Caught My Eye…

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt

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 Bump Stocks, Rep. Tim Murphy – Hypocrite, Political Parties, Cam Newton – Sexist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One More Thing!

Bump Stocks:

There was an interesting headline from the Associated Press that caught my eye:

Suddenly, White House and NRA open to (a little) gun control

Here’s the opening paragraph from the AP:

The National Rifle Association joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans Thursday in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans’ guns, though a narrow one: to regulate the “bump stock” devices the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to horrifically lethal effect.

It does not appear the NRA-supported federal officeholders in Montana received the memo from their NRA lobbyist telling them what to do. The headline in the Billings Gazette reported this:

Daines, Tester, Gianforte not ready to regulate bump stocks

The Gazette story was filled with lots of excuses from all three members – something we have come to expect when the issue ultimately deals with campaign donations.

Rep. Tim Murphy – Hypocrite:

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is a hypocrite – big time.

Murphy claims to be pro-life, but there are reports that he told a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion. Murphy admitted the affair.

Here is what the newly discovered text message said:

“And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” the text message read.

Murphy replied: “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

The Hill reported that Murphy, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, has received support from the Family Research Council and was endorsed by the pro-life political action committee LifePAC. These groups sure pick winners, don’t they?

Murphy announced he would not seek re-election in 2018, then he announced he was resigning, effective October 21. That is good news.

Political Parties:

Gallup is reporting that Americans think both parties in Congress are performing poorly. Just 20% approve of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, the lowest to date in Gallup’s 18-year trend. Congressional Democrats’ 31% approval rating is better than the GOP’s, but also near the low point for the party.

Reminder – the Republicans control the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. We also have a Republican President. The GOP “political machine” drove into the ditch around January 20, 2017, and has never driven out. Nothing much has been accomplished.

Good job folks! We need a new third party.

Cam Newton – Sexist:

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Cam Newton, who is a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, this question:

Cam, I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him kind of truck-sticking people out there?

Newton answered the question with a smirk, saying:

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes, like…” Newton said. “It’s funny.”

Newton has had several chances to apologize, but he failed at that. Last night (Thursday) he did finally render an apology – but that was after he lost some endorsements.

The $100 million quarterback has some learning to do.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

The nominees for the 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (HOF) were announced this week. Missing, once again, was REO Speedwagon.

REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records. They have thirteen Top 40 hits, including number one songs “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

REO’s Hi Infidelity album (1980) peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. It went on to become the biggest selling rock album of 1981. It was certified ten times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

They started in 1967 and are still touring today. I’ve seen them live in concert about 25 times.

REO compares favorably to current HOF members Journey, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Chicago, etc.

One More Thing:

Finally, I have to mention the Monday Night Football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

This was a great win by the Chiefs and it’s neat to see my team and the state where I was born put on a great show for the nation. I’ve been to night games at Arrowhead and there’s nothing like it.

Unfortunately, as the Kansas City Star reports, in the aftermath, it was reported that some Chiefs fans reportedly (and repeatedly) called Washington receiver Terrelle Pryor, Sr. the n-word.

There will be an investigation and if it’s confirmed that some fan(s) were calling players the n-word, they need to be banned from Arrowhead for life.

We are better than this.