to see if I could hear assault weapons being fired into the air around my neighborhood in celebration.

My neighborhood was pretty quiet for a Tuesday afternoon. There was no sporadic gunfire to be heard.

I did hear some elementary school children laughing and having a good time during their recess a few blocks away – an elementary school that both my children attended. My thoughts then turned to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and the 20 kids who were senselessly murdered along with six adults on December 14, 2012. There are no more recesses for those children. Their parents have holes in their hearts from losing a child. I cannot imagine the pain.

For a few days (maybe a week or so) after Sandy Hook the United States seemed poised to tighten the gun laws and maybe make us just a little safer. That movement faded quickly and now we can say that the gun lobby has won, once again. Continue reading