Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

There’s a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It’s exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don’t cheat yourselves out of this promise. – Nancy Reagan

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

Today’s topics include:

  • Gianforte’s Lt Governor
  • Bullock & the Plane
  • Darby (MT) & Islam
  • Nancy Reagan
  • GOP Presidential Race

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Trump: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the toughest jobs in the United States might just be GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s communication director and/or press secretary.

The communications director is one of the paid campaign staffers whose job it is to explain/defend Trump’s statements. Being a communication director or press secretary is a great job when all is going well, but when a scandal hits or the boss says something stupid, it can become a freaking nightmare.

Plus, as the press person you have to be somewhat nice to reporters. Believe me – I’ve done many interviews and sometimes it’s difficult to keep from telling some reporters where to go.

Donald Trump seems to be able to “strike a nerve” just about every week with some outrageous statement. His press office must be busy. Although he’s pretty bombastic, he leads in just about every Republican Presidential poll. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

He seems to be saying what many Obama haters believe deep down, but they are afraid to say out loud.

The Republican Party probably never thought that Trump would be relevant this long. Now he is becoming a problem. He could win this darn thing and take down the Republican Party all in one year! He already threatened to run as an independent and that would also sink the Republicans. If Trump is the Republican nominee for President, then the Democrats would probably win back the majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Tribune’s New Conservative Columnist
  • Aaron Rodgers & Muslims
  • Obama – ISIS is Contained
  • Democratic Presidential Debate
  • Wyoming House Seat
  • Peyton Manning/Broncos

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Just Not Right

There’s some news this Tuesday (that seems like a Monday because of the Labor Day holiday) that a church in Florida plans to hold an “International Burn A Koran Day” on September 11.

The Church, Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, is reported to have 50 members, but they have made the “big time” with this outrageous plan. They have created an “International Burn A Koran Day” facebook page. Sadly, there are over 8,000 people who “like” the page.

General David Petraeus has said the church’s plan could endanger U.S. troops stationed around the world. I agree.

The church’s website gives readers “Ten Reasons to Burn a Koran” with the opening line saying, “On 9/11/10 we are burning Korans to raise awareness and warn. In a sense it is neither an act of love nor of hate. We see, as we state in the Ten Reasons below, that Islam is a danger.” Continue reading

What would Muhammad do?

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There has been a lot of talk recently about a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero (two blocks away). Supposedly you won’t be able to see Ground Zero from the mosque (if it’s built). For those readers who don’t follow religion, a mosque is a place of worship for the followers of Islam. Continue reading