Caught My Eye…

Ah yes…it is Friday!  Congrats for almost making it to another weekend (hold on for a few more hours).  Some of you will be getting a three-day weekend (President’s Day is Monday) so enjoy it.  Hey – why not just take off from work right now and get a head start on your weekend?

Of course, you need to read “Caught My Eye” first.

If you are new around here, then you need to know that Caught My Eye is posted almost every Friday morning right here!  This is the highly-read column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week, and I often add a touch of sarcasm.  By the way, everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about electronic signatures, countries we like, a big haul in D.C., constituent services, Rumsfeld and Rehberg, VA claims backlog, more thanks, a job offer, Kennedy, I share e-mails from my political inbox, and there’s a lot more!

The Ol’ Electronic Signature:

It seems to me that just about every U.S. Senate election in Montana the folks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) screw things up.  We all remember the horrendous ads they ran in 2006 (they also withheld funding) and now they seem to have embarrassed Republicans in Montana, again.  On ABC’s “The Note” the other day I read that, “Outside Group Writes Pact Banning Outside Groups in Montana Senate Race.”

When I read it, I actually said (out loud), “Great googly moogly” (or something along those lines).  Here’s the main paragraph:

“Sean Cairncross, a top election lawyer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which helps elect Republican candidates to the Senate, is listed as the author in the electronic signature of the letters both Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown sent to their opponents.”

Tell me again the mission of the NRSC – it does not appear it’s to elect Republican Senators.  For Team Rehberg to send it out like that was an epic failure, too.

Americans’ Favorability Toward Countries:

A new Gallup Poll tells us, “Americans are feeling more favorably toward several of the United States’ major allies in 2012 than they have in the past.  This year’s ratings for Canada (96%), Australia (93%), Germany (86%), Japan (83%), and India (75%) are all record highs for those countries in Gallup trends that stretch back at least a decade.”

Psst.. Australia is my fav.  Check out the poll HERE.

Big Haul:

When elected officials are in Washington, D.C., they get to attend fundraisers!  The one on Wednesday night put on by Quinn Gillespie & Associates raised about $400,000 for several folks, including Montana Senator Jon Tester.

You can read the story HERE.

I bet the food was good, too.

Constituent Services?

I happened to catch the video of Montana workers stopping by Congressman Rehberg‘s Helena office to talk about unemployment insurance extension.  Someone in Rehberg’s office left a handwritten message, “I’ll be back @ about 11:00” on a sticky note stuck to the window on the door.  One person in the video said it was 11:43…and that Rehberg should buy a watch…

The video says it all, so there’s no need for additional commentary from me…except to say I liked the music.

It’s a stretch:

The Montana Democrats go after Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg every day and sometimes it’s fun to watch.

When I caught the story about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld doing a fundraiser for Rehberg in Montana I took notice of the line, “Rumsfeld, who resigned from office the day Jon Tester won his Senate seat…”

Factually, it is a true statement, but it’s not “his Senate seat” the seat belongs to Montana.  It’s also the same day that Rehberg won reelection (for those keeping score at home).

Rumsfeld’s resignation was certainly not because Tester was elected.  Rumsfeld had lost the confidence of many folks serving in the military.  If he would have resigned months earlier, the outcome of several elections on November 6, 2006, might have changed, too.

And that was your history lesson for the day…

More Thanks:

On Tuesday I wrote about the Central Montana Defense Alliance (CMDA) Chairman giving credit to Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester (and excluding Representative Rehberg) for their work on bringing a new mission to the Montana Air National Guard.  The Guard may be getting a C-130 mission in a couple of years.

Today in the Letters to the Editor section of the Great Falls Tribune, the Great Falls City Commissioners joined the chorus writing, “The commission wants to thank its congressional delegation, in particular Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester for their efforts to keep a flying mission at MANG.”

Interesting letter considering three of the four city commissioners probably lean to the right…

Monday Night Football:

No matter who you talk to, anytime someone leaves a great telecast like Monday Night Football (MNF) people will be upset.  Personally, I had hoped that Mike Tirico would get the boot from the show, but that did not happen.  ESPN dropped analyst Ron Jaworski (Jaws) from the show and now it will be Tirico and Jon Gruden all alone.

