Welcome to Friday and welcome to summer 2013! It’s time for another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye.”
If you are a first-time visitor, this 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. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.
Today I write about Brian Schweitzer, Rick Hill, Shannon Augare, the pipe bomb thrower, chickens, Internet sales tax, Mr. Trololo, Supermoon, “Dumb and Dumber, to,” and there are two winners in the Making Montana Proud section, so read on…
Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer did what he does best this week – using the news media to gain some publicity. This time Roll Call was the victim. You can read it HERE. Several other stories have sprouted from the Roll Call story, but the Roll Call reporter called to ask him about a story saying he was on a ‘Charm Offensive’ with Team Baucus. You can read that one HERE.
I imagine things are not that rosy between Schweitzer and Baucus. I think the relationship was probably harmed around 2005 when it appeared Baucus was siding with John Morrison for U.S. Senate and Schweitzer was siding with Jon Tester. Schweitzer’s man won. The primary was a little tough for Morrison.
Plus, in the last couple years Baucus and the “Montana’s Max” brand have taken a back seat to Brian “Veto branding” Schweitzer. Baucus is like the rich uncle who gets invited to the family gatherings just because he has some money – and he just might give you some of it. Schweitzer is like the crazy cousin who is fun to drink beer with. He may do something silly, too.
The bottom line to all this chatter is that if Brian Schweitzer wants to be Montana’s next U.S. Senator, he will be. The Democrats don’t have anyone who can stop him, neither do the Republicans. Schweitzer might be the Democrats’ Ted Cruz. The U.S. Senate could use him…
Lee Newspapers is reporting this morning “Defeated gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill has asked a federal court to block a state investigation of a complaint filed last fall by his opponent’s campaign manager over Hill receiving a $500,000 donation from the Montana Republican Party.”
The reason? According to the story, “Hill and his campaign could face a potential maximum fine exceeding $1.5 million if the commissioner rules they violated the law.”
The “commissioner” is Jonathan Motl. He is Montana’s new political practices commissioner. He was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock, who defeated Hill. According to a May 2013 article by Lee Newspapers, Motl is a donor to Democrats, giving, “slightly more than $5,000 in partisan statewide and legislative races, all to Democrats. That includes $790 to Bullock in his races for attorney general and governor.”
I can’t blame Rick Hill for wanting the state investigation blocked. Who wouldn’t want it blocked if the person doing the investigation was a donor to and appointed by his/her opponent?
It is all about perception…
In what is becoming a weekly story, the Associated Press is reporting, “The FBI is stepping in to lead the investigation into a state senator and Blackfeet tribal leader [Shannon Augare] accused of fleeing an officer who suspected him of drunken driving.”
Great googly moogly…
And, of course, “Augare did not return a call for comment Thursday” so I will, once again, give him the “Ferris Bueller” treatment.
Making Montana Proud:
The people mentioned in this section actually embarrass Montana and fortunately nobody was injured. Enjoy…
–KRTV in Great Falls reported this week about Stacy Dawn Rattray who “was arrested after reportedly driving drunk in the McDonald’s drive-through lane.”
Maybe when she ordered a Whopper that raised suspicion…
It gets better: Rattray “had trouble finding her license, insurance and registration, smelled of alcohol, was slurring her words, and swayed when standing. Rattray reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol.”
Momma didn’t raise any dummies, huh?
The clincher to make this list was this: “Two girls, ages 4 and 2, were inside the car. Rattray told police that she was babysitting them but could not remember the name of their mother.” The final nail is this information: “Rattray already has three DUI convictions, including one in 1991, one in 2007 and one in 2011.”
It was nice that the judges allowed her to roam the streets…
-The Missoulian reported this week about Gary Wayne Morehead Jr., who was “found ‘apparently asleep’ and without pants or shoes in his running car.” He was charged with “driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony violation that would be his fourth DUI.”
It was also reported, “When officers from the Missoula Police Department arrived, they found Morehead in the back seat, ‘missing pants and shoes,’ and the car running.”
We really need to help Gary find his pants and shoes…
Pipe Bomb Thrower:
The Great Falls Tribune reported, “A Virginia man [Laurence Alan Stewart II] was sentenced to life in the Montana State Prison without parole Thursday for throwing pipe bombs at Montana law enforcement during a high-speed chase in November.” Apparently no one was injured.
The Tribune also reported, “District Judge Dirk Sandefur agreed with Cascade County Attorney John Parker’s request of life in prison without parole.”
It would be nice if County Attorney Parker and Judge Sandefur were this tough on drunk drivers…
Cluck, Cluck, Cluck:
Sad news from the Great Falls Tribune, “Chickens won’t be on ballot” which also may mean their eggs won’t be on our plates or their legs, thighs, and breasts won’t be in our fryers.
But it really means “The petition to put urban chickens to a vote this November didn’t get enough votes to make the ballot.”
I wonder if they worked around the “cluck” to gather signatures… (Sorry)
No Internet Sales Tax:
A new poll from Gallup finds “Americans, by 57% to 39%, say they would vote against a law that would allow each state to collect sales taxes on purchases its residents make online over the Internet.” Young people (18-29) are against it 73%-27%.
It would be politically dangerous for anyone to vote for an internet sales tax.
Get ready for the “Supermoon” this weekend – read THIS to be prepared.
The late Mr. Trololo (Eduard Khil) has over 16 million views of this little gem (you can thank me later):
The words are quite catchy, don’t you think? That’s 2 minutes and 42 seconds you can’t get back…
Dumb and Dumber, to:
In the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas “So you’re telling me there’s a chance. Yeah!”
It looks like “Dumb and Dumber, to” is in the works with more adventures from Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). One of my favorite comedies was the original “Dumb & Dumber,” so I am looking forward to it!
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…