Welcome to the first Friday of August and a new edition of “Caught My Eye!”
If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a 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 – or both.
Today I write about War College-Department of Defense-War College, RED HORSE, Daines’ Ad “Handshake,” Veterans Reform Bill, Suing President Obama, MTV, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud. There’s much more so read on!
War College-Department of Defense-War College:
It was reported yesterday “The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.”
Unless it changes again.
Before that it was going to be the Department of Defense. It does not appear they have their ducks in a row. This is good for Walsh’s opponent because this is one more day of negative things in the news about Walsh – and Walsh has seen negative things in the news about himself for about seven straight days.
Back in 1997, the 819th RED HORSE Squadron (RHS) at Malmstrom AFB, and the 219th (RHS) at the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) made Montana home because of the work of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns.
It was announced this week that the 819th RHS may be scheduled to lose 155 personnel in fiscal year 2015. That’s a shame, but it is not entirely unexpected. The Montana Congressional delegation over the past few years have gained notoriety for not being “all in” for Montana’s military. You can’t blame Rep. Steve Daines too much because he, along with Sen. John Walsh, has little time in office. So the blame can be placed on the senior senator, Jon Tester, who has 7½ years of seniority under his belt, and no military experience.
The delegation seems to be an easy pushover when the Pentagon wants to make cuts.
Besides basically saying Montana’s skies are closed by being against expanding the Powder River Training Complex (which would save the Air Force over $20 million per year), they allowed the F-15s to be moved from the MANG, plus they allowed the Air Force to take 50 missiles from Malmstrom.
Montana’s Congressional delegation is very weak when it comes to the seniority needed to fight for Montana’s military – especially when you look at the three states with missile bases. That puts Malmstrom on very shaky ground.
Daines’ Ad “Handshake”
I like the new senate campaign ad from Rep. Steve Daines called “Handshake.” It’s good to see Daines go the positive route.
The Associate Professor of political science at Montana State University, David Parker, enlightened us on Twitter by saying the ad was “Daines not so subtle jab @JohnWalsh.” I suppose one could take it that way.
Seriously, the first thing I thought when I saw the ad, which shows Daines and his daughter fishing, was, “I wonder if they have current Montana fishing licenses.”
I’ll bet someone is checking on that right now. In the meantime, you can watch the ad HERE.
Veterans Reform Bill:
I wrote about the bill this week, and the Great Falls Tribune published my column about the bill today. Read it HERE. Thank you GF Trib!
The Veterans reform bill passed the senate 91-3 last night. Both Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. John Walsh supported the bill. Thank you.
Three Republican senators voted no and in my mind that means they do not support veterans. They are Coburn (OK), Corker (TN), and Sessions (AL). Six other senators did not vote on the bill: Alexander (R-TN), Cochran (R-MS), Hagan (D-NC), Harkin (D-IA), Roberts (R-KS), and Schatz (D-HI).
Yesterday, I wrote that the U.S. House had passed the bill 420-5. Rep. Daines voted for the bill. The five who voted “Nay” were all Republicans: Crawford, Jones, Kingston, Sanford, and Stockman.
Now, which party supports veterans more?
Suing President Obama:
The Republican National Committee was already sending fundraising e-mails about the U.S. House filing a lawsuit against the President even before they had the vote. The House did vote this week to sue the President with Montana Congressman Steve Daines going along with it. In his short time in the House, Daines has become a follower, not a leader.
Yesterday I said that vote was stupid. I still think that.
Ironically, the Republicans in the House will use taxpayer money to fund the lawsuit against the President. They said he was not consulting Congress. It really stems from Obamacare. The House will waste a lot of resources and time to sue the President, who will only be in office a little over two more years.
It’s rough on the Republicans since they only control the U.S. House. The Democrats control the U.S. Senate and the White House. It’s looking good for the Republicans to gain control of the senate, but the President would still stand in the way of the Republicans running wild for two more years.
It really does not matter who has control. Realistically, in recent years when one party controlled the House, Senate, and White House they still managed to screw things up due to squabbles inside the party.
Next up, the Republicans will talk about impeaching the President. It’s another easy way to raise money for what is really important to them: the next election.
I Want My MTV:
On this date (August 1, 1981) “Cable’s first network devoted to ‘music television’ went on air for the first time 32 years ago, broadcasting The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star.” (Source)
Of course, one of the first music videos played on MTV was “Take It on the Run” by one of the greatest rock bands of all time, REO Speedwagon.
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From the Billings Gazette: 55-year-old Carl Len Millard, who has “six DUI convictions made an initial court appearance Monday on a seventh charge of driving under the influence.”
It was also reported: “A witness following Millard said that at one point Millard got out of his pickup holding a beer bottle.”
Carl Len Millard is an embarrassment to Montana.
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch!
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