Congratulations on making it to another Friday! July is rolling by way too fast.
If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 the Montana Democrats, Brian and Jon, John Lewis, Lost and Found, Cover of the Rolling Stone, birthdays, and there are a couple “winners” who are Making Montana Proud.
We’re All Alright:
After former Governor Brian Schweitzer announced that he was not running for U.S. Senate, the Montana Democratic Party’s Communications Director, Chris Saeger, sent an almost 500-word memo to “Reporters, Editors and Interested Parties” on Monday letting them know:
Democrats in Montana remain in a strong position to hold the recently vacated U.S. Senate seat, and to win the race for U.S. House. Currently, 6 of 8 statewide offices are held by Democrats, state Republicans are struggling with sharp internal divisions, and Congressman Daines faces significant electoral challenges.
To make things clearer, Saeger could have said, “It’s not the end of the world, but we can see it from here.”
Are You Really All Right?
The Business Insider published a story, “Montana Infighting May Have Cost Democrats Control Of The US Senate In 2014” which focused on problems within the Montana Democratic Party.
And here I thought the Montana Democrats settled disagreements from within…
The story quoted a source (unnamed) who said, “Tester was ‘sticking knives’ in Schweitzer’s potential run.” It was also reported, “Three sources close to Schweitzer’s campaign fingered Tester’s camp as the source of two unflattering stories that popped up in the past week.”
Tester’s people deny those accusations.
Elected officials do have huge egos, which causes them and their staff to “mark their territory.” Sometimes that happens against those in their own party. So, maybe it did happen.
As for the story, it wouldn’t be the first time a reporter has used unnamed or anonymous sources that harmed a campaign or elected official in Montana…
The Montana GOP has to be loving that the negative attention is on the Montana Democrats for a change.
Lee Newspapers reported, “John Lewis, a top aide to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, was in Washington, D.C., this week discussing a possible U.S. House race with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
I don’t think this will work; there’s already a John Lewis in the U.S. House. So scratch that idea.
Lewis’ claim to fame (the one who works for Baucus) is that “In 2011, Lewis embarked on statewide trip to all 56 counties and to meet with mayors of all 129 incorporated cities and towns on behalf of Baucus, putting more than 20,000 miles on his car.”
Here’s some friendly advice – next time use a rental car…
If You Know Someone…
The Montana Standard in Butte is reporting, “It was on a bright, warm day last summer when two hikers made a dark and chilling discovery off of a rural road north of Butte – a pair of severed legs.”
They also reported, “The legs appear to belong to a white, adult male. [Butte police Capt. Jerome} McCarthy says they were severed with a clean cut just below the groin area. Part of the pants was still on the legs, as well as footwear and socks.”
Let’s move on...
Cover of the Rolling Stone:
“...But the thrill we've never known, Is the thrill that'll get ya when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone” -“Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
In case you missed it, Rolling Stone placed Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s photo on their August cover. See it HERE. That’s nothing new for Rolling Stone. Back in 1970 Charles Manson was on the cover.
People are outraged. I am not from Boston and don’t know anyone injured in the attack. I don’t know how I would feel if I did. People do have a right to be outraged.
I do know that you can Google/Bing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and find thousands of images of him. I do know that you can cancel your Rolling Stone subscription if you wish. If you advertise in the magazine you can stop. If you sell the magazine you can stop.
You can also read the Editor’s thoughts about the whole thing and the very well-written article HERE.
Making Montana Proud:
This is the section where I mention people whose actions embarrass Montana.
-From the Billings Gazette: “A 46-year-old Laurel man [Kip Dwight Anderson] admitted to his fifth drunken-driving offense Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.”
He was stopped because he had a headlight out. Common sense seemed to be out, too.
-From the Miles City Star/Associated Press: “A former sixth-grade teacher in Miles City has been sentenced to 13 years with the Department of Corrections for engaging in online sexual conversations with someone he thought was a teenage girl. The Miles City Star reports (http://bit.ly/15lp3PC) 32-year-old Brian James Thompson of Glendive was sentenced July 10 by District Judge George Huss.”
There are some really sick people in this world; it’s great that another one is off the street.
-Brian May of Queen turns 66 – Time for “We Will Rock you!”
-Goose of “Top Gun” fame (aka Anthony Edwards) turns 51.
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…