Common sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden. – Anonymous
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 Malmstrom AFB, Juneau vs Zinke, Obama veto, Hillary Clinton testifies, Fan Duel/Draft Kings & Montana, Toronto Blue Jays & Kansas, plus much more!
Great news – the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB (near Great Falls, MT) won the Blanchard Trophy during the Global Strike Challenge competition for being the best intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Wing.
You can view the list of winners in other categories HERE. Congrats to all the competitors!
The Great Falls Tribune placed the story about the big win on page A-3 of their Thursday paper. I think it deserved a spot on the front page.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester posted a congratulatory message on Twitter.
Considering what Malmstrom AFB has been through during the past few years, this is a major accomplishment. I salute them.
Juneau vs Zinke?
Democrat Denise Juneau who is currently the Superintendent of Public Instruction may challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke for Montana’s U.S. House seat next year. (Source)
I like Juneau. I also like Zinke.
In 2012 Juneau was reelected by beating Sandy Welch, who was not widely known. Juneau beat Welch by just 2,231 votes out of 468,563 votes cast. Zinke won his race in 2014, by about 55,000 votes.
I hate to rain on anyone’s parade (not really), but right now I don’t see Juneau beating Zinke.
The Great Falls Tribune asked readers “Who would get your vote in the U.S. House race?” This morning I checked the results and over 3,100 people voted in the unscientific poll. Zinke easily won 72% to 28%.
Obama Vetoes Defense Bill:
President Barack Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act yesterday, which is something that we don’t see too often. You can read his reasons for the veto HERE.
Montana’s junior Senator, Steve Daines (R), issued a press release condemning the President for the veto:
To deny our troops needed stability while serving both here at home and in dangerous theaters abroad is incomprehensible and wrong. Today’s actions prove President Obama is once again choosing to lead from behind. In the coming weeks, I look forward to casting my vote to override the President’s shameful veto.
U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R) sent a press release in which he said:
The NDAA gives our troops what they need to win. This is not a game. People’s lives are on the line. This is a dereliction of duty by a Commander in Chief – our troops deserve more. Our troops deserve to know that the Commander in Chief has their back. And when the Commander in Chief does not, it’s a signal that the blood we have shed doesn’t matter.
The Senate passed the bill 70-27 and the House vote was 270-156. The Senate would need 67 votes to override the veto, and the House would need 290 votes.
It’s really pretty easy to figure this out – either muster up enough votes to override the veto or pull up a chair and work with the President to make changes so he will sign the bill.
The big day came on Thursday with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifying in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It was an all-day sucker – lasting 11 hours. Yes, eleven freaking hours!
If you lean to the right, then you loved the questioning from Chairman Trey Gowdy and the six other Republicans. If you lean to the left, then you were proud of ranking member Elijah Cummings and the four other Democrats who stood up for Clinton and took on those who they thought were tough on her.
Here’s how I saw it:
I’m an independent. I watched/listened to about 6-7 hours of testimony (I also got a lot of laundry done during this time). This was Clinton’s third time testifying. There was nothing new, just the questions were phrased differently. It was a circus designed to harm Clinton so she won’t be the next President.
Clinton walked away a winner. She looked Presidential and most of Twitter was behind her during the marathon.
Most of these Representatives were not very well known before their 15 minutes of fame during this committee meeting. They will fade back into the woodwork and be insignificant once again in the U.S. House of Representatives if this “Select Committee” ever ends. Chairman Trey Gowdy was pathetic trying to run the committee. He looked like a five year-old trying to run a daycare.
The House should terminate the House Select Committee on Benghazi immediately and stop wasting taxpayer money.
Fan Duel/Draft Kings & Montana:
Here in Montana you can find a casino on just about every block in some cities. You can play the lottery at more than a thousand retailers across the state. So it’s not like we are as pure as new-fallen snow here in Big Sky Country when it comes to games of chance.
Unfortunately, you can’t play Fan Duel or Draft Kings for money in Montana. In case you don’t know about Fan Duel or Draft Kings, they are in the fantasy sports game business.
According to a story I found in the Billings Gazette, the reason Montana does not allow us to play Fan Duel or Draft Kings:
State gambling officials say they’re out-of-bounds for two reasons: Montana law defines fantasy sports as gambling and prohibits Internet gambling.
I imagine if Fan Duel and/or Draft Kings donated to a few politicians in Montana, we’d see that quickly change.
Toronto Blue Jays & Kansas:
If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ve probably seen my Tweets during the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Toronto Blue Jays and my Kansas City Royals. Sometimes they are pretty pointed. I don’t like baseball (or football) being played in domes. I don’t like fake grass and the rubber pellets. The dirt in Toronto’s dome around the bases even looks fake.
In fact, I don’t really care for Canada or that they even have a baseball team. I guess I’ll never be Ambassador to Canada now. That’s perfectly fine with me.
Tonight the Royals host the Blue Jays in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals (and the Chiefs) play in Missouri, not Kansas. MISSOURI. That important point escaped the Toronto Blue Jays on Twitter (@BlueJays) earlier this week (and a fan who made a sign) when the Royals traveled to Canada to play the Blue Jays:
The @BlueJays Tweeted “We’re not in Kansas anymore!” to their 1,084,495 followers.
So besides playing baseball inside a barn they call a dome on fake grass and in Canada, the Blue Jays organization should study geography. I hope they are able to find the stadium tonight so the Royals can close out the series by whipping their butts.
One More Thing:
Go Royals Go! Take the Crown!