Montana VA: Flying a Flag

Aaron Flint over at Montana’s leading conservative blog “The Flint Report” posted a column last week titled, “Vets Outraged as VA Flies LGBT Flag at Fort Harrison.” The column was about a LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) pride flag being flown at the Fort Harrison Veterans Regional Office and Medical Center near Helena, Montana.

You can read Flint’s column HERE.

Flint was able to interview the VA Montana Health Care System director Johnny Ginnity who told him a “diversity committee installed the new flagpole” where the flag was being flown. He also said it was a mandate. As far as I can tell from the interview, the LGBT flag was not flown in place of the American flag, Montana flag, or the POW/MIA flag.

I don’t think any animals were harmed in constructing the flagpole, either.

Flint also wrote that Ginnity said the flagpole may also be used to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander month, black history month, breast cancer awareness, etc. By the way, Ginnity said that June was LGBT Pride Month.

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

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

Are you excited or what?

Today I provide commentary about a blogger’s feud between The Flint Report and Intelligent Discontent, State Rep. Mike Miller & No Wrongdoing, State Sen. Taylor Brown & running for governor, the President’s Job Approval Rating, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – come on in and sit around the fire and warm up!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke’s plans, DSCC chair Jon Tester, 69 days, John Thune, Rob O’Neill, Judy Martz, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

There are only 11 days until Election Day 2014 – the Crazy Train has left the station!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke’s records, Montana Family Foundation, Montana Supreme Court mailers, Congressman, not commando, a distillery tour, prom photos, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

With just 21 days left until Election Day 2014, there are some stories out there that made me chuckle a few times, and others that caught my attention. I’ve got links to all of them, plus some commentary in this column I like to call “Political Potpourri.”

Today I write about Captain Obvious, plagiarism and the senate race, plagiarism and the plaque, Curtis and YouTube, Lewis and guns, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” – the 214th edition of the non award-winning Friday column.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or both.

Today I write about fundraising on 9/11, Montana’s awful political coverage, dumb voters, the weather report, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Schweitzer: Five Minutes on FBN

The Fox Business Network (FBN) went after former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer this week. Yes, the Fox Business Network.

The title of their five-minute piece about Schweitzer was “Liberal Non-Profit Skirts IRS Rule” and David Asman reported that Schweitzer’s non-profit was “skirting IRS rules on political activity.” You can watch it HERE. Asman seems really excited about his report. The words “IRS Scandal” can be seen throughout the segment.

The former governor should probably feel a little slighted that he was only mentioned on FBN because their ratings are not that good. I don’t watch FBN, so I found out about the story when “Voices of Montana” host Aaron Flint wrote about it on his award-winning blog, “The Flint Report.” You can read his take on the story HERE.

The Montana Republican Party pounced on it (that’s their job) with Tweets like, “Brian Schweitzer caught in dark money expose!” There’s a post on the blog, “The Lowdown,” which is run by Great Falls Tribune reporter John Adams. You can read his story HERE.

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