Caught My Eye…

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. – Vince Lombardi

Welcome to the big show to end the week – the first “Caught My Eye” (CME) of February!

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 Daines & Social Security & Guns, Tester & Terrorism, Zinke & the Draft, John Walsh, Montana Political Reporting, Clinton & Powell & Rice Emails, NFL Pro Bowl, TWW Super Bowl poll results, plus my Super Bowl 50 prediction!

Daines & Social Security & Guns:

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent me an email yesterday saying that he introduced legislation to stop bureaucratic attempts to strip Social Security beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights.

I was just thinking about this the other day, and I was wondering what on earth could be done to stop this bureaucratic attempt to take guns from Social Security beneficiaries.

Not really. I was surprised Daines and company did not say “Obama gun grab” in their press release.

In short, Daines legislation would prevent information gathered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding the management and payment of an individual’s benefits from being used to prevent an individual from purchasing a firearm.

In other words, Daines must believe that even if the SSA appoints someone to act as representative payee for a beneficiary who may need assistance to manage their benefits, they should still be able to head on down to the gun store and buy an AR-15, because this is Merica!

Thanks, Steve Daines. I often wonder how our Second Amendment rights survived before you came along…

The bill is S. 2495 and it has 10 co-sponsors (all Republicans) including Daines.

Tester & Terrorism:

A press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester caught my eye this week. It started out with this sentence:

Senator Jon Tester today pressed leading law enforcement officials to do all they can to keep America safe from the threat of terrorism, while also calling on Congress to step up and do its part.

I really don’t think law enforcement needs to hear from a country bumpkin senator about keeping America safe.

Tester was quoted in his press release saying, “It was a year ago that we had some people in this body use DHS funding as a political football. That is unacceptable,” Tester added. “Quite frankly, you need consistency. You need continuity. You need predictability.”

Tester was being disingenuous. He should look in the mirror when he’s talking about the funding appropriated by Congress being political. He’s been on all sides of the fence, one time saying, “I don’t support earmarks, period.”

But it’s sure nice to crank out a press release saying you were responsible for a new building and then telling everyone during election time that projects like that are the reason we should re-elect you, hey senator?

Members of congress are well known for using the funding they provide to score political points. It’s what they do. It won’t change, no matter what Tester says or tries to make us believe.

Zinke & the Draft:

In a move that has many in the defense world shaking their heads, U.S. Representatives Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced a bill yesterday that would require women to register for the draft.

Hunter told The Hill that he likely wouldn’t vote for the bill if comes to the House floor.

The Hill reported that Hunter said he introduced the bill to force Congress to consider the ramifications of the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all combat jobs to women. The Marine veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and member of the House Armed Service Committee has been a vocal opponent of that move. In his press release, Zinke said, “I know women play an invaluable role in war. However, this Administration’s plan to force all front-line combat positions and Special Forces to integrate women into their units is reckless and dangerous.

When I wore the uniform, I served in a career field that was once closed to females. When it was finally opened to females, there were some who could easily carry an M-60 across an open field while carrying 250 rounds of ammo and then set up a field of fire. Of course, there were some who could not do the job. Ironically, there were some males who could not do that job, either. It all worked out in training and those who could not meet the standards were moved to other jobs.

As long as the standards are met, let them do the job. It appears Zinke and Hunter may be living in an Ozzie and Harriet world – and wasting valuable time and resources in the U.S. House to make a silly point.

John Walsh:

Congratulations to former U.S. Senator John Walsh. MTN News reported that he has been appointed the state director of the USDA Rural Development agency in Montana.

The state director for the USDA Rural Development is a political appointment. Walsh was probably recommended by U.S. Senator Jon Tester to the Obama administration for the position.

John Walsh is a good man. I wish him the best.

Montana Political Reporting:

With the campaign season heating up, here’s a shout-out to MTN news which is pretty much leading the pack in regard to political reporting in Montana. Check out the MTN politics section HERE.

I also think it’s fair to say the bar is not set too high in Montana when it comes to political reporting, but MTN has been the leader.

Clinton & Powell & Rice Emails:

We can add two more names to the fiasco known as the Clinton email scandal: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. They served during the George W. Bush administration.

The New York Times and other sources report:

The State Department has discovered a dozen emails containing classified information that were sent to the personal email accounts of Colin L. Powell and close aides of Condoleezza Rice during their tenures as secretaries of state for President George W. Bush.

Powell and Rice dispute the new findings.

Those who are against Clinton will still be against Clinton because it’s election season. Many on the right probably won’t be happy until she is waterboarded on Fox News in primetime.

What this new information proves is that many people serving in the Federal government have personal email accounts in which they receive work-related emails either intentionally or by accident. That includes most members of the House and Senate. Sometimes those emails contain sensitive information.

NFL Pro Bowl:

Just stop it now. The Pro Bowl does not mean much anymore and many of the best players don’t show up because they are injured, don’t want to take a chance on getting injured, or they are playing in the Super Bowl.

For example, there were six quarterbacks selected for the Pro Bowl. Of the six, only one was an actual initial Pro Bowl selection (Russel Wilson). The other five quarterbacks playing were replacements because of injury or vacancy.

A flag football game would have been more entertaining and have more action than the 2016 Pro Bowl.

TWW Poll:

I asked in The Western Word poll this week, “Which team will win Super Bowl 50?”

Here are the final results: Denver 52%, Carolina 48%. My “bank on it” prediction is below.

Thanks to all who voted.

One More Thing:

I predict the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl 50. The final score will be 31-22. Cam Newton will be the MVP.

Be brave – put your Super Bowl prediction in the comments section for all to see!

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Published in: on February 5, 2016 at 6:11 am  Comments (3)  


  1. In regards to Pro Bowls/All Star Games: The new NHL format was awesome with 4 teams playing 3 on 3 mini games and the winning team collecting $1 million and the losers nothing. The NFL hasn’t been worth watching out of season since the College All-Stars played the NFL champs. At least they play for something in MLB while the NBA is fun to watch if you like running and gunning. Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

    • Rick – I also like the NHL all-star format. It was fun to watch. Thanks -JmB

  2. I will be pulling for Denver but think Carolina will win, 31-17. Go Raiders!

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