Caught My Eye…

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

In case you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when 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 a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about sending letters to save nukes, Walsh vs. Obama, Imperial President, Tinfoil Hats, the Well-being index, Ted Nugent, plus we have TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

Write a Letter/Save a Nuke:

It’s a time-tested method that will get you mentioned in the press, but do little else. When you can do little else, send a letter and tell the media you sent a letter, and they will tell their readers and viewers.

From today’s Great Falls Tribune: “Members of Montana’s congressional delegation sent letters to the Pentagon on Thursday asking the Department of Defense to immediately cease what it perceived as renewed efforts to do an environmental assessment on the intercontinental ballistic missile force, which includes the 150 ICBMs at Malmstrom Air Force Base.”

Supporters of Malmstrom should probably start realizing that “Montana’s congressional delegation” has little or no clout with the Department of Defense. The other two missile bases in Wyoming and North Dakota have congressional delegations with more clout to protect them. Plus, Malmstrom has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons.

It will be the survival of the fittest when it comes to nuclear missile bases…

Walsh vs. Obama:

U.S. Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) sent a press release in which he “criticizes the President for his original plan that would have been disastrous for the over 200,000 Montanans who rely on Social Security benefits.”

The President “was considering linking Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI), which would have resulted in a reduction of benefits for Montanans and citizens across the country.”

It’s a smart move for Walsh to show some disagreement with the President.

Imperial President:

In case you missed it, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is suing President Obama because he is delaying Obamacare. It’s not that Johnson supports Obamacare; he just does not want Obama using executive orders to tinker with it.

He’s sent several e-mails through the Republican National Committee e-mail account about his plans. He wants people to sign his petition, which is basically another way for the GOP to harvest names and e-mail addresses to try and raise money. He also will accept donations. The Democrats do the same thing to get contact information.

My favorite line from Johnson is “I’m suing the Obama Administration to make sure Democrat politicians live by the same laws as the American citizens they represent.” It was right above the part where he called Obama the “Imperial President.”

Personally, I’d like to see Republican AND Democrat politicians live by the same laws as the American citizens they represent. I’d also like to see them work together to make Obamacare better for everyone.

I also believe in unicorns…

Tinfoil Hats:

The state legislature in Missouri has some crazies of their own. Just recently in Missouri a Republican state legislator added $8 to a bill “for two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”

It was part of a plan to stop “the state from accepting federal grants to implement Common Core standards for public schools.”

It looks as though he’s serious – check out the photo of his desk/chair HERE.

I hope I can get the instructions on how to make those tinfoil hats. It’s only a matter of time before they discover my bunker…


Gallup released the results of their “Well-being index” which takes into account life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana made the top five, with West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Ohio being at the bottom.

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way. Today we have two winners!

-From the Missoulian: According to a U.S. Department of Justice report, “Missoula County prosecutors said ‘terrible things’ to victims of sexual assault, told a mother whose 5-year-old daughter had been assaulted by an adolescent that ‘boys will be boys,’ and told another woman ‘all you want is revenge,’ in discussing a decision not to prosecute her sexual assault.”

The Missoulian also reported, “Those were all part of a ‘disturbing pattern’ of deficiencies in the handling of sexual assault cases by the Missoula County Attorney’s Office that place the safety of all women in Missoula at risk…”

This is an embarrassment to Missoula. It’s time for the Missoula County Attorney to go.

-From the Billings Gazette (a repeat winner): “State Sen. Jason Priest pleaded not guilty Thursday to four criminal charges” which are “felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault, assault and resisting arrest.”

“Prosecutors say the Republican senator threw his 4-year-old daughter, shoved his estranged wife, Anna Priest, and broke her boyfriend’s rib before struggling with a police officer who witnessed the incident and intervened. Court records state that Priest’s daughter sustained a 1-inch bump after landing on her head, and that Jonathan Trapp, Anna Priest’s boyfriend, was treated at a hospital for a broken rib.”

Priest is out on bond and the big thing is he “must stay at least 1,500 feet away from his children, his wife and Trapp.” Judge Blair Jones declined to make Priest wear a GPS monitor.

I can only imagine the fear his wife and his daughter feels knowing he is out and roaming free because the Judge Blair Jones failed to do his job.

Ted Nugent:

I saw Nugent perform songs off his just released “Cat Scratch Fever” album at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri in June of 1977 (Yes, I am older than dirt). Nugent was the headliner. REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Head East, Climax Blues Band, and the Little River Band also performed. It was a “Summer Jam” and thousands of people turned out to hear and see the bands – and raise some hell.

I remember when Nugent came on stage; it was like someone turned the volume up another 10 notches. It was that freaking loud. My head pounded into the next afternoon – the ringing in my ears did not stop for days. Good times!

I saw Nugent in Great Falls, Montana, a few years ago. Let’s just say there were not thousands in attendance.

Nugent gets his publicity these days by saying stupid things, like calling our President a “subhuman mongrel.” I did not like it when those on the left called Bush names, and I certainly don’t like for those on the right calling the current President names. They are, after all, our Presidents.

Nugent should apologize.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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