Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey. – Malcolm de Chazal
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 Steve Daines and recess, 911 callers, $8 Wine and Sharla Tester, ObamaCare Repeal Legislation, Trump/Putin Meeting, ESPN “The Body” issue, and much more!
Daines – No August Recess:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) told The Hill newspaper, “Congress has no business taking a recess when the people’s business remains unfinished.”
There’s a lot of stuff planned for the August recess. Campaigning and fundraising are two critical events. Congressional Delegation trips around the world are another thing. A few days away on a personal vacation are usually carved out in August. Meeting with constituents is far down the list.
Daines is not up for reelection, but the Democrat running for reelection in Montana, Jon Tester, is, so why not try to cut back on Tester’s time in the state. Daines has not held an in-person town hall meeting, so if he’s doing the “people’s business” in DC that will keep him from answering questions face to face.
It was a nice try, Senator Daines, but most people realize it’s not the “people’s business” you are worried about.
Today I “honor” those people who called 911 after the earthquake, not because they had an emergency but to ask dumb questions and tie up the emergency lines.
According to a story from KRTV, the Great Falls 911 center was flooded with 300 calls that came in from residents around the Great Falls area shortly after the quake. Some asked questions about the status of Holter Dam or Yellowstone or even when the next earthquake would occur. The Great Falls Police Department posted on Facebook asking people to refrain from calling 911 unless they needed help from law enforcement or to report a fire or request ambulance.
Wine Spectator & $8 Wine:
The headline in “Wine Spectator” caught my attention, “$300 Million Warship Christened with $8 Wine.”
Wine Spectator was reporting about Sharla Tester, wife of Montana’s senior Senator Jon Tester. Wine Spectator reported that Mrs. Tester welcomed the USS Billings to the fleet with a thwack across the hull—from a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Moscato. Wine Spectator says it sells for $8.
For some folks in Montana, I suspect that’s on the high end of the price they would pay for a bottle of wine. As for others, that’s on the lower end. Still, others would think that’s a waste of a perfectly good bottle of wine.
I’m sure some folks wonder how they would break a box of wine across the hull…
ObamaCare Repeal Legislation:
The Hill reported this week that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans in the Senate may not have the votes to pass their ObamaCare repeal legislation.
McConnell then said, “If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur.”
Good deal. I suggest working across party lines to fix ObamaCare. There are people on both sides who want to fix our health care system.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting for the first time today.
Most presidential watchers believe that if it comes to wrestling, Putin will win. Putin is a few years younger than Trump. I think Putin has bigger hands, too.
All kidding aside, it is always good for the leaders of the USA and Russia to meet. The lines of communication must remain open.
One More Thing:
Hey, sport fans – ESPN magazine has the 2017 “Body” issue posted. Check it out HERE.