Caught My Eye…

The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it starts feeling like one. – 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:

  • The Bombs
  • Montana Polls
  • Crosspoint Church
  • Megyn Kelly & NBC
  • Thoughts to Close the Week
  • One More Thing

The Bombs – My Thoughts:

In my humble opinion, I believe that Donald Trump’s tone and rhetoric have caused some of his supporters to send those bombs. We should know for sure in a few days. (SUSPECT ARRESTED) Trump needs to be a leader. He is not, and anyone who believes that is too partisan to see it. Words have consequences, Mr. President. You are not a hero.

I think former John McCain advisor Steve Schmidt said it best with this Tweet:

Trump has stoked a cold civil war in this Country. His rallies brim with menace and he has labeled journalists as enemies of the people. That someone would seek to kill their political enemies is not aberrational but rather the inevitable consequence of Trumps incitement.

He also said this on Twitter:

The targets are political not coincidental. Trump, the greatest demagogue in American history has celebrated violence over and over again. It looks like someone finally took Trump both literally and seriously. The WH will feign outrage when this obvious point is made.

Trump blames the mainstream media in this Tweet:

A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

We see so many Trump supporters chant “lock her up” at rallies and post negative stuff about Hillary Clinton on Facebook. We see the same with Barack Obama. Clinton’s time has passed. Obama won’t be running again. The Republicans better watch out or someone will come out of nowhere and beat his ass.

And that, my friends, may save this country.

Montana Polls:

Besides the big poll (2079 Registered Voters) from MTN-Montana State University that was released throughout this week, the 31st edition of the Montana State University Billings poll was released this week. The MSU-B poll is based on 471 Likely Voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

It’s a little confusing, but these are two separate polls.

In the U.S. Senate MSU-B poll, John Tester (D) leads Matt Rosendale (R) 47%-37%. Rick Breckenridge (L) comes in at 3%. Another 12% were undecided.

In the U.S. House (MT-AL) MSU-B poll, Greg Gianforte (R) leads Kathleen Williams (D) 44% to 41%, Elinor Swanson (L) comes in at 3%. Another 12% were undecided.

I imagine all the major campaigns are doing a rolling three-day poll from now until Election Day to watch for trends and should have a good idea the night before the election if they are winners or losers.

In a possible match-up in 2020, the MSU-B poll finds that Montana Gov. Steve Daines (D) has an approval rating of 46% and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R) has an approval rating of 42%. Daines is up for reelection in 2020.

The MTN-Montana State University poll has Bullock with a 54.2% approval rating and Daines with a 53.2% approval rating.

I think Bullock can beat Daines – if he wants to.

You can read the other polling from MSU-B by clicking HERE.

Visit MTN’s Montana Politics website to view the stories about the MTN-Montana State University poll.

Crosspoint Church in Missoula:

NewsTalk Radio in Missoula is reporting that Pastor Bruce Speer of Crosspoint Church in Missoula says his church is receiving “numerous” profanity laced phone calls deriding his church for choosing to allow certain political signs outside. So far, the church has allowed signs for candidates Matt Rosendale, Greg Gianforte, Brad Tschida, and Adam Hertz. Speer says those signs are allowed for moral reasons.

When I read the story, I asked, “Is nothing sacred?”

Churches are not in the business of politics. They should be praying for our country, our state, and our leaders. It should stop there in regard to politics.

Crosspoint is clearly promoting one candidate over the other. I hope someone with deep pockets sues.

What this clearly shows is that if you are not a supporter of the people that the “church” has decided are moral, then you are probably not welcome there. I hate to break it to the Pastor, but his church does not get to decide who is moral.

If a church I attended did something like this, I would be looking for another church – but not before I let everyone know my feelings – and maybe filing a lawsuit.

Keep politics out of church or lose your perks.

Megyn Kelly & NBC:

Several media reports say that Megyn Kelly is out at NBC. The only thing left to be decided is how much more of her $69 million three year contract she will be paid.

The reason…

Rolling Stone and other media outlets reported that on Tuesday, during a discussion on Today, Kelly claimed that blackface was acceptable in the context of Halloween costumes, saying it was “OK when I was a kid as long as you were dressing like a character.” The backlash was swift, both on the Internet and at Kelly’s own network.

One funny tweet came from Kirsten Powers, Columnist for USA Today and CNN analyst, who tweeted, “The right likes Megyn Kelly again … all it took was defending blackface.”

I guess Ms. Kelly found out that she is (or maybe was) working for a network (NBC) that holds you accountable for what you say.

