Caught My Eye…

Veterans know who their champions are, and Jon Tester is one of them. – Former Secretary of Defense and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)

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 Trump vs Tester, my two cents about Tester & Veterans, GOP U.S. Senate debate, residency problems, Trump & Stormy & Cosby, and one more thing!

Trump vs Tester:

President Donald Trump made some news yesterday when he called the television show Fox & Friends. He was ticked off that the Senate Veterans Affairs committee had uncovered some unflattering things about his nominee for VA Secretary Ronny Jackson. Jackson removed himself from consideration yesterday morning.

So Trump went after the ranking member of the VA Committee, U.S. Senator Jon Tester.

Here is how Slate reported it:

 The president accused Tester of using “completely false and fabricated” claims to smear the reputation of “an incredible man” and warned that he will “have a big price to pay” this November when he’s up for re-election. “I watch what Jon Tester, of Montana—a state that I won by, like, over 20 points, you know, really, they love me and I love them,” Trump told Fox & Friends. “And I want to tell you that Jon Tester, I think this is going to cause him a lot of problems in his state.”

I’m not sure that Trump’s threats will hurt Tester. We’ll see. I’m not sure that Trump is more popular than Tester in Montana. What it did do was give the four Republicans running against each other to take on Tester hope.

Tester & Veterans:

A few words about U.S. Senator Jon Tester and veterans…

It was 37 years ago this month that I took the oath as I entered the U.S. Air Force. After exiting the military in 1992 and finishing my degree with the help of the GI Bill, I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns – a fellow veteran. After Burns lost to Jon Tester and before Tester was sworn in, I met with members of Tester’s transition team to talk about taking care of Montana’s veterans. Tester’s people wanted to ensure the great services for veterans provided by Burns were maintained when he took office.

They have been. Tester has been a great friend and a strong advocate for Montana veterans and for veterans all across the USA. His committee positions on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the VA Appropriations subcommittee gives him a one-two punch that not many senators and representatives have.

Montana Senate 2018:

Who schedules a political debate during the first round of the NFL Draft? C’Mon, man!

I did not watch the Montana GOP Senate candidate debate last night, but I hear it was pretty boring.

It appears that now two of the candidates may have Montana residency problems: Matt Rosendale and Troy Downing.

That leaves Russell Fagg and Albert Olszewski.

The Great Falls Tribune covered the debate – read the story HERE. The Associated Press also covered the debate; read their story HERE.

Trump & Stormy:

It looks like we have a President of the United States who had an affair with an adult film star – before he was President.

NBC News reported:

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge Thursday for the first time that his attorney Michael Cohen represented him as part of a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

“He represents me like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me. And from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong,” Trump said in a phone interview on “Fox and Friends.”

With Bill Cosby being found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, Donald Trump should be a little worried.

One More Thing:

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. – Abraham Lincoln



4 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. – Abraham Lincoln. Great quote. Trouble is , it doesn’t seem to matter that our president contradicts himself over matters great and small. Who can believe our president has more credibility than he former F.B.I. director ?

    • John – I think you’re right. Most everything he says people don’t believe anymore because he has lied so much in the past. That’s the reason he has a problem with the media. Thanks, -JmB

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