Some people are like clouds. When they go away, it’s a brighter day. – Anonymous
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 President Donald Trump, Senator Jon Tester, Women’s Marches, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, Walmart, NFL Picks, and much more!
The New York Times reported that President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
Is anyone is that surprised that President Donald Trump is a racist?
Tester – Town Hall:
If you follow me on Twitter then you were probably one of the first to know that U.S. Senator Jon Tester will be holding a face-to-face town hall event in Great Falls on Monday, January 15.
The event is free and open to the public. Montanans are encouraged to attend and ask questions. The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. at the Montana Electric Coop Association Building. The address is 501 Bay Drive in Great Falls.
It would be nice if Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte would hold face-to-face town hall meetings.
The Montana Post has a column up that lists several cities in Montana that will be holding Women’s Marches/Rallies on January 20. Check out the locations HERE.
Tester – Campaign HQ:
Christie Roberts, the Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Jon Tester, announced that the Tester for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters is officially open in Billings.
Although she did not give the address or phone number for the campaign headquarters in the press release, I believe her.
Tester does have his campaign website up and running. Visit it by clicking HERE.
U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme:
In case you missed it, the United States Attorney for the District of Montana, Kurt Alme, issued a statement after U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions, III, announced that he was rescinding the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions.
In regard to marijuana prosecutions, Alme said:
“Yesterday, the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that govern all federal prosecution decisions. The United States Attorney’s Office in Montana is guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions — focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our citizens and communities. Consistent with the Attorney General’s latest guidance, we will continue to take this approach in all of our work with our law enforcement partners throughout Montana.”
Alme is a Presidential appointee so he has to go along with Sessions (and Trump). To not would be political suicide.
Alme wasted our time just as Sessions has wasted resources in going after recreational and medical marijuana users.
Good News/Bad News:
A lot of pro-Trump folks were happy to promote the announcement that Walmart was raising its minimum wage to $11 per hour and even offering $1,000 bonuses and expanding parental leave to some employees.
Then the bad news came.
Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge.
One More Thing:
Last week during the NFL Wildcard round I was 2-2. Once again my Kansas City Chiefs let me down. Overall this season I have picked correctly at a 97% rate which puts me at 5th place in the Great Falls Tribune Pro Picks contest. There are 203 players in that contest. The local winner each week wins an eight-piece KFC dinner.
I like chicken.
Here are my predictions for the NFL Divisional playoffs this weekend. Do not bet your mortgage payment on my picks. I am not a professional and some people claim I have mental problems:
- Atlanta @ Philadelphia – Atlanta
- Tennessee @ New England – New England
- Jacksonville @ Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh
- New Orleans @ Minnesota – New Orleans
The key this weekend is going with experience. All my winners have the most-experienced starting quarterbacks.