I used to wonder what it’d be like to read other people’s minds. Then I got a Facebook account, and now I’m over it. – Unknown
Welcome to Caught My Eye (CME)!
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:
- Congressional District Census
- MT Public Service Commission
- One More Thing
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS:
I received an official-looking legal-sized letter Thursday with no return address. It had the following instructions printed on the outside of the envelope:
DO NOT DESTROY
After opening the document, the first thing I saw was:
2020 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS
In smaller letters, I saw this information:
Commissioned by the Republican Party
Why is the Republican Party using the word “Census” in any mailings? The 2020 Census count is coming up in April and mailings like this one will confuse some residents.
As a former member of the 2010 Census team (Partnership Specialist), I can tell you that things like this only serve to harm our country from getting accurate counts.
Of course, they ask for donations at the end, which the real Census will never do.
Here are some photos of the mailings (Click to enlarge):
I hope by publicizing this that people are aware that this mailing has nothing to do with the actual 2020 Census.
MONTANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION:
MTN News is reporting that there is an investigation going on in the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC):
Montana Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman got an unwelcome surprise last month: Three-dozen of his emails from his state office account had been posted on a news website, after they’d been acquired without his knowledge or permission. Now, PSC officials are investigating how someone within the office obtained and disseminated those emails, several of which included highly personal information.
My first thought was why is Koopman using his official taxpayer-funded email account for “highly personal information.” Roger, Roger, Roger…
Overall, I think this whole thing is funny. The PSC often provides us with a clown show when the regular Montana legislature is out of session. With all the commissioners being Republicans, it’s like a family squabble each week. Many of them don’t even understand the mission of the PSC which really hurts Montanans.
I can see them staring at each other and the staff wondering who the traitor might be.
RUSH LIMBAUGH/PETE BUTTIGIEG:
Fresh off receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I figured that Rush Limbaugh would do or say something to try and help President Donald Trump during this election season.
The Associated Press (AP) reported:
“They’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look?‘” Limbaugh said Wednesday, imagining Democrats’ thinking. “Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.’”
Limbaugh basically said what many conservatives are thinking. This is playing to Trump’s base of support – kind of rallying the troops.
I personally like Pete Buttigieg because I am open-minded. I like Buttigieg because he is a veteran. He is very intelligent having graduated from Harvard (magna cum laude) and Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar). He speaks several languages. He’s young enough to handle the stress of the job.
Limbaugh is getting flak from several sides for his remarks, but what he is saying is somewhat true. I’m not sure that the United States is ready for an openly gay President at this time. We should be, but we’re not.
We do need more veterans serving in the U.S. House and Senate. We need a veteran in the White House.
CNN reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for the first time on the campaign trail Thursday for the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policing tactic, which he repeatedly defended while serving as mayor of New York. The apology followed audio from 2015 surfacing earlier this week where Bloomberg is heard describing the policy as a way to reduce violence by throwing minority kids “up against the walls and frisk them.”
There are reports that Stop/Frisk lowered crime and other reports that said it did not.
If Bloomberg felt it was so good back then, he should stick with his beliefs and stop pandering.
One other thing about Bloomberg and Trump…
Bloomberg, who is 78 years old and Trump, who is 73, are going after each other on social media. Both are too freaking old to be President. Their back and forth on social media reminds me of two old men in a nursing home fighting over the last pudding cup.
ONE MORE THING:
There was a sighting of “Bigfoot” in Ohio recently! How cool is that? The video is pretty cool. Check out the story HERE.
Maybe you remember back when I told readers that one time I was seated between Elvis and Bigfoot on a UFO…
Have a great weekend!
Happy Valentine’s Day!