I don’t understand people who say, “I don’t know how to thank you,” like they never heard of money. – Unknown
Welcome to “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
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!
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:
- 2020 Census Self Response
- It’s Thicker
- USS Theodore Roosevelt
- One More Thing
2020 CENSUS SELF RESPONSE:
There are reports that Montana is lagging in their response rate to the 2020 Census. These reports are true.
As of this morning (Friday), Montana has a 33.1% response rate. The national average is 41.3%. See the map HERE.
During the 2010 Census, I was employed by the Census Bureau as a partnership specialist, so I know how frustrating it is when people don’t complete the process to help their state. There’s a lot of time and money spent to try and get people counted.
Officials can spin it any way they want, but there are many Montanans who are ignorant and don’t want the “gubment” in their business. By not completing the 2020 Census, these people think they are sticking it to the man.
They are breaking the law by not participating. The fact is these rednecks are sticking it to their state – to their neighbors. Millions of dollars are based on the census count. Those dollars are going somewhere, so they might as well come to Montana.
Most people are counted even if they don’t want to be. The “gubment” workers for the Census Bureau may show up at your house to count you. Better yet, they may even ask your neighbors about you. As you can imagine, your neighbors know all about you.
You can complete the 2020 Census online HERE.
Godzilla could be marching up the Missouri River eating towns and people along the way and politicians would still be trying to raise money for their campaigns.
Maybe it was just me, but as we approached the end of March there seemed to be more fundraising ads and emails than ever.
With the coronavirus pandemic hitting the country, politicians can’t get out and shake hands and kiss babies, so they must use social media to the fullest.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who is in a tough reelection fight, even used a recent poll that showed him and Democrat Steve Bullock tied to raise money:
A new poll has our Montana U.S. Senate contest all tied up. Friend, that’s exactly what the national Democrat elites hoped for when they got their hand-picked candidate in the race.
The results show Senator Steve Daines tied with Democrat Steve Bullock at 47-47 – with only 6 percent of respondents still undecided.
The outcome of the November election may be based more on who has the money to get their message out via television, radio, mail, and social media more than ever before.
During the coronavirus task force briefing on Thursday, there was a discussion about wearing facemasks to combat the spread of the virus.
President Trump chimed in with his not-so expert advice about what to do if you don’t have a mask. CNN reports that Trump told the press corps (and America):
In many cases the scarf is better; it’s thicker. I mean you can — depending on the material, it’s thicker.
I wonder how many people Trump has killed giving out medical advice.
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT:
NBC News is reporting that the Navy announced it has relieved the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Capt. Brett Crozier, who commands the Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of nearly 5,000, was relieved of his command Thursday, but he will keep his rank and remain in the Navy.
NBC News reports that acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was removed from his post because he sent the letter over “non-secure unclassified email” to a “broad array of people” rather than up the chain of command.
Many people who never served in the military don’t understand the importance of the chain of command. I served in the military for about 12 years and I love the chain of command. It is very simple. In most cases, it is as simple as talking to or alerting your immediate supervisor about the problem and giving him/her a chance to handle it. Sending a “blast” memo to many people is not the way to properly handle problems.
Some say that Crozier put his sailors above himself and his career and that is fine. He will probably sleep better at night knowing this. He may have saved lives. The bottom line is if everyone in the military went outside the chain of command, the military would not be as effective as it is.
ONE MORE THING:
Several states are going to have “all-mail ballot elections” which I think is great. The easier we make it for people to vote, the better our country will be.
For those from Iowa, the “all-mail” ballot election does not mean that only men can vote…
Have a great weekend!