The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. ― George Orwell
Welcome to the big column to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- SOTU & the Plane
- 2020 Census
- Karen Pence Gets a Job
- AFC/NFC Championship Polls
- One More Thing
SOTU & the Plane:
The Trump/Pelosi fight is better than any reality television show – and it’s just beginning.
I must admit I got a kick out of Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling President Donald Trump that he should postpone his State of the Union address until after the government was reopened or deliver it in writing, or he could just give it from the oval office.
The lefties loved it, but those on the right did not.
But then Trump counter-punched by denying a military aircraft for Pelosi and others to use for a foreign trip at the last minute. He sent a letter saying:
Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.
In an additional slam, Trump added that she could fly commercial if she still wanted to go ahead with her trip. That was golden.
The righties loved the move by Trump, but those on the left did not.
Right now it looks as though Trump’s reasons for canceling the plane so Pelosi could stay in DC and negotiate about the shutdown was a better reason than Pelosi wanting to postpone the State of the Union address.
This one-upmanship is fun to watch, but it’s hurting and dividing our country. Trump and Pelosi remind me a lot of Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) in the Dumb and Dumber movie.
I don’t think they realize how dumb they look to most Americans.
It probably won’t be the last time this is in court, but a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census. (AP)
That is the correct decision.
We need to count how many people are using our resources so we can direct money for those resources to the right places. If people won’t complete the Census questionnaire because they are afraid, we won’t get an accurate count.
The Census helps direct millions of dollars to state and local governments across the nation.
In case you did not know, Karen Pence is the spouse of Vice President Mike Pence. I guess that makes her the Second Lady, although that title always sounded weird to me.
This week the White House issued a press release saying, in part:
Today, Karen Pence is back in the classroom, not as the Second Lady of the United States, but as Mrs. Pence to teach art classes for children at an elementary school in Northern Virginia. Mrs. Pence will teach twice a week at Immanuel Christian School until May.
It was not long before several on the left found that the school had “Articles of Employment” in which section eight (of 13) stated this:
I will maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct. Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.
The Family Research Council, which is a Christian public policy ministry in Washington D.C. that lobbies for religious liberty and for the unborn & families, sent an email to their followers that in part said:
This week Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen was attacked by vocal LGBT activists and by some in the media. The reason? For teaching at a Christian school that still teaches the Bible as the authoritative word of God!
While I don’t agree with all the beliefs put forth by Immanuel Christian School, we knew which way Mike and Karen Pence leaned when he was running for office. There are many people who believe the same way they do, but I believe that circle is (thankfully) getting smaller.
The outrage from the left about Karen Pence was a little over the top about her part-time employment and could better be used in working to defeat Trump/Pence in 2020.
AFC/NFC Championship Polls:
In our two polls, the Chiefs were favored to beat the Patriots 57%-43% and the Saints were favored to beat the Rams 56%-44%.
One More Thing:
My wife gave me a “Get Better Soon” card. I’m not sick; she just thinks I could be better.