If it’s Friday, then it’s time for “Caught My Eye” the critically acclaimed column that takes a look at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.
This week I take a look at Native Americans and the Senate, Cheers, House Senators, a man named Rahm, sad leadership, politics, a couple of music videos and a great idea on how to get people to obtain their flu shots. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the read…
Shame on the Senate Democrats (especially Max Baucus and Jon Tester) for not even getting a vote scheduled for the $3.4 billion Indian Trust settlement. The Democrats have the majority in the Senate. The House has approved it twice. It does not appear the Democrats are taking the Native American vote seriously. Hopefully, they will hold them accountable in November.
This lawsuit has been ongoing since 1996. It’s time to vote on it.
The House’s Seven Senators:
Congress.org did a story about the seven states that have only one representative calling them “House Senators.” Can you name the states?
They are Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Vermont, Alaska and Wyoming.
Denny Rehberg has about 975,000 constituents in his “district” which is the largest population of all congressional districts.
A couple of things the story failed to mention. Unlike Senators, the House members have less staff and less funding and, for these seven states, that means they cover the same areas as those state’s two senators.
Rehberg and his staff routinely outperform Montana’s two senators and their staff.
The sitcom “Cheers” premiered on September 30, 1982. In honor of that special date and to make us all feel really old, here are some of the lyrics to the song:
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got…
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot…
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name…
And they’re always glad you came…
You want to be where people see troubles are all the same, you want to go where everybody knows your name.
Click HERE to sing along! Go ahead, it’s Friday… you’ll feel better!
Rahm Emanuel is supposed to resign as White House chief of staff today to run for Chicago mayor. That’s good news; he can only screw up one town now instead of the whole country…
New Fiscal Year:
The Democrats have punted on most everything (passing a budget, appropriations bills, holding ethics hearings, preventing the Bush tax cuts from expiring, etc.) to get back to their states to campaign. They will be gone until after the November elections. Today (October 1) starts the new fiscal year for the Federal Government. Unemployment is 9.6%. That is sad leadership.
Get on the Bus:
Jon Tester will be busy…campaigning. He sent an e-mail from his campaign asking me to “Get on the Bus” and help Forward Montana and him elect “progressive legislators” across Montana.
It does sound like fun and the weather has been pretty nice…
I wonder where else Tester will be visiting in the United States over his vacation?
She wants to meet ME:
I received an e-mail from the Republican National Committee telling me that Sarah Palin wants to meet me…as long as I head to Anaheim, California, on Saturday, October 16, or to Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, October 23. I also have to pay to get in. Tickets are $20.10 each for general admission, $90 for the reserved section and $950 for a special reception and photo op. Of course, if I cannot attend then they will still take my donation. Bummer.
Iron Mike Music Video:
Have You Gotten your Flu Shot?
This is something that makes heading to CVS or Walgreens to get flu shots seem pretty boring: Giving flu shots at a strip club! Come for the flu shot and stay for the strippers….
The Western Word (TWW) will be endorsing candidates from across the state and the nation so be sure to visit TWW next week! As normal, you can catch my updates on Twitter!