Veterans Day & Memorial Day: There’s a Difference

As a veteran, it has always been pretty interesting to me to watch and read what people say and do on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. There is a big difference between the two. Read on…

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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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Terrific News Tuesday

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Bertrand Russell

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)! Today is one of those Tuesdays that feels like a Monday!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Memorial Day
  • Saved From the Dead
  • David Cook & Malmstrom AFB
  • 39 Rounds
  • NHL/NBA Championships

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The Sunday Message

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.John 15:13 (NIV)

When I was younger and the Vietnam War was going on, I remember that on some of the national newscasts near the end the announcer would say how many people had been killed that day or that week in Vietnam. They were just numbers to me.

Later in life when I was visiting Washington, D.C., I saw the wall – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There are over 58,000 names on it.

It was sobering.

I remember thinking that each name was someone’s child. They were loved and missed by someone. Someone’s heart was broken beyond repair when they received the news that their son or daughter had been killed.

It was the early evening when I walked past the wall, stopping to read names. There was a slight mist falling. The mist hit the wall and drops would run down it like tears streaming down my face.

I served in the military and some friends died. During the Iraq and Afghanistan War when a Montanan was killed, I attended several funerals and assisted some families during the difficult time.

When Memorial Day comes around each year I remember those people and pray for them. I thank God for the sacrifices that were made in all the wars so I can have freedom and liberty.

Thank you.

All Gave Some – Some Gave All

 

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Caught My Eye…

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. – H. L. Mencken

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME) – and the good news is that this is CME #300.

300 – Let that sink in just a moment. I can’t wait to read the congratulatory messages from the President, Senators, Representatives, Ambassadors, foreign leaders, and teenagers.

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 Trump in Montana, Montana Political Donations, Montana Democrats & Accountability, Gianforte Welcomes Candidate, Gianforte’s problem, Daines is Learning, Memorial Day, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

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 Memorial Day, Steve Bullock, unemployment, Ryan Zinke, Trump in Billings, Crow Reservation, Spelling Bee, veterans, Hillary Clinton & Colin Powell & emails, alcohol compliance check, National Wine Day, bathrooms & locker rooms, plus much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday!

When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Thad Cochran channels Max Baucus
  • $500K Campaign Donation
  • Glendive third-graders
  • Memorial Day Sales
  • ObamaCare
  • Shifting Left on Key Moral Issues
  • Immigration

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