Caught My Eye…

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. – Bil Keane

Welcome to Friday and the big show that is called “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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Chattanooga Tennessee:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the four Marines who were gunned down yesterday in Tennessee and to the others who were wounded. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, too. 

Today’s topics include the Every Child Achieves Act, Major Garrett & the President, Iran Nuclear Deal, Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood, ESPN, and much more!

Every Child Achieves Act of 2015:

When a bill passes the U.S. Senate these days by an 81-17 margin that is pretty rare. The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 did just that, but U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was one of the 17 “No” or “Nay” votes on the bill. He joins other extremists such as Lee of Utah, Cruz of Texas, and Vitter of Louisiana.

There’s no mention on the senator’s website why he voted against the bill. The Montana Democrats noticed. A few hours after the vote, the Montana Democrats had this to say:

Daines’ vote against The Every Child Achieves Act puts him on the fringe of the issue. The bill has broad-based, bipartisan support from teachers, school administrators, and 81 U.S. senators.

“This bill was a test to see if Senator Daines would put student and teachers before politics, and it’s clear that Senator Daines received an F,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party and a former classroom teacher.

Daines really needs to move more to the middle. His extreme views are worrisome.

Major Garrett & the President:

President Barack Obama was holding a pretty boring press conference about the Iran nuclear deal in which he was dazzling the audience with his knowledge about it. But then Major Garrett who is a graduate of one of the great journalism schools (University of Missouri) and currently serves as the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News asked him:

As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran — three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration; one, whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation and the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?

It was a legitimate question and asked in a professional manner by Garrett. The White House over the past years has started to treat the press like elementary school children. Now reporters are put on a list and may get to ask a question. I doubt Garrett makes the list from here on out. Obama did answer him:

I got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions. The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails — Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better.I’ve met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody is content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out.

Too often nationally (and even locally) reporters are afraid or in awe of the person to ask tough questions. Some reporters are more like cheerleaders for the person or organization – that happens here in Montana a lot. Ironically, some end up working for the people at whom they once tossed the softball questions.

I applaud Major Garrett for his question. It was not even close to nonsense.

Iran Nuclear Deal:

The most interesting issue about the Iran nuclear deal to me is that many politicians on the right were against the deal before the deal was announced – which was also long before copies of the deal were distributed to the elected officials and public.

It was almost like they planned it that way. Sadly, the way politics are in the United States if George W. Bush would have made the deal, the lefties would have been against it, too.

I like parts of it and I am concerned about other parts, but the bottom line is the deal keeps Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

Caitlyn Jenner:

Maybe this should be filed under Breaking News: Caitlyn Jenner was given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Wednesday night and the world did not end.

It also did not mean that others who have shown courage in their lives lost to her or their courage was less than Jenner’s.

I watched that part of ESPN’s ESPY Awards on ABC. I was touched watching the video leading up to the award (I love her house!). I watched it twice. I was also moved by Jenner’s acceptance speech.

The part that I will remember most is when she said, “It’s about all of us accepting one another.”

Amen to that.

Planned Parenthood:

An anti-abortion group used the ol’ hidden camera trick to try and nail an official from Planned Parenthood. They did a pretty good job, too. One interesting part of the story that has not been widely reported is that the people talking to the Planned Parenthood doctor in the video were paid actors – that’s according to a report from CNN.

After the initial shock of some group selling body parts, my next thought was how could a Planned Parenthood doctor be so stupid and callous. I doubt the doctor will be employed there much longer.

Then I did some research and found the rest of the story.

CNN also reported:

The video, which is almost three hours long, was released Tuesday along with a heavily edited eight-minute version, which has drawn more than 1 million views on YouTube, as opposed to about 40,000 for the full-length footage.

Plus, it appears the anti-abortion group selectively edited the video to make it look like Planned Parenthood was selling body parts, but CNN reports that the price talked about is related to the cost of performing the procedure and shipping.

I think we can all agree that we would like to see fewer abortions, but the fact is that abortion is legal. Planned Parenthood does a lot more than just abortions – they provide valuable healthcare for women, men, and young people.

Nonetheless, this incident has hurt Planned Parenthood. You can see Planned Parenthood’s response to the mess HERE.


ESPN is continuing to circle the drain. Last week I wrote about the departure of Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons. This week it was announced that Colin Cowherd is also leaving ESPN – possibly going to Fox Sports. If I were employed by ESPN I would be getting a little nervous.

I’ve watched ESPN since the beginning – back when it was on only a few hours each day. I think ESPN peaked several years ago. Now they are more of a second-class sports channel.

Fox Sports is gaining more and more traction in the sports world, while the NBC Sports Network is gaining more viewers.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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5 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Chattanooga – the most disturbing reality of these two events is that we all know that ISIS has called for their supporters around the world to attack military personnel and their families…and by making them work on a base or in a recruitment center unarmed is like sentencing them to a firing squad. It is time to allow these trained soldiers to wear at least side arms while on duty. By knowing they were unarmed, allowed them to be murdered without any chance of protecting themselves or stopping this terrorist.

    The next most disturbing reality is that our President diminishes the situation in an almost denial of the influence of radical Islam and the true danger it presents in every nation they despise…

    The fact I can carry a gun and they can’t is…nothing but criminal.

    • Barry – Thanks. Those who work in the recruiting offices should be armed or moved to a more secure location like a federal building. It’s sad but many government employees are not safe. -JmB

    • You can thank Bush 41 for those rules. People try to blame in on Clinton because implementation happened within his term, but his Admin had nothing to do with it.

      Obviously, things have changed and the policy needs to be re-visited.

      • In reading the article, if he would have been allowed to carry a side arm in a holster on his belt, that incident would never had happened…

        It is true this rule was initiated by Bush and supported by Obama after Fort Hood. The bottom line is our homeland soldiers are being targeted and need to be armed…and trained and qualified citizens be armed as well.

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