Ferguson: No Indictment

I must say that I was a little surprised there wasn’t an indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last night. They could have indicted Wilson on first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.

I was also surprised about how terribly managed this whole issue was from start until now – especially why officials waited until 8:00 p.m. local time to release the information. It’s almost like they waited until primetime.

Considering the outcome, I wasn’t surprised that there were riots in Ferguson.

I watched CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News coverage of the event throughout the evening. Around 1:00 a.m. (Montana time) I turned the TV back on and CNN and MSNBC were still live, and I heard one reporter say 12 buildings were burning in and around Ferguson.

Throughout the evening I often thought how hard it is to find neutral reporting these days.

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American Government: Current Events

I remember back to one of my favorite classes in college, “American Government.” It was a weekly class that met on Wednesday nights for three hours at a time. My political science professor would use the first 15-30 minutes of each class to have a discussion about current events. We were free to discuss all the issues: abortion, religion, war, freedom of the press, etc. The professor would keep the discussion moving by asking questions. He always remained neutral. I never did figure out which way he leaned politically, which I admire about him to this day.

This is a pretty good time for students of all ages to be studying American Government – let’s hope that government teachers/professors take some time to teach about current government events happening in Montana and in Washington, D.C.

It’s also a good time to be a lawyer – especially if you specialize in constitutional law.

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The Sunday Message

Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck…We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown. –Marcie (from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”)

It is Thanksgiving week! I hope you are able to spend some time with your family and friends this week.

Please take a moment to pray for those who are away from their families this holiday season – like those who are serving in the military. It’s a tough time for them and their families.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Psalm 107


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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Your weekly free dose of knowledge awaits!

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about turkeys, football coaches, black bears, beer money, unemployment, stoves, healthcare, Joe’s birthday, gay marriage, diabetes, traffic jams, pregnancy, Glacier National Park, Philadelphia 76ers, and a lot more!

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Montana Grizzlies: Time to Restore the Roar

University of Montana athletic director, Kent Haslam, tells the Missoulian that he wants “to take as long as it takes to get the right person” to find a new football coach for the Montana Grizzlies.

The current head coach, Mick Delaney, announced his retirement last Sunday which is effective at the end of the season. Delaney should be given a royal send-off for keeping the Griz football program from sinking.

Maybe free season tickets for life or a new set of gold clubs – something really nice is in order. A win over Montana State in the Brawl of the Wild this Saturday would probably be a good parting gift.

A few years ago someone joked that with all the trouble players were getting into, the next Cat/Griz or Griz/Cat game should be played at the Montana State Prison. Delaney helped right the ship.

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It’s Keystone Tuesday!

Note: This column is not about Keystone beer, but you can drink Keystone beer today if you wish.

Wowser! With the 2014 election just two weeks old, Congress is moving at breakneck speed! Is this great or what? Republicans will probably try to take credit for it, although they don’t actually take over the Senate until January.

Can a bill on immigration be far behind?

OK, that’s a stretch…

The U.S. House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday by a vote of 252-161. Montana’s lone Congressman, Steve Daines, voted for it.

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