Caught My Eye…

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. – Charles Morgan

Hey it’s Friday and that means it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “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. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include the South Carolina church massacre, Daines, Rankin & me, Tester & Two Thousand Miles, Humpty Dumpty & Republicans, Southern Baptists, plus we have TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

Church Massacre:

In the past few years we’ve seen a mass shooting in an elementary school. We’ve seen mass shootings on military bases. We’ve seen a mass shooting in a movie theater. We’ve seen a mass shooting in a temple.

Now we’ve seen a mass shooting at a church – the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed. As President Barack Obama said, “There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.”

When will it stop?

When the 20 elementary school children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, I thought we – our nation – would finally come together and do something to fight this evil. Our country failed those children.

Major Garrett of CBS News reported Thursday night that President Barack Obama has consoled the nation 14 times after deadly shootings. The President had the following to say in his remarks to the press Thursday afternoon:

But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.

The President is correct. I think we are well-past that point.

Daines, Rankin, & Me:

I was happy to see that U.S. Senator Steve Daines took my advice about nominating Jeannette Rankin to be on the new $10 bill.

I wrote about it in my “Thursday Numbers” column which was posted at 6:47 a.m. Thursday. Daines first tweeted about it at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, and then posted a message on Facebook about it at 2:02 p.m. Thursday. His staff sent a press release Thursday afternoon telling folks that Daines had introduced legislation to require that former Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, be featured as the first woman on U.S. paper currency. Introducing a bill was a little overzealous and probably hurt more than it helped.

What Daines should do is lobby his fellow U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, about Rankin. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will make the decision. Lew is a Democratic appointee and Tester is a Democrat and Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Daines did get some attention from the Associated Press and Roll Call about his bill. Getting the media to bite on the little things is a victory for the freshman senator.

Two Thousand Miles:

A company called “Outlaw Partners” did a pretty nice video about U.S. Senator Jon Tester and his life as the senate’s only working farmer.

Tester has managed to use the farmer image to win two senate contests. Videos like this one help Tester show people he is still a typical Montanan and not some D.C. insider.

Humpty Dumpty & Republicans:

Over at he posted a column called “Why the Republican Party is fractured” which pretty much explains the problems with the Grand Old Party these days. If you enjoy politics it’s a must read column.

Berry uses Henry Olsen‘s “The Four Faces of the Republican Party” to explain the problems. Olsen says Republicans fall into “four rough camps” which are:

  • Somewhat Conservatives (40%)
  • Moderates to Liberals (30%)
  • Very Conservative but Seculars (10%)
  • Very Conservative Evangelicals (20%)

I don’t know if Republicans can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. There would have to be a purity test for those working on Humpty. Some Republicans would probably want to adjourn before the job is done.

Southern Baptists:

The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution that says, “No matter how the Supreme Court rules, the Southern Baptist Convention reaffirms its unwavering commitment to its doctrinal and public beliefs concerning marriage.”

In other words, the Southern Baptists oppose gay marriage no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court or the law says. The Washington Post has the story HERE.

Ronnie Floyd, who is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, told members, “I want to remind everyone today, humbly, the Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself, but the Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand.”

I guess Floyd is forgetting the part of the Bible (Romans 13:1) that says we should submit to governing authorities. Here is the NIV version:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Like many others, I once belonged to a Southern Baptist church. Gallup Polling reported this week that Americans’ confidence in the church and organized religion has fallen dramatically over the past four decades, hitting an all-time low this year of 42%.

You can count me as one of the people who has lost confidence in the church and organized religion. We see and hear a lot of hate from people who call themselves Christians these days.

Making Montana Proud:

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

From KRTV in Great Falls: A Great Falls man has been cited for violating the city’s distracted driving ordinance and careless driving for crashing into the back of a Great Falls Police car.

The name of the person has not been released, so only his close friends and family can make fun of him about it.

-From the Great Falls Tribune: Kurt Thomas Parker, 36, of Great Falls is charged with attempted robbery, a felony and obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor. Parker tried to steal a woman’s purse in the Holiday Village Mall Parking lot Monday morning.

The above incident occurred just one hour after Parker was released from the Cascade County Detention Center.

Maybe he missed his friends at the detention center…

One More Thing:

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

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2 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. In regards to the Rankin issue, it’s a nice gesture but not one that I can see ever happening. Many Montanans have little or no idea of who Jeannette Rankin is let alone folks nationally.

    • Rick – You may be right. It will take some publicity to get it done. -JmB

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