Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another Friday!  Some of you will be experiencing a three-day weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday) – so enjoy your time off!

If you are stopping by for the first time, “Caught My Eye” is my weekly column published on Friday where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – often with a touch of sarcasm.

This week I take a look at a Jazz birthday, the first day of filing, respectful tweets, a retirement, dogs and Romney, I peek inside my political inbox and share, non-stops, and much more!

Happy Birthday:

The Utah Jazz of the NBA have a mascot called the “Jazz Bear” and he was wishing Happy Birthday to a fan (he even had a cake) when the “unexpected” happened. Watch HERE.

Show Some Respect:

Michelle Obama is on Twitter now @MichelleObama and soon after she started her Twitter account several people posted some very offensive tweets about her.

Come on people – show some respect.  You would not want your mother, sister, daughter or wife to read comments like those.  We are better than this, aren’t we?

First Day Filing:

Seems as though here in Montana the Democrats were better prepared to kick off the first day of filing for elective office in 2012 being they publicized their events better.  I received a couple of invites from Democrats to attend and meet candidates; nothing from the GOP.

Get ready – We’ll be hearing lots of promises from the candidates between now and November and the people who cover politics will show us over and over that they are void of the experience needed to report on politics. 

Retirement:

According to the Washington Post, “Rep. Jerry Lewis of California became the latest Republican to announce his retirement from Congress after new boundaries drawn through redistricting promised to make the road to re-election more difficult.”

And I thought all *he did was comedy and fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association…

*Yes, I actually know these are two different people with the same name.

Rough and Tumble in South Carolina?

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said this about the upcoming primary in South Carolina: “This is going to be Armageddon – they are going to come in here with everything they’ve got, every surrogate, every ad, every negative attack.”

When I heard that I said, “Sweet!”  I don’t care for Mitt Romney so I will enjoy watching the other candidates go after him.  

Dogs against Romney:

If you are a lover of dogs, then you need to know how Mitt Romney treats his dog.  We now have “The Official Site of Dogs Against Romney” because the site claims that “Mitt Romney is mean to dogs.”

Here’s why:  Romney admitted he placed his dog’s cage, with the dog inside, on the roof of a car for a 12-hour trip many years ago.  Out of his kindness, he made a little windshield for the dog.  Read the story HERE.

At least he did not pull a Clark W. Griswold and tie the dog to the bumper

Political Inbox:

Almost every week I share some of the political e-mails I received.  This week I share four that Caught My Eye…I also offer some commentary!

-The Jon Tester for Senate campaign sent an e-mail with the subject “A win for common sense” writing “The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that, Citizens United or no Citizens United, corporations can’t spend whatever they want to buy elections here in our home state.”  He then adds, “The bad news is that this case applies only to state elections – our campaign will still face millions of dollars in corporate-funded special interest attack ads.”

He did not mention that his supporters can spend “millions of dollars in corporate-funded special interest attack ads” on his behalf, too.

-The Montana Republican Party sent an e-mail with the subject, “”This headline says it all – no commentary necessary…” regarding a story in The Hill that had the headline, “Sen. Tester defends votes in support of Obama policies.”

It’s pretty easy to tie Tester to Obama…and it should be easy to beat Jon Tester with a good campaign strategy (one that could be put together with half a brain).  But, Rehberg has lots of negative baggage.  If the Montana GOP’s brightest star (Rehberg) does not beat Tester then the Montana Republicans will be set back a few years.

-The Obama for America team sent me an e-mail with the subject “”FLOTUS” in which the President writes, “When you become president, one thing that happens overnight is that you and everyone you love get a bunch of new nicknames. I was already pretty used to this. But “FLOTUS,” short for First Lady of the United States, is really something else. I’m writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 on Tuesday, and I know I’m not her only fan out there.”  He then asks me to wish her a happy birthday.

Happy birthday FLOTUS!

Brock Lowrance, who is the Campaign Manager for Rick Hill for Governor, sent an e-mail with the subject, “Just a few numbers” in which he catches up his subscribers about “the status of the race—where do we stand in relation to the other candidates in the race and how do our prospects look for the June Primary Election.”

He did not announce a running mate.  Hill is looking OK, but there are so many freaking candidates running on the GOP side for Governor, nobody will know until primary election night who the winner will be.  Note: I was polled the other day about this race by a company in Florida.  It was painful…

Trust Obama:

A new poll from Gallup tells us that “Americans say they want Barack Obama (46%) rather than the Republicans in Congress (42%) to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year.”

There are just too many extreme people on the Republican side of the aisle in Congress…

Candidate Filing Information:

The Montana Secretary of State has a webpage where you can find the list of candidates who have filed for office.  You can check it out HERE.

Montana to New York:

The best airport in Montana is getting even better – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports “Negotiations between the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and an airline on a direct flight to New York City are nearly complete.”

I like direct flights!  I bet Bozeman has a great airport board…

Eagle Family:

Congratulations to the Reimer family of Whitefish (Montana). Their fourth son received his Eagle Scout award.  You can read the story HERE.

Deplorable Conduct:

The New York Times reported “A video showing four United States Marines urinating on three dead Taliban fighters provoked anger and condemnation on Thursday in Afghanistan and around the world.”

This was terrible and they must be punished.  As a country we must be above conduct like that.

Crime “Fighters”

Maybe the Congressional delegation can get a few jets placed in Montana to fight crime?  According to this story, “The Dutch air force says two of its F-16 jet fighters tried to help police chase a criminal suspect.”

A missile lock on the suspect…or switch to guns…sounds like a deterrent to me!

One more thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

1 thought on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Jack, “WOW!!” is right on that Great Falls Tribune article that came out today about Dave Gallik, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

    Hope you do share more on it in an upcoming post.

    Your side bar twitter feed on your blog doesn’t properly follow through to the Great Falls Tribune article, but your tweet does. Oh well, keep writing as lots of us out here may not comment but read regularly.

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