Monday’s Quick Hits: Fagg, Zinke, & Moron

Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock. – Jules Renard

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The Russell Fagg Announcement
  • Zinke’s Flag
  • Moron

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Published in: on October 16, 2017 at 9:31 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: Fagg, Zinke, & Moron  
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The Wednesday Read: Montana’s Special Election

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Unless a great Libertarian candidate for Montana’s open At-Large House seat is nominated to run, the choice between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte will be a tough one for this blogger. Maybe it will be a tough choice for you, too.

So heads-up to these candidates and their staffers – you have some selling to do in the next 79 days.

Here are some of my thoughts about the race between Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte.

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Caught My Eye…

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

A special shout-out goes to the “paid professional agitators/protesters” who are reading CME today!

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 Western Word town hall poll, mail-in ballots & pot, Planned Parenthood, WH Press Briefing & KECI, Trump & Nukes, one more thing, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Zinke v. Tester, Hamlett & Taxes, & Sulu

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. – Dave Barry

It’s the last day of November and these items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Zinke v. Tester
  • The Taxman Cometh
  • George Takei

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Caught My Eye…

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. – José N. Harris

To my fellow Veterans: THANK YOU for your service!

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the first CME since Election Day, so watch out!

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 this week include TWW counseling session, the next two years, Barry Beach, my election night post, the 2018 election, one more thing, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s June 1 and we’re less than a week away from Primary Election day in Montana!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Political Fundraising on Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day & Elected Officials
  • Popeyes & Rehberg
  • Circular Firing Squad
  • Veterans Administration
  • Trump & the Media

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

Before you start, buckle up. Here are today’s topics:

  • Denise Juneau’s DUIs
  • Syrian Refugees
  • MT Lawmakers’ Pay Raise
  • Seatbelts on School Buses

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Political Donations & Selective Amnesia

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. -Benjamin Disraeli

Political parties are so darned predictable, but they are fun to watch!

At about 10:15 a.m. Monday morning I laughed out loud. Why? I received an e-mail from the Montana Republican Party with the subject, “Will Tester Return Menendez’s Tainted Money?”

In case you missed last week’s “Thursday Numbers” column, I wrote about U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) being indicted on corruption charges (14 counts). Menendez has not been found guilty of anything.

According to the Montana GOP, U.S. Senator Jon Tester “received $10,000 of Senator Menendez’s tainted money.”

After that piece of information, the Montana GOP threw in a statement to make people think they genuinely care about people: “Montanans deserve to know why Senator Tester won’t do the right thing and return the $10,000 of tainted campaign cash he received from Menendez.”

Thank you Montana GOP for telling us what we deserve to know.

The fact is that most Montanans just don’t care. It’s just a political “gotcha” game that looks silly from the sidelines.

I must stop and applaud the Montana Republican Party. They did accomplish part of their mission – and that was to get the mainstream media to do a story about their “concerns.” A reporter for the USA Today writing for the Great Falls Tribune wrote close to 400 words Monday afternoon about Tester receiving a donation from Menendez. He was even able to get a quote from an associate professor of political science who is not from Montana State University – great googly moogly!

I was actually impressed with the speed with which the USA Today reporter, Christopher Doering, was able to get this story posted. Political parties and politicians will take note of this. His inbox will fill quickly.

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Power Plant Politics

PPL issued a statement yesterday telling folks that they “will permanently shut down the J.E. Corette power plant in Billings” in August. It is powered by low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, and it has been in operation since 1968. There are 30 full-time employees.

Back in 2012, PPL announced that the plant would be placed in a “mothball” status, but now they have discovered the cost to restart the plant would be significant, so closure is the best option.

The 2012 “mothball” announcement was an issue in the 2012 U.S. Senate race between Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg with the Rehberg camp blaming Tester and President Barack Obama for it being mothballed. Read an article about it HERE.

The goal of the Rehberg campaign was to tie Tester to Obama. That strategy failed miserably.

So here we are in 2015 and with the news of the permanent closure, the Montana GOP fired off a press release trying to blame Governor Steve Bullock (a Democrat who is up for re-election in 2016) and Obama for its closure:

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Caught My Eye…

You’ve made it to Friday – and there’s only one week left in January – so congratulations!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about veterans, robo calls, optional orange, Wittich trial, falling off horses, end of an error, Conrad Burns, UFO files, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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