Quote for the Day…
Life is half spent before one knows what life is. -French Proverb
Caught My Eye (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:
- Montana State Library Logo
- Montana Secretary of State
- Tester Town Hall
- Biden Pardons
- One More Thing
MONTANA STATE LIBRARY LOGO:
The Daily Montanan has been following the issue with the Montana State Library Commission’s new logo design.
Readers may remember the committee voted against a new design. The Daily Montanan reported:
During a June meeting, Commissioner Tamara Hall expressed opposition to the original design when it was first unveiled, saying it looked similar to an LGBTQ+ rainbow. She said the design would set off a “firestorm” and called the rainbow a “political, explosive” weapon.
Hall was one of four commissioners to vote against the originally proposed design in July.
During a public meeting, nobody voiced opposition to the new logo.
I think I said their decision is why we can’t have nice things…
Now it is being reported that they have come up with a new design that looks a lot like the old one that was voted down.
In fact, I thought the new design was a joke – like those photos that ask you to find the difference. There is a little difference, but just the shade of the color. This makes the whole situation with the design even dumber.
Check out the designs and the Daily Montanan article HERE.
MONTANA SECRETARY OF STATE:
Two of the three voters in my house received “Make Your Vote Count” postcards from Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen.
You can see the postcard FRONT and BACK.
This is good name recognition for Jacobsen, and along with her terrible commercials will serve her well when she runs for reelection in 2024.
I’m not sure why registered voters need a reminder. If they moved, they would not get the card. It seems like it is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
It probably would have been more sincere of Jacobsen to say, “I am trying to make voting harder for Montanans who won’t vote Republican.”
TESTER TOWN HALL:
This week U.S. Senator Jon Tester answered questions and solicited feedback from a crowd of more than 100 constituents at the Bozeman Public Safety Center.
Tester is doing what he should do. I applaud this.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines, U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale, and Governor Greg Gianforte are chickenshits when it comes to meeting constituents face to face. I’ve seen some of their “meetings” and going face-to-face with invited friends, donors, and supporters is not what constituent outreach is about.
Read the coverage from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle HERE.
The Associated Press reported that President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.
I agree with these pardons 100%.
Marijuana is nothing like the drugs causing devastation in society today.
Congress should make marijuana legal across the nation.
Read the complete AP story HERE.
The Washington Post was the first to report that Federal agents investigating President Biden’s son Hunter have gathered what they believe is sufficient evidence to charge him with tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase, according to people familiar with the case. The next step is for the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, a Trump administration holdover, to decide on whether to file such charges, these people said.
If this would have happened to one of Trump’s kids during his term, he would have been on Hannity last night screaming “Witch Hunt.”
I don’t know if Hunter Biden is guilty or not. It really makes no difference to me. I do know that his dad, unlike his predecessor, is ethical and we won’t see him give his son a pardon. We probably won’t see Joe Biden talk about it at all. That’s the way it should be.
Read the WaPo article HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
MTN News is reporting that Great Falls College-MSU is beginning the process of selecting a mascot and is soliciting suggestions from the community. Choosing a mascot is designed to “rally school spirit and build excitement around a campus culture,” according to the school.
The school has no sports teams.
Since they kind of took their present name from the University of Great Falls, which then changed their name to the University of Providence (UP), I hope they leave the UP mascot, Argonauts (Argos) alone.
Read the complete story from MTN and submit names for a mascot HERE
For Rosie Dale. He hates Ukraine and loves Pootie. And the Ukes just nailed Pootie’s favorite bridge. So, to cheer up Rosie, I offer up a song.
It is positive to see that the library logo subcommittee on re-rebranding and donuts incorporated those missing books whose absence commissioner Tamara Hall claimed was the reason she threatened political explosive firestorm. Books all over this new logo. Left and right. What a relief. Someone said many armed groups were prepared to march on Helena over the lack of books in that logo.