Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. – Charlie Chaplin
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 Monday with Gianforte, another Veterans Affairs bill, Comey’s testimony, the Aragon sisters, the Ryan brothers, and much more!
Mark your calendars and get your protest signs ready…
The Associated Press reported Thursday that U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana is requesting a Monday court appearance on a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter. One report says he is slated to meet the judge at 10:00 a.m. and plead no contest.
Gianforte will probably get off with a light sentence. If so, that basically tells bullies it’s OK to assault people in Montana.
I would not be surprised if after the hearing we’ll see the unveiling of plans for a new multi-million dollar “Gianforte Justice Wing” at the Gallatin County Court House…
VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017:
S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, passed the Senate this week by voice vote. It now heads to the House for consideration.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio. Senator Jon Tester was an original cosponsor. Senator Steve Daines was also a cosponsor.
In his press release, Tester said the bill brings much-needed reforms to the VA by streamlining the process for reviewing and firing bad employees while protecting whistleblowers.
The bill is being highly-touted as a way to get rid of the dead meat in the VA.
Excuse me, but I am not that excited yet. First, the bill has to pass the House, get the President’s signature, and then be implemented.
When a few members of the bloated bureaucracy are fired and the system begins operating better, plus when the health and welfare of veterans become a priority, I’ll start believing.
I’ve said for years they need to get rid of many people in the mid to higher-level management positions who are stagnant and doing nothing but drawing a paycheck. They need to bring people in from outside.
After about an hour into the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, most people seemed pretty bored.
I know I was and I tweeted, “There’s a 1993 episode of ‘In the Heat of the Night’ currently airing on WGN in case some #Comey viewers want more action…”
Adding to the boredom, President Donald Trump did not Tweet during the event. That disappointed America. His son, Donald Trump, Jr., tried to carry on.
The main thing that we heard over and over was “I can’t answer that in an open setting.”
We did hear the word “Lordy” from Comey. He was asked about the President taping him and he replied with “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
U.S. Senator John McCain asked some questions that did not make sense. He called Comey “President Comey” at one time and seemed to have napped through the first part of the hearing.
We did find out that Comey gave his memo to a friend to leak it to the press. He said he was trying to get a special counsel appointed.
Comey basically called the President a liar during the hearing. I expected the President to tweet that Comey was a loser, but he didn’t.
After it’s all over we still have questions such as did the President try to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn. Did he fire Comey because he would not back off the investigation?
Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, did a decent job of salvaging the Presidency. The Los Angeles Times has the story HERE.
Trump’s campaign sent a fundraising email last night with the subject “HYPOCRITES.” The email started with this:
James Comey stated under oath that President Trump was NOT under investigation by the FBI.
…So why has the Fake News Media spent so much time reporting on the so-called “Russia investigation?”
We still don’t know what Trump and Comey had for dinner at the White House during their one on one dinner meeting. One of my friends believes they had “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” for dessert.
The bottom line is neither Comey nor Trump or America had a good day on Thursday.
Congratulations to sisters Danielle and Christina Aragon for making the 1,500 meters final at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Danielle attends Notre Dame and Christina attends Stanford. They are from Billings, Montana.
According to an article in the Billings Gazette, the 1,500 final is scheduled for 4:41 p.m. Mountain time Saturday.
Rob and Rex Ryan are twins and both have coached at the highest levels in the NFL. They were recently caught on tape fighting with some folks at a Nashville restaurant.
It looks like they were fighting about who will pay the check or who gets the last rib…
One More Thing:
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. – Napoleon Hill
Thanks for reading!