It’s Friday and, more importantly, it’s the last day of May which means summer is right around the corner!
If you are a first-time visitor, this is my weekly 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 drafting Schweitzer, Daines and Tea, Best state-based political reporter, Operation Enduring Wait, Newtown, Making Montana Proud, Off-The-Record Meetings, Photography Staffers, Galocher, birthdays, and much more!
Draft Brian Schweitzer:
There was a “Draft Brian Schweitzer” meeting in Missoula Thursday evening because several people believe he would make a good U.S. Senator.
Rumor has it that when Schweitzer heard about the attempt to draft him he headed to Canada. I guess he had a flashback to the early 70s (just kiddin’).
Daines Still Drinking Tea:
The Associated Press reported that Representative Steve Daines “spoke Tuesday evening to leaders of the Big Sky Tea Party in Helena.”
Can you guess the topic? If you said IRS, then you are correct.
It appears Daines is going to ride the Tea Party wave all the way to the beach; he may end up going the way of Michele Bachmann. It does appear that Daines is out and about more, plus he has been on Twitter and Facebook much more recently. This probably means he’s looking closely at the U.S. Senate race in 2014 and wants to keep his polling numbers up.
Best state-based political reporters:
Congrats goes to John S. Adams of the Great Falls Tribune for being named The Fix’s best state-based political reporter in Montana for 2013.
Adams is one of the few political reporters who will ask the tough questions. He does not seem to be in awe of elected officials as are some political reporters.
Making Montana Proud:
Several folks have commented favorably about this new section of “Caught My Eye” called “Making Montana Proud.” These are people who embarrass Montana, in case you don’t realize it by reading the stories. Enjoy…
-The headline in Thursday’s Great Falls Tribune said it all: “Police: State Sen. Augare flees traffic stop on U.S. Highway 2.”
It was interesting that one report said the Glacier County Sheriff’s office issued a “news release” about the traffic stop. I wonder if they issue a “news release” about all traffic stops or only if the person is notable – or maybe because of something else? It would be interesting to see what their requirements are for issuing a “news release” for traffic stops.
-The Billings Gazette reports, “A man prosecutors say was found passed out in a pickup in a Billings field has been charged with his 10th drunken driving offense.” The man “has prior DUI convictions in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008. He also has felony convictions for drug possession, theft and issuing a bad check.”
I guess several judges over those years felt he should be able to roam our streets. Some of those judges are probably on the Montana Supreme Court or were picked to be a Federal Judge…
-According to the Billings Gazette, “A Billings man accused last year of passing out while driving after inhaling chemicals from a can of computer cleaning spray pleaded guilty Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.”
You can’t really fix stupid….
-The Missoulian reports, “An 18-year-old motorist who allegedly said he was ‘just having fun’ when he pointed an air gun at other motorists and toward a Missoula daycare center faces felony charges.” He was “listening to rap” according to the story.
This Montana “gangsta” may get a fine or some prison time for the joy ride, so he’ll have some time to listen to a lot of rap…
Operation Enduring Wait:
If the Obama Administration devoted the same resources and personnel to the Department of Veterans Affairs disability claim backlog that they did to their last campaign, they could clear up the backlog in about a month, according to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. Watch the clip about “Operation Enduring Wait” right HERE.
We’ve Learned Nothing:
I happened to catch the following headline from National Journal, “Gun Deaths Since Newtown Now Surpass Number of Americans Killed in Iraq.”
Hey America – we’re better than this…
Face it, Attorney General Eric Holder is a gold mine for conservatives. The first thing conservatives should check every morning is if Holder is still the AG. If he is, they should send a fundraising e-mail to their members and follow it up with a letter in the mail.
According to CNN and others in the media, “Attorney General Eric Holder’s plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.” Holder wants the meeting to be off-the-record and that is where several organizations draw the line.
And you thought that the media was in the pockets of the liberals. Silly you.
Photography Staffers Endangered?
From the “Wow!” file, “The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward, the newspaper said.”
I guess they’ll need to train reporters on the art of taking photos with their phones…and maybe get the Blackberry users a bigger memory card. By the way, I have my own camera…
It’s a new word – Yippee! The Associated Press reports, “For centuries, there’s been no official French word for the sloppy Gallic export “to French kiss” — though that certainly hasn’t stopped any citizen from doing so. Now the oversight has been rectified. The one-word verb “galocher” — to kiss with tongues — is among new entries added to the “Petit Robert” 2014 French dictionary, which hit the shops Thursday.”
Whew…I’m glad that was cleared up. Time to galocher…
Their Bucket List:
Two women were charged with stealing from a Walmart store in Florida after they took bathing suits and beef jerky from the store. They had stealing from a store on their “Bucket List.”
I don’t know about you, but stealing from Walmart does not make any list I have.
Brooke Shields is 48, Tom Berenger is 63, “Broadway” Joe Namath is 70.
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…