Quote for the Day…
I want to be the reason you look down at your phone and smile. Then walk into a pole. -Unknown
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:
- Eating & Voting
- One More Thing
It was a sad day for the United States of America on Thursday – we lost 13 troops, and more were injured due to suicide bombers in Afghanistan.
Here is how the Associated Press reported the attack:
Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said.
I served in the military for almost 12 years. I know the feeling when a fellow service member loses their life serving our country. You never get over it.
Make no mistake about it, these troops are heroes. God bless them, their families, and their friends.
One would think that in times like this, we would circle the wagons as a country and become “Team USA” instead of “Team Republican” and/or “Team Democrat.”
I guess not. Early in the day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) tweeted:
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our fallen and wounded service members. This tragedy was entirely preventable.
Our troops are American heroes.
Two of his three sentences were adequate. The “This tragedy was entirely preventable” bullshit was uncalled for. I can say without hesitation that Steve Daines does not know if the “tragedy was entirely preventable.” He might as well come out and blame the President because the President is a Democrat and Daines is a Republican. That is what he means.
Later in the day, Daines continued being partisan:
@JoeBiden has failed America and our allies. This negligence will live in infamy.
I’ll bet the Trump family loved his tweets.
While Daines was making his millions, some of us were wearing the uniform and protecting his ass. He did not have the guts to serve.
I responded to his tweet saying:
Senator- Good grief. Take a day off from being so partisan. Military members are dead and injured.
Daines is not the only one who played politics with this tragedy. We should be better than this, but we are not. To some winning the next election takes precedence every day. Daines is one of them. I am ashamed of him. Montanans should be ashamed of him, too.
EATING & VOTING:
I happened to catch some right-wingers posting the following meme:
When you need to show your papers to eat in a restaurant but not to vote, something is wrong.
I have been voting for decades. I have had to show “papers” to vote, and I have never had to show papers to eat.
Believe me, I like to eat, so I would know if they required papers.
Speaking of eating; who is getting tired of the Applebee’s song?
Yeah, we fancy like Applebee’s on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you
Bougie like Natty in the styrofoam
Squeak-squeakin’ in the truck bed all the way home
Some Alabama-jamma, she my Dixieland delight
Ayy, that’s how we do, how we do, fancy like, oh
Back to voting – I am a proponent of voting by mail. I had to show “papers” (an ID) to register, and my signature is verified each time I vote. It is easy, safe, and secure.
The answer to this is, “We don’t need any stinking papers.”
ONE MORE THING:
With so few Montanans being vaccinated and COVID cases on the rise, thanks to all the school superintendents around the state who are putting the safety and health of the students out front by requiring masks to be worn inside during school. Thanks for not listening to conspiracy theorists and not taking advice from Facebook doctors and Facebook lawyers.
Some have suffered harassment from the nutjobs, so a special thanks to you.