We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
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 that I am providing commentary on today include Tester’s big bucks, grading the Montana legislature, Mayor of Billings, Chocolate Cake & Missiles, I Like Big Bombs, Reefer Madness in Canada, and much more!
$3.2 million On Hand:
Politico reported this week that U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) raised $2 million in the first three months of 2017, and he enters the second quarter with $3.2 million on hand.
In other words, Tester is going to be just fine in his reelection bid. Having that much money on hand sends a strong signal to possible opponents that taking on Tester will be an uphill battle.
The Montana Legislature is on break and will return to Helena on Tuesday, April 18.
I would give them a “D” so far.
Maybe some of my readers can comment and feel differently, but I don’t believe a lot has been done this session (so far). They are running out of time. Tuesday will be day 79 of the session and it meets for 90 days.
They have failed on infrastructurer. They don’t have a budget yet. They would not allow an all mail-in special election on May 25, which will cost the state several hundred thousand dollars. They are trying to impose more taxes and fees and take away more rights.
The biggest failure has been the issue with the mail-in ballot election. If they fail to pass a substantial infrastructure package, such as one that residents of Montana can see being done, that will be the biggest failure.
Soon the circus will leave town and all we’ll be left with is finger pointing.
Mayor of Billings:
I read this week that current state Senator and head of the Montana Republican Party Jeff Essmann announced that he is running for mayor of Billings. (Billings Gazette)
That news made me hope that Billings does all mail-in ballots for municipal elections….
Chocolate Cake & Missiles:
NBC News reported that President Donald Trump has revealed how he cemented his newfound friendship with China’s President Xi Jinping over the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen.”
It was over dessert at Mar-a-Lago that Trump told Xi that he had just launched a missile strike on Syria…
I Like Big Bombs…
The United States military dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military on ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan. The bomb known officially as a GBU-43B, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. It is also called the “mother of all bombs.” It weighs about 21,600 pounds.(Reuters)
For those keeping score at home, it is not as big as a nuclear weapon.
Trump be like, “I like big bombs and I cannot lie…”
Fox News reported early Friday morning that Afghanistan officials say 36 Islamic State fighters were killed during the bombing. Officials added there were no civilian casualties.
Reefer Madness in Canada:
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada. The process started Thursday with the Canadian government making the announcement.
According to USA Today, Canada’s federal government set the age at 18 for legal use but is allowing each of the provinces to determine if it should be higher.
The process should be in place by July 1, 2018, which means Americans have plenty of time to schedule their “reefer” vacations.
One More Thing:
Have a very blessed Easter!