Caught My Eye…

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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 the Nunes memo, Trump & the SOTU, Facebook lawyers, Senator Robert Menendez, campaign ads on TWW, and in One More Thing, I offer you my bold Super Bowl prediction!

The Nunes Memo:

Nothing much is out of bounds these days in politics. That is apparent as the Republicans look like they are going to release a memo about FBI surveillance from the House Intelligence Committee. The memo’s author, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), hopes to show the FBI has it in for President Trump and discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

We should never use the Intelligence Committees and the work they do for political gain.

Never.

If you need more information about the memo, THIS WEBSITE explains it pretty well.

Trump & the SOTU:

President Donald J. Trump tweeted this week, “Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history.”

Not so fast, Mr. President.

Politifact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. They checked on the accuracy of the President’s tweet and reported this:

That wasn’t a record, though. Trump came in sixth in total State of the Union viewers since Nielsen began collecting the data in 1993. George W. Bush garnered 62 million viewers in 2003; Bill Clinton 53 million in 1998; W. Bush 51.8 million in 2002; Obama 48 million in 2010; and Clinton 45.8 million in 1994. 

When will Trump learn that people are going to verify what he says? When will someone who works for him, tell him he needs to issue corrections when he is wrong?

Facebook Lawyers:

Earlier this week it was reported that a Great Falls Hugh School teacher had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

No charges have been filed. The teacher resigned. The rumors are rampant.

When the Great Falls Tribune and local television station KRTV posted the story on their respective Facebook pages, the Facebook “lawyers” came out in force.

I call them “lawyers” because they are bound and determined to let everyone know they know something or they have an opinion. That reminds me of the saying that it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

Many removed ALL doubt.

Many comments were ignorant and foolish. Some asked since the age of consent was 16 in Montana, why then was it a problem for a teacher to have sexual relations with a 17-year-old student.

I love social media, but it often brings out the worst in people.

End of rant.

Robert Menendez:

In case you don’t know about him, U.S. Senator Menendez (D-NJ) was charged with trading his political influence for gifts and campaign contributions from a Florida eye doctor. The 11-week trial ended in November with the jury deadlocked. (AP)

I don’t believe the Justice Department or any government prosecutors should get a second or third chance using the taxpayer money to convict someone. One and done is my belief.

So I was happy to hear that the Federal prosecutors decided against retrying Menendez.

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One More Thing:

BOLD PREDICTION: The New England Patriots will repeat as Super Bowl champions with a 34-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Then we start the long off-season…

Have a great weekend and enjoy the game!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Largest spectator sport this weekend?

    Super Bowl LII?

    The nullification of the Nunes nothingburger?

    • Doug – My bet is on the SB. – JmB

  2. The Conservatives of Goldwater/Reagan era would not even recognize today’s Conservatives who have sold their principals for “showmanship.”

    • Carole – Amen to that! – JmB


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