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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Caught My Eye…

You can give a person knowledge, but you can’t make them think. Some people want to remain fools, only because the truth requires change. – Tony Gaskins

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Tester/Daines Shutdown
  • Tim Fox Announces
  • Daines Ramping Up
  • The Last Straw
  • MLB Hall of Fame
  • One More Thing

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The Wednesday Read: The Three Stooges

A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt in every truth expressed. –Anonymous

In a perfect world, Republican President Donald Trump would say he wanted $5.7 billion for a border wall and Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would counter with a $3 billion offer. They would then find a compromise somewhere in between and we’d all live happily ever after.

But that is not the case across the fruited plains in today’s reality TV approach. The three stooges go on television in primetime and state their cases to the American people while interrupting their TV shows.

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Thursday Numbers

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world. ― Dr. Seuss

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions jackpot, “Go Fund Me” for the wall update, Montana Millionaire lottery, unemployment, Christmas and social media, Donald Trump’s 2018 in numbers, most admired man and woman for 2018, the partial federal government shutdown, pay increases for our troops fact check, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Sometimes in the morning while sipping my coffee, I think about all the people I’m going to piss off today…and I smile. – @RebelCircus

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Montana – A Drunk Driver’s Paradise
  • Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
  • Government Shutdown
  • Three Final Things

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The Wednesday Read: Bullock/Fox, Wall Debate, Lie of the Year, & More

There’s no sense in doing a lot of barking if you don’t really have anything to say. – Charles M. Schulz

Today’s topics include:

  • Bullock & Fox
  • The Wall Debate
  • 2018 Lie of the Year
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday Commentary: Jell-O 1, Schumer 0

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) told reporters that negotiating with President Donald Trump and the White House leading up to the government shutdown “is like negotiating with Jell-O.”

It looks like Jell-O won.

Sure there’s plenty of blame to go around and if past shutdowns are any indication, the Republicans don’t do well in the shutdown game in the polls. In a poll here at The Western Word, Trump was blamed for the shutdown by 75% of those responding. Just 16% blamed Schumer and 9% blamed others.

Part of the blame has to start with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who in my opinion is a poor excuse for a leader. McConnell knew he needed 60 votes in the Senate to pass the funding bill, and that would mean he would need Democrat support. He failed to get it.

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