Friday the 13th is still better than Monday the whatever. – 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 Money Laundering, the Montana American Indian Caucus respond to Trump, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, the VP is coming to Billings, the Great Falls Rally fact-checked, and One More Thing!
It was first reported by The Daily Beast and then by the Associated Press (AP) that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale used excess donations from deep-pocketed GOP donors to pay himself back for personal loans from a previous congressional run, then he turned around and loaned that money right back to his Senate campaign, according to campaign records.
The AP also reported campaign finance watchdogs said Thursday that what Rosendale is doing is unusual but legal, and effectively raises contribution limits from $5,400 to $8,000 for some donors.
Some of the terms used to describe what Rosendale is doing were “creative accounting,” “money laundering,” “an audacious accounting maneuver,” “cooks books,” and “skirts donation limits.”
We’ll see how well this plays in Montana.
Montana American Indian Caucus:
Ten members of the Montana American Indian Caucus sent an opinion piece to several newspapers across Montana after President Donald Trump, during his campaign rally in Great Falls, used the name “Pocahontas” as a way to express his displeasure of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s claims of being Indian.
The members said, “in no way does our caucus believe that it is acceptable to make false claims about one’s native heritage. Such claims harm Indian people, and if anyone’s claims to native heritage are false, they should be held accountable.”
They then added that the real issue is this:
Many Montanans may not understand why Trump’s particular use of Pocahontas’ name is disparaging to Indian people. Some might even believe that Trump “only” intended to bully Sen. Warren individually and that his remarks do not disparage native people generally. However, what Trump did was take the name of a real Indian person (whose history has already been distorted beyond recognition in popular culture) and transformed it into a racially bigoted epithet. This is plainly unacceptable and beneath the dignity of the office of the president.
Good for Montana American Indian Caucus. It would be great if the Republicans who took the stage with the President (Daines, Gianforte, Rosendale, etc.) would stand up to the President for using the name “Pocahontas.”
You can read the full opinion HERE.
Strzok works for the FBI and appeared in front of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees this week. In case you forgot, Strzok was the agent who sent personal text messages to a co-worker that were not too kind to President Trump.
The hearing was supposed to be a chance for the Republicans to get their pound of flesh from Strzok, but he handled the GOP members of the committee with ease.
Time Magazine has a pretty good recap HERE.
Strzok and GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy had a moment or two. Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert put it this way:
“I was wondering why Gowdy was slumped so far down in his chair. Turns out it’s because he had his ass handed to him.”
Good for Peter Strzok. I have always thought of Trey Gowdy as a chickenshit. His actions trying to grill Strzok prove it.
The Great Falls Rally:
You might have seen this before, but I wanted to include it in “Caught My Eye.”
For those of you who attended or watched President Donald Trump at the rally in Great Falls, there’s some bad news.
According to the Washington Post fact checkers, the truth took a beating in Montana during President Trump’s speech there on July 5. From a grand total of 98 factual statements identified, 76 percent were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence.
So most of what Trump said was false, misleading, or unsupported by evidence. Seems that is typical of him. What is more amazing is how his supporters overlook this.
VP in Billings:
KTVQ out of Billings sent a “Breaking News” alert Thursday evening announcing that Vice President Mike Pence was coming to Billings to campaign for Matt Rosendale on July 24 – a Tuesday.
KTVQ cited a flyer announcing the event indicated Pence will appear at a $10,000-per-couple fundraiser, which includes a roundtable discussion, photo and reception tickets.
Wow. Rosendale will really have to cook the books if that money is going to his campaign.
There’s no word if Ryan Zinke will attend to dance with Pence’s wife…
One More Thing:
So real that one scientific name wasn’t enough. The fear of Friday the 13th is also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. A bit of bad news for all of you who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia – all years will have at least one Friday the 13th. The good news is that there cannot be more than three Friday the 13ths in any given calendar year. The longest one can go without seeing a Friday the 13th is 14 months.