The Great Tax Gift

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet
-Taxman (The Beatles)

The big news this week the tax bill will be voted on and most folks believe it will pass with little or no support from the Democrats.

President Donald Trump said, “This is going to be one of the great gifts to the middle-income people of this country that they’ve ever gotten for Christmas.”

Oh, holy night!

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Monday’s Quick Hits: NY Times, Tester, Trump, & Chiefs

If you don’t believe in winning, you don’t believe in free enterprise, capitalism, our way of life. – Tom Landry

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • New York Times & Great Falls
  • Tester’s Money
  • Trump & Time & Groping
  • Kansas City Chiefs

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The Indictments

Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now.Newt Gingrich (Last August)

CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.

Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.

It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Recess Ends/Health Care Looms
  • Donald Trump Jr
  • Conflicts of Interest

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The Wednesday Read: House Race, Trump, Comey, & Images

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end. – William Shakespeare

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Deputy Mason Moore
  • Big Money in House Race
  • Trump & Classified Material
  • The Comey Memo
  • The Image

Deputy Mason Moore:

My condolences and prayers go to the family, friends, and co-workers of Broadwater (Montana) County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. Moore was killed while on duty early Tuesday morning. Moore is survived by his wife and three children. He was 38.

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

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Thursday Numbers

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. – W. Clement Stone

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 the House spending bill, Powerball, U.S. House race, NY Times digital subscriptions, unemployment, bills to sign, campaign volunteers, Obamacare repeal vote, Isaiah Thomas, first 100 days poll, Montana Legislature poll, Minuteman III missile launch, #MayThe4th, FBI translator and the terrorist, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

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 Greg Gianforte, Bill O’Reilly, unemployment, Rob Quist, ACLU, Montana & rape kits, TWW on Twitter, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, World War I, news media favoritism, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world. – Pope Francis

I’m not a Catholic, but I really like Pope Francis. I also like that he uses Twitter to communicate! I think religious leaders should use social media to “spread the good news.”

The Pope has about 10.5 million followers on Twitter and when he tweets something there is an almost immediate reaction; like with this tweet:

How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!

Pope Francis made some news this week and it was not because of what he posted on Twitter. The Pope did an interview with a German newspaper during which as the New York Times reported, “Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases.”

There’s a shortage of Priests in the church and the Pope believes that the church can “combat a deepening shortage of priests by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church.”

The New York Times reports that the shortage is getting worse:

In the United States, there are now about 2,500 Catholics per priest, compared with 851 per priest in 1972, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which is affiliated with Georgetown University.

They also report that it is worse in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In Brazil, there are roughly 8,000 Catholics per priest.

Since religion is a pretty competitive business, look for other major religions to move into these places to “spread the good news.”

I think that churches need to change with the times – if they can reach more people by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church that is great.

Although this idea does not mean that Pope Francis will soon be announcing that women can become priests, who knows what will happen down the road.

The road from love to hate is easy. The one from hate to love is more difficult, but brings peace. – Pope Francis via Twitter

 

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The Wednesday Read: Flynn, Zinke, & Guns

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – The Captain (Cool Hand Luke)

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump & Flynn
  • Zinke’s Confirmation Vote
  • Montana Legislature

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The First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – one will be the next President of the United States of America. Lord help us!

Here are my thoughts about the first presidential debate.

Saturday Night Live may have to expand their show to fit all the skits they could do from this one 90 minute debate.

It was one of the most anticipated presidential debates ever. For the first half, it mostly lived up to expectations. For some, it was probably not nasty enough.

You can vote for who you think won the debate right here at The Western Word. I will keep the poll open until early Wednesday morning.

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