Quote for the Day…
I was popular once, but my therapist took all my imaginary friends away. – Anonymous
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:
- Voting Rights
- Missoula School Board
- Taxpayer-Funded Trip
- Vaccine Mandate
- One More Thing
I have a few Facebook friends who are also friends with Great Falls City Commissioner Rick Tryon. I have had disagreements with Tryon in the past, and I don’t follow him on Facebook.
One of those friends brought the following post to my attention. It was good for a laugh, so I wanted to share it with my readers:
Just watched Biden’s Atlanta speech on ‘voting rights’ from yesterday.
If you don’t support and agree with Grandpa Joe 100% then you are Bull Connor or Jefferson Davis???
Biden is the most divisive, hateful, mean spirited, partisan, incompetent, and dangerous POTUS in my lifetime. At least. And I ain’t young.
I’m not sure how we survive another 3 years of this train wreck of an Administration without serious permanent damage to our Republic.
Pray for our country, friends. (Source)
The part, “Biden is the most divisive, hateful, mean spirited, partisan, incompetent, and dangerous POTUS in my lifetime” was the part that made me laugh.
I guess he never listened to a Donald Trump speech, but it appears that Trump is his hero, and he patterns his public service after him.
You can read the transcript of Biden’s speech HERE and make your conclusions.
As I have mentioned before, Tryon will never get another vote from me.
MISSOULA SCHOOL BOARD:
Montana anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers have a new hero and that is Missoula School Board trustee Mike Gehl.
I don’t see Gehl as a hero; I see him as a dumbass. He should resign.
The Missoulian reported that Missoula County Public Schools trustees met for fewer than four minutes at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night because trustee Mike Gehl refused to wear a mask in the boardroom.
Board chair Diane Lorenzen asked Gehl if he would wear a mask twice before closing the meeting.
He appears to think he is a tough guy.
It was reported by the Missoulian that the board approved a universal masking policy for the district in a 6-3 vote in August. The same policy was extended in October. Gehl voted against the policy both times. The board-approved mask policy states that face coverings are required to be worn by all students, staff, volunteers or guests inside all MCPS facilities, including administrative offices.
It appears that the other two trustees who voted against the masks were wearing their masks at the last meeting. This is called being an adult.
Read the complete article from the Missoulian HERE.
The Montana Free Press (MTFP) reported that two Montana lawmakers were given taxpayer funds last fall to reimburse their attendance at a three-day “cyber symposium” in South Dakota where the host, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, perpetuated debunked allegations of widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
According to records obtained by Montana Free Press from the Legislative Services Division, Rep. Bob Phalen, R-Lindsay, was reimbursed $979.37 for lodging and mileage expenses incurred during his trip to the symposium. Rep. Paul Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, was likewise reimbursed $528.04 for mileage.
It was also reported by the MTFP that Phalen and Fielder were among six Republican legislators identified by the website Missoula County Tyranny as having attended the symposium in August. Records show that the other attending lawmakers — Rep. Steve Galloway, R-Great Falls; Rep. Jerry Schillinger, R-Circle; Rep. Brad Tschida, R-Missoula; and Sen. Theresa Manzella, R-Stevensville — did not file requests for constituent services reimbursements related to the event.
I think it is safe to say that these six legislators are the nutjobs of the Montana Legislature. I hope they received a free pillow for their travels…
Read the full report from MTFP HERE.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that the U.S. Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.
But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled:
At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S.
Look for the Biden Administration to try to find other ways to mandate vaccines. It’s their only hope to try and curtail the pandemic.
The Montana federal delegation (Tester, Daines, and Rosendale) supported the decision, although there are only 411 employers in Montana with more than 100 workers who would fall under the rule. (Source)
ONE MORE THING:
I heard a rumor that former Montana Governor Marc Racicot will be the keynote speaker at the Cascade County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
The Cascade County Republicans have gone off the deep end in recent years. They could learn a few things from him, like THIS.
I wonder if they remember that Racicot, who was once the head of the Republican National Committee, voted for Joe Biden for President just like many Republicans did?
We’ll see if the rumors are true.