My alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. this morning and as I normally do first thing in the morning, I check my e-mail/text messages. I had about 10 “breaking news alerts” from various news organizations regarding the Boston bombing. As I get ready to post this column this morning, reports say one suspect is dead one is on the run. They are reportedly brothers.
Let’s pray for all those involved and pray that this ends soon with no more bloodshed.
Congrats on making it through another week and to another edition of “Caught My Eye!”
So what is “Caught My Eye?” It’s the column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.
Today I write about Max’s train wreck, transparency, Bobcats logo, Mark Sanford, Schweitzer Speaks, News coverage, April 19, The Hope Movement, Juror Texting, and much more!Max’s Train Wreck:
One thing Montanans can count on around the fourth year of Senator Max Baucus’ six-year term is him making a move to the center and becoming more conservative. So when he told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down” regarding Obamacare it was just Baucus putting daylight between himself and the Obama administration.
Baucus received plenty of press for that sentence so it worked out well for him. He can say that Obama screwed it up and distance himself from Obama and Obamacare – two things that Montanans don’t really care for.
By the way, I have a column coming out on Yahoo! next week about Baucus and the 2014 election. Stay tuned!
The Great Falls Tribune editorial board gave their opinion about open and transparent meetings this week after the Great Falls City Commission and the Republican caucus in the Montana Legislature held some meetings that were either closed to the public or unannounced.
With politicians ranking slightly above pond scum in many polls, one would think they would try to give the public a positive image. With the Great Falls Commission’s mess with the Electric City Power venture, almost everyone has lost trust in them. We know that we’re going to end up paying more for something to help cover the debt. Besides, their meetings provide some of the best comedy on Tuesday evenings. It’s a shame there are meetings that we don’t get to see.
As for the Montana Legislature, it’s a circus. People can find out very easily where the meetings are being held by just following the clowns.
Montana State Bobcats:
For a cool $18,000 the Montana State Bobcats have a new “Bobcat head” and a new “M” that “look less like” the Universities of Michigan and Missouri. Please. I seriously doubt anyone has problems figuring out which team is Michigan, Missouri, or Montana State because of the “M.”
According to the Associated Press “the logo on the football field will cost about $40,000 while other stadium changes will cost $10,000.”
With a few magic markers, I could save the university some serious coin…
The former South Carolina governor looked to be pulling himself out of the gutter with voters after going through a nasty divorce.
The Mark Sanford campaign may be in the ditch again. His ex-wife has filed trespassing charges against him and while digging through information about the divorce, a complaint was found that said, “no airplanes will be flown at the children.”
There’s no explanation about the airplanes, but this is getting good…
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a story on former Governor Brian Schweitzer who recently spoke to a group of Montana State University students.
It appears that he is getting realistic about running for President.
On April 19, 1897, the first Boston Marathon was run.
On April 19, 1993, “a 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended when fire destroyed the structure after federal agents smashed their way in.”
On April 19, 1995, “a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500. (Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.)” (Sources: Associated Press)
Bombing News Coverage:
The news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday was like watching a train wreck – and it was not just from one news agency. Several failed the basic rules of journalism. Some posted stories on their websites telling readers, “Official: Suspect in Custody in Boston Bombings” and “Suspect Nabbed in Boston Marathon Bombing.”
The suspect was not arrested. Several prominent news organizations had to retract their stories. After this is all over, there may be some jobs lost. It will be hard for most folks to believe “News Alerts” from this point on.
Chart Girl made a chart that shows the mess. See it HERE.
NBC News and MSNBC (Especially Pete Williams) came out looking pretty good. They provided accurate reporting. Being first to report breaking news is great – but only if it is correct.
The Hope Movement:
You really need to check out The Hope Movement’s newest album, “Homecoming.” It’s available HERE. I love the single, “Get Lost.” You can watch the intro video for “Get Lost” HERE. It’s a fast-paced motivating song.
Ouch! A juror was caught by a judge texting during the trial and had to spend some time in jail.
At least he wasn’t driving, but I do wonder if the judge has relatives on some of the City Commissions around Montana…
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…