Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the Good Friday edition!

If 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Medicaid expansion and Tim Fox, Steve Daines, the bartender trial, the Veterans Administration’s no refill policy, Michael Bloomberg and Heaven, the economy, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

Medicaid Expansion:

It’s pretty bad when you take something to the Montana Supreme Court and get a unanimous decision against you. That’s what happened to Montana Attorney General Tim Fox when he tried derailing the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative.

The most interesting part of the shenanigans from Attorney General Fox is that he caused the mess to begin with. The Associated Press reported, “Fox and initiative opponents had sought a court order to revise the proposal’s fiscal statement, which the attorney general’s office previously approved.”

I believe the “team of seasoned professionals” that Fox has working for him need some more seasoning…

Transparency, Bipartisanship, & Constituent Services:

The Montana Democrats have been going after Congressman Steve Daines pretty much nonstop since he declined to participate in a GOP debate in May. Although it’s been brutal, I think that issue is fair. I think he should participate in the debate, and I said the same in this column. I’d like to know where he’ll be that day, too.

The Democrats are also going after him for having the lowest transparency rating in Congress from That’s pretty bad. He also scored in the lowest 10% of House freshmen for Joining Bipartisan Bills. That’s kind of like the “plays well with others” category. In his short time in Washington, Daines has shown very little desire to reach across party lines.

Another category that was not on the page was constituent services. I don’t normally contact members of congress, but I have contacted Daines. When I do contact members of Congress I expect a response – even if they don’t like what I asked. The same thing applies to the campaign arm of team Daines. After all, they should want our votes, right?

The Bartender:

The Associated Press reported that a “Helena (MT) jury was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the case of a bartender charged with serving alcohol to an intoxicated woman who later killed two people in a drunken-driving crash.”

Although I do not have an opinion about the verdict, I do have an opinion about, “County prosecutors could seek a retrial for the other two charges.”

It’s amazing how much taxpayer money is wasted on retrials. Many times it’s an ego thing with the prosecuting attorney. Face it, many prosecuting attorneys are not that good at their jobs. Since it’s not their money, they seem to think they can waste it on retrials. It happens at every level, too. The government prosecutors should only get one chance to convict you. If they don’t, they should move on.

Americans Less Confident:

According to a new poll from Gallup, “Less than half of Americans (42%) have confidence in President Barack Obama on doing or recommending the right thing for the economy — the lowest figure Gallup has on record for him.”

The leaders of the Democrats and Republicans fared even worse. “New lows in confidence were also found for Democratic leaders (35%), while Republican leaders in Congress received the lowest mark on record for either party (24%). Americans have more confidence in business leaders and state governors than federal political leaders.”

Get Ready to Shake Your Head:

According to this story, “Officials with the VA (Veterans) Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.”

I wonder if a GS-15 is in charge of monitoring the drink machine.

Michael Bloomberg & Heaven:

I think that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg should read the Bible a little more, or maybe read it for the first time. He recently told a reporter with the New York Times:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

First, I know there is a God. Second, I think Bloomberg should read the book of Mark, specifically Chapter 10, verse 25, which says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

I hope to see you in heaven, Mr. Bloomberg…

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Montana Standard in Butte: Christopher Nicholas Hiatt, 34, “is accused of licking a police officer’s eye during his arrest” which resulted in a felony charge of assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor charges of assault with a bodily fluid, criminal contempt and probation violation.

The interesting part is that Hiatt was the one who called the police about a theft, and the dispatchers determined he had a warrant. Officers responded and found “Hiatt outside of Pisser’s Palace in Walkerville” (here’s a photo of the palace) and that’s where the “licking” took place…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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4 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. We need to get the message to all our elected officials that it is more important to do what is best for the people and not what their party wants for us or themselves.

    By the way, Happy Easter!

  2. Transparency and Steve Daines, I can’t say what you did to piss off Steve Daines and his team, but i can say that of the 3, Daines, Walsh and Testor, Steve gets the highest marks from me. Every communication to Testor (and previously Baucus) came back with a standard “canned” response. In most instances, their response did not even answer my question or comment to them. I haven’t sent anything to Walsh, so no response is acceptable…but he has never reached out to me either as a constituent. Steve Daines, on the other hand, not only responds (likely via his staff) but i also receive multiple emails asking my position on issues we face here in Montana. At least Steve is interested in my opinion. The Democrats couldn’t give a sh!*! As far as a voting record along party lines, calling out only Daines seems a “stretch” to me, as that is the way Congress and the Senate operate these days.

    • Barry,

      That’s great that you have had good results from Daines. Like I said, elected officials should respond to every constituent even if they don’t like the question or request.

      As for his party-line votes, some will like those votes. Sooner or later being so partisan will come back to bite him.

      As always, thanks for your opinion. Here at The Western Word I try to respond to all comments – even the ones i don’t agree with.


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