I’ve always loved investigations. – Robert Mueller
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 Great Falls Police Department, Jimmy Kimmel & healthcare, Facebook & politics, Paul Manafort, dotard, and One More Thing!
Great Falls Police Department:
More information came out this week about the burglary suspect who was shot and killed by a Great Falls Police officer (or officers). The suspect was previously identified as 25-year-old Thomas Jordan Addison.
This week the police officers involved have been identified as Master Police Officer Tad Kimmet and Senior Police Officer Adam Stergionis. The Great Falls Tribune reported that Kimmet, a nine-year veteran of the department, was involved in the department’s other officer-involved shooting this year (on April 20).
Authorities also released a “9-1-1 log” from that night. The Great Falls Tribune has the story, which raised even more questions.
There still is a question about the weapon allegedly “brandished” during the chase. It has not been identified. Many people have questioned the type of weapon. By the way, a weapon can be many things. Basically, all the suspect has to do is show intent, have the opportunity, and the capability to use the “weapon” to harm the officer.
Last week I wrote about the local police (city and county) not being open for questions. It’s a major problem. Citizens deserve answers. The Cascade County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Great Falls Police Department are failing in this category.
Some of the most interesting comments are from the “Facebook Lawyers” (as I call them) who post comments about the shooting on KRTV’s and the Great Falls Tribune’s Facebook posts about the incident. Some people commenting can only be deemed as bat-crap crazy.
Jimmy Kimmel & Health Care:
If the Graham-Cassidy bill is defeated next week, Jimmy Kimmel may be the person to thank (or blame).
In case you missed it, Kimmel has a son who has medical problems and he’s been speaking out for those not as fortunate as him who might have a family member who is sick.
The New York Times looks at some of Kimmel’s claims and the responses from Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the authors of the latest bill. Read the whole story HERE.
Here are three key things:
Mr. Kimmel said the bill would cut $243 billion in funding, but Mr. Cassidy claimed some states would see “billions more.” The Congressional Budget Office has not provided a score of the bill yet, but three groups have recently released estimates. Mr. Kimmel cited the highest of the three, which comes from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Avalere Health, a Washington-based consulting firm, estimated the states would lose $215 billion federal funding through 2026. The Kaiser Family Foundation released a lower figure Thursday morning: $160 billion.
The second key thing is:
Mr. Cassidy claimed his bill provides more funding to “states passed by Obamacare,” like Maine, Virginia, Florida, and Missouri. But according to all three groups, Florida would lose billions by 2026. Avalere and C.B.P.P. estimate that Maine would also see less money, while funding to Virginia and Missouri would decrease beginning in 2027.
Finally, the third key thing:
Mr. Kimmel said people with pre-existing conditions may not be able to afford coverage, but Mr. Cassidy said the protections are “absolutely the same.”
“There is just no question that protections for people with pre-existing conditions are at risk under this bill,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
While Mr. Cassidy’s bill forbids insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, it does permit states to obtain waivers that allow insurers to charge more based on health status.
They can “charge more based on health status.”
It’s too bad the Democrats and Republicans don’t work together on this. They need to fix what they agree that is wrong with health care. Ramming this bill through because you only need 51 votes now is not the way to deal with this major issue.
I urge my senators, Tester and Daines, to vote “No” on Graham-Cassidy.
Facebook & Politics:
It was great to hear that Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said they would be turning over around 3,000 “Russia-linked ads” to congressional committees. (NY Times)
He also said they were committed to preventing people from subverting elections in the USA. He also said, “We are in a new world.”
We must ensure that all elections are fair. People who break the rules need to be dealt with quickly and with the level of punishment that deters others.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort might be the key person that brings down several people in the Trump circle – maybe even Trump.
Reports are circulating that Manafort was wiretapped through a court order. His home was searched in a pre-dawn raid. He’s probably going to be indicted. There are reports that Manafort has ties to pro-Russia groups. There’s even a report from the Wall Street Journal saying he was under U.S. government surveillance after he left Trump’s campaign,
Whatever special prosecutor Robert Mueller finds, expect him to use it as leverage to get Manafort to turn against Trump or other fish in the Trump pond.
The Mueller investigation is getting very interesting. The funny thing about this whole situation is that several people on the right are complaining about Mueller. Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May. Rosenstein is a Trump appointee.
In what sent many folks scrambling to their online dictionaries, North Korea President, Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump “the mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
The Associated Press reports that dotard is a translation of a Korean word, “neukdari,” which is a derogatory reference to an old person. The Free Dictionary says it means a person who is weak-minded, esp through senility.
I think that beats “Rocket Man.”
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me…
One More Thing:
…Trump went to the U N and discussed Nambia, a country that doesn’t exist. How many know that Nambia’s capital is Covfefe? –Bill Maher (@billmaher)