Caught My Eye…

All the world’s indeed a stage
And we are merely players
Performers and portrayers
Each another’s audience
Outside the gilded cage
– Limelight (Rush)

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/Steve Daines taking/getting credit, Rosendale & life, migrant children – are you kidding me, the IG & Comey, The Fourth Estate, and One More Thing!

Getting Credit/Taking Credit:

MTN News did a report about U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) being part of two major bills signed by President Trump, but Tester was not invited to the signing event, although Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana was.

That was nice of MTN News to do the story.

I’ve noticed Daines likes to take credit for stuff he had very little to do with. Daines reminds me of former Senator Max Baucus in that regard.

Sometimes one senator will introduce a bill, fight to get a hearing for it in committees and shepherd the bill through the process. The other senator will vote one time when the bill comes before the full Senate and try to act like they were the reason for the bill becoming a law in their press release.

It happens a lot. The very gullible youngsters in the Montana media don’t even notice it.

Tester’s Communication Director, Marneé Banks, “communicated” her thoughts about the issue this way on her personal Twitter account:

.@SenatorTester writes major bipartisan bills. He doesn’t just sign his name to other people’s work and claim credit. He works with Republicans to pass them. Then the President signs them. That’s what Jon does. He works hard and gets shit done. #mtpol

Maybe Tester should do a campaign commercial and say, “I’m Jon Tester and I approved this message because I get shit done.”

The last year before an election is an uphill battle in trying to get your message out and fending off attacks. At least Team Tester has plenty of money and staff on his campaign and on his Senate payroll to fight the fight.

Sometimes you just need to buy a campaign advertisement or send a flier to bypass the media and send the facts straight to the voters.

Sanctity of Life:

I spend a lot of time reading candidates’ websites to see where they stand on the issues. On Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale’s website listed under “Preserve Our Montana Way of Life” he mentions his stand on abortion:

Protect the Sanctity of Life – No Exceptions
I’m unashamed to be pro-life in all circumstances, no exceptions.

A recent poll from Gallup said that the one issue that Liberals and Conservatives differ the most in is their views of abortion.

I’m not sure the “no exceptions” part of Rosendale’s stance on abortion is how very many on the conservative side of the fence believe.

We should all strive to have fewer abortions in the United States, but we also must remember that abortion is legal.

Migrant Children:

At first, I did not believe the United States would be cruel enough to separate parents from their children when they are caught at the border, but we are.

One report I read was about a former Walmart Supercenter in Brownsville, Texas, which houses about 1,500 boys ages 10-17.

I agree that their parents broke the law by illegally entering the country. The Republican Party touts that they are a family party. This is not the way to treat a family who is trying to come here to make a better life. No matter how many Bible verses Attorney General Jeff Sessions reads to his audiences, it’s still not right.

The Trump administration should keep the families together until they send them back to their home countries.

Jesus would like that.

The Inspector General & Comey:

If you’ve read my columns here at The Western Word then you might remember that I don’t have much faith in any agency’s Inspector General (IG) doing a thorough job of investigating their own people. That’s true especially when the investigation deals with people in the higher echelons of the agency.

The IG investigated former FBI Director James Comey and the Hillary Clinton email issue.

Both sides of the political aisle will find something to crow about from the report. Here is the Fox News report. Here is the NBC News report.

The IG did find that a couple FBI agents did not want Trump to win. Surprise!!

We did find that FBI Director James Comey used his personal email for official business. Now, you must admit that it’s funny that Comey used his personal email while investigating Clinton for using her personal email on her own server.

After reading several reports about the investigation, I have to ask, “Who is running the circus in D.C.?”

The Fourth Estate:

I happened to catch the first episode of Showtime’s “The Fourth Estate” a couple weeks ago and I can’t stop watching it. From the website, here is what the series is about:

This documentary series about The New York Times in the Trump era illuminates critical issues facing journalism today. A chief task for The Times, long considered the “newspaper of record,” is to find the best way to accurately and honestly cover this unconventional president, even as he tries to undermine them. Through extraordinary access and exclusive interviews, Oscar® nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus chronicles the tenacious men and women in the trenches who are fighting for the freedom of the press and America’s right to know.

It’s a whole year inside the New York Times. Watch the trailer HERE.

One More Thing:

This week I asked readers “Are you more or less likely to vote for a person who holds one elected office while running for a different office?”

The results are:

  • It makes No Difference: 38%
  • It Depends on the Candidate: 24%
  • More Likely: 19%
  • Less Likely: 19%

Thanks to everyone who voted!



4 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. I wish I could say I’m surprised at the way the racist Republican party will prostitute and pervert their ‘good book’ to justify crimes against humanity. That they cherry-pick and misconstrue the larger context of Romans that the Keebler Himmler cited in the face of a plethora of admonishments to the contrary is mind-boggling but it is the neo-theocracy we are saddled with. I hope for not much longer.

    • Doug – That is not the way Christians are supposed to act. – JmB

  2. Rosendale reminds me of my grandmother. She also was a died in the wool Republican. She sat me down when I graduated High School and gave me “the talk.” She said the nation was counting on white girls like me. I needed to marry a nice white boy and have babies — maybe 5 like she’d had. The reason — so the minorities would remain minorities.

    I had to admit. She had something to worry about. Contraception was newly legalized and the Flower Children were blooming in the parks. Birth rates were dropping as young people chose “stoned” over “wedded bliss.”

    The advice my grandmother would give Rosendale is: Abortion is not the problem. Contraception is. But of course no one would vote for a man who wanted to ban the pill for white girls

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