Caught My Eye…

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

Welcome to the big show to end the week and to start your Labor Day weekend “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 the 2nd Debate, Lie, Lying, Liar, Carstensen & Gianforte, Labor Day Picnics, Recess Ends, Colin Kaepernick, and much more!

The 2nd Debate:

U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau (D) and incumbent Ryan Zinke (R) held their second debate last night in Billings.

The debate was held at the same time as the Montana State University Bobcats football game. The Bobcats were playing in Moscow, Idaho, against the Vandals. I don’t know who scheduled the debate, but having a debate during a Bobcats or Montana Griz football game is a no-no in Montana. C’mon man…

So I did not watch the debate, but I monitored it via Twitter. I will catch it later. When it comes to watching a political debate or watching football, I pick football. Any football. Even flag football between fifth graders…

You can read about the debate HERE and HERE.

One problem Montana has with their only U.S. House seat is that it has been used as a stepping stone to other offices too much recently, which has kept Montana from getting any clout (seniority) built up in the U.S. House.

Lie, Lying, Liar:

Earlier this week I chided Congressman Ryan Zinke and his staff for calling his opponent Denise Juneau a liar in his press release. I’m sure my comments knocked the Zinke campaign for a loop and they will straighten their asses elephants up right away.

The Associated Press reported that during the debate Thursday night, Zinke twice called Juneau a liar, so I guess Zinke does not get it.

I said that it’s not very statesmanlike for a U.S. Congressman to call someone a liar in a press release. Although the press release was written by a staffer, it still reflects poorly on Zinke. He needs to be better than that. His staff needs to be better than that.

On Wednesday the Montana Democrats sent a press release about Ryan Zinke calling him “Lyin’ Ryan” several times. That’s not very nice, either. Shame on them.

Someone needs to be the adult in this Congressional race.

Carstensen & Gianforte:

The opponents of the Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, were delighted in the opinion piece from Susan Carstensen, who worked for Gianforte at RightNow Technologies. Carstensen said she was supporting Gianforte’s opponent, Steve Bullock, for Montana Governor this November.

When I tweeted the story, several people retweeted it and liked it. By the way, I tweet and post stories on Facebook about candidates and issues from both sides. I’m independent.

I personally don’t think it’s that big a deal. I’m sure there are several employees who would not vote for their bosses for political offices. I’ve supervised many people in my life, both in the military and in the civilian world, and dream as I might, there are some, maybe several, who did not like my style and would not vote for me. I suspect a few would write letters to get back at me.

Gianforte should probably just shake it off and say something like, “It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better.”

Labor Day Picnics:

According to the Montana AFL-CIO, there will be five Labor Day picnics this weekend sponsored by Montana AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils. The times, dates, and locations are below.

Laborers Training Center
Friday, Sept 2
4 – 8 PM

Rose Park
Labor Day
Noon – 4 PM

Stodden Park
Labor Day
Noon – Monday

Great Falls
ExpoPark Central Park
Labor Day
Noon – 3 PM

Bonner Park Band Shell
Labor Day
1 – 5 PM

Recess Ends:

This is a public service announcement: Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate head back to Washington next week, so you and your families can come out of your bunkers on Tuesday.

It will be safe for a few weeks, but it’s an election year so they will be back in their state and districts soon.

Colin Kaepernick:

Earlier this week, I gave my comments about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest. He sits during our National Anthem instead of standing with his hand over his heart. When asked about it, he replied:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Last night the 49ers played the Chargers in San Diego. It was military night in San Diego. Here are a few observations:

  • Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem.
  • He was booed loudly throughout the game
  • When Kaepernick was signing autographs before the game, there were several police officers placed around him to protect him – which is a little ironic.
  • He played pretty well (Passing -11/18 for 103 yards, and he rushed four times for 38 yards)
  • All NFL players have to wear the USA Flag sticker on their helmets – even Kaepernick.
  • If the 49ers cut him on Saturday, I don’t see any NFL teams wanting to take a chance on him.
  • Even if he is cut, he will still get millions in salary, so his protest is not that big a gamble.

One More Thing:

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi


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  1. I’ll just toss this in the hopper with an emphasis on Nate Boyer’s input to Kaepernick.

    Enjoy the holiday and Go ‘hawks.

    • Doug – Thanks for the link. Good article. You have a nice holiday, too. – JmB

  2. Labor Day – a day the low-income wage slaves in America labor for the better-off workers, you know, the ones that aren’t required to work that day (and get paid too).

    If a wage slave is ‘lucky’ enough to have the day off, they of course won’t be paid. And let’s not forget we shut down the bus system on our holidays as well, making it even harder for our wage slaves to work that day.

    But happy Labor Day anyways, right?

    • Greg – Happy Labor Day to you, too. -JmB

  3. RE: Lie, Lying, Liar

    On the most recent TV program Face the State (which I do enjoy watching), Senator Steve Daines told a flat-out lie.

    Here’s the show ( and at the 10:30 mark, Daines clearly says that a logging project near the Roaring Lion Fire was stopped because of a lawsuit by “extreme environmental groups.”

    Not only was that logging project NOT impacted by the litigation (See below) but the lawsuit was filed by a private property owner who happens to be former US Forest Service Smokejumper and current owner of a wood products manufacturing company. 

    The truth is that “extreme environmental groups” had ZERO to do with the lawsuit. Anyone can read the actual lawsuit here:

    You’ll notice the guy who filed the lawsuit, Fred Rohrbach, was very worried about all the new road construction the USFS wanted to do all around his property, especially since he wife suffers from some health issues. He was also very worried about the ‘collaborative’ process, or lack thereof. Sort of ironic, but in other situations people like Senator Steve Daines would celebrate a private property and wood products business owner for fighting “over-reach” of the federal government, right?

    Also, as you can clearly see in the official FAQ sheet from the Bitterroot National Forest about the “West Side Collaborative Vegetation Management Project” the Forest Service clearly states the project was not set to begin until this upcoming winter and that implementation would take 5 to 10 years. And that the noncommercial work would most likely occur after the timber sale was completed, year’s from now.

    Here’s the source: And here’s the official U.S. Forest Service response:

    “Implementation: When would work begin? When would it end? The project contains several components which would be implemented over a 5-10 year period, most likely beginning the winter of 2016. The timber sale component, including road construction and timber harvesting, would likely occur over 3-4 years. Other proposed activities, including non-commercial thinning, aspen and habitat enhancement, prescribed burning, and road decommissioning, would most likely occur over the next few years following completion of the timber sale.”

    Regardless, Senator Steve Daines claim on Face the State that “extreme environmental groups” filed the lawsuit is 100% incorrect and an outright lie.

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