Caught My Eye…

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. – Calvin Coolidge

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 DACA, Trump, & Democrats, the Great Falls Police Department, Steve Daines, Danica Patrick, Bluetiful, Constitution Week, plus don’t miss this week’s One More Thing!

DACA, Trump, & Democrats:

The really bad thing about all the hoopla surrounding a possible deal and then no deal with President Trump and the Democrats about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are those affected (some 800,000) must be on pins and needles waiting for a decision.

For a few hours this week, they heard a deal was worked out between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi. Then they heard there was no deal. It’s really not fair to them.

Trump heard from his far-right base. They were somewhat pissed at him when they heard that building the wall might be nixed in the deal. They thought he was giving them amnesty.

Reuters reported that the president defended his outreach to the opposition party, saying if Republicans did not stick together, “then I‘m going to have to get a little bit of help from the Democrats.” “We have to get things passed,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Like I have said before, Trump is loyal to nobody. He wants positive press coverage and if he can get it from working with Democrats, he will.

Great Falls Police Department:

A burglary suspect was shot and killed by a Great Falls Police officer Monday night. The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Thomas Jordan Addison.

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Addison brandished a weapon toward the responding Great Falls police officers, who shot and killed Addison, according to the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation. No information released regarding what type of weapon Addison reportedly brandished, although the agency said a weapon was found at the scene.

My condolences go out to all those involved.

The police department held a “press briefing” with Montana Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Bryan Lockerby, Great Falls Police Chief David Bowen, and Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki attending. Lockerby previously worked for the Great Falls Police Department.

Bowen and Lockerby read prepared statements. They took no questions.

It seems we have a pattern in Great Falls of the law enforcement authorities not taking questions. A few weeks ago, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards appeared in front of the local media and read a statement in which he apologized for the actions that led to a misdemeanor assault charge. During the incident, it was reported that Edwards placed a gun in his mouth. This was confirmed by Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.

Edwards took no questions. The local press let him slide – and they still are today.

Bowen and Lockerby did not answer questions of which there are many. I’m sure these two professionals can say, “I can’t comment on that yet” a few times and at least make it seem like they are trying to be open. They might even get asked a question they can answer. The key thing is for them to at least try. The public would feel better.

Taxpayers deserve openness.

Steve Daines:

In a rush to be first, the press team of U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent mixed signals about the confirmation of Kurt Alme to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.

First, the Daines’ press release stated, “…the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Billings’s attorney Kurt Alme to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana.”

Two paragraphs later, Daines’ press release stated, “On September 7, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary favorably reported out Alme’s nomination. The nomination now awaits action on the U.S. Senate floor.”

A few moments later, the press team for U.S. Senator Jon Tester cleared up the confusion with a press release stating, “Alme was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.”

A wise person once said, “Have someone proofread your work, grasshopper.”

Danica Patrick:

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will not be racing for Stewart-Haas Racing next season. She may not be racing at all.

NASCAR has several problems. Losing people like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and now maybe Patrick, along with some of the questionable rulings is harming the sport. The season is too long and it resembles pro wrestling with rules made up as they go along.

I have not watched a whole NASCAR race in years.

Patrick is in her fifth year of NASCAR racing and she has never really been in contention for a spot in the playoffs, mostly finishing 24th through 28th each season.

I think to compete in the top category of NASCAR (now called Monster Energy Cup Series), she needed more time in the level below the top category (now called Xfinity Series) to get some skills. She is competing against people who have done some sort of stock car racing since they were teenagers.

I liked Patrick in IndyCars. She won a race. She was a fierce competitor. She was competitive. She should head back and finish her career there.

It’s Bluetiful:

Here’s something you need to know – Bluetiful is the name of the newest addition to crayon boxes! Bluetiful ‘s nickname is “Bea.”

More information about the development of Bluetiful can be found HERE. Visit the Crayon website about Bluetiful HERE.

Constitution Week:

Next week (September 17 to September 23) is Constitution Week! According to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:

  • Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
  • Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
  • Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

More information about Constitution Week can be found HERE.

So next week get busy loving on our Constitution!

One More Thing:

You may have seen the link to “These Hilarious Photos Perfectly Sum Up The US States” slideshow. You can see the whole slideshow HERE.

I looked at Montana’s entry. I used to be an outdoors guy, but not so much anymore. I think I can still tell the difference between a moose and a bear, though. 🙂

Have a great week!