Hey Caught My Eye (CME) fans…you’ve made it to another Friday and as is normal I congratulate you on this milestone. To signify the importance of another edition of Caught My Eye being published, Britain decided to have a Royal Wedding and the United States decided to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour today.
I thank both countries…
If this is your first visit, CME is not a government-run health program; it is just a weekly column that I publish on Fridays. I take a look (sometimes sarcastically) at stories that I did not have time to write about during the week and let folks read about some stories that may not have made their local newscasts or papers.
Besides, it is Friday and you deserve a break from all the crap you put up with this week.
The only requirement to read CME is that you must show me your long-form certificate of live birth (Just kiddin).
Today I take a look at the birther issue, urban chickens, name-calling, the Montana Legislature, and doggie doors. I also check my political inbox….so let’s get going!
Is it over now? Hardly. The Great Falls Tribune asked readers on Thursday, “Do you think the ‘birther’ issue will be put to rest now that President Obama provided his birth certificate?” 375 people took part in the unscientific poll and 70% said “No” and 30% said “Yes.”
The Helena Independent Record recently published a story called “Birth of another conspiracy” which they take a look at (with tongue in cheek) at Brian Schweitzer’s birth place…which is “supposedly” Havre. Havre is awfully close to Canada…
I guess Great Falls, Montana, is not the only place taking on an urban chicken issue (and looking ridiculous). In New Jersey, Hopewell Township residents have “adopted an ordinance that regulates when chickens and roosters can hook up in backyard henhouses.”
I may have to do some checking to see if they formed an “Urban Chicken” committee or had lawyers attend their meetings and discuss the finer points of the Robert’s Rules of Order, like Great Falls did. Cluck. Cluck.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but that “bully” Jon Tester, is calling Denny Rehberg, “Dennis” on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I bet that really hurts Rehberg’s feelings…because “Denny” is such a warm and welcoming name and “Dennis” seems a little bit commanding and authoritative.
Maybe Rehberg should start calling Jon Tester, “Raymond” since that is Tester’s real first name. “Raymond” kind of comes across as wimpy…”Raymond” and tractor don’t go together….
Another great idea would be for them to give each other noogies or wedgies. If they could all get together, along with Senator Max Baucus, then we would have enough people to do a Three Stooges skit…..n’yuk- n’yuk-n’yuk.
Montana Legislature: A Lesson from the Session
The latest legislative session ended late last night (Thursday). There’s a lot of bitterness in Helena. To everyone who served or worked in the legislature this session, here’s a little secret: You take this stuff way too seriously and no matter how important you want it to be, the sun does not rise or set because of the Montana Legislature.
To help ease the bitterness, I would suggest the minority work harder next election to regain the majority. On the other hand, if the majority enjoys their position, they should work hard to keep it. As for us Independent folks, we’ll hang around and be the decider of all elections because we’re in the middle and we count. Both sides embarrassed the state in the 90 day session – nobody had that cornered.
And to the beloved media who covered the Montana Legislature; you get an “F.”
The Political Inbox:
Just about every week I select a few e-mails from political world to comment about. Here are a few:
–The Montana GOP sent an e-mail with the subject, “Tester’s Pay To Play Scandal” in which they tell me that “Senator Tester is raking in Campaign Contributions Advertisements from Wall Street Banks as a Reward for Sponsoring Legislation that Will Make Big Banks Billions.”
As they say in Great Falls (and other places), “the chickens are coming home to roost” for Tester as his campaign promises that were broken will haunt him. That is fair game.
-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent me an e-mail with the subject “4.09.” I first thought it was the Beach Boys song “409” and then thought they were talking about the cleaning product called 409. No, they were talking about the price of a gallon of gas.
Seems like the price of gas has gone up (a lot) since the Democrats have been in control – gas was $1.64 in the Rocky Mountain region when Obama was sworn in (Jan 2009). (Source)
-The Montana Democratic Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “ICYMI: Pell Grants still at risk, still no apology from Congressman Rehberg” in which they tell me “Montana’s millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg still hasn’t apologized for calling Pell Grants ‘welfare’.”
I am all for cutting out the waste and abuse in the Federal government as are most people; but Rehberg did not come across to his listeners very well about Pell Grants and the Democrats found another issue. That is also fair game.
-One of my favorite political folks is James Carville and he sent me an e-mail through the DSCC with the subject, “Idiocy” saying, “You know Republicans. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take billions in tax cuts for the wealthy. So far, they’ve tried to kill Medicare, scrap health care reform and gut clean energy investments. Why? To give big, fat tax cuts to billionaires and corporations. Democrats can block this idiocy in the Senate, for now. But Republicans only need 4 seats for the majority.”
I can almost hear his Cajun accent saying that – next time the DSCC should send a message from Carville in an audio file – that would be fun to hear…
-An e-mail from Obama campaign manager Jim Messina hit my inbox on Monday with the subject, “Video: First look at our campaign plan” saying “I want to show you a quick presentation I’ve been giving to the first staff coming on board here in Chicago, outlining our strategy to win and our overall approach to this campaign. In the weeks and months to come, we’ll ask grassroots supporters like you to meet with one another and local organizers to take the first steps to victory on November 6th, 2012.”
Face it, the Obama campaign of 2008 set new standards in Presidential campaigns. I don’t see anyone (at this time) who can beat him in 2012 although his favorable ratings are low.
What better to follow The Political Inbox that a story about Doggie Doors! A Tampa, Florida, woman in this story has a doggie door on her house. Guess what she found in her bathroom? Great googly moogly….
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Don’t forget to stretch…