Caught My Eye…

I hate it when I see some old person and then realize we went to high school together. – 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 August recess, Montana ACLU and Steve Daines, E-City Beat, Trump’s salary, and One More Thing!

No August Recess:

It seems we hear this every couple of years – some in Congress want to cancel the August recess. These are mostly the people who are not running for reelection or have a safe race.

Steve Daines is one of those people this year, telling his followers on his Facebook page:

The Senate has no business taking an August recess when we have so much work left to do. If we’re going to keep draining the swamp, the pumps needs to stay on during the month of August.

That request is pretty disingenuous – even for Steve Daines.

To solve this little problem, how about when you meet for the first time in January 2019 you take a vote to cancel August recess for that Congress (August 2019 and August 2020)?

ACLU & Daines:

The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that the ACLU of Montana sent a letter to Sen. Steve Daines on Wednesday, saying he should not block some people from his Twitter account (@SteveDaines), claiming such action violated free speech rights.

I say good for the ACLU of Montana.

As for Daines, he told the Tribune that there were few rare incidents of that happening, noting the decision was made after people used inappropriate language.

The funny thing is that what Daines (the receiver of the message) and the sender of the message deem “inappropriate” may be two different things.

The best analysis of the whole thing was from David Parker, associate professor of political science at Montana State University, who said it is the responsibility of elected officials to listen to constituents and “let them vent.” “I think it is part of signing up for the job,” he said, adding he was troubled that an elected official would block something from the public.

If someone threatens the life of someone on Twitter or Facebook, that person should be blocked and turned into Capitol Police. Other than that, Daines should be an adult and take it.

Maybe if Daines held an “in-person” town hall meeting or two, his constituents would not be so pissed at him.

E-City Beat:

I don’t normally write about other blogs that much, but this caught my eye…

The folks over at the E-City Beat blog are complaining about a reader contacting one of the advertisers on the blog to complain. Here’s the email from the reader to the business:

I see you are now advertising on E City Beat. I wonder why you would want to associate your business with a blog that has spread so much vitriol and division in our community on important community matters.

Read the full blog post HERE.

That’s a fair question posed to the business owner. I know back in my “political days” I would encourage advertisers that liked my boss to contact the publisher of the newspaper or news director at the television station to complain about their shitty coverage – and there was a lot of shitty coverage from Lee Newspapers and the Great Falls Tribune.

I know one of the people who originally helped start E-City Beat. In fact, I reviewed some of their pages long before the blog went online. He wanted to remain anonymous and he still will be anonymous as far as I am concerned. He’s a friend and I don’t think he is associated with the blog these days.

Unfortunately, E-City Beat is not what I thought it would be. The reader is correct – the blog has spread a lot of “vitriol and division in our community on important community matters.”

That is also free speech. Advertisers beware!

Trump’s Salary:

President Trump donated his salary for the first quarter of 2018 to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House said Thursday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump’s $100,000 quarterly salary will go toward the VA’s caregiver programs. (The Hill)

Good for Trump. There are a couple of Montana officials who could easily donate their salaries to the VA or other worthwhile programs.

One More Thing:

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) is Armed Forces Day – Thanks to all who are serving and protecting us!



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