Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. – Sam Walton
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 Jon Tester and robocalls, the Billings Police and the wild wild west, Greg Gianforte and Sinclair Broadcasting, NFL schedules are out, and One More Thing!
Tester & Robocalls:
I got a chuckle out of the press release about robocalls I received from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The press release had the headline, “Tester Cracks Down on Abusive Robocalls.”
Tester is supposedly working to give regulators the tools they need to crack down on robocallers by introducing the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act.
Back in 2005, two Democrats (Jon Tester and John Morrison) were running for U.S. Senate and told Lee Newspapers they were making robocalls…and breaking Montana law. Nothing was done.
At that time Tester told a reporter, “It’s a free speech issue.”
It’s amazing the transformation some candidates go through when it’s reelection time.
Wild Wild West:
Members of the Billings Police Department are acting a little like they live in the wild west these days. There have been several shootings of civilians by police officers (Twelve people have been shot and killed by law enforcement in Billings since May 2012). (Source)
Recently it was reported that three officers were suspended for having sex on city property.
Sex on city property!
The Associated Press reported that two officers were suspended for two weeks for having sex with a civilian employee of the department while they were on duty. A third was suspended for a week for having sex with the same woman while he was off duty.
Gianforte & Sinclair:
The Guardian reported that one of the brothers who control Sinclair Broadcasting has donated more than $10,000 to Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who assaulted a journalist and then lied to police about it. Robert E Smith, whose company is the biggest owner of television stations in the US, last month gave a maximum $5,400 campaign contribution to Greg Gianforte, the congressman for Montana, according to a federal filing. He did the same last year.
Maybe a better use for that money would have been teleprompter reading lessons for the anchors who work for Sinclair…
It all starts Thursday, September 6, with Atlanta visiting Philadelphia and the regular season ends on Sunday, December 30.
Check out the full schedule HERE.
One More Thing:
Happy 4-20 day! For those of you who don’t know about today being 4-20, click HERE to learn more!