Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – are you ready for this?

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 Great Falls Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Montana State Senate & federal gun laws, the Montana Legislature & Chickenpox & Right-to-Die, Franklin Graham, Justin Moed, plus we have #MeanTweets from President Obama! Buckle up…

Armed Forces Reserve Center:

It always tickles me to see the three members of the Montana Congressional delegation work together. It does not happen often, so when it does it’s almost like a three wise men coming from the east moment!

U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke all sent press releases announcing they were going to introduce legislation to honor Montana Medal of Honor recipients Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt. The honor they were going to do was to “rename” the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls the “Captain John E. Moran and Captain William Wylie Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center.” The delegation was also quick to point out that the building cannot be renamed without Congressional approval.

The local media kind of yawned and either posted the press release on their website or read the press release almost word for word on the local news.

What all three members of our delegation failed to point out, or research, or think nobody would remember, is that the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls was already named in honor of Captain William Wylie Galt. It’s Public Law 109-412. The bill number was S. 3759. The date was 12/18/2006.

The delegation should have said they were going to “add a name” to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, or at least acknowledged the fact that half the work was done years ago. Nonetheless, it’s still a great honor for Moran’s name to be added.

Federal Law Trumps State Law:

The Montana State Senate has decided they needed to “instruct Montana law enforcement agencies to disregard future federal gun laws.” The bill (HB 203) passed the senate 27-22. It should now be sent to the Governor.

I’m pretty disappointed in a couple of moderate senators (Ed Buttrey & Taylor Brown) for voting for this ridiculous piece of legislation. They seemed to have caved in to the nutjobs on the right. Shame on them.

You can see who voted for/against HB 203 in the Senate HERE and in the House HERE.

One senator did put it all in perspective. Republican Senator Brian Hoven of Great Falls had five brief words to say about the bill: “Federal law trumps state law.”

Good for Hoven. I imagine the Cascade County Republican Central Committee will be censuring him next week…

Chickenpox & MT Legislature:

I had a hard time believing this line from the Associated Press, “Lawmakers narrowly endorsed a bill Thursday to add the chickenpox vaccine to those required for public school students in Montana.”

It was true. House Bill 158 (HB 158) passed second reading 51-49. You can see who the 49 were who voted against it HERE. (Psst – it’s the same paranoid folks on the far right) It’s getting harder and harder to take the Montana Legislature seriously these days.

If only there were vaccinations to prevent dimwits serving in the Montana Legislature…

Right-To-Die Bill:

If I am ever terminally ill I’d like to be able to have my doctor help me end my life on my terms. Members of the Montana House of Representatives apparently do not believe I should have that right.

According to the Associated Press, House Bill 477 would make physician-assisted suicide a crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine, or both. The House endorsed the bill 51-49 on second reading. If it passes third reading, the measure will head to the Senate for consideration.

It’s all about freedom…

Franklin Graham:

I remember gathering around a black and white television when I was a child with my mom and dad and watching the Billy Graham crusades. My dad liked it because church would be over in an hour!

I have deep respect for Billy Graham, but I am losing respect for his son, Franklin Graham. Franklin has been in the news a lot lately due to remarks about President Obama. Recently he said that Obama’s “mother must have been a Muslim” and he’s made other remarks like the President’s administration has been “heavily influenced by Muslims” but failed to provide any proof. A few years ago, Franklin Graham had his invitation rescinded by Pentagon officials because of his negative comments about Islam.

It’s sad. Franklin’s father was a friend to several Presidents (Truman-Obama), and he prayed with them and provided counsel. Now his son is attacking the first black President – the same President who met with his father and they prayed together.

We should do for Franklin Graham what he should be doing for President Obama – pray for him.

Indiana State Rep. Justin Moed:

During the Montana Legislature there seems to be one or two legislators who get into trouble (DUI, etc.) during the session.

As far as I know, that has not happened this session, but it has in Indiana.

Indiana State Rep. Justin Moed who, according to “has apologized for sending racy, nude photos and lewd messages to the same woman who was involved in a sex scandal with New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner.”

The news has spread to Indiana. The Indianapolis Star has THIS STORY.

Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition:

From Jimmy Kimmel live: “From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an all President Obama edition of #MeanTweets.”

One More Thing:

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. – Benjamin Franklin


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