Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

The only people I owe my loyalty to are those who never made me question theirs. ― Joe Mehl

In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:

  • Disobeying the Mandate
  • (Update) The Booster Shot
  • Elsie Arntzen
  • The Western Word Poll
  • Self-Checkout


On Monday the Associated Press (AP) reported that the Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots.

It was also reported that legislation is working its way through Congress that limits the military to giving troops in vaccine refusal cases an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

That legislation is lame. I hope it fails. I can go with the “general discharge” but that would be about it. As I have written before, I was in a career field that required me to be ready to deploy anywhere in the world, so I received many vaccinations over my years in the U.S. Air Force.

I’m glad the Department of Defense is getting rid of those who disobey the mandate.

Read the complete AP story by clicking HERE.


I wanted to add an update to this section that was posted yesterday. See the “Note” below. No, I did not die.

I received my COVID-19 booster shot on Friday at the mall in Great Falls. It took about 20-30 minutes total. It was free.

I think it is my patriotic duty to do what I can to stop the spread of COVID-19. I think that those who refuse to get the vaccines are unpatriotic and, more specifically, dumbasses.

Note: Of course, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from getting the vaccine you are neither a dumbass nor unpatriotic. I would suggest you check with your physician and not the social media medical experts. Some people talk about refusing the vaccine because of their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” I suggest those people review this article. Remember – God is watching.

I also received a handy wristband to show people I am vaccinated.

As for side effects, it was about the same as the flu shot. I had a little bit of headache for about an hour and some soreness at the injection site. It was nothing!

Get vaccinated and get your booster shot – do your part – be a patriot!


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen is making the rounds in the state newspapers. This weekend the Missoulian had the scathing editorial headline, “Missoulian editorial: Arntzen should start doing her job.”

Wow, I’ll bet that editorial will undoubtedly get her to show up to work early and stay late. Beam me up, Scotty!

You can read the full editorial by clicking HERE.


This week’s poll question asks, “Have you or will you receive the COVID-19 booster shot?” (Background)

Results will be posted later this week.


I’ve seen people posting THIS NOTE on social media about Wal-Mart (WM) and self-checkout. They are mad at WM for having self-checkouts and claim that people are standing at the door to check their receipts when they use self-checkout.

I’m a WM shopper and the only time I’ve had a receipt checked leaving WM is when I have a big item that is not in a bag. They always check my receipt at Sam’s Club whether it’s self-checkout or not.

I like the self-checkout at WM and all stores. After spending years in the public eye, I have decided that I don’t like people, so I enjoy not having to visit with anyone while checking out.

As for WM going to self-checkout, good on them. They are trying new things. As large as they are, they have succeeded more than most. This probably saves them money, which in turn saves me money. I like that.


7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. All the recent attention to Arntzen rests on an assumption that she should actually care about the success of public schools. But it seems obvious that instead she’s following Betsy DeVos’ lead and actively working to destroy the public school system, to replace it with private schools. In other words doing exactly what all those Republican voters elected her to do.

  2. I used to be one who hated the self checkouts as I thought it would take checkers’ jobs. At Albertsons in Livingston I watched over time and realized Albertsons had the same number of checkers with or without self checking. The non union checkers are making little money, very high turnover and not only have to be on their feet but have to make small talk with everyone and be exposed to the virus and every other disease eight hrs a day. The self checkout is much easier and I don’t have to put the checkers through the hell that is their job.

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