Caught My Eye…

Never put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket. – Unknown

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Trump in Missoula
  • Tryon vs Houck Part ?
  • LR-129 – No Thanks
  • Rosendale – Cease and Desist
  • 25 Days
  • One More Thing – Kanye Version

Trump in Missoula:

President Donald J. Trump will make his third visit to Montana to try and defeat U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D). This time he heads to Missoula on Thursday, October 18. (MTN)

No location has been announced. The weather forecast for October 18 calls for a high of 65 and low of 37 with 0% chance of rain in case it’s an outdoor event. (

I doubt Trump’s third visit will help Republican Matt Rosendale that much.

This is a good spot for Trump to hold a rally. There are several areas close to Missoula where some of the most far-right wackos reside.

I am sure the progressives in Missoula will be loud and proud for this Presidential visit.

Tryon vs Houck, Part ?

Back in 2015, Rick Tryon lost a Great Falls city commission race to Tracy Houck by 11 votes after a recount.

Houck was found to have committed a campaign violation and she paid a $1,200 fine. (GF Tribune)

Tryon has never gotten over the loss. I think he blames about everyone for the loss, like the Great Falls Tribune, KRTV, aliens, etc.

Tryon often writes for E-City Beat a local Great Falls blog that seems to be against the local school district, media, people making a decent living, and local government. The writers there seem to be against most everything except patriotic parades and kissing babies.

The latest outburst from Tryon about Houck was about her comments posted on Facebook about U.S. Senator Steve Daines supporting Brett Kavanaugh. Houck was against Daines supporting Kavanaugh.

I think it’s called free speech.

Tryon said of her comments to Daines, “What a total embarrassment she is to my hometown.”

He added, “Houck is an incompetent, dishonest buffoon…” Then he closed with, “What hypocrisy. What arrogance. What a crock.”

Those comments were between his normal tirade about her breaking campaign rules.

It seems every few months Houck sets Tryon off.

I’m not a doctor nor do I play one on TV, but I suggest that Rick Tryon seek some sort of therapy to help him with his Tracy Houck problem.

Maybe some of his friends can do an intervention.

LR-129 – No Thanks:

I usually take my family’s ballots to the election office the day before the Election Day. That could be a problem or create more work if LR-129 passes this November.

The Billings Gazette recently reported:

LR-129 on the Nov. 6 ballot would create a new offense of “ballot collection” with a fine of $500 for each ballot collected from another person.

The referendum includes “exceptions” for caregivers, family members, household members and acquaintances. But it would require all those “exceptions” to register at the elections office and polling place when turning in a ballot — providing their name, address and phone number as well as the voter’s name and address and their relationship to the voter.

The Gazette also closes their editorial with, “Vote against unnecessary government regulation and higher county election expenses. Vote no on LR-129.”

That’s darn good advice.

Rosendale – Cease and Desist:

The other day I said about the only thing truthful about the campaigns ads that I have seen is when the candidate says, “I’m ‘John Doe’ and I approved this message.”

The Great Falls Tribune ran a story this week reporting:

An attorney representing Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale sent out a letter to various Montana television stations Wednesday calling on them to quit running an anti-Rosendale commercial regarding a Great Falls subdivision, saying the ad is “blatantly false and misleading …”

This is a tried and true method in campaigning. Send a letter. Find a friendly reporter to write a story about it and then get your side out via the article and you’ve won a little battle.

Will any station pull the ad? I doubt it.

I do agree that something needs to be done to verify the accuracy of the campaign ads besides the court route. Rosendale has some of his own ads that are very sketchy, the same with Rep. Greg Gianforte. I won’t even comment on the third-party ads, which I call turd-party ads.

By the way, you can see the Tester ad “Eagles Crossing” by clicking HERE.

I remember seeing ads about my former boss that were such effing lies that I wanted to punch someone’s lights out.

The press can help, but they often are on one side or the other and it’s rare to find someone who is independent enough to trust.

Someday I hope there’s an organization that will “fact check” ads and help the process. I would volunteer to help the cause.

25 Days:

It’s time to get serious! There are just 25 days left until the November 6 General Election. If you need to register to vote in Montana, click HERE. To register to vote in other states, click HERE.

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One More Thing:

Kanye West visited President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday. You can watch the 20-minute meeting HERE. Prepare to be amazed.

Although I know that Ryan Zinke is being considered for the post, after watching the meeting, I think there’s only one person to fill the vacancy of United States Ambassador to the United Nations. That person is Kanye West.

Football great Jim Brown was with West in the Oval Office. Often during the diatribe by West, Brown had the look on his face of, “WTF am I doing here?