Life’s biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ― Benjamin Franklin
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:
- The Trump Waiver
- Law Enforcement Reforms
- Trump & CNN
- Cops/Live PD
- One More Thing
THE TRUMP WAIVER:
If you are heading to a Trump MAGA rally, several sources are reporting that attendees must promise that they will not sue the 45th president’s reelection campaign–or any of the event hosts or organizers–if they show up and then contract the novel coronavirus widely known as COVID-19.
Here is the disclaimer:
By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.
The Huff Post put it in simpler terms:
You may contract COVID-19 at the rally, but it’s not Trump’s fault.
The venue in Tulsa where Trump is holding his first event will reportedly hold 19,000. I’m sure they can squeeze in an additional 10,000 to make it nice and tight if you know what I mean…
LAW ENFORCEMENT REFORMS:
Reuters is reporting that most Americans, including a majority of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party, support sweeping law enforcement reforms such as a ban on chokeholds and racial profiling after the latest death of an African American while in police custody, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Thursday.
The poll also found:
- 82% of Americans want to ban police from using chokehold
- 83% want to ban racial profiling
- 92% want federal police to be required to wear body cameras.
- 89% of Americans want to require police to give the people they stop their name, badge number, and reason for the stop.
- 91% support allowing independent investigations of police departments that show patterns of misconduct.
Changes are coming and that is a good thing.
Check out the article HERE.
TRUMP & CNN:
The New York Times reported this week that in an unusual cease-and-desist letter, the Trump campaign called on CNN to retract and apologize for a national poll this week that showed the president trailing his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, by 14 percentage points among registered voters.
What an effing joke.
I stepped on the scales the other day and did not like what it showed. I would like my scales to “retract and apologize” for what they showed.
There’s about as good a chance of that as there is of CNN retracting and apologizing for their poll results.
Yesterday I wrote that Paramount Network has pulled the plug on the television show “Cops” for good. The show’s 33rd season had been scheduled to premiere on Monday, but no episode has aired on Paramount Network since at least June 1 as protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continued across the country. (Hollywood Reporter)
Then I read that A&E has canceled the police reality series “Live PD” as the debate over the role of police in the US intensifies. (CNN)
Then I read that HBO Max has pulled “Gone with the Wind” from its library of films. (CNN)
One thing we do in this country is overreact or react the wrong way to events. That is what we seem to be doing with these two shows and the movie.
I doubt “Cops” and “Live PD” will go long without homes. As for “Gone with the Wind” I’ve watched it once or twice and, frankly, I don’t give a damn that it is removed.
In case you missed it, NASCAR has (finally) banned the confederate flag. Here’s their statement:
The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community it creates is what makes fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.
I agree with their statement 100%.
When I see the confederate flag I think about slavery and racism. I also think the person displaying it must be ignorant.
ONE MORE THING:
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret…
Have a great weekend!
The GOP decided to use their 2016 platform for their 2020 convention. It’s fun reading how they feel about their candidate.
“When Republicans read the platform their party is using for the 2020 campaign, they may be surprised to see that it is full of condemnations of the sitting president.
“The survival of the internet as we know it is at risk,” the platform reads. “Its gravest peril originates in the White House, the current occupant of which has launched a campaign, both at home and internationally, to subjugate it to agents of government.”
The warning about speech online is one of more than three dozen unflattering references to either the “current president,” “current chief executive,” “current administration,” people “currently in control” of policy, or the “current occupant” of the White House that appear in the Republican platform. Adopted at the party’s 2016 convention, it has been carried over through 2024 after the executive committee of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday chose not to adopt a new platform for 2020.”
To follow-up on my previous, Kristian Rouz was born in Siberia and used to work for Sputnik. Turns out that Chanel Rion worked for them to. Oh, and OAN’s owner went to Russia to find his third and current wife.
In 2016 most Republicans thought Donald would lose. Now they are drunk on his power. -JmB
The conspiracy theory spewing onanists at OANN are trump’s newest propagandist posing as press. They have a reporter who has a Russian accent (name escapes me) who is also on the payroll of SputnikInt, a Kremilin funded disinformation broadcaster. They declared they would do a poll to disprove CNN’s, it didn’t go well for them.
Doug -at least OANN makes it interesting! Thanks, JmB