Caught My Eye…

No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side. – Unknown

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 Parkland, Florida, Immigration, Security Clearances, Shaun White, Daytona 500, plus One More Thing!

Parkland, Florida:

Here we are a couple days after another mass shooting and the wars are waging on social media and on cable news shows about what to do. Nothing much will be settled, but it does seem to make us feel better.

The pro-gun folks put out propaganda like, “In a DUI, we blame the driver. In a bombing, we blame the bomber. In a shooting, we blame the gun?”

The anti-gun folks put out propaganda like, “A new theory suggests that the gunman didn’t act alone, but was assisted by 52 senators, 298 representatives, and the NRA.”

We need to do something.

I said after the last mass shooting that if the leaders of our country did nothing back in December 2012 when 20 sweet, young, elementary school students and six staff members were gunned down in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, who in the hell thinks they will do anything now?

I own guns. I carried an M-16 rifle for my job in the military. The M-16 is a lot like the AR-15. As a civilian, I don’t need to own an AR-15. Neither do you.

We need to do something.

Just about all polls show a high percentage of Americans (84%-94%) say that they support background checks for all gun buyers. (PolitiFact)

Maybe we could start there. The AR-15 used in Florida was purchased legally, so what does that tell us?

Maybe we can start with a national hotline to report people making threats or having mental health problems. It might help.

We need to do something, but I doubt we will.

It will happen again. Maybe today. Maybe at your neighborhood school. Maybe at your place of employment. It will happen again. 

Immigration:

The U.S. Senate failed to get 60 votes on four separate immigration proposals yesterday, then they started blaming each other for their failure. (Reuters)

The failure in the Senate means the issue with “Dreamers” is still undecided. That’s too bad because they deserve to know their future.

Thanks to the senators for trying, now stop the blame game and work out a compromise.

Security Clearances:

The headline from Slate kind of says it all, The Security Clearance Situation in the White House Is Bonkers.

Earlier this week, NBC reported that as of November there are 130 political appointees working on President Donald Trump’s staff had not yet been permanently cleared. Some of the notable folks not having clearances are Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, social media director Dan Scavino, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

I’ve heard reports that Kushner reviews the President’s Daily Briefing, which is top secret.

I’ve had a security clearance and I know they take time, but this is the President’s inner circle. They should have them by now, or they should not be allowed to do the jobs that require the clearance.

Shaun White:

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White won his third Olympic gold medal in dramatic fashion Tuesday. Then he wrapped himself in the red, white, and blue as he celebrated. During the celebration, the U.S. flag touched the ground (snow). (CNN)

Social media went wild and attacked him.

Full Disclosure: I was on flag detail in third grade. As I and the other third grader was taking down the flag at the end of the day, the wind caught the halyard (rope) and the flag and ripped it out of our hands. The halyard with the flag attached was lifted up on the roof of the school where it stayed.

We expected to be marched in the front of the local firing squad because the flag was touching the roof.

We told our teacher and she called the janitor for assistance. The janitor went up on the roof and retrieved old glory. We both lived another day!

During the ordeal, the teacher saw that we were scared. She said it was an honest mistake and not to worry about it.

That’s what happened to Shaun White – he made an honest mistake. He apologized. America should get over it.

Daytona 500:

The new season of NASCAR racing begins Sunday with the Daytona 500. I used to enjoy NASCAR racing, but it seems in the last few years it mirrors pro wrestling. They seem to make up the rules as they go. That’s where they lost me.

Many of the stars like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., are gone. Danica Patrick will race only at Daytona this year. About the only big star left is Jimmy Johnson.

Like many people, I will watch the Daytona 500 for the wrecks. I doubt I pay much attention to the other races for the rest of the year.

One More Thing:

If you are attacked by a mob of clowns go for the juggler…

 

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2 Comments

  1. Once again you made me laugh out loud, Jackie. That’s not easy to do these days. “One more thing” this morning is perfect. From here on, I’m going for the juggler. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Kathy – Thank you! -JmB


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