Caught My Eye…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

My prayers are with the folks in Dallas today – where reports say 11 police officers have been shot and five police officers have been killed.

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

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 Daines goes fishing, Repay Montana Taxpayers, Bullock & Boulder, Comey testimony, Trump’s Meeting, Influence, and much more!

Daines has Fishing Date:

Lee Newspapers reported Thursday that Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, is skipping the Republican National Convention to go fly fishing with his wife. (Billings Gazette)

Fishing with his wife is a great excuse. Maybe Daines can use the public access area near Greg Gianforte’s place. I hear it’s open…

Repay Montana Taxpayers:

I always enjoy the back and forth between the supporters of candidates.

The Montana Democrats are asking Republican candidate for Governor, Greg Gianforte, to repay Montana taxpayers $2,584.80, the cost of his lawsuit against the state of Montana about stream access.

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I don’t think Gianforte will pay, although it does not hurt to ask.

Bullock & Boulder:

The Gianforte campaign is now hitting Governor Steve Bullock about the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder, Montana.

The Gianforte campaign says the Center (which provides a home for about 50 developmentally disabled adults) has had some tough times, with widespread allegations of client abuse. These issues have only worsened under the Bullock Administration. The issues were so serious that the governor and legislature are simply closing the facility.

I personally believe the Center was not run very well, and I also believe the closing of the facility was not handled very well.

Comey Testimony:

FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Oversight Committee Thursday. It was a yawner for almost five hours – with no bathroom breaks. I thought they should have offered Comey a catheter or an empty milk carton to relieve himself. It was another day of political theater – something the House Republicans are good at.

The Republicans in the U.S. House should be called the gang that could not shoot straight for the way they have tried and failed to nail Hillary Clinton.

Under the leadership of Representative Trey Gowdy and with help from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, they screwed up the Benghazi investigation. Yesterday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz tried a “Hail Mary” when his committee called Comey to testify in an emergency committee hearing.

The sad thing for the GOP is that Comey is a Republican – first appointed to a U.S. Attorney slot by President George W. Bush. Then he was a Deputy Attorney General under Bush.

It’s just hard for them to believe that their man did not think Clinton should be charged in the email probe. I was surprised that since Clinton sent/received classified information through her private email/server she suffered no repercussions.

About all the Republicans could do is drag Comey in front of their committee and try to get their pound of flesh. They got nothing.

Trump’s Meeting:

Donald Trump met with Republicans in the House and Senate Thursday. One of the members asked him about protecting Article I of the Constitution. The Washington Post reported this:

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) left the meeting worried about Trump’s grasp on the basics of the Constitution. At a lunch with reporters afterward, he recalled that the candidate did not seem to know what he was promising to defend.

“I wasn’t particularly impressed,” said Sanford. “It was the normal stream of consciousness that’s long on hyperbole and short on facts. At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them? I think his response was, ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,’ going down the list. There is no Article XII.”

There are only seven articles of the Constitution. Trump probably knows more about chapter seven and chapter 13 bankruptcies than the Constitution.

We’ve got a candidate that sent/received classified material through private email, and one who is ignorant about the Constitution. Yikes!

America – we’ve got a problem.

Influence:

Gallup Polling reported this week that 64% of Americans believe that major donors and lobbyists have “a lot” of influence on how members of Congress vote on legislation, while 14% believe members’ constituents have “a lot” of influence.

Our system is broken…but it gives us plenty to write about. 

One More Thing:

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. – Joseph Joubert

 

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