Quote of the day…
In 2020 we thought we’d have flying cars…but no, here we are teaching people how to wash their hands. – Dejon Simmons @dejonsim
Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the Friday the 13th edition!
CME is coming to you, STILL coronavirus free, from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana. The bunker also serves as the worldwide headquarters for The Western Word blog!
I’ve got a new photo from the “bunker” to share with you today!
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:
- Real Invitation
- Coronavirus Stuff
- Montana Highway Patrol
- Bunker Photo
- One More Thing
In Friday’s mail, I received my invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. As noted earlier, we can participate via the internet – how cool and easy is that?
It’s very important that you complete the 2020 Census so our state, county, and our city receive our part of the billions of dollars in federal funds that are based on the number of people in our communities.
It’s also required by law!
It will also save money if you complete the 2020 Census count quickly because they won’t have to contact you again or send Census workers to your home.
I worked as a Partnership Specialist for about 18 months during the 2010 Census and enjoyed it immensely, especially the great pay (don’t tell the folks at E-City Beat) and for being able to work from home and travel all over the state.
Here are a couple of photos of what the 2020 Census invite looks like:
Don’t forget to participate!
Wow – I guess it’s time to catch up on some movies or read a few good books since March Madness is canceled, the NBA season is suspended, Major League Baseball has suspended spring training and delayed the start of the season.
NASCAR announced that upcoming races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will be held without fans – which is really no change at all…
The President has not calmed the fears of the country. He has put out false or misleading information. The Associated Press (AP) had this to say after his terrible speech:
The escalating coronavirus crisis is presenting President Donald Trump with a challenge for which he appears ill-equipped, his favorite political tactics ineffective, and his reelection chances in jeopardy.
Trump told supporters at a recent rally, “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it” and a little later said, “This is their new hoax.”
Then we have the deniers.
Robert J. O’Neill, also known on social media as “mchoohyah” and who also contends he was the one who killed Osama bin Laden, posted a photo on Instagram with the following caption:
This is me giving a speech last night in Philly. Nobody died. We all hugged too. This plague is fucking fake.
Way to lead, Mchooyah, way to lead.
MONTANA HIGHWAY PATROL:
I thought it was a little funny when I read that the Montana Highway Patrol is changing the way they recruit.
MTN News reported that with the new process, someone who lives in Great Falls would have the option to be stationed in Great Falls.
I suggest they tell the recruits that if they sign up they will get birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas off…
In the immortal words of late great Charlton Heston, who I met several years ago in Great Falls, “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.”
The Western Word bunker is stocked with all the essentials!
ONE MORE THING:
You knew it would happen – somebody turned the 1979 song from The Knack called “My Sharona” into “My Corona.” Here’s the video:
Stay safe and thirsty, my friends…
This letter of resignation from the SCOTUS Bar is magnificent. It closes like this:
“It is clear to me that your Court is willfully hurtling back to the cruel days of Lochner and even Plessy. The only constitutional freedoms ultimately recognized may soon be limited to those useful to wealthy, Republican, White, straight, Christian, and armed males— and the corporations they control. This is wrong. Period. This is not America.
I predict that your legacy will ultimately be as diminished as that of Chief Justice Melville Fuller, who presided over both Plessy and Lochner. It still could become that of his revered fellow Justice John Harlan the elder, an honest conservative, but I doubt that it will. Feel free to prove me wrong.
The Supreme Court of the United States is respected when it wields authority and not mere power. As has often been said, you are infallible because you are final, but not the other way around.
I no longer have respect for you or your majority, and I have little hope for change. I can’t vote you out of office because you have life tenure, but I can withdraw whatever insignificant support my Bar membership might seem to provide.”