Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. – Henny Youngman

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • SoS Corey Stapleton
  • Face the State
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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Published in: on February 12, 2018 at 8:59 am  Comments Off on Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry  
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Terrific News Tuesday

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

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:

  • Last Day/Vote
  • On the Road
  • Unlikely Friendship
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Free Newspaper Access

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Published in: on November 8, 2016 at 6:06 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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TWW Afternoon Extra: I Voted – So Take That!

I turned in my ballot this morning at the county elections office. There were other Patriots doing the same thing.

God Bless America!

Before I continue I want to point out that I took my own ballot to the county elections office. I did not give it to a random person who happened to knock on my door and asked to deliver it for me.

Voting makes me feel good. Damn good. I am voting on behalf of my fellow veterans who gave their lives for the freedoms we have – freedoms like voting for the candidate of my choice!

Voting makes me feel powerful – unstoppable!

When I vote I get to stick it to the man (or woman), once again. It’s like I wave my fist at the establishment and say “up yours.” My vote counts just as much as your vote does.

By voting in this election….

  • I “stuck” it to the guy who wanted me fired years ago – I voted for his opponent. By the way, he did not get me fired, either.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who failed to do his job – I voted against him.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who has staffers who are pricks.
  • I voted “No” on all the unopposed Montana judges, except one.
  • I also found it hard to vote for candidates who did not send me a free bumper sticker!

So yes, I feel pretty freaking good right now. Refreshed. Renewed.

I’ve followed and been involved in politics for most of my life. The following is a selection from my 2013 book, “Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” that you can buy HERE:

My first venture into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine-year-old, I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came home to Missouri on some weekends.

One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three by five-inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path wrecking us and totaling both vehicles. We were trapped in our vehicle for a few minutes until someone pried the doors open. The woman said her dog blocked her view and that she pulled out in front of us causing the wreck. I thought maybe the Nixon sign was a curse on my family. My dad voted for Humphrey later that year. Humphrey ended up losing to Nixon.

Not everyone enjoys politics as much as I do, but you can still vote and maybe you can stick it to the man (or woman).

Just do it.

If your candidate loses, suck it up. Move on. Don’t be a sore loser, but in all honesty, I really don’t care. Cry. Complain. Say it was rigged. File a lawsuit.

If your candidate wins, remember to be a gracious winner – or don’t. They can’t beat you for a few years, so get in their face and brag. Sip that champagne because next time your candidate may get their ass kicked!

The next campaign season starts November 9.

Merica!

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Published in: on November 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm  Comments Off on TWW Afternoon Extra: I Voted – So Take That!  
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The Sunday Message

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

This campaign season will come to an end Tuesday night when we will find out who our nation elected to be our next President of the United States of America. I always get so excited around Election Day – it’s like watching the Super Bowl or a game seven to me!

No matter who wins we need to pray for that person every day. We also need to pray that we will have a peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C.

Please pray for all the elected officials in your state. It seems to me that in the last decade or so politics in the United States has gotten nastier and more personal. I always have a sad feeling for the children of elected officials or candidates when their parent is being attacked through commercials on television. I’ve worked in the political arena and now just write about it. It’s not fun to tell your children that if they see daddy or mommy’s name on TV, not to worry about it, and that “Daddy/mommy is not bad and he/she still loves you!”

We also need to express our thanks to all the people who decided to run for public office. That’s what makes our country so great. It’s a big step to put your name out there and to take a stand.

Please make sure you vote this Tuesday. If you need voting or registration information and live in Montana, click HERE. If you live in another state, click HERE.

Remember this – God is in control.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)

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Published in: on November 6, 2016 at 1:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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Terrific News Tuesday

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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:

  • Selfless Gift
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • World Series
  • NBA
  • Two Weeks

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Published in: on October 25, 2016 at 6:32 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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The Sunday Message

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have always thought that if Christians would band together, they could become unstoppable in electing their candidates – if they wanted.

The group called Family Research Council (FRC) sent an email to followers the other day and said that there were 39 million voting-eligible Christians who did not vote in 2012.

FRC is doing a bus tour to try and get more Christians to vote. That’s a good thing.

I don’t always agree with some of the statements coming from FRC. Their mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. I do believe that Christians should vote.

The problem with Christians voting is that there are many different views within Christianity, and most Christians believe their views are correct.

We need to pray for our leaders (even if we did not vote for them). We need to take part in the political process, and the first way to do this is to vote. Click HERE to register.

Another great way to take part in the political process is to volunteer on a candidate’s campaign. Check out the views of a candidate and find one you mostly agree with – then contact them to volunteer.

Voting is a civic sacrament. – Theodore Hesburgh

 

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Published in: on September 25, 2016 at 2:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Terrific News Tuesday

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

Hey faithful readers – 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:

  • Final Super Tuesday
  • Project Graduation
  • Summer Arrives
  • CBS’ On The Road
  • Muhammad Ali

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Published in: on June 7, 2016 at 6:10 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Terrific News Tuesday

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday!

In case this is your first time reading Terrific News Tuesday (TNT), this column is all about good news – there’s no complaining or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Ronan Daycare Owner
  • Simon Nelson & Joplin MT
  • Great Falls Rescue Mission
  • Satellite Election Offices
  • Billings Gazette’s New Website Design
  • Feast for the Homeless
  • Hockey Player Mark Sertich

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Published in: on October 20, 2015 at 6:00 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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The Sunday Message

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election. -Bill Vaughan

If I were a pastor or reverend or some sort of leader in a church, this Sunday I would talk about voting because Tuesday is Election Day 2014.

I would talk about countries where people don’t get to vote. I would ensure my congregation knew how fortunate they are to live in freedom.

Of course, I would not tell people which candidate to vote for, but I would urge them to pray about the candidates and/or issues and vote for the candidate or issue that is best for them.

I would also ensure that my congregation understands that Christians can be Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, etc., because one political party does not have the only direct line to God.

I remember back in the mid 1990s when the group called the Christian Coalition was probably the strongest. I agreed with a lot they were doing and they were a force to deal with for a few years. They have not been a force in politics for several years (that I have noticed).

It seems over the years religious people can’t seem to come together to become a force in politics. Just imagine if Catholics, Baptists, Evangelicals, Mormons, etc., joined together to elect people.

I know it won’t ever happen because in politics just like in church, we can’t agree on much.

Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders.Deuteronomy 1:13 (NRSV)

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Published in: on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 am  Comments Off on The Sunday Message  
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Campaign 2014: Third Political Party Needed

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. – Herbert Hoover

Gallup released a new poll this morning about the need for a third political party.

According to Gallup, “A majority of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties ‘do such a poor job’ representing the American people.”

Gallup also reported, “Americans’ current desire for a third party is consistent with their generally negative views of both the Republican and Democratic parties, with only about four in 10 viewing each positively. Americans’ views toward the two major parties have been tepid for much of the last decade.”

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Published in: on September 24, 2014 at 7:11 am  Comments Off on Campaign 2014: Third Political Party Needed  
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