Politics, defined: It’s the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly and applying unsuitable remedies.


Infragard, a nonprofit organization that serves as a public-private partnership with the FBI and business, is coming to Sheridan. There are more than 80 chapters nationally. It was founded in the mid-1990s in Cleveland.

It’ll be held May 20. Forward Sheridan and Jay Stender are doing the heavy lifting in bringing this conference to the city. Stender says some 65 to 70 people from Montana and Wyoming will attend. Conferees will primarily be chief information officers and executives from hospitals, utility companies, banks, energy exploration companies and other business that have common issues related to hostile acts against the U.S. and its infrastructure.


Dept. of incidental info…

• According to CNET.com, the two most popular computer passwords for the fourth-straight year: “1234546” and “password.” Another favorite: “letmein.”

• U.S. Special Operation Forces (SOF) were deployed in 133 countries in 2014, or about 70 percent of the nations on the planet, according to a story in TheNation.com. While activities from Yemen or the ongoing strife and terrorism in the Middle East get most of the headlines and network news time, Navy SEALs, Delta Force commandos and other U.S. military specialists work “quietly” to secure national interests globally.


I see by the paper…..

Sarah Palin’s speech before Iowa Republicans recently was widely panned as “rambling and incoherent” and “bizarre.” Those were some of the kinder assessments.

The National Review, founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley, remains a touchstone of GOP conservatism. It’s a favorite of mine.

It opined that she had become the Amy Winehouse of the Republican Party and she was nothing more than a “one woman variety show for a band of traveling fans.” More Trumpish, than Reaganesque.

Yet the ghost of Buckley (he died in 2008) lives on; someone at the NR is keeping his wordsmith skills alive. Palin, the editors wrote, “had collapsed into self parody” and “ignominious pasquinade.” (Had to look that one up, given my public school education in east Texas: “pasquinade.” In other words, she made a fool of herself.)


A local cancer survivors group has been formed. (I’m almost 12 years a survivor with heavy-duty chemo and a stem cell transplant for mantle cell lymphoma, a rare blood cancer.)

“A Shared Journey” meets Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Senior Center. All survivors of cancer, those undergoing treatment or those providing caregiving to family members and friends are welcome to attend. The meetings are lively and last an hour. Discussions range from comparative medicines to the sharing of relevant care and information. And there’s much humor. (No one’s doing standup comedy, but you’ve got to have a sense of humor to get through it.)

If you’d like to know more: Renea Parker, Welch Cancer Center, 674-6022.