Welcome to the first Friday of February – how about that! I can almost see spring from my kitchen window…
If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.
Today I write about the Tribune’s Capital Bureau Chief, Department of Homeland Security, NBC’s Brian Williams, National Prayer Breakfast, Harvard University & sex, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!
Capital Bureau Chief:
It was one of those “Breaking” Tweets that made me swear. Aaron Flint over at The Flint Report blog broke the story about John S. Adams, the Great Falls Tribune’s Capital Bureau Chief, leaving that job later this month. Read it HERE.
It’s a little silly for Adams to leave in the middle of a legislative session, but Flint reported that he will be replaced by fellow Tribune reporter, Kristen Inbody.
Adams was the best at covering the Montana Legislature – and second best is not even in the picture. His reporting on Barry Beach was even better. He will be missed. Good luck!
Department of Homeland Security:
Most political junkies saw this coming – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill failed to get 60 votes in the senate to move forward. As of this morning it’s failed to get enough votes three days in a row.
The problem? There’s language in the bill to roll back the President’s executive actions on immigration. The House passed the bill 236-191, but the senate needs 60 votes to end debate. The President has already said he would veto the bill if passed with language to roll back his executive actions.
The Republicans will probably have to take the language out. If not, DHS will run out of funding. If DHS shutdowns, can the GOP take the chance that they will get the blame? The President’s approval ratings are up and the senate GOP can’t afford to look bad since they have many seats to defend in 2016. Plus the GOP wants to win the White House.
National Journal explains some options for the GOP in this mess, but adds, “none of them are good.”
Here in Montana, the Montana Republicans went after Senator Jon Tester (D) for standing with the Democrats in the senate. Read their press release HERE. Tester issued his own statement. You can read it HERE.
So, here we are in early February and the shenanigans have already started. It truly does not matter who’s in charge. It’s all about the next election.
NBC’s Brian Williams:
Williams is the anchor of NBC’s Nightly News. The anchors of the three network news teams (ABC/CBS/NBC) are each seen by about 8-9 million people each night.
Stars and Stripes reported this week:
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Williams claimed he “misremembered.” In other words, he lied. As recently as 2013, Williams was telling the story – and joking about it. See it HERE (The lie starts at 2:45).
Williams needs to resign. If not, NBC News should fire him. He has no credibility now. He’s done.
National Prayer Breakfast:
President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this week. He talked about people’s “faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge — or, worse, sometimes used as a weapon.”
After he spoke about religion being used that way around the world, Obama added, “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” With that remark, some Christians went wild.
But you know what – the President is right. I am a Christian and his remarks did not bother me. I agree with most of them. Read his full speech HERE.
It was not long before he was attacked by the Family Research Council (FRC) for basically being too tough on Christians. I subscribe to receive FRC’s emails. The FRC claims to have this vision: “Our vision is a culture in which human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.”
I would suggest they add the words “love one another” to their vision.
If Obama would have said the sky is blue and water is wet, the FRC and other so-called Christian groups would have come out against him in some way.
My vision is that I would like to see groups who proclaim to be Christian and promote Christian values actually act like it. You might even win this Christian over.
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From the Billings Gazette: Philip Allan Morris, 37, is accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 with more than four pounds of meth hidden in his vehicle’s engine compartment. Morris told officers that he “fell asleep,” and that was the reason he entered the highway going the wrong direction.
He’s also accused of DUI – surprise! It was reported that a 9 mm pistol with live rounds was found in the vehicle.
When I was reading this story, I kept hearing the song “Baby Blue” from Breaking Bad. Morris Better Call Saul….
Harvard & Sex:
Sky News is reporting, “Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students.”
That may be the first time Harvard University and sex have been used in the same sentence.
History professor Alison Johnson, who led Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures said this:
“We wanted to emphasise that the central characteristic of any relationship between a professor and an undergraduate in the College should be pedagogical.”
Yes, it should be pedagogical. Very pedagogical…
One More Thing:
From @DanSWright: “Brian Williams has announced that, despite his recollections, he was not on the Titanic. He saw the film and was confused.”