These times are so uncertain
There’s a yearning undefined
People filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
-The Heart of the Matter (Don Henley)
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 some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Gas Prices
- Mr. Potato Head
- Dumbass of the Week
- One More Thing
Trump lovers are posting fake news on social media about the rise in gas prices all across the fruited plains. Of course, they blame it on President Joe Biden.
One fake story posted said that that oil prices had jumped from about $25 a barrel when Joe Biden became president to more than $61 a barrel. USA Today rated that claim false. Read the whole story HERE.
Another story said the rise in gas prices was because of Biden canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. First Coast News reports that is false and the real reason is the winter weather (remember Texas being shutdown) and supply. Demand is higher as more people are out and about. Read the whole report HERE.
It’s tough on the Trump lovers when presented with facts, so go easy.
MR. POTATO HEAD:
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Hasbro created confusion Thursday when it announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from the brand’s name in order to be more inclusive and so all could feel “welcome in the Potato Head world.” It also said it would sell a new playset this fall without the Mr. and Mrs. designations that will let kids create their own type of potato families, including two moms or two dads.
Social media went wild!
The AP reported that in a tweet later that afternoon, Hasbro clarified that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still live on and be sold in stores, but under the Potato Head brand. In a picture posted on Twitter, the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” names are less prominently displayed at the bottom of the box, instead of the top.
Montana’s only U.S. Representative, Matt Rosendale, tweeted:
Is Mr. Potato Head the first victim of the ‘Equality Act’?
After Hasbro clarified, Rosendale tweeted:
Thank you @Hasbro for recognizing there’s only 2 genders.
It’s a plastic potato, Matt. Rosendale seems lost in his new job. Maybe if he didn’t jump from job to job so often he might learn the ropes and stop being so ignorant.
Mr. Potato Head has been around longer than I have. I had a Mr. Potato Head when I was a kid. I did not care whether he was male or female – he was a freaking plastic potato! We grew bigger potatoes in our garden!
By the way, Mr. Potato Head was no match for my G.I. Joe!
DUMBASS OF THE WEEK:
We have our first repeat winner! Back on February 5, for saying “Most of the time, nature has a way of miscarrying those children because of the trauma of the act,” Rep. Sheldon-Galloway (R-Great Falls) was awarded the “Dumbass of the Week.”
This week she sponsored a bill that would make it harder for Montanans to vote by absentee ballot (HB 455). That bill was tabled. She also sponsored a bill that would limit the number and location of recreational marijuana dispensaries (HB 568). That bill is waiting for a hearing.
For those two bills, Rep. Sheldon-Galloway is the “Dumbass of the Week.”
In case you were wondering where the term “dumbass” comes from, here’s the answer: Calling people a “dumbass” was Red Forman’s favorite insult on “That ’70s Show.” Watch the collection HERE. Enjoy!
ONE MORE THING:
“[Donald Trump] will always put American first, he will always protect Americans and citizens. We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here. We will not see terrorism come here, and isn’t that refreshing, when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama?” – White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (one year ago 2/25/20)
Have a great weekend!