Caught My Eye…

Here we go – we made it to Friday (FINALLY).  This is your chance to get away from it all for a few minutes and enjoy this week’s edition of “Caught My Eye.”

Caught My Eye is posted almost every Friday morning right here!  This is the column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week (and often with just a touch of sarcasm).

Today I talk about Obama and REO, Three Cups, Schweitzer-care, contraceptives, eating wings, a poll, I share some of the e-mails from my political inbox, I write about No Child Left Behind, I give you a laugh with a Will Ferrell video, I mention the Governor Candidates forum, and the Winter kick-off.

One more thing – some important people were born today…and I tell you who they are!

Obama Rocks!!

I use Spotify.  So does the President.  In case you do not know, Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.

I have REO Speedwagon on my Spotify playlist.  So does the President.  So President Obama rocks and he is as cool as me…

Three Cups:

According to the Associated Press, Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea,” “has asked a judge to throw out the civil lawsuit that says he fabricated portions of his book…”

The Judge should throw out the lawsuit and Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock should stop wasting taxpayer money on the Mortenson case…

Schweitzer-Care?

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer said, “…the state is seeking bids from companies to run a facility that state employees would use for doctor visits.”

Oh boy…

Word of the Day:  Contraceptives

The Associated Press is reporting, “Retreating in the face of a political uproar, President Barack Obama on Friday will announce that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees after all.”

It was a big mess for Team Obama this week…

337 Wings:

According to this story, “Competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi conquered Philadelphia’s annual gustatory gorge-fest by eating 337 chicken wings in a half-hour before a crowd of nearly 20,000 at Wing Bowl XX.”

337 chicken wings in a half-hour – wow.  Just wow. 

Tribune Poll:

The Great Falls (MT) Tribune newspaper asked in their poll, “Are third-party political ads hurting the election process in Montana?”

There were 324 votes and 59% said Yes and 41% said No.  One comment the Tribune “allowed” in their newspaper was this one from “R.R.” in Great Falls:  “No.  Tester’s attack ads against Conrad Burns got Tester into office, and now that he has a very liberal voting record, Tester is being a hypocrite.”

Third-party groups can be you, me, or our employers.  It’s freedom of speech in my book.  I said no.

NCLB:

According to this story, “The Obama administration has given 10 states a waiver from the federal law known as No Child Left Behind — once a bipartisan hope to raise education standards, but now generally regarded as too cumbersome and draconian.”

There were many problems with NCLB and this is a step in the right direction.  Local school boards and states are better at setting standards. 

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Almost every week I share some of the e-mails I received from elected officials, candidates, and groups.  This week was a little slow in the e-mail world, but I found three that Caught My Eye…

-The Tester for Senate campaign must believe they found something that resonates with voters (and keeps people from thinking about Tester voting with Obama 97% of the time) and that’s the Citizens United case about campaign donations.  He sent two e-mails this week mentioning it.  One had the subject, “Here they come” in which they write, “Just recently, I joined a coalition dedicated to overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.  It’s time we plant this flag: Unlimited, undisclosed, special interest cash has absolutely no place in our elections.”  He ends his e-mail with this request, “So please, make a small online contribution today and help us overpower special interest cash with grassroots people power.”

Will Tester’s “holier than thou” angle about special interest cash work with voters?  We’ll see. 

-Stutz for Congress sent me an e-mail asking me to check out his website, and I enjoyed reading the section comparing the PAC money he received (zero) to that of Republican Steve Daines (over one-hundred thousand). Check it out HERE.

I like grassroots campaigns…and the Stutz Campaign actually is grassroots.

-Denise Juneau (State Superintendent of Public Instruction) sent an e-mail with the subject “Time to get social with Team Juneau” writing “We’ll be using our Facebook page to keep Team Juneau up-to-date on campaign events, volunteer activities and all the latest news.”

A candidate has to have followers on Facebook and Twitter these days…and they need to hire people to run their Facebook and Twitter accounts 24/7.

A Forum:

Although it was not highly advertised, seven GOP candidates for Governor held a forum in Billings Thursday evening.  The Billings Gazette covered it.  It did not appear too exciting.  I did not hear of any punches being thrown.

By the way, there’s a “Winter Kick-off” with the Montana GOP folks in Billings on Friday and Saturday.  Check out the happenings HERE.

I’d like to have a nickel for every time “Obama” and “Tester” are mentioned…

Born Today:

Happy birthday to Robert Wagner, Roberta Flack, Mark Spitz, George Stephanopoulos, Laura Dern, Elizabeth Banks, and Jackie M. Brown (me).

Thank you Mom and Dad; I miss you…

Will Ferrell:

In case you missed it, Will Ferrell introduced the New Orleans Hornets and the Chicago Bulls during “80s Night” at a recent NBA game in New Orleans.  Click HERE to laugh.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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2 comments on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Happy birthday, Mr. Brown. Thanks for the interesting updates.

    Re: NCLB “Local school boards and states are better at setting standards.” I disagree. We need minimal national standards that make sure students from all states can perform. Give local entities flexibility in how they achieve those standards, but don’t handicap students with a patchwork of educational norms.

    • Jack (the blogger) Brown says:

      Elizabeth – Thanks for stopping by TWW and wishing me a happy birthday! I like your comments about NCLB – I think the program and the bi-partisan supporters meant to do good, but it ended up being a mess and then politics got involved even more.

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