Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first Friday of July and to another edition of “Caught My Eye.”

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. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about summer political attacks, picking an office, holiday fundraising, June employment numbers, politics as a career, NFL training camp dates, the bikini – plus I have six “winners” for this week’s Making Montana Proud list!

Summer Attacks:

Although temperatures were soaring in Big Sky Country, it did not keep Montana’s two major political parties from attacking the other’s possible senate candidate.

The Montana Republican Party jumped on the Fox Business Network report that said former Governor Brian Schweitzer’s non-profit is skirting IRS rules on political activity. Schweitzer may be considering a run for the U.S. Senate. The Montana GOP sent a press release and a few Tweets trying to steer the mainstream media toward the story. They pretty much succeeded with the Associated Press running a story about Schweitzer.

On the other hand, the Montana Democrats went after Congressman, and possible senate candidate, Steve Daines saying in a press release “The first-term Congressman has accepted a $10,000 check from Citizens United — the organization behind the Supreme Court case that opened the door to unlimited corporate spending in elections.” Although the donation did not receive a lot of attention from the media, it will make a great campaign commercial next year.

Just Pick One:

Last election cycle, Republican Steve Daines wanted to run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Jon Tester. Then he changed races and won the U.S. House race. Now a story in The Hill says, “In a fundraising email sent Friday, Daines did not try to pick a race. Instead, he attempted to raise money off both potential campaigns simultaneously.”

If Daines’ actions appear silly to you, you’re not alone. One friend said he wondered how Daines actually casts a vote in the U.S. House since there’s more than one choice…

No Holiday for Fundraising:

Right around noon on July 4, I received an e-mail from the Montana Democrats with the subject, “237.” They wrote, “As you set out to celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday today, take a minute to remember the values that brought us this far — equality, freedom and liberty.”

Amen to that. They should have stopped there.

But they continued, “Those are principles that built this country over 237 years, but our work is far from over. There is a long road ahead to make sure every American has a fair shot at creating a better future for their families. We need your help to get there. Giving just $4 to the Montana Democratic Party today will help us build an infrastructure to elect leaders who share our values. Thanks for taking a minute to pitch in.”

Four dollars?

What’s next? Maybe they will send a fundraising e-mail on Veterans Day asking for $11 and on Christmas day asking for $25…

Making Montana Proud:

This is the section where I mention people whose asinine actions embarrass Montana. Fortunately, they did not injure anyone except maybe themselves. Enjoy…

>KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls reported that five men were arrested in a sting operation in Great Falls “after Great Falls detectives and Homeland Security agents posted online ads, saying they were searching for men to teach a 12 year old girl how to be a woman.” The five men are “Edward Burk Dupuis; Zachary Beston; Perry Gamache; Albert Stuart Ross; and Miguel F. Gardipee.”

Additionally, KRTV reported:

All five of the men charged showed up at the house, admitting that they hoped to have sex with an 11 or 12 year old girl; one of the men drove all the way from Butte. Court documents say that all five of them all texted or emailed back and forth with investigators who were posing as the guardians of supposed young girls. Three of them brought condoms, and all five outlined the kind of sexual activity they were seeking from the underage “victim.” Before arriving at the vacant house where they expected to meet the young girl, a few of the suspects even admitted through text messages that they knew they could get in trouble with police.

I imagine if these fellows are found guilty, they will be going away for a long time.  That will be a very good thing.

>The Helena Independent Record reported, “A Helena man who gained brief notoriety after apparently breaking into tears during a January attempt at robbing a pizza restaurant received a sentence that will probably bring him drug treatment and a long probation.” The IR reported that “David Randall Lacey, 33 at the time of the attempted robbery, told a clerk at Papa John’s on Prospect Avenue that he wanted money and had a knife. But upon seeing how much money was in the register, he feigned tears and received a free pizza, soda and wings from the clerk.”

So what was the punishment? He received 15 years, with 10 suspended. He won’t even have to cry for his food…

June Employment Situation:

The unemployment rate for June was 7.6%, which was unchanged from May 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That was a pretty boring report…

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be…

A new poll from Gallup reveals that “By a 2-to-1 margin, 64% to 31%, Americans would not like their child to go into politics as a career.”

Let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such…

NFL Training Camps:

We’re getting closer to the opening of the NFL Training Camps! Here’s the list of dates and locations.

Let’s Pause to Thank…

On this date in 1946 the bikini made its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris.

On behalf of millions of men around the world, thank you…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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