Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. – George Bernard Shaw
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 the Pearl Jam poster, Security Clearances, Trump’s Parade, and One More Thing!
The Pearl Jam Poster:
It’s pretty evident that the Montana Republicans are grasping for anything they can to try and beat Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester.
The Montana Republican Party has gone after Tester for a poster used in the Pearl Jam concert in Missoula. They have around 14 posts on their official Twitter page and a handful on their Facebook page with their outrage about the Pearl Jam poster. Tester’s opponent, Republican Matt Rosendale, is just as bad – he is trying to raise money off of it.
As for Tester, Lee Newspapers reported:
On Wednesday, Tester spokesman Chris Meagher told the Associated Press the campaign doesn’t like the poster and doesn’t condone violence of any kind. The campaign said earlier in the day it had no involvement with the poster’s creation and never saw it, the band’s playlist or anything else related to the show before it began.
That’s pretty good that Team Tester quickly came out against it. Maybe the Republicans can learn something from it. President Trump, a Republican, calls black people dumb, a dog, and questions their intelligence. That’s just his most recent racist comments. We won’t even mention his comments about “shithole countries” or that immigrants from Mexico are rapists or his Pocahontas remarks.
As for Pearl Jam, bassist Jeff Ament (a Montana native) released this statement that was carried in Lee Newspapers:
The role of the artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has us thinking and feeling. I was the sole conceptualist of this poster, and I welcome all interpretations and discourse.
Love, from the First Amendment, Jeff Ament.
The good ol’ First Amendment. I use it every day…
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement from President Trump:
As the head of the executive branch and Commander-in-Chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
I believe there were two reasons for this.
First, the publicity that Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was a top White House aide, was getting for audio tapes she made while working in the White House needed to be pushed off the front page.
Second, John Brennan was hurting Trump by appearing on cable news and coming out against some of Trump’s policies. Brennan is believable and comes across as intelligent, unlike Trump.
Trump also issued a warning:
I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.
It’s a cheap move by the President. Maybe for his next insane move, he will have those who speak against him arrested. It seems to be coming to that.
I love a parade;
The tramping of feet,
I love every beat
I hear of a drum.
I love a parade;
When I hear a band
I just wanna stand
And cheer as they come!
– I Love a Parade (Music: Harold Arlen / Lyrics: Ted Koehler)
With the estimate once being $10-$30 million and now being over $90 million, the military parade through the nation’s capital requested by President Donald Trump has been delayed until 2019, a Defense Department spokesman said Thursday. (NBC News)
The American Legion said, in part, “…we think the parade money would be better spent fully funding the Department of Veteran Affairs and giving our troops and their families the best care possible.”
Good for the American Legion – I salute you.
One More Thing:
I heard about this from a friend who heard it from a friend…
If you get cited for a traffic violation in Kansas City, they punish you by giving you a ticket to a Kansas City Royals game. If you get a repeat violation, they make you actually attend the game.
Have a great weekend!