Caught My Eye…

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

Hey it’s Friday, it’s hot outside, and it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!” How cool is that?

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 Obamacare, Montana GOP Convention, Practicing Law, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!


The following “Breaking News Alert” was probably hard for the folks at Fox News to send:

In a 6-3 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts, court upholds federal health care subsidies to states that did not set up their own exchanges.

Now would be a great time for both sides to work together to make the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) better for all Americans. I’d like to see some of those who shouted over and over that they would “repeal Obamacare” come to the table and work with those who support the healthcare law to make it better for all Americans.

Some politicians, like U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), continue to say things like “I will continue working to repeal this failed law…” Right now Daines and Republicans are 0-2 in the repeal game. I guess there’s always going to be some wacko members of the GOP who will donate big bucks when they hear the word “repeal.” I am beginning to believe that Daines is afraid to stand up to the wackos in his party.

The fight should now be over; it’s time to work together. That’s what people want to see. President Obama had this to say about working together after the Supreme Court ruling:

So we’ve got more work to do. But what we’re not going to do is unravel what has now been woven into the fabric of America. And my greatest hope is that rather than keep refighting battles that have been settled again and again and again, I can work with Republicans and Democrats to move forward. Let’s join together, make health care in America even better.

If the Republicans want a chance of winning the White House in 2016, they must field a candidate who wants to work to improve Obamacare. People are tired of the calls to repeal it. Talk like that will turn off moderates and independents and you need us to win.

MT GOP Convention:

Just when the folks in Helena were starting to venture out into public after the Montana legislators left town, they now have to deal with the 2015 GOP Convention. It’s today and Saturday in Helena.

Saturday is the big day with the election for GOP officers starting 1 p.m. There’s a three-way race for party chairman with incumbent Will Deschamps being challenged by Dan Happel and Jeff Essmann. I think it will be a very interesting race. The big question is how much influence will the far-right conservatives have in the race for chairman. I don’t really know why anyone would want this unpaid job, but it’s good that three people do.

There are also workshops. I should probably attend the one they call “Stay Out Of Trouble” but it’s from the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, which means it will be about as exciting as watching paint dry.

I’m surprised there are no presidential candidates swinging by the convention to speak. With 13 announced candidates, it looks like at least one could drop by and speak for 30 minutes – raise some money, generate some excitement in the party and increase attendance.

They were able to get a Representative from Texas, Louie Gohmert, who along with Rep. Ryan Zinke will host a “Freedom Forum” for 45 minutes. The Montana Democrats sent a press release Thursday. Here is part of the information the Montana Democrats provided about Gohmert:

Gohmert has a long history of making controversial, conspiracy-laden comments from claiming the U.S. would be more “vulnerable to terrorism” because gay soldiers would be getting massages before battles to suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.

Great googly moogly. I wonder if they will be speaking about Agenda 21 and Jade Helm 15?

The good news is that we should have a clearer picture of who is running for offices in 2016. Rumors and/or facts are always welcome here at The Western Word ( You can remain anonymous.

Practicing Law:

If you’ve read my columns very much then you know that I don’t care for the work that John Parker is doing as Cascade County Attorney. Back in October, I called for him to step aside. I’m sure Parker is a nice person and all that, he’s just not doing a very good job as the Cascade County Attorney.

Now there’s a problem with some of the attorneys Parker hired because they have yet to pass the bar exam. As far as I can tell from the exceptional reporting on this issue in the Great Falls Tribune, new attorneys can actually do “attorney” work with a few stipulations like they must be under the supervision of a licensed attorney. But the problem lies in the rule that states, “Law school graduates who must take the bar examination are eligible until the results are announced of the first bar certification under this rule.”

It appears one or two of the new hires failed the bar exam but were allowed to continue working. It raises several legal issues with cases they worked on after failing the bar exam. It even delayed one case. Taxpayers may also wonder if there were any salary adjustments for these two employees after they failed to pass the bar exam. It seems they are basically working as paid interns now. It must be embarrassing for the two people who failed the bar exam, too. Parker has made it even worse for them by not knowing the rules.

Parker gave his opinion about the matter in an op-ed that you can read HERE.

The bottom line to all this is Parker has once again embarrassed Montana, Cascade County and Great Falls. It’s getting pretty old.

Making Montana Proud:

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

-From the Great Falls Tribune: Jason Jay Cheifstick, 45, from Billings made an initial court appearance in Cascade County Thursday for his seventh DUI. It was also reported that Cheifstick also faces seven criminal counts including felony driving under the influence of alcohol, along with disorderly conduct, speeding, no insurance (second offense), driving while suspended or revoked, open container and seat belt violation, all misdemeanors.

An open bottle of peppermint schnapps and open beer cans were found in the car.

By the way, there should be a law or something about drinking schnapps in the summer…

One More Thing:

That’s when America soars -– when we look out for one another. When we take care of each other. When we root for one another’s success. When we strive to do better and to be better than the generation that came before us, and try to build something better for generations to come. That’s why we do what we do. That’s the whole point of public service. – Remarks by the President Barack Obama about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (June 25, 2015)



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3 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Obamacare or now SCOTUScare – This is a bad law and will get worse. Deductibles and premiums will go up over the next few years…it is already starting for 2016 with insures asking for 20% to 40% hikes. not that they will get them, but if they don’t coverage will be reduced…it’s business. Even architect Gruber said that if you don’t create a Federal exchange, you wouldn’t get subsidies. The SCOTUS took the words that said just that and ignored them to make it available everywhere. They were making law as opposed to determining if the action was supported by the words of the law! If you think this is over, you would be naive! It will end if the GOP gains the oval office and keeps Congress.

    On a another note, candidate Bernie Sanders proclaims the US is the only industrial country not to provide healthcare for it’s citizens…he has no way to pay for that other then to tax everyone for it, not just the rich. In order for that to happen, he will have to legislate increased wages for everyone to have the money to be taxed to pay for universal healthcare…

    • Barry: Thanks for your comments. In regard to Obamacare, this is why both sides should work together to make it better for all. People are growing tired of the “repeal” chant and want to see the politicians work together and make a difference. -JmB

    • Sound and fury. Empty declarations. That’s all the Goopers have left. ACA isn’t going anywhere. The CBO announced 2 days ago that if ACA goes away the Goopers will have to find $353 Billion to fill the patch. Your horse is out of the barn and three counties over.

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