Always remember that someone else is happy with much less than you have. – Unknown
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:
- The Border Deal
- Loser Teachers
- Covington Catholic High School
- Sheriff of Social Media
- One More Thing
The Border Deal:
First, the U.S. Senate passed the border security bill by a vote of 83-16. Montana’s U.S. Senators, Jon Tester (D), and Steve Daines (R) voted for the bill. Then the U.S. House passed the bill 300-128. Montana’s lone U.S. House member, Greg Gianforte (R), voted for the bill.
It was announced Thursday afternoon that President Trump will sign the bill, but that he will declare a national emergency to get funds for a wall on the southern border.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters:
President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.
This jockeying should be fun to watch. It will be a good lesson in the powers and limits of the three branches of government – and I believe all three branches will take part.
The Washington Post and several other news organizations reported that President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., made a speech at his father’s pro-border wall rally in El Paso on Monday night, and he took a shot at America’s “loser teachers,” whom he blamed for turning young people into socialists “from birth.”
Junior had this to say:
You know what I love? I love seeing some young conservatives because I know it’s not easy. Keep up that fight. Bring it to your schools. You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers that are trying to sell you on socialism from birth. You don’t have to do it. Because you can think for yourselves. They can’t.
If I was giving an award for the prick of the week, Donald Trump, Jr., would get it.
Junior knows little about public school teachers. He was coddled at a private all-boys school.
This is really not a great time in his daddy’s term to be going after teachers or making any group angry. There are many teachers who are conservatives. I don’t know any teachers who are socialists. None are losers.
Nonetheless, Junior should not have picked this fight.
Covington Catholic High School:
Reuters and several other news organizations reported this week that a probe into a videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. involving Covington Catholic High School students and Native American activists in January has found no evidence that the teenagers provoked a confrontation.
Here’s the key part of the story that those on the right seemed to have overlooked:
A private investigation firm retained by Covington Diocese in Park Hills, Kentucky studied the incident, which sparked outrage on social media. Its report was made public by the diocese on Wednesday.
So the Covington Diocese paid someone to investigate their students. Nice.
Excuse me, but any time I hear “Diocese” and “investigation” in the same sentence, my bullshit meter tops out…
Ironically, the investigation found that they were being good boys.
Sheriff of Social Media:
Since I am the self-appointed Sheriff of Social Media, and we still have ignorant people posting stuff that they did not check, here is one of their latest posts:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was fired from a Hot Dog on a Stick job in 2008 for incompetence. And the Democrats elected her to Congress.
Snopes.com rated this post as false.
They added this baseless meme is just the latest attack on the congresswoman. We’ve previously debunked rumors holding that Ocasio-Cortez had a credit score of 430 and a history of evictions, and that her Green New Deal legislation included a provision requiring that men recycle their urine.
You can read the full report from Snopes by clicking HERE.
One More Thing:
My father always used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right. ― Desmond Tutu