Quote for the Day…
We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true. It creates an environment where deranged people feel empowered. – Colin Powell
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:
- Civil Conversations
- Texas & Abortion
- One More Thing
Just a few minutes after reading the Billings Gazette editorial, “Gazette opinion: Let’s keep the COVID conversations civil here in Montana” a friend emailed me and asked if I knew that a Great Falls City Commissioner had called me a “dimwit” on his Facebook page.
I had not heard about it, but I was sure that an elected official calling a person, a constituent, who helps pay his salary a “dimwit” was surely not correct. I was wrong. Here’s the backstory:
Earlier in the day, I had posted a meme from Neil deGrasse Tyson (the astrophysicist) about COVID on The Western Word Facebook page. A few followers and I debated the meme, and a friend made some great points, so I deleted it. I also deleted a retweet of the meme on my Twitter page.
Before I had deleted it, the friend forwarded it to Great Falls City Commissioner Rick Tryon who added these comments:
This was posted by some dimwit named Mike Brown on his local blog that nobody ever reads.
Before I go on, I’d like to thank my mom and dad, my wife, my kids, my sisters, and at least two other people who read my blog.
Full disclosure: My parents and sisters are dead, so I am not sure they read it.
Tryon has criticized me several times over the years calling me a “lazy jackass” and a “lefty” in one column.
He has gone after the Great Falls Tribune, and I read last night that he is now mad at KRTV and their digital content producer (and fellow veteran) Dave Sherman.
I am fine with criticism from anyone. My blog has been in existence since 2005. I put my name on every post. I allow comments.
I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) for 12 years, so I am very accustomed to criticism and threats from constituents. Before that, I served my country in the U.S. Air Force for almost 12 years.
I have called Tryon a “righty” once or twice and a “sore loser” for his actions after losing a close city commission race. From this point on I will refer to him as Commissioner. I hope he starts acting like one.
The Gazette closes their editorial saying:
Elsewhere across the country, disagreements over masking and vaccination have led to verbal abuse and physical assault.
We need to take a deep breath and remember that our strength as Montanans is helping each other, not yelling at each other.
Amen to that.
TEXAS & ABORTION:
The pro-life folks are probably going to party hard this Labor Day weekend with the U.S. Supreme Court deciding not to block a new Texas law that severely restricts abortions.
In case you missed it, the Associated Press reported that the court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others but also suggested that their order likely wasn’t the last word and other challenges can be brought.
So now other states will model their abortion laws after Texas.
President Joe Biden said in a statement
I am directing that Council and the Office of the White House Counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the Federal Government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions as protected by Roe, and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties.
I think the easy way to fight the Texas abortion law is to allow civilian abortion providers to provide services on military bases. There are 15 active military bases around Texas.
You’ve heard it before, but elections have consequences. I have not been too keen on one party controlling everything. That is the way it is in Texas. It curtails compromise.
As for elections having consequences, probably the biggest thing former President Donald Trump will be known for is that in four years he was able (with the help of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell) to get three of his nominees on the U.S. Supreme Court: Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett.
So, will the Texas abortion law stand if the U.S. Supreme Court hears it? I doubt it, but with the conservatives controlling the court, nothing is certain.
More information about the new law can be found HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Many readers have probably heard about the “Sip ‘n Dip Lounge” in Great Falls.
The legendary “Piano Pat” passed away earlier this year so the Sip ‘n Dip is looking for a new musician. They have narrowed the search down to five people.
The five people have posted videos to watch. You can vote for your favorite musician at the Sip ‘n Dip website by clicking HERE.