Welcome to “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 funeral processions, the Montana VA, out of state money, vacations, Rewarder.com, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.
I was proud of the folks of Great Falls and Cascade County (MT) for showing up to support and honor Cascade County Deputy Joe Dunn who died in the line of duty about a week ago. Yesterday the streets for the funeral procession were lined with citizens honoring Dunn, his family, and his fellow officers. The support was incredible.
When I meet a funeral procession on a street or highway I pull over to the right and wait for it to pass. It just seems to be the right thing to do – and it’s respectful.
Yesterday during the funeral procession several people grew inpatient waiting for the procession to pass and proceeded to drive on. Although it was longer than most funeral processions, this man paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.
To those people who were just a little too busy to wait a few extra minutes, shame on you.
The Billings Gazette reported, “A man who helps disabled veterans with transportation to Montana’s VA facilities has been threatened with a $50 fine for appearing in a photo with a newspaper article critical of the new West End VA clinic.”
The man is Ed Saunders, adjutant of Billings Chapter 10 of Disabled American Veterans.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester probably said it best: “It’s unfortunate this situation developed. The VA needs to focus on delivering the health care veterans earned. The VA has bigger fights to fight than this.”
Amen to that. There are still several people working for the VA who should be given their termination notices.
Out of State Money:
It’s that time in the campaign season for reporters to write about campaign donations – especially those from the “out of state” scoundrels who wish, for some reason, to own a Montana politician. With that comes the hand-wringing from the political parties because the candidate from the other party is getting more money from out of state.
It makes me chuckle because it changes back and forth between Republicans and Democrats getting the most out of state money almost every election season.
It’s one of the reasons why I am an independent.
I think we need a reality check here in the good ol’ USA: Presidents don’t really take vacations. Sure, they may be seen playing golf or riding bikes, but they are far from on vacation. As Nancy Reagan once said, “Presidents don’t get vacations — they just get a change of scenery.”
That quote was from the recent opinion piece in the Washington Post called “Five myths about presidential vacations” that you should read HERE.
Some readers may have heard of Rewarder.com. It was a site where people paid a small amount of money to get their questions answered.
I did some work for Rewarder.com over the past year and worked my way up the food chain to become one of the few “Elite Experts.” I answered questions about federal government agencies, internet rumors, problems with electronics, and helped people find a real person to talk to about customer service issues.
All that ended this past week when out of the blue they announced that Rewarder.com was shutting down – as in no more. It was a fun gig. I hope to find something similar to do in the near future.
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From KTVQ in Billings: “William McDaniel found himself in jail when he called police to complain that he didn’t get sex after paying for a private dance at a strip club.” He claimed, “he paid a dancer at Sage Brush Sam’s in Rocker $350 for a private dance and did not get sex.”
McDaniel was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution. Plus, his story and photo are in the news all over the country with headlines like:
“Man Calls 911 To Complain That Stripper Would Not Have Sex With Him”
“Butte man feels stiffed by lap dance, calls 911 to complain and gets arrested”
“Montana man busted for calling 911 on stripper who denied him sex.”
William McDaniel is an embarrassment to Montana.
One More Thing:
Don’t take candy from strangers…or strange people…or anyone really.
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