Only fools let compliments get to their head and criticism get to their heart. – Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- The Judge & the Dog
- West Virginia GOP
- Trump at CPAC
The Judge & the Dog:
Friday afternoon news broke in Great Falls (MT) that Cascade County District Judge John Parker was missing.
That news brought out a significant response from local authorities, which was the correct thing to do considering Parker’s position as a judge.
It seems everyone was looking for the Judge Friday afternoon – even personnel from Malmstrom AFB were looking for him via helicopter.
I even looked out my window a few times. No luck.
It was later reported that Parker might have been looking for his dog and was caught in inclement weather. It was very cold in Great Falls at that time. Parker was found alive after about three hours and was taken to Benefis Health System.
Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Parker was alert and in stable condition. Slaughter also added that Parker “is a very important part of our community and were very blessed beyond belief that he’s okay.”
It makes one wonder if the missing person was Joe Six-Pack what the response would have been.
We’ve heard nothing much more about the incident, except that the dog is still missing. There’s a Cascade County District Court judge or two who would have called a press conference to get a little more publicity.
As for the dog, there’s been a lot of publicity about the judge’s dog which is described as a black and white boxer lab mix. There may be more photos of the dog than the Judge on local media.
The Great Falls Tribune newspaper placed the dog’s photo on the front page of the Sunday paper (below the fold). It was a larger photo than that of Judge Parker. The Great Falls Police Department placed a photo of the dog on their Facebook page. Local television station KFBB also posted a photo of the dog on their website. I am sure there were other photos of the dog floating around social media.
So if your dog goes missing, I’m sure the Tribune and other local media, as well as the Great Falls Police Department, will find time to place its photo on their websites and on their social media accounts.
West Virginia GOP:
A poster linking Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to 9/11 has lead to fight in West Virginia statehouse.
According to The Independent:
The poster, which was on display at a GOP event in the West Virginia statehouse, depicts the Twin Towers on fire on 11 September with the words “’Never forget’ – you said” written above the building.
Under the image is a picture of Ms Omar with the words “I am the proof you have forgotten.”
According to her bio on Wikipedia, on November 6, 2018, Omar became the first naturalized citizen from Africa and first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and the first minority woman to serve as a U.S. representative from Minnesota.
There are a lot of backward people in the United States that as soon as they see the word “Muslim” next to a person’s name, the hate comes out. Oftentimes you can tell who these backward people when they misspell “Muslim.”
While I do not agree with all of Congresswoman Omar’s comments and views on the issues, she does not deserve the hate that came from the West Virginia GOP event. It reminds me of the hate that came out during a GOP convention in Missoula a few years ago where an outhouse called the Obama Presidential Library was displayed. It had bullet holes in it.
I thought we were better than this.
Trump at CPAC:
On Saturday, President Donald Trump gave remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. His speech was over two hours in length. This was reportedly the longest speech of his presidency.
You can watch it HERE.
Reuters reported that during his speech, Trump attacked U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his report on alleged Russia collusion by the Trump campaign in 2016 and said his political opponents were “trying to take me out with bullshit.”
Hearing the President of the United States say the word “bullshit” in a public speech is a new low.
Full disclosure – I have used the word “bullshit” a few times in this column, so maybe I am to blame. I like the word “dipshit,” too.
The Associated Press (AP) did a “Fact Check” of the President’s speech. The AP reported:
President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn’t seem to mind at all.
He got the unemployment rate wrong. He misstated his winning margin in the election. He reprised some of his most frequently told fictions and dusted off old ones, even going back to the size of his inauguration crowd.
You can read the full Fact Check article from the AP by clicking HERE.
Beam me up…