Quote for the Day…
Life always offers you a second chance – it’s called tomorrow. ― Unknown
Welcome to 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:
- A Funny Thing…
- Banning Books
- Great Falls City Commission
- Another Day, Another Lawsuit
- One More Thing
A FUNNY THING…
A funny thing happened to me this week on Twitter. A few folks, for some reason, thought I was the Chairman of Montana Public Service Commission and kind of went after me.
By the way, the Chair of the Montana PSC is Mr. James Brown. I am J.M. Brown on Twitter @TheWesternWord. I am not related to James Brown.
After figuring out why I was being called “Mr. Chair” I tweeted this response:
Hey bright guys – you’re messing with the wrong “Brown.” I’m not the chair of the PSC.
I should have added, “If I was on the PSC, the IQ of the entire commission would rise substantially.” I always think of these things after it’s too late.
Finally, Tom Lutey from the Billings Gazette tweeted:
Pretty sure you’re barking at the wrong Brown.
They apologized for the error, and we all lived happily ever after.
I remember the first time I was able to visit a public library. I was doing a research paper about planets. I was amazed at how much information I could find there. I think I ended up getting an “A” on that paper. It was mostly because the librarian helped me find the information.
I think libraries are one of the greatest things a community can provide its citizens.
A reader of The Western Word sent me a link to a Kalispell Daily Inter Lake story about the ImagineIF Libraries in Flathead County. The library received several formal requests to remove two books from its collection because of subject matter that deals with gender identify and sexual content.
The Daily Inter Lake reported that one of the books targeted for removal is a graphic novel about gender identity titled “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Aia Kobabe. The other is “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel.
I guess those complaining want to prevent others from learning. I like the idea of letting “me” decide what to read and, if I have young children, I can decide for them, too. It’s kind of like television…
According to the Daily Inter-Lake, the library director stressed that the library is “obligated to provide a wide range of views, including those that may be considered unorthodox or unpopular.”
That’s the right answer. It should stay the answer, too.
You can read the complete story from the Inter Lake HERE.
GREAT FALLS CITY COMMISSION:
The long national nightmare is almost over…
The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that City commission meetings will return to being in person at the Civic Center according to an announcement from Mayor Bob Kelly during the commission’s Tuesday night meeting. It starts on December 7.
Those attending in person should wear a mask, but masks can’t be required because that would hurt too many feelings. Yes, I know the Governor signed legislation making it against the law to mandate mask-wearing. It was one of his dumbest moves. Many people have suffered from his poor leadership during the pandemic.
The Community Transmission rate is still listed as “HIGH” in Cascade County. The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) strongly recommends that all persons age two or older wear a mask indoors in public places, even if you are fully vaccinated. (Source)
The latest data I have seen, show only about 46% of the eligible population in Cascade County are fully vaccinated. I’ve lived here longer than anywhere in my life, and I can honestly say there are some dumb people in this county.
Read the complete story from the Tribune HERE.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LAWSUIT:
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen filed another lawsuit Thursday which he says will “stop a dangerous Biden administration immigration policy that drastically ties the hands of immigration officers, halting nearly all deportations – even for those convicted of crimes and when federal immigration courts have already ordered their removal from the United States.”
These lawsuits are getting to be a little too much. Someone needs to tell Knudsen to stay in his lane.
You can read the complete press release by clicking HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
NASCAR, which owns the Daytona International Speedway, announced the group, “Brass Against,” is banned from performing at any of its properties effective immediately.
It was because “Brass Against” lead singer Sophia Urista pulled down her pants and peed all over some dude’s face at the Welcome To Rockville festival.
Hey NASCAR – I don’t think this will help your ratings…
The New York Post has the story HERE.