Caught My Eye…

To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We will make America strong again! We will make America proud again! We will make America safe again! And we will make America great again. – Donald J. Trump 07/21/16

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 analysis of Trump’s speech, Al Baldasaro & Treason, Bullock/Gianforte & Debates, the Montana Family Foundation Pledge, the Tracy Houck Matter is NOT closed, and much more!

Trump’s Speech:

The biggest thing about Donald Trump’s speech last night was that it was very long. In fact, CSPAN says it was the longest acceptance speech in recent history coming in at one hour and 16 minutes.

The other thing I think about is that Trump talked so much about law and order that I thought we would hear the “Law and Order” show’s theme song being played at the end of the speech with the lines, “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.” DUN-DUN.

I also liked the balloon drop and the confetti. There’s a rumor floating around that next week at the end of the Democratic National Convention, the confetti will be from Hillary Clinton’s shredded emails…

Besides being long and being about law and order, his speech was delivered pretty well. You could tell he practiced since the last time he used the teleprompter.

Although his speech was long, it was mostly short on specifics, like these things:

We will repeal and replace disastrous “Obamacare!”

You will be able to choose your own doctor again.

And we will fix TSA at the airports, which is a total disaster.

We will completely rebuild our depleted military!

We will take care of our great veterans like they have never been taken care of before.

My just-released 10-point plan has received tremendous veteran support. We will guarantee those who serve this country will be able to visit the doctor or hospital of their choice without waiting five days on a line and dying.

You can read his whole speech HERE and the Associated Press provides a “Fact Check” of the speech HERE.

Overall, I give Trump’s speech 7 out of 10 (7/10). I found myself wishing he would shut up and get to the balloon drop several times during his speech. We saw how the speech played in Cleveland – now we’ll see how it plays in the rest of the country.

Al Baldasaro:

Baldasaro is a New Hampshire state representative and Donald Trump adviser. He said Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason. (Time)

Trump should fire him from his advisory role. With Trump speaking so much about law and order, and with all the shootings going on in this country, these remarks should not be condoned.

Bullock & Gianforte Debate:

The Associated Press headline “Bullock, Gianforte Agree to Debates – But Not the Same Ones” made me laugh.

Come on boys – your campaigns are making you look childish…

The Montana Family Foundation Pledge:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that the Montana Family Foundation is asking candidates statewide to pledge support to the defense of Montana’s schools from the federal transgender schools directive.

The pledge says, “I pledge to do everything within my power as an elected official to stop the federal Transgender Schools Directive and block its implementation in Montana.”

I think it’s perfectly fine for the group to ask for the support – because this is America!

It won’t make a difference to me if a candidate signs the pledge or not. I just hope that groups like the Montana Family Foundation and their supporters use love instead of hate in getting their point across.

See who signed the pledge HERE.

Tracy Houck Matter is NOT closed:

On Wednesday I wrote in my column “The long city-wide nightmare is over” with Tracy Houck being fined $1,200 for campaign violations.

Maybe it’s not over for her former opponent, Rick Tryon. He lost to Houck by just 11 votes. This is what he posted in the comments section of the article about Houck being fined:

I’m glad there is a measure of accountability for the intentional cheating Houck engaged in but as is the case with most of these types of infractions it’s the lying and covering up after the original transgression that is most egregious.

Houck still has much to answer for and until she comes clean with the public and there is accountability for the disturbing level of deception she engaged in, lying repeatedly to everyone in this town to avoid responsibility, this matter is NOT closed.

Someone named Dan Payne probably said it best with these comments:

Commissioner Houck paid the price for her sins. Now it’s time for sore loser and former commission candidate Rick Tryon, his wife, and their rabid supporters to end their vicious attacks on Commissioner Houck.

I can agree with that…

One More Thing:

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. – W. C. Fields


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