Caught My Eye…

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning
– “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan

Welcome to the big show to end the week – the last “Caught My Eye” (CME) of January! Did I ever tell you how much I hate January?

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 that caught my eye this week include:

  • Montana Democrats & Hate Group
  • AG Tim Fox & Reelection
  • Applause…
  • GOP Presidential Debate
  • Jeb Bush & Christians
  • Tom Brady’s Letter

FRC & the Montana Democrats:

I don’t agree with the Family Research Council (FRC) on many things, and I have written about my disagreements with their views here at The Western Word. I wish some so-called “Christian” groups like that would stay out of politics, except to encourage people to vote, but this America – and I was once a supporter of the Christian Coalition. Here is a sampling of what I have written about FRC:

I’ve always wondered if groups like the Montana Family Foundation and the national Family Research Council believe deep down that teachers can’t be Christians if they teach in public schools. I also wonder if they believe Christians can’t be union members or even Democrats.

I’ve also said that FRC needed to “Love thy neighbor” more. If you want more examples, search this website for Family Research Council.

In case you are not familiar with FRC, they contend they are a Christian public policy ministry in Washington D.C. defending religious liberty, the unborn & families. (FRC.Org)

The Montana Democratic Party has recently been calling FRC a “hate group” in some of their press releases. I don’t think that’s true. They have extreme views that I don’t agree with. The Montana Democrats are trying to tie Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte to the so-called “hate group” because he has donated tons of money to them.

That angle may backfire, big time. Bullock might want to tell his friends in the Montana Democratic Party to knock it off. Bullock should be able to beat Gianforte, but if the Democrats keep pissing off people who believe in the mission of FRC and the state group called the Montana Family Foundation, the race could become a lot closer than it should be.

I suggest the Montana Democrats tone down the “hate group” rhetoric a notch or two. It’s perfectly fine to go after Gianforte for his statements and where he spends his money, but let’s stop the “hate group” talk.

Tim Fox Reelection:

Republican Montana Attorney General (AG) Tim Fox has filed for reelection. Yawn. I have not been very impressed with Fox’s first three-plus years as AG, but it looks like he will be staying on for another term.

The salary for Montana’s AG is $123,499 per year. The AG must be 25 years of age, a U.S. Citizen, reside in the state 2 years, an attorney in good standing admitted to practice law in Montana, and practiced law at least 5 years preceding the general election.

The filing fee is $1234.99 if you are a Republican/Democrat/Libertarian.

If you wish to run as an independent candidate for AG, you have to obtain 12,646 signatures, plus pay the filing fee. (MTSOS) That’s freaking outrageous.

MTN News asked Nancy Keenan, who is the executive director for the Montana Democratic Party, about someone on the Democratic side running against Fox this year:

She said she’s been talking with several Democrats about the race, but hasn’t yet found the right person who wants to run.

“I’m not going to recruit someone just to recruit someone,” she said. “It takes the right candidate to hold Tim Fox accountable.”

In other words, they probably do not have a candidate to take on Fox. If they actually do have a candidate, Fox will probably trounce him/her since they would be getting a late start.

Maybe in his second term, Fox can bring the Montana Department of Justice into this century in regards to the technology…


Here are a few things that deserve a round of applause…

Great Falls High School – they will launch an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program this fall. (MTN)

This is a perfect fit for Great Falls!

Fergus High School in Lewistown – A team of students from Fergus High School in Lewistown are heading to Washington, D.C., after being crowned this year’s “We the People” state champions. (MTN)

Congrats to Fergus High!

The GOP Presidential Debate:

I think the real winner of last night’s GOP Presidential debate did not participate in the debate. That person is Donald Trump. Trump won the night. While the GOP debate was being shown on Fox News, Trump was featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CBS News channel, and probably several other places. Trump’s event raised “more than $6 million for veterans.” All of the money raised will go to veterans. The event was also being followed by several reporters on Twitter. Trump created a website for the event,, where people can donate.

Trump being on television stations all across the fruited plains had to have an impact on the number of people watching the debate.

Reuters even had this headline, “Trump overshadows Republican debate even as he sits it out,” and The Hill has this headline, “Absent Trump overshadows rivals.” The Drudge Report poll did not ask who won the debate, but which Republican you want as President. Trump was winning this morning with 65% of the votes. Ouch!

I think the only other takeaway I have from the debate is that nobody likes Ted Cruz.

Jeb Bush:

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is getting so desperate that he is now judging people on whether or not they are Christians.

Bush is upset that Donald Trump was endorsed by evangelical leader and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. Bush was asked if he thought Trump was a Christian and he responded with:

“No, I don’t know what he is,” he said. “I don’t think he has the kind of relationship he says he has if he can’t explain it any way that shows he is serious about it.

Saying someone is not a Christian is pretty cheap. As far as I know, Bush is the former governor of Florida, the son and brother of Presidents, but not God.

Please Jeb Bush – just go away.

Tom Brady:

The New England Patriots are my second favorite team – a distant second to my Kansas City Chiefs. I admire what the Patriots have done. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has four Super Bowl rings putting him up there with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. I still think Montana is the best QB ever.

Brady recently penned a hand-written letter to the fans of the Patriots. Here it is courtesy of USA Today:

Thank you to all of our fans for the incredible support you gave us this season. I’m proud to call New England my home and to have the privilege of playing for your team.

Our team fought hard all year, right down to the final play. I’m proud of the effort we all put in to prepare each game as if it were our last. We never quit nor lost sight of what we were playing for. It’s rare to have the honor of being on a team like that.

It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to get as far as we did. Our goal every season is to win the last game, but as I’ve learned, the road to the next one is paved by seasons like this one.

Thanks again,

Yours truly, Tom

I applaud Tom Brady. Brady and Patriots have been to five straight AFC Championship games. A few changes to the offensive line and they will be right back there next season.

One More Thing:

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. – Pope John Paul II


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