Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. ― Theodore Roosevelt
Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME).
CME is the once a week column that is posted 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.
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Trump Whines
- Junior Tweets
- Bannon Speaks
- Montana Sports Betting
- One More Thing
The two main contenders to be the next President of the United States gave statements Thursday. Only one seemed Presidential: Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump announced that he would hold a News Conference at 6:30 p.m. eastern time. Arriving 15 minutes late, Trump started telling lies, and soon several networks dropped coverage.
Basically, Trump said that since he is losing then the Democrats were cheating. Some people reported that Trump was attacking the democratic process. Trump said the election was being stolen from him.
He said, “If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us. If you count the votes that came in late, we’re looking to them very strongly, but a lot of votes came in late.”
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, “STOP THE COUNT.” He did it again a little later. Someone probably told him that if they stopped counting now, he would lose. He is dumb enough to not think about it that way.
Trump spoke for about 15 minutes and left without taking questions. You can read the transcript HERE.
Meanwhile, conspiracies spread across the internet. One of my favorites was the “watermark ballots sting.” The conspiracy contends that fake ballots will be weeded out and Trump will win in a landslide because the fake ballots did not have a watermark. Read about it HERE.
One thing that has become apparent during this election is that there are a lot of ignorant people commenting about elections and voting.
Donald Trump, Jr. has been to Montana several times to campaign for his father and other Republicans. I would not walk to my front door to see him.
With his father just about to become a one-term President, Junior took to Twitter to stir up the followers and have them drink some Trump Kool-Aid:
The best thing for America’s future is for @realDonaldTrump to go to total war over this election to expose all of the fraud, cheating, dead/no longer in state voters, that has been going on for far too long.
It’s time to clean up this mess & stop looking like a banana republic!
Total war? Twitter flagged his tweet, which was good.
The best thing that can happen to the Trump family after January 20 is that they spend their days at courthouses and later in prison for their sins.
The Hill and other sources reported that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s Twitter account was suspended Thursday after allegedly calling for the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci’s head “on pikes” on his podcast.
“Second term kicks off with firing Wray, firing Fauci, no, I actually want to go a step farther, but the president is a kind-hearted man and a good man,” said Bannon.
He added, “I’d actually like to go back to the old times of Tudor England. I’d put their heads on pikes, right, I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats, you either get with the program or you’re gone.”
All this hatred does is incite violence. Since Bannon is out on bail for federal charges as some have pointed out, he should be put in jail while he awaits his trial.
MONTANA SPORTS BETTING:
One story that kind of got lost in the election returns was this one from the Associated Press. The AP reported that a judge has overturned a rule on Wednesday that limited sports betting in Montana to businesses with an alcoholic beverage license after an investment group challenged the ruling.
I agree with the judge. I think betting on sports in Montana is a mess. Why should I have to go to a bar to bet on sports? Also, I cannot participate in FanDuel or DraftKings because I live in Montana. It’s messed up.
I hope the legislature addresses some of these issues.
Read the entire AP story HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Being against Trump does not mean I am a liberal, it means I am a decent human being. –Unknown
Have a great weekend!
Suck it up, buttercups!
Doug – Haha – Good one! -JmB
I hope someone in the White House is keeping track of the fixtures, furniture and such during the move out.
If the legislature does address the current sports betting law, it will probably be to clarify that taverns have a monopoly on that revenue stream. The other sports betting laws that were considered last session specified as much. Of course, last session no legislator anticipated that such a requirement would force one to visit a local Covid hotspot to get down. Maybe they will re-think the requirement of “on-premise” for mobile wagering. But with the R’s controlling legislature and governorship now, the focus will probably be on much bigger far-right schemes.
Terry – good points. They could gain some revenue by allowing sports betting through their Montana Lottery app. Thanks, JmB
When he’s not whining in public, he’s ranting and raving in private.
Doug – Haha. Thanks, JmB