Caught My Eye…

If it’s Friday then you know it is time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye.” Welcome!

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. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about “Liking” Brian, Montana Democrats convention, a clerical error, North Colorado, The Nuclear Option, Hasselbeck for Carlson, plus we have two people who are Making Montana Proud!

Liking Brian:

Politico published a story his week about former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer titled, “Brian Schweitzer’s challenge: Montana Democrats.” The Politico reporter seemed to think that he discovered that there are Democrats in Big Sky Country who do not like Schweitzer.

Many folks, Democrats included, don’t care too much for Brian Schweitzer. He makes me laugh. The problem Montana Republicans have is the Montana Democrats circle the wagons better than they do in times of internal party squabbles. Those Democrats interviewed (who remained anonymous for the story) would rather see Schweitzer as a senator than any Republican. Unlike Republicans, they understand that agreeing with someone 75% of the time is good and not a reason to attack or not vote for them.

Like I have said several times before, if Schweitzer wants to be a U.S. Senator, he will be.

The Convention:

Lewistown, Montana, is the center of Montana politics this weekend with the Montana Democrats holding their convention there.

According to a story from Lee Newspapers, “Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is expected to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Max Baucus, likely will drop by to address the delegates.”

This is perfect for Schweitzer – everyone is waiting for him. He’s the center of attention.

A Clerical Error:

According to the Associated Press, the new Montana Political Practices Commissioner (Jonathan Motl) “ruled that the Montana Conservative Coalition did not disclose spending on an attack mailer against former state Rep. Gary MacLaren of Victor in a 2012 Republican state Senate primary.”

Additionally, the AP quoted Jake Eaton, whom they say is attached to the group. Eaton reportedly said, “The commissioner is making a mountain out of molehill by trying to turn what is obviously a clerical error into something sinister.”

“A clerical error” – now that was an adorable response.

Frequent readers already know that I think the Montana Political Practices office is pretty messed up, and until a better system is in place, taxpayers may never know if a decision is based on politics or actual law.

Until a better system is in place to root out the lawbreakers in politics, we’ll have to take a 530 word story from the AP about a decision from the Political Practices office with a grain of salt.

North Colorado:

FOX News is reporting, “Officials in eight northern Colorado counties united in opposition to the state’s new gun control laws and oil and gas regulations are reportedly considering forming a 51st U.S. state called North Colorado.”

Fun times!

I figured they would call it “Justus Township.” I wonder what their plans are to keep drones and chemtrails from penetrating their state border…

Hasselbeck for Carlson:

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View” and moving to “Fox and Friends” replacing Gretchen Carlson. Carlson is reportedly getting her own hour during the day on Fox News.

In honor of Carlson’s departure, the Huffington Post put together “10 Of Her Most Baffling Moments” which should be archived so when you need a laugh you can watch it.

The Nuclear Option:

Observers are saying the U.S. Senate is (once again) on the verge of using the nuclear option to clear some nominations.


I think most folks are tired of a do-nothing congress and would like to see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid use it instead of crying wolf all the time. There’s nothing to fear; Mitch McConnell is still leading the Senate Republicans so the chances of the GOP controlling the senate in the foreseeable future is pretty slim. Heck, Mitch may lose his seat in 2014 any way…

Making Montana Proud:

Back by popular demand! This is the section where I mention people whose foolish actions embarrass Montana. Fortunately, they did not injure anyone except maybe themselves. Enjoy…

-In the Billings Gazette we found that “A 28-year-old man [Christopher Iron] is facing two DUI charges and a felony theft charge after he reportedly fled the scene of a crash Tuesday night – only to attempt to steal and then crash a semi-truck a few hours later, according to Montana Highway Patrol.”

He’s one of the reasons we put instructions on shampoo…

-Here’s another one from the Billings Gazette, “A Billings man [Clifford Raymond Edwards Jr.] accused of twice crashing into a ditch while driving drunk with his disabled stepson in the vehicle was charged Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.” He told reportedly told officers “his disabled adult stepson was driving.”

I’m thinking Edwards’ antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels…

If you have a nomination for “Making Montana Proud” send it to me via e-mail!

Happy Birthday:

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac turns 70. It’s time to listen/watch “Go Your Own Way” from Fleetwood Mac.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…



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