Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time. –Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Middle East – Time to Worry
  • Michael Cohen
  • Former Federal Prosecutors
  • Trump’s Tax Returns

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Thursday Numbers

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden

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 paying Iran, fundraising, the governor’s plane, unemployment, grants for tribal libraries, the earthquake in Italy, National Park Service, Hope Solo, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore

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 this week include the new Montana Governor ads, the Great Falls GOP Field Office Manager, Zinke & Veterans & Montana Democrats, Montana Motor Vehicle Services, That Payment to Iran, thoughts on the Rio Olympics, and much more!

Buckle up…

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Terrific News Tuesday

Are you ready for some good news? That’s all you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • DUI Task Force Awards
  • Autumn Veatch
  • The “Magical” Rock
  • Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Sentences Commuted
  • Kansas City Royals All-Stars
  • Pluto

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Caught My Eye…

Hey faithful readers – it’s Friday – so stay classy!

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

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about Steve Daines & Federal Lands, Jon Tester & Media Trackers, the Montana Legislature & spring break, Iran & Nukes & Framework, State Liquor stores, plus Making Montana Proud is back!

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Billings Gazette: Daines’ Rookie Mistake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Montana’s junior U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, was one of the 47 senators who signed an open letter to Iran informing them that any agreement about nuclear weapons made by President Barack Obama would have to approved by Congress.

The 47 senators were all Republicans, so that basically tells us it was a political move – a “gotcha” move because of their hatred for Obama. On March 10, I wrote about this subject and said sending the letter was not the right thing to do. I also added that it’s important when we (the United States) are in diplomatic negotiations with other countries that we present a united front.

In today’s Billings Gazette, the editorial board has decided that “Daines was wrong on Iran letter” and they were pretty blunt about the reasons why.

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Politics 2014: Iraq

Iraq is falling apart right before our eyes. Almost everyone in Washington has an opinion about what we should do. Most of those giving their opinions on what we as a country should do in Iraq are letting politics play a big role in their opinions.

So Iraq is also going to be a great political tool to use to win elections in November – and probably for the races of 2016. I bet most political consultants did not have Iraq on the radar for the summer of 2014.

People like South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are already saying if we don’t do something to stop the group called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) it could lead to another 9/11.  Graham is being bold mostly because he just won a primary election and has little competition in November.

Then there’s Iran – some folks believe we should work with them to help Iraq. We may not have a choice.

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Wouldn’t it be nice?

And wouldn’t it be nice to live together

In the kind of world where we belong

-Beach Boys “Wouldn’t it be nice”

It would be nice if we all lived in peace and harmony in a place where we could leave our doors unlocked, the keys in our car, and we would never worry about theft or vandalism.  When looking at our world, it would also be nice if every country in the world got along with one another and there were no wars or conflicts.  It would also be nice to have a safe world – a world where we do not need weapons to annihilate each other.  It would even be wonderful if there were no nuclear weapons in the world.

But we don’t live in a place like that.  I never have.  My children probably won’t either.

Today we are hearing that Iran is well on their way to developing a nuclear weapon.  The Associated Press reported, “Iran claimed Wednesday that it has taken two major steps toward mastering the production of nuclear fuel.”

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