I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. – Bertrand Russell
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 Zinke and Trump, Gianforte takes questions, Montana and drunk driving, Obama and ISIS, the DEA and Reefer Madness, and this week’s “One More Thing” is a must read!
Zinke & Trump:
The Montana Democrats are having fun reminding people that Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke still supports Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The headline from one of Montana’s newspapers this week helped their cause, “Zinke doubles down on support for Trump.”
The Montana Democrats issued a press release listing several prominent Republicans who are abandoning their Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
In case you missed it – Zinke is a Navy man – a Navy SEAL. One would think the Montana Democrats would realize that Zinke will probably go down with his (the Trump) ship…
Gianforte Takes Questions:
I happened to catch the story about the Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, appearing at the City Club in Missoula.
It was reported that Gianforte took questions from the audience. Good for him.
I always like to see candidates take questions from the audience – not just the media. I think it shows how a candidate can think quickly on their feet and respond. It’s really better than debates.
Some candidates like to do it, but many do not. If a campaign knows ahead of time about the question and answer (Q&A) session they can bring in their friends to ask some softball questions, or the opponent can stack the audience with people to ask questions to make their candidate look better.
Nonetheless, I like it and think the candidates need more Q&A sessions with the voters.
Montana & DUIs:
The website WalletHub issued a report this week about the strictest and most lenient states on DUI.
Montana was ranked a very lenient 40 in the survey. See the whole report HERE.
Sadly, Montana has a reputation for being a great state to drive drunk.
The Great Falls Tribune reported about the WalletHub survey and also found that in 2010, the Montana Highway Patrol reported 72 alcohol-related fatalities, 82 in 2011, 89 in 2012, 93 in 2013, 73 in 2014, and 75 in 2015.
Obama Founded ISIS:
It would have been perfectly fine for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to say that the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton led to the creation of ISIS or that the group is stronger because of their policies. That’s politics.
But Trump said that Obama “founded ISIS” which is absurd. Then he said it again. (AP)
The sad thing about that statement is that there’s a whole group of far right-wing wackos who will believe it. These are the same folks who believe that Obama was born in Kenya and that he’s coming to take their guns…any day now.
UPDATE: After this column was posted, the AP reported that Donald Trump claims he was being sarcastic. Read the AP story HERE.
DEA & Marijuana:
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has determined that marijuana still is a “dangerous drug with no medical use.” (Reuters)
I think marijuana, or “Mary Jane” (as cool people like me call it) is not dangerous. It should be legalized for both medical and recreational use.
It looks like the DEA is suffering from a little “Reefer Madness.” They probably use that film as a training guide.
One More Thing:
You’ve probably seen many videos of a father or mother returning from military deployment surprising their children.
KRTV in Great Falls has one of the better ones. Watch it HERE.
Good stuff – a big thank you to the family for your sacrifices.