Caught My Eye…

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. – Robert Anthony

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME) – there’s more good news: It’s National Donut Day – and it’s Friday – how great is that?

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.

Topics this week include Primary Tuesday, Billings Gazette & Work, Bumper Sticker Mania, the Clinton Speech, and One More Thing…

Primary Tuesday:

Here in Montana we finally get our primary election day this Tuesday (June 7).

The Associated Press did a pre-primary story about how many absentee ballots have been returned so far in Montana, which they said was 60%. At the end of the story was the following juicy sentence:

The most contentious battles are occurring in down-ticket legislative matchups between Republican moderates and conservatives.

Two “contentious battles” have my attention: State Senate District 10 which pits moderate Republican Steve Fitzpatrick against conservative Republican J.C. Kantorowicz. The other one is in House District 19, which has Wendy McKamey taking on incumbent Randy Pinocci. Both McKamey and Pinocci are pretty conservative, with Pinocci probably a little further to the right. I do not reside in SD-10 or HD-19.

I doubt the losers will be calling to congratulate the winners.

Gazette & Work:

This week the Billings Gazette editorial board chimed in about the U.S. Senate not working very much in June:

While most Montanans will be working 22 days this month, the U.S. Senate will be in session for only 16.

They also pointed out the U.S. House was only working 12 days in June.

The board recently met with U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a democrat, who rightly said it was the fault of the senate leadership (which at this time is in Republican hands).

Of course, if the Democrats were in charge the senate would be working just about the same, but ol Jon Tester is a smart politician so he has to try to make it seem that electing more of his fellow Democrats to the senate will mean every child in the United States will get a free unicorn. Tester is also the head of the Senate Democratic Senatorial Committee.

I remember when one of Tester’s campaign slogans was, “Making the U.S. Senate look a little more like Montana.” I also remember the promises of yearly ethics reviews and there would be no earmarks, period.

Maybe if the House and the Senate actually worked liked Montanans do, the problems with federal agencies, like the Department of Veterans Affairs, would be solved. Tester is on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, plus he is on the Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittee.

Fixing the VA is as much a dream as me thinking that Tester just might walk up to my house pulling a 40-pound roller bag full of Montana beef…

Bumper Sticker Mania:

It was a slow week for political bumper stickers. In case you were not aware, I’ve contacted several state-wide candidates for bumper stickers to display here at The Western Word.

Last week I contacted the Republican and Democrat candidates for Montana Secretary of State (Stapleton & Lindeen) and for Superintendent of Public Instruction (Romano & Arntzen). I’ve received nothing yet.

As for U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, he has disappointed me. I contacted his campaign on April 28. Nothing. I contacted his opponent Denise Juneau at the same time and received one within a week.

Earlier in the year I contacted Donald Trump. I also contacted John Kasich and Ted Cruz before they quit. It’s been over two months since I contacted them and I have received nothing, except an email asking me to buy one. By the way, I received FREE bumper stickers from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

I like free stuff…

The Clinton Speech:

Something happened to Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton yesterday. She gave one of her best speeches ever. It was a foreign policy speech in which she went after Republican Donald Trump with both barrels.

USA Today reported:

Clinton listed a series of policies that Trump has espoused as part of an extensive broadside, including threats to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, his proposal to temporarily ban non-citizen Muslims entering the United States, suggesting countries like Saudi Arabia should have nuclear weapons and for praising “dictators” like Russian leader Vladimir Putin and sanctioning torture as an interrogation method.

“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different. They are dangerously incoherent. They’re not even really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies,” Clinton said during the speech in San Diego. “He is not just unprepared, he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”

Trump responded on Twitter with several Tweets, like this one:

Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the telepromter! She doesn’t even look presidential!

I think the speech by Clinton probably helped her with her own party a lot and may have sealed a win for her in California. The Associated Press reported in their analysis of the speech that “In Trump takedown, Clinton finds her message.”

One More Thing:

Congratulations to the 2016 graduates – especially my daughter, Rachel!

Anyone have a tissue…

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