Tuesday Commentary: Robocalls, Politics & Religion

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. – Thomas Paine

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Robocalls in Montana
  • Politics and Religion

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TWW Afternoon Extra: Sticking it to the Man

Some Monday afternoon thoughts from your favorite independent blog…

Returning Ballots:

Some people in Montana have been giving their completed ballots to strangers to turn in for them. That reminded me of the Winston Churchill quote about voting:

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

Tribune’s Cartoon:

I wrote about the Great Falls Tribune printing a cartoon about Donald Trump that contained his quote with the word that begins with a “P.”

The Tribune apologized “to those who were offended.” Ironically the apology was in “The Edge” column…

Bumper Sticker

I saw this bumper sticker on the door of a gas station in a small town in western Montana or northern Idaho where I stopped for fuel this weekend (I was too busy texting and driving to realize where I was) (just kiddin):

“For safety sake remove ski mask and unload all weapons before entering”

Hunting:

Since hunting season is open in Montana, I can’t wait to see new hunting photos from candidates and elected officials…

Jury Questionnaire 1:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors to “Please Print or Type” when filling out the jury questionnaire form.

What is this, 1980? I don’t have an IBM Selectric typewriter anymore…

Jury Questionnaire 2:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors on their jury questionnaire, “Please fill out and return the following within seven (7) days…”

I waited 10-12 days – just to stick it to the man…

Campaign Promise:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath told Great Falls-area attorneys that more help may be on the way. McGrath said the 2017 Legislature will be asked to fund another judge in Great Falls 8th Judicial District Court to help with the growing workload.

McGrath’s promise reminds me of the campaign promise from Herbert Hoover, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

I think the judges in Montana are the best money can buy…

Billings Gazette Endorses:

The Billings Gazette devoted about 600 words just to tell readers why they endorse candidates. I could have done it in just three words:

It sells papers.

 

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Politics is no longer theater, it’s show business. So let’s put on the best show in town. – Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

It’s hump day – and a big day for political news! 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:

  • Analysis of the Presidential Primary
  • Montana Primary Races – My Two Cents
  • Bumper Sticker Mania

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Caught My Eye…

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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 that caught my eye this week include Montana Robocalls, Montana Governor Poll, Montana Marijuana, FBI & the iPhone, VA Inspector General, GOP Presidential Debate, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. – John Adams

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.

Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Montana delegation, Montana’s military, Daines’ staff, Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath, Barrett Kaiser, Jesse O’Hara, plus much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the last one for April, so buckle up!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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.

Today I write about Barry Beach and Bullock, Lawrence VanDyke and the Supremes, Corey Stapleton telling us “Folks are Upset,” Cliven Bundy telling us “about the Negro,” and (sadly) about 40 veterans who died in Arizona.

Plus, we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud! Read on…

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McGrath: Judges Are Honest. Trust Us.

I had to do a double take when I read an Associated Press story that reported, “Montana Supreme Court justices should not have to publicly disclose their personal financial interests or those of their families because the high court already follows a strict code to avoid potential conflicts, the chief justice [Mike McGrath] said.”

His plan? The AP reported, “It’s the judge’s responsibility to disqualify himself or herself from presiding over a case in which he or she has a financial stake, McGrath said.”

Why does McGrath think this? He said it’s because Montana’s high court justices follow a strictly enforced Code of Judicial Conduct.

Seriously?

We’re supposed to take his word for it. It kind of reminds me of Reagan’s nine words, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

If Montanans actually believe every judge will be honest and forthright with their financial dealings, and “follow a strictly enforced Code of Judicial Conduct” then I have some ocean-front property to sell you near Geyser.

It was sunny and 85 degrees there last week, too.

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