Caught My Eye…

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to the big show! If you are a first-time visitor, “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 Gianforte hiring Flint, the Montana GOP & the Montana Cowgirl, the Montana GOP’s problem in one sentence, my choice for Speaker of the House, Ben Carson, plus we have winner who is Making Montana Proud.

Gianforte Hires Flint:

It was announced Wednesday that the “Sean Hannity of Montana,” Aaron Flint, who starred in the radio program called “Voices for Daines of Montana” has quit that gig and will be the Director of Communications for Greg Gianforte who is “exploring” a run for Montana Governor.

I’ve known Flint for years back to the days when we both worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. Flint is one of the good guys. He would make a good candidate for just about any office. I enjoyed his radio show early on, but I stopped listening to Voices of Montana well over a year ago because, in my opinion, it was just too slanted and promoted U.S. Senator Steve Daines too much. Some days the program seemed more like a Daines campaign commercial than talk radio.

I believe Flint’s wife is employed by Daines, which may make them the ultimate GOP power couple in Montana. At least they can now have the title of working for two of the more extreme politicians in Montana.

As for Flint’s replacement at Voices of Montana, everyone understands the show tilts to the right and that’s all fine and good, but hopefully the folks at Northern Broadcasting will hire someone who does not have a relative working for a politician.

One thing that will be sorely missed is Flint’s skills as a conservative blogger. He was about the only conservative blogger left in Montana.

I wish Aaron well in his new position.

MT GOP & Montana Cowgirl:

The top blog in Montana, Montana Cowgirl, posted a pretty interesting story Wednesday evening titled “Shake-Up At The GOP.”

Cowgirl wrote that “A source within the Montana Republican Party revealed to me today that the Montana GOP is short of funds and is effectively cleaning out its entire staff.” Cowgirl also posted information from a Twitter account called “The Sleeping Giant” that had tweeted the Executive Director (ED) of the Montana GOP, Chris Shipp, was no longer the ED.

The Associated Press verified that Shipp was no longer with the GOP in a story posted Thursday afternoon.

When the Montana GOP started shunning moderates and catering to the extremes in the party, they lost many moderates who worked hard to elect conservatives. These moderates also stopped donating time and money to their state and local party.

We’ll probably be seeing more watermelon jokes and outhouses with signs saying it’s Obama’s Presidential Library in the coming months…

MT GOP’s Problem:

The Montana Republicans have a serious problem that is shown in one simple sentence. It was a quote from a Republican state legislator named Matthew Monforton of Bozeman who decided not to run for reelection. Monforton told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:

The Montana Republican Party will always be a charade until we stop Democrat activists from infiltrating our primaries and electing phony ‘Republicans’ like Ryan Zinke and Walt Sales.

I am beginning to believe the Montana GOP is beyond repair – at least it will be until some adult takes over and tells the extremists where to go.

Who Wants to be Speaker:

The U.S. House Republicans sure know how to screw things up. They got prepared to vote on a Speaker to replace John Boehner whom they basically ran out of office and their main man, current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., withdrew his name from consideration.

Now they are scrambling to find someone. This could be the greatest reality show of all time.

McCarthy is the guy who told Fox News in an interview that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was being used to hurt Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations. With those comments, McCarthy gave the Clinton campaign new life and she may end up becoming President because of it.

I wonder if “Clyde” the orangutan from the movie “Every Which Way But Loose” is available to be speaker.

Ben Carson:

The last thing the folks who lost loved ones during the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, needed to hear was neurosurgeon and Republican Party candidate for President Ben Carson talk about how the victims should have attacked the shooter and maybe had more courage. Carson does not believe that President Obama should comfort the victims, either.

Face it – Ben Carson has said a lot of asinine things recently. He may be a great neurosurgeon, but he lacks common sense.

Many months ago I said that Carson and I have something in common: neither one of us will be the President of the United States. That is still true today. In fact, my odds at becoming President may be better than his.

Making Montana Proud:

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

From the Great Falls Tribune: Police were called around 3 a.m. Tuesday when an employee at the Townhouse Inn heard a woman yelling for help across the street at JBs restaurant.

When members of the Great Falls Police Department arrived, they found an intoxicated juvenile stuck in the frame of a glass door. She was stuck so well that Great Falls Fire Rescue had to saw through the door to extricate her.

(Note to my readers from Iowa: extricate means to free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty)

Sometimes you can’t fix stupid…

One More Thing:

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau


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  1. Barry/Anonymous: if you have no affiliation with either party, why attack Pelosi and others on the left exclusively, as you do? Probably because you’re embarrassed to admit you’re a rightwingnut. When you talk like one and act like one, then they are your flock of ducks.

    Enjoy your Columbus discovered some Caribbean Islands Day weekend.

