Caught My Eye…

The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. – Lewis Grizzard

Hello, September!

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 about today include Zinke inquiry, Labor Day Picnics, Trump’s August, CNN’s rescue, NFL rosters, and One More Thing!

Zinke Inquiry Dropped:

Several other organizations reported that a preliminary investigation into contact between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Alaska senators (Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan) regarding support for health care legislation has been dropped, the Interior Department inspector general said Wednesday. (CNN)

It was reported that both Murkowski and Sullivan declined to take part in the investigation.

Zinke should be super nice to Murkowski; she chairs the committee from where Interior is funded. I don’t think a friendly beer will do it.

I look for Alaska to get a lot of projects funded in the coming year…

Montana’s Labor Day Picnics:

As is tradition, Central Labor Councils will be hosting picnics during Labor Day weekend all throughout Montana!

Click HERE for all the details.

According to WalletHub, back in the 1950s, 40% of the workforce belonged to unions. In 2016, there were 16.3 million union members. The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest union with 3.2 million members.

Check back on Monday for more Labor Day fun facts!

Trump’s August:

It was not a good month of August for President Trump. With the help of Bloomberg News national political reporter Sahil Kapur, here are Trump’s issues from August:

Mitch McConnell and the Senate, North Korea, Charlottesville, CEOs who left his committees, Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka were out, NAFTA, the Wall, the eclipse, Joe Arpaio pardon, military transgender ban, the FBI raid on Paul Manafort’s home and probably more that was missed.

Now Trump can get back to working with Congress as they return next week.

I do applaud Trump for donating $1,000,000 for the Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. One report from CBS says they don’t know if the donation is from Trump or from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

CNN’s Rescue:

Earlier this week in some dramatic footage, CNN reporter, Drew Griffin, and his news crew rushed to save a man in a truck being swept away by flood waters.

Now several right-wingers are saying it was staged, you know, because CNN needs the ratings and they are “fake news.” See the InfoWars story HERE. Of course, Allen West got in on the rescue HERE.

Click HERE for the actual story and video.

So was it staged?

If I was going to stage that rescue, I would have put a “Trump for President” bumper sticker on the truck to make the righties care more….

NFL Rosters:

There will be a lot of unemployed players from the NFL on Saturday (Sept. 2). Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List. (CBS Sports)

NFL teams have up to 90 players during training camp.

This is a new method being used for the first time this year. Normally it was in two cuts from 90 to 75 before the fourth preseason game and then 75 to 53 after the last preseason game. This gives some players one extra game to show their stuff. (

After the cuts, there will probably be some good players to pick up.

The teams can add 10 players to their practice squads on Sept. 3.

One More Thing:

The NFL regular season starts this Thursday with my Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in primetime on NBC.

Go Chiefs!



3 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. In my twenties, I was told to build a three-legged stool for retirement. Social Security, retirement plan, and savings. Interest rates were high so savings accumulated rapidly. As a union member I got good raises and contributed to an outstanding retirement plan. And Social Security remained viable (thank you Congress.)

    The advice was right on — but those without union jobs couldn’t count on raises or even job security. And even if you paid into a company retirement plan, it could vanish at the whim of a bankrupcy court. The savings leg-of-the-stool diminished as interest rates dropped like a lead balloon. But should Congress continue to support Social Security, workers can learn to balance on a one-legged stool.

  2. Remember when tRump said he’d pay $5 million for Obama’s birth certificate? He never paid up.

    Remember when he said he would donate $1 millions to Vets at an alternative to a debate event he had? He had to be dogged into showing proof.

    There are many more examples of tRump beneficent chicanery and welching, see David Farenthold’s reports.

    I’ll believe it when the check clears.
    Hope springs eternal. The Seahawks enjoyed a 4-0 pre-season*.
    *Pre-season performance is no guarantee of regular season success.

    • Doug – thanks. That reminds me of the saying “all hat and no cattle” – JmB

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