Caught My Eye…

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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 Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee & Jon Tester, John Walsh v. Steve Daines, Political Parties, Common Core, Execution, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee:

To say I was a little disappointed in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing Thursday that featured the testimony of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be an understatement.

There are only two veterans on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which is a travesty. The full committee has 14 members. It would have been nice for me and my fellow veterans to see some senator act just a little pissed off at Shinseki.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is a member of the committee. He is not a veteran. He issued a press release after the hearing saying, “heads should roll” if recent allegations of inadequate care at VA facilities are true, yada, yada…

Then he provided a link to a “comprehensive list” of his “work” on veterans’ issues, which was a little pompous. Considering the way the VA has been run the last five years, and with Tester being on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and on the Appropriations subcommittee for Veterans Affairs, this is not a time to blow one’s own horn.

Congress needs to take a long look at allowing veterans to use civilian medical facilities closer to their homes.

Walsh Fighting Back:

When you were younger, you may have seen a bully picking on some kid and the kid not doing anything about it. The kid finally was pushed around enough and he threw a haymaker and knocked the bully on his butt. Or maybe you saw the movie “Forrest Gump” when Forrest was being hit by rocks and Jenny yelled, “Run Forrest, run.”

I kind of felt that way about John Walsh – thinking he needed to throw a haymaker and actually “Run John, run.”

Up until a few days ago, Steve Daines was the bully, and he was picking on John Walsh with two or three attack ads aimed at Walsh. Walsh is finally fighting back with an ad called “Free Advice.

Lee Newspaper reporter Mike Dennison did an analysis of the “Free Advice” ad and again wrote about how Daines has voted twice to raise the debt limit and Walsh only voted once to raise it. Those two votes by Daines must be killing the Tea Party voters.

Dennison also talks about Daines working for Procter & Gamble (P&G) “helping oversee the marketing of P&G products in Southeast Asia and the opening of factories in China to serve those new markets. At the same time, in 1993, P&G announced a corporate-wide restructuring that would cut 4,000 jobs in the United States.”

It’s good to see the underdog fighting back…

Political Parties:

Gallup released a new poll yesterday that showed the Democratic Party having a favorable rating of 44%, compared with a 34% favorable rating for the Republican Party.

Neither party has much to be proud about. With favorable ratings as low as these, states like Montana should make it easier for independent candidates to get on the ballot. Independent candidates should be allowed to get their names on the ballot the same way Republican and Democrat candidates do.

Common Core:

I wrote about Common Core this week. You may remember this part:

If you’ve heard much about Common Core, it’s probably because some on the right side of the political aisle dislike it – it’s like they portray Common Core as the devil and children who are subjected to it will grow horns and have their intelligence zapped.

James over at the Flathead Memo blog sent me a link to a column about Common Core, telling me I might want to take a drink or some pills or both before reading it.

The title of the column is “Common Core is Evil Plan of Islam, Communism, and New World Order” and it’s written by Dr. Laurie Roth, Ph.D.  Roth writes, “Be a protective and informed parent, citizen and a rowdy American. Stop this Islamic and progressive madness against our country and children!”

You can read it HERE.

Making Montana Proud:

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

-From the Great Falls Tribune: “A Great Falls man (Everett Stiner Jr., 58) was arrested Friday morning after officers determined that he had become intoxicated and passed out while on duty as an overnight employee at a group home for disabled residents.”

Stiner “faces one felony elder abuse charge in connection with the incident” which has a maximum sentence of 10 years.


According to Gallup polling, “Sixty-one percent say the death penalty is morally acceptable, similar to the 62% who said so in 2013, although both figures are down from a high of 71% in 2006.”

That reminded me of the story about John McKay who was head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs were a pretty bad team in their early years:

Following a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss in their early seasons, McKay was asked what he thought of his team’s “execution.” He reportedly replied, “I’m all for it.” (Source)

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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