Caught My Eye…

The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think. ― David Icke

Hey – it’s March! 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:

  • MT House & Vaccinations
  • Conceal Carry for MT Legislators
  • G.F. Cell Phone Ordinance
  • U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows
  • One More Thing

MT House & Vaccinations:

I am often down on the Montana Legislature, but every once in a while they do something that earns them a high-five or a fist-bump.

On Thursday, MTN News reported that the Montana House voted down three bills to restrict when and how the state can require children to be vaccinated against childhood diseases.

The good part is that it was bipartisan. MTN News reported that as many as two dozen Republicans joined all 42 House Democrats in opposing the bills, saying they could pose a health threat to children and lead to outbreaks of diseases long under control.

When I was in the military, I was world-wide mobility qualified and that meant that I had to get every shot imaginable. I am still ticking.

Some of the debate from those who are basically anti-vaxxers bordered on bat-shit crazy. One sponsor of the anti-vaxxer bills said that cells of aborted babies are in our vaccines (and here I was worried about corn syrup in my beer).

The three bills dealing with restricting vaccinations were defeated with each getting over 60 votes against them. Unfortunately, there are over 30 members of the Montana Legislature who supported these asinine bills. Shame on them.

Conceal Carry for MT Legislators:

By a vote of 30-20, the Montana State Senate passed a bill (SB 304) that would allow legislators and sergeant-at-arms possession of concealed handguns on state property. It now goes to the House for consideration.

MTN News reported that the bill’s sponsor Sen. Roger Webb (R-Billings) said the lack of security at the Capitol means lawmakers should have the option protecting themselves with a gun.

“It’s not a matter of when, because it’s going to happen. We are the softest target this time of year in the state. People walk in this facility every day with a firearm,” Webb said. 

If “it” does happen we should thank Webb for announcing to the world that the Montana legislature is a soft target.

By the way, if Webb is carrying I hope he does not see any Labradors running around the capitol…or whitetails

Conceal carry could make the debates on the House and Senate floors and in committees a little more cordial. Maybe not. There are some members of the Montana Legislature who should not be allowed to carry a staple gun.

G.F. Cell Phone Ordinance:

Back in January, I wrote about the constitutionality of the City of Great Falls cell phone ordinance being challenged by a Great Falls woman.

The Electric is reporting this week that the constitutional challenge to the city’s cell phone ordinance is dead for now since city prosecutors moved to dismiss the underlying charges in the case.

The Electric also reported:

In mid-February, Neil Anthon, the city’s chief prosecutor, wrote that “by dismissing this matter the City of Great Falls is not conceding the issues raised in Azure’s motion to dismiss. In this matter the City of Great Falls does not believe it can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

I’ve written about this silly cell phone ordinance several times and even sent a letter to the editor to the Great Falls Tribune about it.

I’ve said before, but I think the Great Falls cell phone ordinance was put in place to raise revenue for the big spenders in the city and not for our safety. I think the city should devote more officers to combat drunk driving which would really improve our safety, plus it would help fight the stigma of Montana being a bunch of drunken cowboys riding around in pickup trucks drinking beer.

You can read the full story from The Electric HERE.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows:

USA Today and several other sources reported that after Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) defended himself against allegations of racism during a House committee meeting Wednesday, critics resurfaced two 2012 videos of the North Carolina Republican in which he vowed to send then-President Barack Obama “home to Kenya.”

Apparently, since this happened in 2012, the people of North Carolina’s 11th congressional district like their racist Representative.

Here is my belief – if you say you’ll send Obama “home to Kenya” or post anything like that on social media, you are an effing racist, period.

One More Thing:

The long wait was finally over on Thursday. We finally found out the height of Kyler Murray, former quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners and NFL draft prospect.

The NFL Scouting Combine is being held this weekend and I guess they have professionals there who know how to measure people.

They say Murray is 5’10” and 1/8. He weighed 207 pounds.

Ironically, I am around 5’10” but I like to call it “six foot.” That makes me sound more like a stud.

Besides tons of other workouts that are recorded in the Combine like weight lifting, vertical jump, broad jump, shuttle runs, counting money, etc., they will time athletes running the forty-yard dash. The record is 4.22 seconds.

As for timing me in the forty, they would need to use a calendar…

Read more about the NFL Scouting Combine HERE.