Caught My Eye…

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home; I am a professional blogger…

Welcome to the big show to end the week! If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Montana candidate filing, Montana driver’s license, the sixth Republican debate, the Republican problem, Ted Cruz & his loans, Missouri basketball, and much much more!

Montana Candidate Filing:

Congrats to the 124 candidates who filed to run for elective office in Montana yesterday. You can check the Secretary of State’s website to see who has filed by clicking HERE.

It’s too bad that independent candidates have to jump through so many hoops to make the ballot in Montana. For example, if I want to run for state senator in my district, I will need to gather 257 certified signatures to get on the ballot. To run for state representative in my district, I will need to gather 64 certified signatures to get on the ballot.

Meanwhile, to run as a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian, I would only need to pay a $15 filing fee. That is ridiculous.

I’d like to see someone running for or presently holding office as a Republican or a Democrat promise to introduce a bill in the next legislative session to change it. Come on – is anyone brave enough? If your political party is so great, then what’s the problem?

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Montana Driver’s License:

For those who live somewhere besides Montana, let me clear up some confusion: They do not have a horse endorsement on the Montana license.

I had to renew my driver’s license this month. I applaud the Motor Vehicle Division for the appointment scheduling being on-line. It was very easy to set up an appointment and I was able to get the date/time I wanted.

The interesting thing is that fees have to be paid by cash, check, or money order (U.S. Currency). They do not accept debit/credit cards…or even good looks. That’s pretty old-fashioned for a state agency. I wonder if they still have Windows 95 on the office computers. Maybe Attorney General Tim Fox can purchase a card reader for computers/smartphones.

The cost was $40.50 for eight years. I studied hard for my eye test and passed – I still don’t need glasses. I grew my hair rather long to kind of look like I was “sticking it to the man” because I am a very angry rebel. When it came time for the photo, I did not smile. I told the lady that I would not be smiling when the police officer was looking at me and at my license, so I wanted it to be realistic.

I also want to thank AG Tim Fox for making the state of Montana’s driver’s license almost compliant with the REAL-ID, but leaving them just non-compliant enough to prevent him from losing his bloc of right-wing wacko voters. You rock, Tim!

Sixth Republican Debate:

I think America is getting tired of the GOP debates. I did not watch all of last night’s debate, but toward the end I was thinking like the salesman in the back seat of the Volkswagen that a family is test driving, “Can the test drive be over now?”

Several sources say the winner of last night’s debate was Donald Trump, with Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz also doing well. A Drudge Report poll shows that Trump easily won the debate, with Cruz coming in second and Rubio in third.

The Associated Press (AP) and other sources reported that Trump may have had his finest debate performance. The AP fact-checked the candidates. You can read it HERE.

USA Today takes a look at the debate HERE.

The Republican Problem:

You don’t really need to look too far to see what the problem is with today’s Republican Party. This week South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the Republican response after the President’s State of the Union speech. It was a pretty good speech considering she followed one of the better speakers of all time.

She was then attacked by some right-leaning Republicans like Ann Coulter, who tweeted, “Trump should deport Nikki Haley” and by Laura Ingraham who tweeted, “Too bad @NikkiHaley missed her oppty to stand w/ working ppl who want borders enforced, American workers put first, govt shrunk.”

Republicans and conservatives just keep hurting themselves. How can moderates and independents believe in the Republican Party these days?

That “Big Tent” the leaders of the Republican Party talk about appears to be zipped up pretty tight…

Ted Cruz & His Loan:

U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. Some people believe that since Cruz was born in Canada he is not eligible to be President. Then on Wednesday, the New York Times reported this:

But the couple’s decision to pump more than $1 million into Mr. Cruz’s successful Tea Party-darling Senate bid in Texas was made easier by a large loan from Goldman Sachs, where Mrs. Cruz works. That loan was not disclosed in campaign finance reports.

He also received another loan from Citibank. The Times reported that neither loan appears in reports the Ted Cruz for Senate Committee filed with the Federal Election Commission, in which candidates are required to disclose the source of money they borrow to finance their campaigns.

Goldman Sachs. Citibank. Cruz told Bloomberg News recently that Goldman Sachs was a beneficiary of “crony capitalism.”

Cruz has tried to sell himself as an outsider. It does not look that way.

Missouri Basketball:

Being a native of Missouri, I follow sports from there a lot. Here are some thoughts about the recent disclosure that the Missouri men’s basketball program had admitted they had several NCAA violations during the 2013-14 season.

Former Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith left the Missouri men’s basketball program in a mess when he went to Tulsa. It was recently discovered that during Haith’s tenure at Missouri, there were several violations of the rules. Missouri is now banned from this post-season and will lose some scholarships. They will also vacate 23 wins from the 2013-2014 season.

As for Haith’s punishment? Nothing. He is still cashing his big check at Tulsa. The NCAA needs to make sure that not only the college suffers from breaking the rules, but the head coach during those violations should also have to pay a price. Haith has not been charged with any violations, although he was the head coach at that time and ultimately in charge.

Haith bolted from Mizzou like he was a hit and run driver leaving the scene of the accident. That’s not fair to the Mizzou basketball team, the university, and the fans.

Watch out Tulsa – your “Faith in Haith” may “crash and burn.”

One More Thing:

Go Chiefs – beat the Patriots!


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1 thought on “Caught My Eye…

  1. In regards to Mr. Haith, this is just another example of how dysfunctional the NCAA is. Punish a kid for a free meal but let cheaters move on and prosper with no ramifications. Disgusting.

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