This Week’s Incredibly Stupid Statement (TWISS)

Yay! A new feature here at GreaterFalls: This Week’s Incredibly Stupid Statement, which we will properly acronymize as TWISS! Here we go…

Aren’t Democrats (or liberals, or progressives) supposed to be known for their tolerance, inclusion, and compassion? Here’s a screenshot of a couple of tweets (brief messages posted on Twitter) that were posted after the election by a semi-well known Montanan:

BHO almost won in Montana. Palin rednecks in the backwoods of Montana gave McCain the state.

Geez. “Palin rednecks in the backwoods of Montana.” I fuzzed out the tweet in the middle, as it nearly reveals the person’s identity, and the whole point of this exercise is for you to guess who this person is. Here’s some clues: although he doesn’t live in Great Falls, he has lived & worked here in the past, and he was doing some “temp” work here in Great Falls on election day when he typed the statement. Any guesses?

UPDATE: I briefly changed the title of this to “…Silly Statement,” but after much reflection, I’m sticking with the original.

Kitty Zen

Whew. Been a long, hard slog through Election 2008. Campaign ads, cheering, accusations, rhetoric, believing, tension, promises, scandals, excitement, and so much more. Now that the election is over, however, it’s time we all took a break. A few moments of relaxation. Time out. Pause. Relax.

And here is some Kitty Zen to help:


All together now: AWWWWWWWW! Just look at that tiny face, and that adorable little nose.

This little fella (or gal?) is staying at Best Friends Animal Hospital, where I stopped by to visit my bestest little friend in the world (the son I never had), a certain little pup who is half-poodle, half-Yorkie, and 100% tuff. The official name for such breeds is “Yorkie-poo,” but I think they should be called “Porkies” (PO-odle + yoRKIE, get it?). Doctor Norton and his crew, as always, are taking great care of him.

On the way out, I spotted this little 3-week old kitten (and his sister – or her brother?) playing in their cage, chewing on a leash, batting a clipboard that was hanging on the bars, and generally just looking wide-eyed at the world. And yes, this kitten is looking for a home.

You’re welcome.

Election 2008 Wrap

So in the end, Montana didn’t go “blue” – but it was much closer than anyone would have thought just several months ago. Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama, and gratitude (and sympathy) to Senator McCain and Governor Palin. I’m still amazed that McCain got the nod in the primaries. If it had been Romney/Palin…but I digress.

There’s a good wrap of the local races over at KRTV, and here’s a look at what some other Great Falls bloggers have to say:
GF Girl: It’s over. Thank goodness. Could the results have been better? Oh yeah.
Gee Guy: Sure, I disagree with him on most everything…but it’s hard not to take pride in the peaceful transition of power even so.
The Other Dave: Reagan made us feel good about ourselves. Obama, on the other hand, wants us to feel good about him
Ataricat: I’m definitely pleased with the results.

And Chuck pointed me to a neat YouTube page featuring “Video Your Vote” interviews at Montana ExpoPark yesterday. Very cool.

As for me? Sort of like Gee Guy – I disagree with most of what Obama has said, but I’m trying to be optimistic that President Obama will rise to the challenge and be a great President. Trying to believe that the cold, hard facts of reality will force him to re-evaluate some of his proposed policies and not hand the Pelosi/Reid crowd a blank check (literally & figuratively).

I want him to be a great President. I want to believe. It’s hard to gin up my usual cheerful attitude when pondering an Obama administration, but until he is sworn in as our next President, I’ve got to give him the benefit of the doubt. Campaign speeches and election rhetoric are one thing, but what he does when he takes the Oath of Office is what will define him – and America.

Election Thoughts

– Contrary to what every pundit and analyst and campaign supporter has told us, this is NOT the most important election in American history. Every election is the most important – or to be precise, the next election is always the “most important.” The only one that matters – the only one that is important – is the one that is next on the calendar.

– Biden is from Delaware – the first state. McCain is from Arizona (mostly), Obama from Hawaii (sort of), and Palin from Alaska – the last three states admitted to the Union.

– Every analyst and pundit keeps telling us that Missouri/Virginia/Iowa/Pennsylvania/etc has voted for the winning candidate in every election except 1956/1992/1964/etc, and that no candidate can win without the support of Smith/Clark/Fairfield/Springfield county. ENOUGH. Just stop it. Every election is full of surprises, and every precinct, county, and state is bound to pick a winner most of the time. Don’t base your predictions on one-off election instances.

– The contrarian in me can’t wait to see how McCain supporters will react to an Obama win, or the Obama supporters to a McCain win. Which side will take the loss hardest? Will heads explode?

– Any election thoughts to share from you? How was your voting experience (if you voted at ExpoPark today)? GF Girl voted and tells us how it went.

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