Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone
Welcome to Friday – it’s a three day weekend for many! If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! 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.
Today I write about Americans For Prosperity, Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the Kentucky County Clerk, Donald Trump & the Republican National Committee, Tom Brady, and much more!
University of Montana Bozeman:
The folks at the Montana chapter of Americans For Prosperity (AFP) are sure giving those on the left plenty of ammo. This time they sent a press release announcing that Greg Gianforte would be speaking at an event on September 17 at University of Montana Bozeman.
Bozeman is the home of Montana State University.
It’s kind of a big deal around these parts to know the difference.
This is the same group that said “the voices of millions of Montanans” did not want to expand Medicaid. Montana has a population of a little over one million.
If you’re going to be a major political player and be taken seriously in Big Sky Country, you can’t make these dumb mistakes.
Montana High Tech Jobs Summit:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines is putting together (co-sponsoring) the first biannual Montana High Tech Jobs Summit in Bozeman. It’s scheduled for September 13-14 at Montana State University.
This is a good thing for Montana. Daines is bringing some high-profile folks, like Montana native Dr. Dava Newman, who is the Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to speak at the event.
Daines has a website set up with more information. Visit it HERE.
Kentucky County Clerk:
Rowan Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is in jail for contempt. The contempt charges stem from her refusing to follow the federal court’s ruling that allows gay marriage. Davis would not issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Some may applaud Davis for her stance, but not me. She works for the government and must provide services to everyone. She was given the option by the judge to allow her deputies to issue the marriage licenses, but she refused. Now that she is in jail, it has been reported that most of the remaining clerks told the judge that they will begin issuing marriage licenses today (Friday).
Davis should read her Bible while she is sitting in jail – starting with Romans 13:1-2.
Update: A gay couple received their marriage license from the Rowan Kentucky County Clerk’s office Friday morning. (Source) Kim Davis remains in jail.
Trump Signs Pledge:
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump signed a loyalty pledge from the Republican National Committee (RNC) saying he would support the Republican who wins the nomination and not run as a third-party candidate.
I was surprised Trump signed it. He should have told RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to shove it. I imagine Priebus told Trump that if he did not sign the pledge he would not be invited to Republican debates or to the convention.
I think Trump will lose a lot of support from independents, plus he’s lost some leverage. He’s one of the few people who does not need a political party to win. I expect he will start going down in the polls. People liked his independence. It has been pointed out that the pledge is not legally binding, but signing it makes Trump look weak.
The stranglehold the Democrats and Republicans have on politics in the United States continues.
In case you missed it, a Federal judge threw out the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for “deflategate.” The NFL will appeal the decision, but from what I have read there’s just a small percentage of appeals that are successful, although stranger things have happened.
I did not believe that Brady should be suspended. I do believe that he did not cooperate as much as he could have with the investigation. I thought a fine was the best punishment.
I think the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell looked foolish during this fiasco. Many folks at ESPN, especially the ex-jocks who are jealous of Brady’s four Super Bowl rings, also looked foolish during deflategate.
One More Thing:
A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles. – Mignon McLaughlin