Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster. – Jim Wallis
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 Trump & Democrats, Daines & Tester, L-O-L-A Lola & Troy Downing, Tester & single-payer, Montana State Fair, Chiefs & Patriots, Marcus Peters & the national anthem, One More Thing, and lots more!
Trump & Democrats:
CNN reported (so it must be true) that President Donald Trump surprised the leaders of his own party in Congress on Wednesday when he backed a deal pushed by Democrats to attach hurricane relief money to a shorter-term bump in the debt ceiling as well as keeping the government open.
The measure passed the Senate 80-17. Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, voted nay. I checked his Facebook and Twitter page and his Senate website and could not find out a reason why. Montana’s Democrat Senator, Jon Tester, voted yea.
It now must be approved by the House.
It’s good to see Trump make some deals with the Democrats. The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, but so far they have done nothing except form a circular firing squad and shoot each other in the foot.
People should realize that Trump is loyal to no one.
Trump working with Chuck and Nancy makes Washington, D.C., so much more fun to watch and write about…
L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola (I just had to add that verse from “The Kinks” song, “Lola”)
Lola Zinke, the wife of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is backing political newcomer Troy Downing for the U.S. Senate seat. Zinke will be his campaign chairwoman, assisting Downing and his campaign staff. (AP)
Since it looks as though everybody and their cousin are running for the GOP nomination, having a high-profile person like Lola Zinke on your side might help Downing.
According to his website, Downing is an Air Force veteran. That’s a good thing. We need more veterans serving in Congress. Besides, as an Air Force Veteran myself, I understand that veterans, especially those from the Air Force, are just a cut above all others and far above non-veterans. 😉
But, like I said in August and will say again in September – I am calling the 2018 Montana Senate race “Safe Democrat.”
There could be a little hope for Republicans. The Montana Republicans pointed out that incumbent Democrat Senator Jon Tester told a senate committee that single payer health care is something they should “take a solid look at.” (The Hill)
That statement may help Tester with the far-left folks more than hurt him with conservatives and moderates. We’ll see.
Nonetheless, good luck to L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola….
Montana State Fair:
The numbers are in for the 2017 Montana State Fair. The big news is that a rock group, Shinedown, was the most attended concert. On the last Saturday of the Fair, 3,856 people attended Shinedown.
According to the Expo Park, Brett Eldredge, 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year and 2016 AMC Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee took center stage and entertained 2,626 people. Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy” was well received and had the crowd in stitches on Monday with 3,124 laughing attendees. Old Dominion, the ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year performed for a crowd of 2,721 on Tuesday night and rounded out the first three nights of entertainment.
Total paid guests at the 2017 Montana State Fair: 71,388, compared to 65,906 in 2016.
It’s tough work to book the shows that will get the most attendance. Every year is a gamble and not everyone is pleased.
Chiefs beat Patriots:
Yes, I was surprised that my Kansas City Chiefs beat the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the NFL Kickoff Classic in Foxborough last night.
The final score was 42-27.
It gives me hope that Chiefs can make a Super Bowl run. They need to clean up some penalties and be more disciplined. It’s a long season.
As for New England, it probably made them mad enough that they will win 15 in a row and once again be the top seed in the AFC.
Check out the recap of the game from ESPN HERE.
One Side Note about the Game:
Kansas City Chiefs Pro-Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters sat on the bench during the national anthem before the game against the Patriots last night. As far as I know, he was the only one.
I’ve written about this before. These days I think if the networks would quit announcing who is sitting during the national anthem, the protest would go away.
There are thousands of graves of men and women who fought and died for the rights that Marcus Peters and the rest of us enjoy – and that extends to his right to sit during the national anthem. There are millions of veterans (like this blogger) who served and several thousand members of the armed forces today who are standing watch to protect our freedoms and liberties.
Those are the same freedoms and liberties that are even extended to rich pampered immature athletes like Marcus Peters.
One More Thing:
All five living former US presidents are teaming up to urge people to donate to the recovery and relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The “One America Appeal,” as it’s called, launched Thursday evening with a public-service announcement from Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. (Business Insider)
It’s always great to see our former Presidents work together for a worthy cause!