Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur
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 Sound of Freedom, Mug Shots, Pardons, O.J. Simpson, One More Thing, and much more!
Sound of Freedom:
The USAF Thunderbirds are in Great Falls for two air shows this weekend. Hearing them do some practice flights reminded me when the Air National Guard in Great Falls had jets – I called it the sound of freedom when they flew over the city.
It was on the watch of U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, Representative Steve Daines, and Governor Steve Bullock that Montana lost the jets – a mission that Montana had in one form or another for over 60 years.
The Montana Air National Guard now has C-130 cargo planes. Some civilian folks and elected officials called getting the C-130s a win. They were placed in Great Falls as kind of a consolation prize for taking our jets. Montana lost big time in that deal.
There will be upwards of 50,000 people at the air show. By the way, you can bet they will be there for the jets – not for the cargo planes.
The Mug Shot Saga:
I think the back and forth about Congressman Greg Gianforte getting a mug shot and fingerprinted is getting a little old. It’s well past time for the judge to make a ruling so the losing side can appeal and we can move on.
In case you missed it, here is the issue courtesy of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
Gianforte, 56, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for “body slamming” Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of Montana’s special election in May.
At the sentencing hearing — where Gianforte received a six-month deferred sentence and was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and pay $385 in fines and fees — the congressman was also ordered by Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West to report to the Gallatin County jail to give booking information, including fingerprints and a mug shot. The defense objected.
The prolonged fight from Gianforte’s legal team just makes me wonder what the real issue is with his mug shot and fingerprints…
You know things are tough when you are already looking for guidance on how to pardon yourself, your family members, and aides.
The Washington Post reported the following about Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation:
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
It’s like, “Can we throw the pieces back in the box and start this game again.”
O.J. Simpson, age 70, is going to be paroled around October 1, 2017. When he gets out he won’t be out on the streets.
He has an NFL pension that some have said will pay him $25,000 per month. Others say the NFL pension will pay him over $100,000 per year. He may already have a half million in the bank depending on when he decided to take the pension.
Some reports say Simpson invested $5 million many years ago in a Screen Actors Guild for a pension.
I see a lot of golf in his future.
One More Thing:
In regard to President Trump not being able to get the Republican Senate to pass health care legislation, a Republican Senator told the NY Times off the record:
“The president, he said, scares no one in the Senate, not even the pages.”