Caught My Eye…

I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability. – Ron White

Welcome to the big show – the first “Caught My Eye” of November!

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Denise Juneau & Ryan Zinke, Tim Fox & the PSA, Montana Television Network grows, Illegal Immigration & cartoons, Ben Carson & hip-hop & anger, House Republicans, George H.W. Bush, Whitlock returns, and much more!

Juneau Announces:

Democrat Denise Juneau, who is currently Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced this week that she is running for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat that is currently occupied by Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke. (Source) Zinke is in his first term.

Like I said before, I like Juneau and Zinke.

Juneau would have been a better candidate if she would have run in 2014 for the open U.S. House seat. Here’s my cold hard fact #1: Juneau can’t beat Zinke.

OK, we’re a year from Election Day so most anything can happen, but I have my doubts.

As for the future, many politicians have egos the size of the Pacific Ocean, so I think Zinke probably believes he can beat U.S. Senator Jon Tester in 2018.

At ease, Commander. Here’s my cold hard fact #2: Zinke can’t beat Tester.

If Zinke does run against Tester that creates another wide-open contest for the open House seat – and Montana loses seniority in the House…again (which should tick us all off just a little).

If Juneau loses in 2016, then 2018 may be her year.

The Ol’ PSA/Campaign Ad:

It’s important for politicians to have name recognition. That’s why many politicians from both sides of the fence do Public Service Announcements (PSA). Don’t let them sell you the line of BS about the issue being important; they also do PSAs to get their names and faces out there for all to see. It’s good publicity.

With Election Day 2016 about a year away, Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox is on the airwaves all across Montana with a 30-second ad about prescription drug abuse. It’s free advertising for Fox, who can run for reelection in 2016.

Prescription drug abuse is something that needs our attention. It was also important last year and the year before. If it is really important, then some other state employee who is not a politician should be doing the commercials.

The Montana Television Network:

Maybe we’ll be hearing more cheesy intros like “Powered by the Montana Television Network” and “in high definition” on more channels here in Montana.

In case you missed it, the Montana Television Network is going to grow a little bigger with the announcement covered by the Associated Press that Cordillera Communications, which owns seven CBS-affiliated television stations in Montana, has purchased NBC affiliates in Helena and Great Falls.

One friend told me that he was hoping some free instruction on how to read from a teleprompter will be included in the deal…

Illegal Immigration:

The Daily Illini college newspaper at the University of Illinois cancelled their subscription to because of a cartoon by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle. They actually published the cartoon.

The cartoon showed a trick-or-treater climbing over a fence, saying, “I’m going as an illegal immigrant.” I remember when I saw it the first time, I almost spit my morning coffee on the computer screen. I thought it was hilarious, so I posted a link to it on The Western Word’s Facebook page. See the cartoon HERE.

The newspaper suspended the person who selected the cartoon. I lived in Illinois for a few years when I was younger, and I always thought highly of the state. I think less of the state now.

Come on – we’re just a little too sensitive these days…

Ben Carson & Hip-Hop & Anger:

GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson rolls out a new radio ad today – a hip-hop radio ad. You can hear it HERE.

In other Carson news, the tales he has told about the anger in his youth have not been verified. The Washington Post reported this:

The network [CNN] said it talked to 10 people who should have known about Carson’s temper — and they didn’t remember it. The network also said it approached the Carson campaign for more information, and the campaign wouldn’t provide it.

Several months ago I said that Carson would not be President. I still believe it today.

The House Republicans:

It did not take long for the new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to start sending fundraising emails. I received an email from Ryan this week in which he said:

We are one year out from the most important election of our lifetime. Will you join me and chip in $20 to ensure we have the resources for a victory in 2016?

George H.W. Bush:

There’s a new biography coming out soon about George H.W. Bush, who is 91 years-old. It’s written Jon Meacham and the title is “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.”

Reports say that the senior Bush is critical of his son’s administration – especially Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. His son defended Cheney and Rumsfeld in this Washington Post story.

I liked Rumsfeld more than Cheney, and I think it’s kind of silly for the senior Bush to be commenting about members of his son’s administration. Maybe he should be out on the campaign trail helping his other son, Jeb.

With these key things being released, I’m sure the book will be a best-seller.

Whitlock Returns:

Proudly displayed on the wall in my man cave/bunker I have a framed copy of the front page of the Kansas City Star from Monday, December 29, 2003. It’s the day after Chiefs running back Priest Holmes set the NFL touchdown record. My son and I attended the game. Over to the side are commentaries from two of the best sports columnists in the country, Jason Whitlock and Joe Posnanski. They were both employed by the Star at that time. Imagine that.

Whitlock has bounced around some, but now you can read his columns at his blog: J.School Blog. Whitlock writes that the blog “is the place to catch all of Jason Whitlock’s thoughts on the sports world, journalism and whatever else interests one of America’s fiercest independent thinkers.” Check it out HERE

Posnanski has his own blog, too. Check it out HERE.

One More Thing:

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. – Fred Allen


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