Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

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 immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!


One thing for sure about the President’s speech last night – immigration is getting some much-needed attention. I am never that excited about the President trying to legislate via executive order – but they all do it.

I’ve written a lot about Immigration reform in the past saying we must seal the borders, find a way to deal with those illegals that are here, develop a system where companies that employ these workers can easily identify who is legal, and there must be no amnesty for those in this country illegally – they must go to the back of the line.

Here are the three main actions that the President announced last night:

First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.

Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.

As for the Republicans calling Obama names like “King” and “Emperor” is that all you’ve got to add to this debate?

So now it’s up to Congress to act. If they don’t like what Obama did, introduce a bill. Change it. If you can’t pass a bill that the President supports, then pass one that is veto-proof or work with the President and find some common ground.

The President did something. Now it’s up to the House and the Senate.

Same-Sex Marriage:

When I heard about the ban on same-sex marriage being thrown-out in Montana this week, I was not really that excited one way or the other. I accept it with neither joy nor sadness. I do know that some people on the right are pretty upset about it and some on the left are pretty excited about it. There’s a lot of posturing going on from each side – plus there’s money to be raised.

Although Montana passed a ban on same-sex marriage back in 2004, times appear to be changing.

The Great Falls Tribune asked the question, “Do you agree with the federal judge’s decision to strike down Montana’s gay marriage ban?”

Almost 65% said they agree with the judge’s decision to strike down Montana’s gay marriage ban and 35% said they do not agree.

I am hoping that a final decision will be made by the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future. I imagine the same-sex marriage issue will go the way that abortion rights have gone – there will always be a faction that is against it. That is their right; this is America.

One thing I do know is this: As a Christian, I have been let down more by Christians in my life than by gay people. I boldly predict that trend will continue.

Love one another…

Powder River Training Complex:

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) said that the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex has entered a “final step” and that if all goes well the expanded airspace could be in use this summer. (Source)

This is great news. I have been a supporter of the expansion for years.

Montana’s congressional delegation has been against the expansion. They basically told the aerospace industry as well as the military that Montana’s skies are closed. Their support for the military is highly questionable.

Thune has shown great leadership and support for our military during this process – a process that has gone on way too long.

Don Lemon Reporting:

When CNN anchor Don Lemon is asking questions, I find that it’s a lot like watching vehicles trying to stop at an icy intersection – you know there’s a good chance for a wreck. It makes you squeamish just watching.

This week Lemon was interviewing Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis who talked about being forced to give Cosby oral sex. Here’s part of the transcript from Media Matters:

LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.
LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.
TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.
LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?
TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re —
LEMON: As a weapon.
TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.
LEMON: Biting. So, um —

Lemon has apologized.

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, Curtis Dear, 28, faces felony charges of theft and criminal mischief. He is charged with robbing a laundromat coin machine of about $1,500 in coins and cash.

So, how did the officer find Mr. Dear? The officer followed a trail of footprints, quarters, and machine parts left by Dear who went to his girlfriend’s house from the laundromat…

I’m thinking a “dumb criminal” award is in order…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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  1. On immigration – The POTUS was outside the law to do what he did last night. He is not going to sign and Executive Orders, and you should notice that he did not say he would. He just made statements. Tonight in Las Vegas, he will sign a “memo” indicating to his departments that they should continue to not enforce current law. Immigration laws that are currently on the books, passed by Congress that are not being enforced. Last night was strictly politics, he did nothing but hand out work permits.

    I had an illegal alien work for me about 12 years ago here in Montana. He had a Washington State drivers license, a Social Security card/number, he paid taxes and filed a return and got money back. We hired him because we felt it was right and he worked hard. Two years after he left to work on a farm in Nebraska, we got a call asking about his whereabouts. We were informed he was here illegally. I was pissed that he lied to us and he denied a US citizen who needed a job here employment with us. While he worked hard, he didn’t belong here and didn’t deserve the same rights as one of our citizens. The people who are here legally deserve those jobs that illegals have taken. Obama said last night that it is OK for an illegal alien to take a job away from a US citizen! That is wrong. He just bought 5,000,000 democratic votes. Yes, they do vote!

    Bill Cosby – I find this all so wrong for Bill. What happened took place many years ago. Those accusations were dealt with years ago.To come out today and literally destroy a man’s life and income because she was stoned or drunk at the time and didn’t think it through! Seriously. This is no different than what happened to Paula Dean and saying the “n” word 25 years ago when everyone was saying it and it was no big f**king deal. (Sorry for the Joe Biden interlude). Liberals went after her and destroyed her business because of their PC attitude of do no harm. Bill was right to say no comment and to ask that it was not aired. How many times has the news left out important facts about Obama and that was OK!

    Lastly, sorry for the way the Chiefs played last night. The Raiders were due and I thought it would be Denver as the first to lose to the Raiders. KC will overcome this but it was a great win for the Raiders who have worked very hard this year and have come close in so many games. All I can say is GO RAIDERS!!!
    We’ll see what happens on the 14th of December in KC.

    Have a great weekend Mike!

    • Thanks Barry – I appreciate your comments. -JmB

    • Remember when a coupla Goopers did the same thing on immigration?

      There is a Senate passed bill languishing in the House. Pass that and Obama’s actions last night go away. There is a solution but obstructionist Goopers wish to continue to be the problem.

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