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 maybe both.
Today I write about Right to Work, Daines & Bachmann, November 12, Legal.Answers.com, the best news bloopers, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!
Right to Work:
I think the political group called “Montana Citizens for Right to Work” from Belgrade, Montana, may need some help with pithiness.
I recently received one of their mailings – several pages – which I’m thinking could meet the requirements to be a manifesto on the right to work.
They killed a lot of trees to send me information that told me my two candidates for Montana Senate did not complete the “Right to Work” candidate surveys.
First, there was a four-page letter enclosed in the “packet.” Then there was a one page “Candidate Survey” that neither candidate (Republican or Democrat) completed. There was a “Right to Work Action Reply Memo” asking for a donation. There were also two legal-sized envelopes addressed to the group. Finally, there were four postcards to send to the candidates urging them to return the candidate questionnaires.
The packet made me tired just from sorting through it. I was yawning. Next election, why not just send me a postcard. Trees will love it…so will I.
Daines to the Rescue:
Roll Call reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann showed up to preside over the House chamber “wearing a dress — without sleeves.” That is against House rules – “Bare shoulders are not allowed on the House floor” is what Roll Call reported.
Roll Call already used the “Right to Bare Arms” joke so I won’t use it here.
Rep. Steve Daines of Montana came to the rescue. “While Bachmann waited roughly five minutes for her staff to bring over a jacket, Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., stepped in to pinch-hit as the presiding officer.”
Many Montana Republicans are probably hoping that Daines stays away from Bachmann or he may end up like Denny Rehberg. Back in February 2011, Bachmann was in Helena (MT) for the Lincoln/Reagan dinner during which Rehberg made the announcement that he was running for U.S. Senate.
After her speech, Rehberg called Bachmann “President Bachmann” and said, “That sounds alright, doesn’t it? That sounds pretty good.”
Rehberg’s uninspiring senate campaign never really got any traction after those remarks.
There are elections to win, so the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a funding bill that funds the government through December 11 and, most importantly, prevents a government shutdown before the November 4 elections. The funding bill also included an amendment to arm and train Syrian rebels.
After that, members of congress got the heck out of town. They are scheduled to return to D.C. November 12. In other words, D.C. is just as screwed up as ever and it won’t much matter who wins in November because it will be more of the same.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester did give an interesting floor speech asking, “Are we putting another war on a credit card?” You can watch it HERE. You can read a statement from U.S. Representative Steve Daines HERE. U.S. Senator John Walsh issued a statement, but it was not available through his website when this column was posted.
I wrote an article called “How to Obtain Assistance from Your Elected Officials” and Legal.Answers.com published it on their website. You can check it out HERE.
I have some writing samples being reviewed at another website, plus there’s that other untitled book that’s just about ready to be published, but I am always looking for additional writing gigs.
Best News Bloopers Compilation:
Prepare to laugh…
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From the Billings Gazette: Michael John Morlan, 21, is serving time in the Montana State Prison “for having sex with an underage girl is facing a new charge alleging he pressured the girl to kill herself during a live video chat in September 2013.”
According to the Gazette “Aiding or soliciting suicide caries [sic] a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.”
Michael Morlan is an embarrassment to Montana. Here’s hoping the judge gives him the full 10 years.
One More Thing:
Ahoy matey – it’s International talk like a pirate day!
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