Quote for the Day…
So, on this night, in our 245th year as a nation, I have come to report on the State of the Union. And my report is this: the State of the Union is strong—because you, the American people, are strong. We are stronger today than we were a year ago. And we will be stronger a year from now than we are today. Now is our moment to meet and overcome the challenges of our time. And we will, as one people. One America. The United States of America. – President Joe Biden
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- State of the Union
- Greg and the Lion
- The Western Word Poll
STATE OF THE UNION:
It seemed like it would be a typical partisan night, but at the beginning of his speech, President Joe Biden received applause and standing ovations from both sides of the aisle.
The subject was Ukraine and Vladimir Putin.
I have always had a problem with Presidents telegraphing what they won’t do when it comes to conflicts.
Biden said, “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO Allies – in the event that Putin decides to keep moving west.”
I believe you never let your enemy know what you won’t do. Keep them guessing.
Then the topic turned to COVID-19 and there were still some moments of bipartisanship, but they were waning.
Then Biden mentioned the American Rescue Plan and the partisanship came back in and that was about it.
There were some other topics of agreement, like capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, and to not “Defund” the police, but to “Fund” the police with the resources and training they need to protect communities. They also agreed on fighting the opioid epidemic, support of veterans, and fighting cancer.
Biden mentioned banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, repealing the liability shield for gun manufacturers, but I doubt we see any legislation dealing with gun control happen.
Biden went off his prepared remarks with this:
“Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters — they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a weapon. What, do you think deer are wearing Kevlar vests?”
I’m not a constitutional scholar, but I don’t think the Second Amendment mentions deer. It does say, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
That does not mean I think everyone should be able to own tanks and rockets, but we should understand the Second Amendment.
One nice thing is that Biden announced that if you already ordered free COVID tests, you can order more from covidtests.gov starting next week.
Something that I think is ridiculous is that three Democrats (besides Biden) were giving responses to the SOTU. (Source) I believe a couple of Republicans did it years ago when George W. Bush was President – it was stupid then.
It shows a lack of unity.
You can read the SOTU speech HERE.
GREG AND THE LION:
The Washington Post ran a story on March 1 reporting that on public land north of Yellowstone National Park late last year, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) shot and killed a mountain lion that was being monitored by National Park Service staff, after hunting dogs had chased it up a tree.
This happened on December 28. I am not sure I saw any articles about it until now.
Gianforte and his friends say it was all done legally. Others don’t agree.
You can read the article by clicking HERE (paywall?) and draw your conclusion.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
On Friday, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source)
Today’s poll question asks, “Would you vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?”
The results will be released on Thursday.
Today the US House of Representatives voted on a non binding resolution that says the House “stands steadfastly, staunchly, proudly.and fervently, behind the Ukrainian people in their fight against the authoritarian Putin regime.” The vote was 425 for 3 against with 220 republicans voting for and 3 republicans voting no. Those voting against supporting the Ukrainian people were Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona,Rep.Thomas Massive of Kentucky and are own Rep. MATT ROSENDALE of Montana.
What is wrong with this guy?
News flash- I was wrong!
My previous reading was about our Governor trapping a collared wolf in OR near Yellowstone Park.
Thanks. I have not found any stories yet. -JmB
I have spent the last fifty years tromping through the boonies and mountains on a daily basis in Montana, and I have seen only one lion. And that lion happened to be on my own land just south of the Peak. I felt extremely fortunate just to have seen one. I’ve only seen one bobcat also. I’ve seen tons of bears, but not cats. I hunt, but I would never shoot a lion for sport. I know lots of lion hunters too. But me, personally, I just don’t feel the need. I prefer to live with them. So they take a little yapper dog now and then. I’m ok with that. If they come into town, fish and game can relocate them.
Gianforte is busy killing for simple killing’s sake all the rare animals he can just as fast as he can, because some other “sport” killer might beat him to it and kill off the rare animals first and “harvest” that trophy that could have been on Greg’s wall instead. Pretty sure he isn’t putting lion or wolf meat on his dinner table.
If you can call it “sport” to kill an animal for no particular reason other than a trophy to prove to someone you are a manly man, especially shooting one out of a tree or catching one in a trap to suffer and die slowly. Now that’s bravery.
Terry – Very well said. Thanks, JmB
Don’t remember where but did read previously about the lion.
Mary – Thanks. -JmB