Quote for the Day…
I promised myself I would do things differently today. So, I’m sitting at the other end of the couch. – Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Masks in Schools
- Freedom Convoy
- The Western Word Poll
- Greg Gianforte is Cooking
MASKS IN SCHOOLS:
On Monday the Associated Press (AP) reported that the governors of four states (Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon) announced plans Monday to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of February or March, citing the rapid easing of COVID-19′s omicron surge.
I have no problem with this decision if experts (scientists/doctors) are making the decision and not politicians. We need to ensure the local healthcare experts are advising the schoolboards about masking requirements and not politicians.
Read the complete article from the AP HERE.
I have not commented about the “Freedom Convoy” happening north of Great Falls and across Canada until now.
Canada and the United States are requiring truckers to be vaccinated to cross the border. About 85% of Canadian truckers are vaccinated, according to reports. (Source)
Many Republicans, like Steve Daines, and right-wing wackos are siding with the truckers. That is fine, but they are wrong. Daines spewed some anti-vax garbage about natural immunity proving he is a few fries short of a Happy Meal (Source).
Almost daily Steve Daines proves how out of touch he is with regular Montanans. He’s an elitist. Daines, Greg Gianforte, and Matt Rosendale are effing up Montana big time.
My advice to the truckers who don’t want to get vaccinated is this: Find a new occupation.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The kickoff is set for 4:30 pm (Montana time). It will be televised on NBC. (Source)
This week’s poll question asks, “Which team will win Super Bowl LVI?”
The results will be posted later this week.
GREG GIANFORTE IS COOKING:
If you Google “Greg Gianforte cooking” you’ll find about 14 hits.
I think Helena IR reporter Phil Drake is one of the best writers in Montana. I have a “Google Alert” for him, so I can make sure I read all his stories.
For some reason, Drake decided to write a story about Gianforte cooking wild game on Tuesday night.
I don’t know, but I figure nobody cares about Gianforte being good in the kitchen on Tuesday nights. I know I don’t.
I would much rather have a story about Gianforte’s use of a private plane, where he spends his evenings, how much time he spends in the capitol, etc.
By the way, I cook my family’s meals every night – so take that Gianforte. You ain’t got nothin’ on me.
Nothing to do with today’s topics, but KRTV notes that another Great Falls institution is closing, Snyder Drug. The business traces back to 1895. Current owners have had it since 2006.
The 2nd story says the Northside location dates to 1970 but I have a hazy memory of there being a drugstore or something similar in that space even when I was a little kid. Primarily a memory of a delicious popcorn smell.
It was Super Save Drugstore prior to becoming Snyder. I grew up in the neighborhood, and I remember it from my childhood in the 1950s and 60s
It’s always sad to see a long time business close. -JmB
KRTV also has an obituary for a Neil Snyder who is the Snyder that the story says opened the Northside location in 1970. All sorts of Great Falls history for today.
I’ve got a thinking problem December 27, 2019
It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.
I began to think alone – “to relax,” I told myself. But I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally, I was thinking all the time.
I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t stop myself.
I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, “What is it exactly we are doing here?”
Things weren’t going so great at home either. One evening I had turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother’s. I soon had a reputation as a heavy thinker. One day the boss called me in. He said, “Skippy, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don’t stop thinking on the job, you’ll have to find another job.” This gave me a lot to think about.
I came home early after my conversation with the boss. “Honey,” I confessed, “I’ve been thinking…”
“I know you’ve been thinking,” she said, “and I want a divorce!”
“But Honey, surely it’s not that serious.”
“It is serious,” she said, lower lip aquiver. “You think as much as college professors, and college professors don’t make any money, so if you keep on thinking we won’t have any money!”
“That’s a faulty syllogism,” I said impatiently, and she began to cry. I’d had enough. “I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out the door.
I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche, with NPR on the radio. I roared into the parking lot and ran up to the big glass doors … they didn’t open. The library was closed.
To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night.
As I sank to the ground clawing at the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye. “Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?” it asked. You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinker’s Anonymous poster.
Which is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was “Porky’s.” Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.
I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed … easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.
Today I took the final step. I joined the Republican party
John – now you’ve got me thinking…
Yesterday, Lee ran a 20-graph story about a 20-person rally in Missoula. Featuring wingnut Teresa Manzella, rally supported the antivax truckers. The article also included comments from Daines.
They’re gonna mess around ‘til they’re all in jail. Their rhetoric just keeps getting more violent, which is concerning. Hate wrapped in patriotic sounding nonsense. Daines’s kind of people.
Didn’t know that you were a leftist, Marxist, tribalist? Neither did I. Hell, I didn’t even know I was in a fight with these silly folks. They’re ridiculous. Who has this much free time on their hands?
I’ll lay you money that Sheriff Jesse uses these materials when he sends his deputies into our elementary schooling to teach his twisted view of the Constitution.