Caught My Eye…

Some people are such treasures that you just want to bury them. –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 the Little Rocket Man meeting, Generic Unnamed Challengers, Man on River (Update), Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Maher’s Rules for Actual News, and One More Thing!

Little Rocket Man Meeting:

Late Thursday there was an announcement that President Donald Trump was going to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May to talk about denuclearization of North Korea. The location is yet to be determined, although some reports say they will meet in Pyongyang North Korea.

If it happens, I think talks between Trump and Kim is a good thing because it’s better than bombs and bullets. Talking is always better than that.

Some are saying the meeting is a way for Trump to get “Stormy” out of the news.

North Korea has some leverage because they developed nukes and now they have meeting with the leader of the most powerful country in the world. North Korea has come a long way. They now have a seat at the table.

This meeting will be fun to watch – I think it will be bigger than a celebrity death match.

Generic, Unnamed GOP Challengers:

The Hill posted a story yesterday saying that five Senate Democrats trail their GOP challengers and would lose their bids for reelection were the 2018 midterms held today, according to polls from SurveyMonkey.

One of those Senate Democrats is Montana’s Jon Tester.

The opponent Tester was polled against was a “generic, unnamed GOP challenger.”

The “generic, unnamed GOP challenger” and their counterparts, the “generic, unnamed Democrat challenger” are some of the toughest candidates in any election. They are almost perfect. They don’t have to raise money, face the voters, or answer questions in a debate.

I still believe the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Montana leans “Safe Democrat.”

Man on River (Update):

On Monday I wrote about Great Falls’ area Fire and Police officials, the media, and many folks with nothing better to do on a cold and snowy Saturday being mesmerized that a homeless man was walking on the Missouri River – the frozen part. He refused to leave the frozen river and supposedly spent the night or two there. He was identified as Ben Staples.

The man was finally taken into custody and, as the Great Falls Tribune reports, it went sour from that point:

Less than two days after he was forcibly taken into protective custody, Ben Staples — the “Man on the Ice” — escaped from a hospital psychiatric ward and is charged with multiple criminal offenses, including felony intimidation and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

The “Man on the Ice” story kind of reminds me of the first Rambo movie, “First Blood,” where veteran John Rambo comes to a quiet little redneck town and runs into a sheriff that doesn’t quite have it altogether and then Rambo tears the town a new one after he is mistreated.

Instead of using an M-60 to get his point across like John Rambo, Staples reportedly urinated on the floor of the holding area and smeared his own feces on the walls of his holding cell. He also knocked out some windows.

The Tribune also reported, “Staples had no shoes on and was wearing the scrub style clothing which patients at the psychiatric wing are assigned.”

I bet if he would have had on those “free” hospital socks with rubber on the soles, he would have gotten away easily.

It looks as though his bond is $25,000.

Y’all come back and visit us, ya hear!

2018’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations:

The personal finance website WalletHub puts out a lot of great information. They recently released a list of Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

Butte, Montana, was not on the WalletHub list. In fact, no city in Montana made the list of 200. The closest city to Montana to make the list is Spokane, Washington.

Shame on you, WalletHub.

You can check out some great St. Patrick’s Day facts from WalletHub by clicking HERE.

Maher: Rules for Actual News

In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher chastises the media for pitting Americans against each other with phony controversies:

One More Thing:

Hey Hey Hey – The deadline to file to run for office is this Monday (March 12) at 5:00 p.m. Check out the Montana Secretary of State’s Candidate Filing List HERE.

Thanks to all those people who decided to run for office!

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