Serious question: What year did society feel that appearing in blackface was not politically correct? Back in 2000, Daily Wire reports that Jimmy Kimmel notoriously appeared in blackface to pretend he was NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show.”

That’s 18 years ago. Better watch out Jimmy…

Thoughts to Close the Week:

-U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has loaned his re-election campaign $1 million. (AP) I mentioned over a week ago that this was coming.

Williams’ ad about Gianforte’s assault may be helping her.

-U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has intentionally misled voters and the media about his attack on a reporter last year as the Montana Republican campaigns for re-election, the reporter’s attorney said in a letter Thursday. Ben Jacobs’ attorney, Geoffrey Genth, sent a cease-and-desist letter threatening to cancel Jacob’s agreement not to sue Gianforte if the congressman doesn’t stop. (AP)

It would be fine with me if he did sue Gianforte.

-A majority of Americans, 57%, say there is a need for a third, major political party, while 38% of Americans believe the current two party system does an adequate job of representing the people. (Gallup)

We do need a third party.

One More Thing:

The Associated Press reported on a story from the Billings Gazette about Health officials saying cases of sexually transmitted diseases have increased in Montana. There’s been a steep increase in the number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I think the main reason for the increase of sexually transmitted diseases across Montana is that it is campaign season…



16 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. We should not politicize criminal acts. Don’t blame Trump . There is no left or right where crime is concerned. Especially violent crime.

    • John – sadly they will be politicized. I do believe Trump’s rhetoric fuels the flames. -JmB

  2. I think poor President Trump is singing the blues. He no longer can afford to fire Attorney General Sessions after the midterm election. Sometimes something positive can actually arise out of evil.

  3. When you’ve lost Geraldo Rivera


    • Doug – Good. I imagine Hannity and Carlson will talk about kittens and car chases tonight. -JmB

  4. I have always scoffed at the MSU-Billings poll because it is, in effect, a class project at the beginning of the school year. It says in the intro that it is conducted by 12 students. Contrary to James Connor, I would not describe them as academics.

    I know the MSU/MTN poll was mailed out in the last 10 days of September with an early October return deadline. Since KPAX is an MTN station they made a point of covering the story from the beginning to encourage participation.

    )NBC “The More You Know” gif in here.)

  5. please correlate increased sexual exposure with campaign season. Or, did I miss the humor ? Does your past campaign experience reveal knowledge ?

    • John – you missed the humor. it was a joke. There are lots of people in the state helping campaigns…

  6. Bombs: Trump’s rhetoric is a direct result of the left attacks on him from day one. He is a businessman and not a politician. He calls them the way he sees them and no tippy-toeing around. It takes two and you left out the rhetoric and slander from HRC, Obama, Harris Booker, Watters. To be fair and realistic, you need to include them in your humble opinion. IMHO, whomever is doing this is doing so in retaliation for the words coming from the left against Trump. Wasn’t the James Hodgkinson who shot 4 Republicans a Democrat/Sanders supporter encouraged by the words of the Left?

    Polls: Since we don’t know how the poll was taken and what the actual audience is…I have been an industry stat guy for 18 years and I can make any data set results into what I want them to be…remember all those polls in 2016 that called for HRC to win

    We need more Libertarians to vote as such…

    • Barry -All Presidents feel they are attacked by the media and treated unfairly. Trump is not mature enough to handle it. Now we’re learning that the bomb maker was a registered Republican and Trump supporter.
      As for the Polls, I don’t believe any of them that much.
      Thanks for your comments. -JmB

    • They have captured the man believed to be the bomber, with a van covered in pro-Trump stickers. Stochastic terrorism-look it up.

      The polls were right. RCP average predicted Hillary would win the popular vote by 3 points. She won by 2 points. Being off by one point is a bulls-eye in the world of polling.

      The polls can’t, and did not, predict who will win the Electoral College. That was determined by approx 78.000 votes in three states.

      What industry were you a stats guy for? Oh, that’s right, you used to live and work in Hollyweird.

    • Why is it that the Gabby Giffords shooting is forgotten? 6 people died that day, 13 injured. That was the first major attack on a politician who, coincidentally was a Democrat. There is no justification for violence in American politics. All excuses aside anyone can see that Trump has escalated the rhetoric, the name calling, the taunting, the bullying far beyond what we’ve ever seen.

      • Kathy – Thanks. You are correct. Trump has escalated the hatred. It’s got to stop. -JmB

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