Caught My Eye…

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

Welcome to the big show! Hey – take your mask off, it’s not Halloween just yet…

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 the budget and debt deal, Paul Ryan, the CNBC debate, Bernie!, Barry Beach, Lions & Chiefs in London plus daylight saving time and Halloween, Mizzou football, and we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Budget & Debt Deal:

Earlier this week I wrote about the budget and debt deal making its way through Congress. Early this morning the U.S. Senate passed the deal 64-35. Earlier this week it passed the U.S. House. Now the bill heads to the President for his signature.

I said the deal being negotiated was a budget deal for cowards because they don’t want to do the hard work and that it was all about the next election. I added that I think we’re all getting pretty fed up with the cowards in Washington not doing the job they were sent there to do.

The Associated Press had this to report after the Senate vote:

The deal allows members of both parties to look ahead toward next year’s presidential and congressional elections.

As for Montana’s delegation, U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke voted against the deal. U.S. Senator Jon Tester supported the deal.

Paul Ryan, Speaker:

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives yesterday. Montana’s only U.S. Representative, Ryan Zinke, voted for Paul Ryan.

According to the Associated Press, the final tally showed 236 votes for Ryan, 184 for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democrats’ candidate, and nine for Republican Daniel Webster of Florida.

Paul Ryan seems to be a nice guy – but he is lacking in leadership skills. It will be interesting to see how he handles some of the extreme members of this party and how he handles Democrats.

About 45 minutes after he was elected Speaker Thursday morning, the House adjourned until Monday. (Source)

I guess some things will stay the same…

I suggest that on Monday the new Speaker fire Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and terminate the Benghazi committee. Those are my wishes, Mr. Speaker.

CNBC Debate:

First, shame on the Republican Party for scheduling a presidential debate during the World Series. I did not watch the debate because I was watching the World Series, but Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent me an email after the event with the following message:

CNBC should be ashamed of themselves, Jackie.

While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled last night’s debate, the questioning by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates and you – the voters.

The RNC won’t stand for it. We will fight to protect our candidates.

I’m asking you to join me. Let’s put the mainstream media on notice. I want to send a message to moderators of upcoming debates that any bias won’t be tolerated.

First, does Reince Priebus remind anyone else of a young Don Knotts (Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith show)?

Second, when Republicans stray very far from their home field advantage at Fox News, it sometimes backfires. When it does, they get their leaders to blame the mainstream media.

By the way, the Royals won their game and are up 2-0 over the Mets. The Royals were big winners on debate night…

Bernie 2016!

When candidates offer free bumper stickers, I try to get one. Some candidates want to use your name as an endorsement and they will give you a free bumper sticker in return. I won’t play that game.

This week a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker arrived in my mailbox. I now have Hillary and Bernie bumper stickers! Whoop – whoop!

Sanders 2016

That makes me a very cool person…

Making Montana Proud:

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

From the Billings Gazette: Cameron Thomas Firebear, 45, who has eight previous driving under the influence convictions, six of which occurred in Montana, has been charged with a ninth offense.

How can someone with eight convictions be roaming our streets? How can judges who allowed him to walk for the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth DUIs sleep at night?

Barry Beach:

The Great Falls Tribune reported late Thursday that the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole on Thursday forwarded Barry Beach’s clemency request on to Governor Steve Bullock. Now Bullock will conduct an independent review.

I’ve been writing about Beach since April 2008 – I was probably one of the first to write about his case here in Montana – long before it became cool to support his request for freedom.

If people believe politics won’t play a role in this request, I still have some oceanfront property near Geyser for sale. Bullock can score political points if he approves Beach’s request. These are the political points he will need a year from now when he is running for reelection. I’m not saying Beach will leave prison with a “Bullock for Governor” shirt on, but it will be great PR for Bullock when he approves the request.

The only concern for Bullock is that he probably wishes he could stretch out his review until October 2016. Nonetheless, Beach walking out of prison a free man will undoubtedly make for a good campaign video.

Lions @ Chiefs in London:

My Kansas City Chiefs are losing a home game this season to host the Detroit Lions in London. I don’t like it, but since the Chiefs pretty much suck this year (2-5) maybe they should have sent them further away. The Lions are in worse shape (1-6), so this looks to be a real attention-getter across the pond.

Do we really dislike our friends in London this much?

Nonetheless, the game starts Sunday at 7:30 a.m. here in Montana – which is the morning we set the clocks back because Daylight Saving Time ends – and it’s the morning after Halloween.

Great googly moogly – maybe I should ask the NFL why they dislike the Chiefs and Lions fans so much.

I guess my glass is half-full statement is this is a perfect time to watch football while eating breakfast or while finishing off that leftover bag of Halloween candy…

Mizzou/Maty Mauk:

For my fellow Mizzou football friends – If you follow Missouri football then you know that starting quarterback Maty Mauk was suspended for the past four weeks. He was reinstated this week. Mizzou has a bye this week. Head coach Gary Pinkel refused to tell the media what Mauk did to deserve the suspension. As far as I know, it did not deal with breaking the law because that would have probably showed up somewhere, although colleges and universities are pretty good at circling the wagons.

Mauk is over 18 and he’s attending a state university probably on a scholarship provided through taxpayer funds. I think that gives the public the right to know about Mauk’s escapades.

Missouri is 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC this season. It may be a stretch for Mizzou to become bowl eligible.

One More Thing:

Spring forward and fall back…


2 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. You said: “How can someone with eight convictions be roaming our streets? How can judges who allowed him to walk for the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth DUIs sleep at night?”

    Again, it isn’t the judges that are the problem. It’s the statutes under which they are bound. This is a legislative problem.

    • Rick – I believe that judges and legislators are to blame. Throw in the county attorney, too. While I don’t know the case I was referring to that well, I can almost bet some judge allowed a plea deal and did not give him the maximum sentence. I bet this guy will be walking the streets in less than five years after this latest DUI. Thanks for your comments – JmB

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