Congratulations on making it through another week! For your reward, I’ve written another edition of Caught My Eye – just for you!
Caught My Eye is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – and sometimes I add a little sarcasm to try to make you smile.
This week I write about Romney, unemployment, donuts, losing a fortune, dog poop, dancing, a convention, my political inbox and lots more! PLUS there’s a Music Video dedication!
So grab a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s column (it’s Friday and nothing much gets done anyway, right?).
Max Can Dance:
Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, was spotted dancing on the White House lawn this week with his fiancé and former staffer, Melodee Hanes. You can see the photo and story HERE and just the photo HERE.
They look so happy together…
Montana GOP Convention:
This week we’re all on pins and needles as the Montana GOP meets in Butte America to hear speeches and elect a new chair. We’re not really on pins and needles – we’ve been to these conventions and besides the drinking, the food, and the jockeying, they are not that much fun.
Hopefully someone in charge will send me the results of the elections (if they still have jobs). I heard there will be a lot of tea served in Butte this year!
Did you catch the press conference where New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned? I guess Weiner is the word for the week (I really try to keep my website at least rated PG-13) so pardon me if I approach the line. Anthony Wiener is gone for a while, but rest assured there are other politicians standing in line to take his place. Even Montana Senator Jon Tester got his name into the Weiner story in this New York Times Blog.
Although politicians crave attention, Weiner should have resigned via a letter to the House leadership and dropped the “press conference.”
Romney is Unemployed:
During his last try at being President, Mitt Romney, told folks that his sons were serving their country by campaigning for him across Iowa (in an RV). I decided since he did not understand what “real service” to one’s country is, he was not entitled to my vote.
Recently Romney joked that he was unemployed to a group of people who were actually unemployed. You can see it HERE. Since I am currently unemployed, a millionaire joking about being unemployed did not sit well with me.
So Romney is unemployed. I don’t see him getting hired anytime soon.
Thieves attempting to rob a Dunkin Donuts mistakenly steal donuts thinking it was money. Hmmm. Yes they were caught…Read the story HERE.
Knowing how Rehberg feels:
I happened to catch a story in Roll Call called, “Rehberg’s Fortunes Go Up in Flames” where they report “Rep. Denny Rehberg’s fortunes plummeted by more than 80 percent in 2010, according to newly released financial disclosure forms, as the Montana lawmaker devalued ranch land damaged in a 2008 wildfire.”
My “fortunes” have plummeted too, so I know how you feel, Congressman.
Imagine if this was chicken poop?
Great Falls, Montana, might have problems with urban chickens, but “Police in Ohio said an argument between neighbors about cleaning up dog droppings ended with the poo being flung at the dog’s owner.” You can read the story HERE.
Jack’s Political Inbox:
Almost every week I share some of my political e-mails with my readers. Sometimes I offer some commentary with them!
-Barack Obama sent me an e-mail with the subject “Dinner?” The President writes, “I’ve set aside time for four supporters like you to join me for dinner.
So if you make a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of the four supporters to sit down with me for dinner. Please donate $5 or more today.”
Oh man…I thought for just a moment that he was really asking me to break bread with him and get my insights because he reads The Western Word. Not really – I knew what it was all the time…
-Ted Dick from the Montana Democratic Party sent me an e-mail Thursday afternoon right after Representative Anthony Weiner resigned from the House of Representatives. He writes, “The Montana Democratic Party has started a new program that puts people like you at the center of our success. Regular Montanans are building a Democratic Party that can win in 2012 and beyond with monthly donations of $5, $10, and $25 a month.”
At first I thought it was a joke, but I guess the Montana Democrats were serious.
-The Jon Tester Campaign team sent me an e-mail with the subject, “This summer’s blockbuster” where they wrote “A government agency with the power to set surveillance teams on law abiding citizens — with the authority to investigate anyone without evidence of wrongdoing. An agency that can even sift through your trash cans — and doesn’t have to keep any records of any of it. Sounds like the plot of a big-screen summer thriller, doesn’t it? But this is no movie. The agency in question is the FBI.
Besides turning Montanans against the FBI – Jon Tester is trying to move to the right and pick up a few of the anti-government voters. Geesh…
-The Rehberg for Senate campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Help Us Fight Back” where his team writes, “Help Denny Fight Back! National Democrats have launched an all out attack on Denny, spending over $350,000 to protect Jon Tester and keep Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader.”
I bet Harry Reid’s name does not poll well in Montana…
-Senator Patty Murray from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Dogged” in which she writes, “Republicans don’t have to destroy Medicare. Republicans are choosing to destroy Medicare because preserving tax breaks for oil corporations and billionaires is a bigger priority to them.”
I was thinking with the subject “Dogged” Murray might be sending Dog the Bounty Hunter after Republicans.
Music Video of the Week:
In honor of Mitt Romney and me (Jack the Blogger) being unemployed and Denny Rehberg losing 80 percent of his fortune, I give you Styx and Blue Collar Man:
“Give me a job, give me security give me a chance to survive. I’m just a poor soul in the unemployment line…”
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Father’s Day is Sunday (June 19) – so do something nice for your dad. Also, summer starts on Tuesday (June 21) so you really need to get in shape to wear that European man thong or bikini.
One other thing I want you to remember is: Don’t forget to stretch…