Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison
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 the toxic political culture, Gianforte heads to Washington, drip, drip, drip, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the Sound of Freedom, Arkansas and elevators, and much more!
Toxic Political Culture:
It was NBC’s Chuck Todd who mentioned the “toxic political culture” in one of his tweets this week. That got me thinking about it. Here are my thoughts…
Many people are asking/wondering/hoping if the shooting of the Congressman and several others at the ball field in Alexandria, Virginia, will change the tone of politics across the fruited plains.
Nope. Not a chance. The rhetoric may calm down for a few days, but the calm will not last.
It was not long after the shooting that people were posting stuff about left wing hate groups going after President Trump. Just a few months ago, the right wing hate groups were going after President Obama.
Face it folks, there are morons on both sides who are capable of taking things a bit too far. There are idiots on both sides who believe everything that “Uncle Joe” posts as fact.
People have been going after politicians for years. Now, they have their own platforms (like Twitter and Facebook) to say and post things.
I worked in a Senate field office for about a dozen years and listened to “constituents” threaten me and my co-workers, and my boss. From what I understand, it’s not any better in 2017.
Here in the USA, we need to tone down the hatred. We need to watch what we post because someone out there may be dumb enough to believe that Hillary Clinton is harboring child sex slaves in the back of a pizza place.
Gianforte’s Results Certified:
The results of the May 25 special election for Montana’s only U.S. House seat has been certified and Wednesday (June 21) Representative-elect Greg Gianforte will take the oath of office.
Gianforte will face a lot of scrutiny in DC. He won’t put the assault of the reporter behind him very easily – especially since he won’t answer all the questions about it.
As far as I can tell, Gianforte is still dodging questions about the false press release his team sent out right after the assault. His team also had an intern go on local television and talk about the assault – or the intern went on television on his own. I’d like to know if that was approved. Hey, Greg – email me your answer!
In the Associated Press story about the date being scheduled for Gianforte to take the oath of office, the photo showed Gianforte in the courtroom with his two lawyers.
Yep, it will be a while before Gianforte puts the assault behind him…
Drip, drip, drip…
The Associated Press reports that the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice. (AP)
Trump calls it a witch hunt….
Meanwhile, USA Today reports that Vice President Pence has hired a private lawyer to help him respond to questions raised by the special counsel investigating interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein:
The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement last night that has many people scratching their heads:
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”
I wonder what’s coming next…
The Sound of Freedom:
Here at The Western Word, I supported the expansion of the military’s Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) from the beginning. Montana’s Congressional delegation did not. They lost.
The PRTC is about 35,000 square miles and covers parts of the airspace in North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.
The Air Force has scheduled a training exercise called “Combat Raider” in the complex June 27-29. Folks in the area may hear sonic booms during the exercise.
I suggest they call them “freedom” booms…
One More Thing:
My least favorite state is Iowa. Second is probably Arkansas. Since Arkansas made my list, I had to share this story from the Associated Press:
Officials in an Arkansas county have a plea for courthouse visitors: Please stop urinating in our elevator.
Craighead County officials hope new security cameras will deter the steady stream of culprits who have been relieving themselves in the courthouse elevator in Jonesboro, a college town about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.
Maintenance workers say the problem has persisted for years — even though the restrooms are only about 25 feet (8 meters) from the elevator.
Did you get it? A “steady stream” of culprits.
I was a little shocked that Arkansas had elevators….