I guess you could see that one coming.  Gruden knows his football and he loves the game and the players.  Tirico reminds me of the kid in grade school who was very smart, but was not coordinated enough to catch a ball – so he made up for it by learning all the rules.

Tirico, like the kid on the playground, comes in handy once in a while, but MNF has become a second-class game to NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Jaws still gets to stay with ESPN and talk football and that is a good thing for all the fans.  Let’s hope ESPN cleans house on their Monday Night Countdown show as well as the Sunday morning pre-game show.  They are both pretty bad these days.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Almost every week I share a few e-mails I received from elected officials, candidates and political groups with my readers.  I also offer some commentary.  This week there were four that Caught My Eye!  Enjoy.

-The Obama for President Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject “Free Obama bumper sticker” and guess what?  You can actually receive a free Obama bumper sticker!  Click HERE.

Free stuff is always cool…

-The Montana Republican Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “ObamaCare Amicus Brief” where they write about Republican Legislators signing “on to an Amicus Brief to the United State Supreme Court in reference to the Florida lawsuit against the White House healthcare plan currently before the court.”

The Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party closed out the e-mail by saying, “When it comes to ObamaCare, Max Baucus wrote it, Jon Tester cast its deciding vote, Steve Bullock has refused to join the lawsuits against it, and Monica Lindeen is working to implement it – Barack Obama’s biggest cheerleaders are Montana Democrats.”

Bada bing, bada boom…

-The Tester for Senate Campaign sent an e-mail with the subject, “A True Ally” and although Tester is up to his neck in his re-election race, he took time to write, “I know you feel the same as I do — that it’s critically important that we fight the flow of unlimited, undisclosed corporate cash into politics in Montana and around the country.  And I wanted you to know that over in Minnesota, Tarryl Clark is doing just that in her run for Congress.”

I guess with Tester being the top recipient of lobbyist money there are a lot of people who want him to raise money for them.

-The Bullock for Governor Campaign sent a link to a two minute and 15 second video regarding Montana’s challenge to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.  The video featured several news anchors from NBC, CBS, MSNBC, as well as local news anchors…and Bullock.

It seems Bullock (and Tester) will ride this horse (Citizens United) until it dies…

Still a Backlog:

I figured Senator Jon Tester, who has a seat on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, would have fixed the backlog of Department of Veterans Affairs disability claims by now, but he has not (another broken promise?).

It was recently announced that Fort Harrison (near Helena, MT) was “one of three sites nationwide picked to tackle the growing backlog of disability claims before the Veterans Benefits Administration.”

That is nice, but no matter who controls the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House, we veterans seem to get the short end of the stick.  IMHO that’s because the people making decisions about veterans don’t understand what it is like to actually be a veteran.

Joseph Kennedy III:

He recently announced that he is running for the Massachusetts House seat being vacated by Rep. Barney Frank (D).  I was happy to hear about it!

According to this story, Joseph Kennedy III is “The grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, the 31-year-old Kennedy was working as a prosecutor and before that as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts.”

Check out his campaign website HERE.

Underwear:

The Detroit “underwear bomber” received multiple life sentences on Thursday.  Read the story HERE.

Maybe they should have taken him way out in the desert, given him some C-4, and let him finish the job…

Job Offer:

I get a lot of weird job offers since I am on record as being unemployed – some folks like to prey on the weak, but once in a while the job offers are funny.

This one from “Chen Fui Aluminium Group of Company” (yes, they spelled aluminum incorrectly) made me this offer:

“We are happy to inform you that the Chen Fui Aluminium Group of Company in Shanghai China is seeking Financial Representatives from USA, Canada and Australia who will work part time 2hrs a Month and get paid 3,000 to 5,000 USD$ per month.  Should you be interested in this Job offer, kindly send us an email so we can provide you with more information about this offer. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you as one of our staff.”

Two hours a month and $3000 – $5000 per month…heck yes!

One More Thing:

Don’t…and I mean it – don’t forget to stretch…