Quote for the day…
A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. – José N. Harris
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 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:
- Critical Race Theory
- U.S. Senator Jon Tester
- Dumbass of the Week
- One More Thing
CRITICAL RACE THEORY:
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Montana’s top prosecutor issued an opinion labeling critical race theory and some antiracism programs taught in schools as “discriminatory” and said they violate federal and state law. Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s decision bans the activities — which are also used for employee training — in the state. It came after Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen requested earlier this month for Knudsen to weigh in on the issue.
I find it hard to believe that of all the things going on in this world and Montana, that Arntzen and Knudsen think this is worthy of their attention. It seems these two stooges are looking for attention. It’s funny, but sad, that these two very white elected leaders are trying to shield the rest of us from race issues. Thanks, but no thanks.
Earlier, the Daily Montanan reported that Office of Public Instruction spokesperson Chris Averill said “Fortunately, Montana has not seen widespread examples of the kinds of divisive and discriminatory exercises and practices the Superintendent has cited from all across the nation to this point.”
Beam me up, Scotty.
U.S. SENATOR JON TESTER:
With the U.S. Senate Republicans getting ready to block the formation of a January 6 commission, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) explained his frustration in simple terms. Politico reported the following:
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he believes there will be a future Jan. 6-style attack on the Capitol and “the outcome is going to be far worse.”
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of this shit,” Tester said. “Jesus. It’s a nonpartisan investigation of what happened. And if it’s because they’re afraid of Trump then they need to get out of office. It’s bullshit. You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here.”
It’s good to see Tester get pissed. He needs to do that more.
The only reason the Republicans don’t want to have the bipartisan commission investigate is because they are afraid they will lose votes in the 2022 midterms and not gain the majority in the House and/or Senate.
Tester said, “You make tough decisions in this office or you shouldn’t be here.” We now know that Republicans are picking their party over their country.
Read the full Politico report HERE.
DUMBASS OF THE WEEK:
This week’s “Dumbass of the Week” is U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT).
Daines embarrassed Montana by not meeting face to face with Gladys Sicknick, who is the mother of fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
CNN reported that Sicknick had asked to meet with GOP senators ahead of an expected vote on the January 6 commission. Several declined to meet with her. Sicknick told reporters Thursday that she is hopeful her meetings will change their minds on whether to vote for a January 6 commission.
It was reported that Daines was going to speak with her via phone which is a slap in the face to her and her deceased son.
For being cold-hearted and a wimp Steve Daines is the “Dumbass of the Week.”
ONE MORE THING:
Since Monday is Memorial Day, please read my column from a few years ago called:
Have a great weekend – see you on Tuesday.