    • doug, this is a liberal blog predominately supporting liberals and dissing conservatives. I have agreed many times on Mike’s thoughts regarding conservatives, especially here in Montana. I am for term limits and against career politicians. Pelosi is a a total hypocrite claiming to be a Catholic and support abortion. That is just not possible! When the Democrats shoved Obamacare down our throats, her statement about “having to pass it to see what’s in it” was pure arrogance…

      Sorry I don’t get your attempt at humor regarding Columbus day and why you feel everything is mine…

      • FYI- this is an independent blog. If you look over the history of TWW I stick it to everyone. At this time the GOP is the low-hanging fruit. No matter what, everyone is welcome and mostly loved. -JmB

      • Mike, I ask your forgiveness here…since the day I found your blog, it would appear that the GOP has been low hanging fruit! While the Dems have had their low hanging issues, I must have missed the majority of them here…
        As for doug’s position, he seems to make George Soros appear as a moderate with his support of the Dems. Continue to stick it to ’em and I’ll keep coming back, enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stretch.

      • Barry – No problem. Thanks. -JmB

      • My, my, look at the fetid turd Barry left to marinate for 4 days.

        It’s nice to see JmB setting you straight on your stereotypical rightwingnut tactic of making observably untrue assertions.

        Then you follow that up with the usual rightwingnut concept of of homoerotic violence with your “shoving down our throats” nonsense.

        It is possible to hold two disparate and separate thoughts at once. You should try it sometime. It is quite possible to be a practicing Catholic and being in favor of defending women’s rights to make their own health care choices. Until you have a vagina, Barry, I suggest you keep your nose out of what happens in and around those of half the population.

        And then you melt down into a classic rightwingnut fave, cherry-picking a sentence fragment out of context thinking that is the net sum total of the issue. FOX Lies and Skews has indoctrinated you well with their steady diet of crackers and kool-aid for their good little parrots to regurgitate.

        Let’s see what was said more completely:

        “Those ten seconds, immortalized by Fox News leave out what Pelosi said in the lead-up to those infamous words:

        You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.”


        ““So, that’s why I was saying we have to pass a bill so we can see so that we can show you what it is and what it isn’t,” Pelosi continued. “It is none of these things. It’s not going to be any of these things.” She recognized that her comment was “a good statement to take out of context.” But the minority leader added, “But the fact is, until you have a bill, you can’t really, we can’t really debunk what they’re saying….””

        This is the willful ignorance of the rightwingnut teabaggers of America to buy into an easy few words that aren’t more than they can handle as one thought.

        It’s right up there with the same tactic used with Hillary in using, “at this point, what difference does it make.”

        Go to the end of the linked transcript and see how the intent of her words were completely flipped to mean something else.

        Truly, in testimony two years after the Benghazi outpost attack, what difference did it make what the impetus of the attack might have been? Sen. Johnson, recognizing that his tuschie had been soundly paddled cut and ran as he ended his questioning.

        Columbus didn’t “discover” America as time has twisted his journeys’ observance. It was strictly about plundering and enslaving whatever they might find.

        As you come off of your Indigenous People’s Day celebratory hangover, you can read this:

  2. At least Clyde, the orangutan, is still better than Nancy Pelosi! Have a great day out there!

    • Barry – Sometimes we all need a little “Clyde” in our lives… -JmB

    • When your party is submerged in an internecine, piranha-like frenzy of cannibalism, attack one of the most prominent females in the opposite party. You’re a good little slick-sleeve in the Goopers’ War on Women, Barry.

      • doug, I am jot affiliated with any party and would not, cause they are all liars and cheats…no need to apologize, have a great day!

      • Doug, I have no affiliation with either party because I think they’re both filled with self serving Crooks and Liars, have a nice day

  3. Good insight today. If Montana politics were a western this would be the part where they talk the drunk outside and dip his head in the water trough. I feel the Dems are just as inebriated as the GOP – both have strayed from their principles in my opinion.

    • Greg – Thank you. Good comparison on the drunks. Haha! -JmB

      • There is a great meme on Facebook about the Democrats and Republicans are like two drunks arguing about the bar bill on the Titanic…that pretty much sums up Congress today.

      • When you’re a drunk making $175,000 a year and getting countless perks on top of it, why care about anything? Congress is a disgrace. I even saw a clip of Steny Hoyer yesterday saying, “it’s broken, we know it’s broken.”

        Well, why are we paying these people? I blame the media. All you have to do to get elected is have a corporation give a bunch of money to you so you can give it to the TV station. The TV station will then run your K Street ads about 100 times a day for months.

        That’s brainwashing. I’m glad I don’t watch TV anymore. Pretty soon the politicians will have Facebook videos assault me. They’ll probably even find a way to turn up my computer’s volume if it’s turned down. Pitiful.

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