Monday’s Quick Hits

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • U.S. Attorneys
  • The Final Three
  • Montana VA Problems
  • Kasich on Meet the Press

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The Wednesday Read: The President’s Joint Address to Congress

I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead. – President Donald J. Trump (02/28/17)

I was somewhat hoping that we would see and hear a speech from vintage Donald Trump last night with him hurling insults at everyone during a slash and burn speech.

Color me surprised. It was far from that. It was even Presidential.

Trump acted Presidential last night for about an hour and throughout his 5,006-word speech. (Source) Some are saying this was the best speech of Donald Trump’s life.

I don’t know about that, but I would give it a 7/10.

Glenn Thrush of the NY Times tweeted, “For any other president this would be a boring, laundry list speech. For Trump – amazing, responsible, detailed, uniting, presidential!”

Trump actually stayed on message like a robot reciting a message from a higher command (Steve Bannon?) and that was good for him, but not as entertaining as it could have been.

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Caught My Eye…

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

I’ve missed posting columns for a couple days due to a personal issue, but I am back and ready to give my independent commentary on the issues that “Caught My Eye” this week!

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 I am providing commentary on today include Ryan Zinke & Interior, Flaw in the Law, Aaron Flint, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. – Alexander the Great

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 Great Falls city commission, unemployment, Berkeley Pit, Jeff Choate & the MSU Bobcats, Klay Thompson, healthcare, Montana road projects, College Football Playoffs, Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. – Stephen Covey

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 I am providing commentary on today include the University of Montana, Denise Juneau & UM, Sarah Palin & VA, Jon Tester & VA, TWW Christmas party, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. – Alexis Carrel

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

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:

  • #GivingTuesday
  • Lolita Zinke
  • Miracle Baby
  • Powerball Jackpot

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Caught My Eye…

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 I am providing commentary on this week include Tschida vs. Motl, Bozeman Daily Chronicle & pay raises, Veterans Affairs & Whistleblowers & Tester, Montana’s suicide prevention program, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!

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