Caught My Eye…

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where 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 – maybe both.

Today I provide independent commentary about Armed Forces Day, Brad Johnson, Amtrak, Jeb Bush & Iraq, Walmart II, Tom Brady, darts, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Armed Forces Day:

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 16) is Armed Forces Day – a day to thank military members for their service in support of our country. Thanks to all who are serving in our Armed Forces!

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Say It Ain’t So, Brad:

Earlier this week Lee Newspapers reported that current Montana Public Service Commissioner (PSC) and former Secretary of State Brad Johnson said he was considering a run for Governor in 2016. (Source)

I have always liked Brad Johnson. I was deeply disappointed back in 2010 that Johnson was driving drunk, and I wrote about it HERE.

It’s my personal opinion that Johnson should stay where he is (PSC). He’s run for more elective offices than I can remember. I think people grow tired of perpetual candidates.

Johnson does have a lot of experience, but I don’t think he can beat the current Governor, Democrat Steve Bullock, who has indicated that he is running again. Frankly, I don’t see anyone on the GOP side who can beat Bullock (at this time) no matter the experience or how deep their pockets.

Amtrak:

It did not take long after the deadly Amtrak derailment for it to get political. Some folks said the Amtrak program needed more funding or that funding had been cut. Although it seems like the reason for the derailment may have been speed, some will use it as a time to try to get more funding for Amtrak.

I’ve seen first-hand how political the funding for Amtrak can get. It’s political suicide in Montana to be against funding for Amtrak, or for someone to say you are against funding for the program.

The fact is Amtrak needs some major changes – and we need elected officials who will stand up and do something about it. The major changes should include Amtrak becoming a regional carrier – like a Northeast and/or West regional carrier.

After these terrible derailment scenes and stories about lives lost fade from cable news, we’ll be back to normal. This means if you are traveling on Amtrak outside of the Northeast corridor, your train will probably be late. It’s also more than likely that if Amtrak comes through your state then your politician will tout the fact that they love Amtrak and will vote to throw more money at it.

Jeb Bush & Iraq:

It was a bad week for probable Presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

During an interview with Fox News, Bush was asked the following question about Iraq by Megyn Kelly: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?”

Bush responded with, “I would have and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody. And so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got.”

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart made the Bush answer hilarious saying, “Sure I’d get on the Titanic again! I mean at the time, it had a terrific buffet!”

Bush has since changed his answers (several times). According to CNN Politics Bush is now saying, “knowing what we know now,…I would not have engaged.” CNN also added:

The comments marked the fifth time this week that Bush sought to explain his position on Iraq — a controversy that began Monday with a muddied expression of support for the war. Bush later tried to clean up the mess by calling the query — one many believe he should have anticipated — a “hypothetical,” and by Wednesday, he acknowledged he would have done things differently in Iraq.

How could a candidate named “Bush” not be prepared to answer a question about Iraq? Jeb Bush may be out of the race before he even enters it.

Walmart II:

It was announced Thursday that Great Falls (MT) would be getting a second Walmart. It’s fine with me. I consider it good news. Of course I would like to see other stores come to my town. I’ve said before that some folks don’t like to say they shop at Walmart, but the parking lot is usually pretty full, so somebody is shopping there.

The Great Falls Tribune also reported that some people had strong opinions about the new store on Facebook. I looked at their Facebook post and many of the comments were negative.

The negative comments reminded me of what my dad would sometimes say to me when I was young and complaining about something: “You would bitch and gripe if you were hung with a new rope!”

Yep, that about explains the reaction to the new Walmart…

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Billings Gazette: A 19-year-old driver who was texting crashed head-on into a Laurel police car Tuesday evening after swerving across two lanes of traffic and jumping two curbs. The man was cited for reckless driving.

This incident would make a great don’t text and drive commercial. They could say, “Don’t text and drive – You never know who you might run into!”

Tom Brady:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided that he would be the one to hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension from the NFL. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk probably said it best:

Goodell now will be asked to validate the work of the independent investigator he hired to investigate the case and the efforts of the senior executive to whom Goodell gave the authority to make the initial decision. If Goodell scuttles or adjusts in any way the decisions of Ted Wells and Troy Vincent, Goodell will look foolish for entrusting the situation to them in the first place.

The NFL is starting to look a lot like professional wrestling and NASCAR. The only way to get an outcome that everyone might see as fair would be to have an independent arbitrator hear Brady’s appeal.

I wrote about Tom Brady earlier this week. You can read it HERE.

44 Years:

After 44 years of headaches and constantly having a stuffy nose, Steve Easton had a sneezing fit. Then a plastic dart came out of his nose that had been in his nose for 44 years. Read his story HERE.

Do you know the location of your plastic darts?

One More Thing:

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

 

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12 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. At the risk of double posting.

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2012/05/12/bush-convicted-of-war-crimes-in-absentia/

    Kuala Lumpur — It’s official; George W Bush is a war criminal.

    In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes.

    Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

    The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  2. Since I can’t reply to Barry below,

    “In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were yesterday (Fri) found guilty of war crimes.

    Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.

    The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2012/05/12/bush-convicted-of-war-crimes-in-absentia/

  3. Rick, here is the link http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/amtrak-speed-control-system-installed-but-wasnt-turned-on/article/2564542. I don’t know who is telling the truth here but…

    Mike, on Jeb’s comments…he said based on the information available at the time when the decision was made, he would have said yes. Later clarifying, if he knew now what they knew then, he would not have gone in. Any rational person would have made that same call…what is lost on liberals is that Hillary did say yes. I am not in favor of another legacy president, either Jeb or Hillary.

    What we need is experience is creating incentives for business to be able to hire people. Obama has proven that the only jobs he can create are more government employees but has failed in doing so in the private sector. The US was a leader in manufacturing and we have over regulated those companies and over burdened them resulting in higher unemployment and fewer new jobs…

    • Barry – As for Jeb, the question was “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” Most people would have said no. Back when the decision was made, almost everyone said yes. I just think that shows Jeb Bush was not ready – even for the softball questions from Fox News. -JmB

  4. Amtrak- It has been reported that the PTC was installed on that section of track and that the engine was also fitted with PTC…but it was turned off at the time of the accident…the question is why

    Jeb Bush & Iraq: What we do know is that both SOS John Kerry and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton both voted for the 2002 Iraq Resolution, at this point, what does it matter what Jeb Bush would have done…it was not his decision at that time…but it was Clinton’s and Kerry’s.

    • Barry – Like I wrote, I can’t believe that Bush did not have a better answer for the Iraq question because everyone knew it was coming. It was a fumble. -JmB

    • The report I saw at the Flathead Beacon, probably an AP article, said the testing had not yet been completed on that section. FWIW.

      Starting 9 yrs ago, IIRC, Hillary has repeatedly said she realized her error and apologized for the vote to believe the Bush/Cheney criminal cabal’s lies.

      • The evidence that Clinton, Kerry and Congress saw came from internal and international intelligence that all believed to be real…I am unsure how that bad intelligence can be attributed to Bush/Cheney lying and that it was criminal…

      • Well then, Barry, you haven’t been paying attention. Or, more likely, comfortable in your denial of what has been revealed in the ensuing years.

      • I would love to hear about the criminal charges against Bush and Cheney that I missed or am in denial about…yes, there were no WMD’s found when we went in. My belief is that Saddam had plenty of time and moved them into Syria and I recall ISIS found a stash of chemical weapons late last year, although very deteriorated, NW of Bagdad that were from that era. So help me with more details of what I am missing, thanks in advance.

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