Sometimes I question my sanity, but the unicorn in the kitchen told me I’m fine. -@RebelCircus
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:
- Montana Can’t Count
- Daines’ Secret Trip
- Michael Cohen
- U.S. Life Expectancy
- Montana State Bobcats
- One More Thing
Montana Can’t Count:
MTN News did a story about why Montana can’t seem to get the votes counted in a timely manner on election night. They nicely titled the story, “Why can’t Montana count most votes on election night?”
I titled this section of the blog, “Montana Can’t Count.”
The best thing that came from the MTN report is this part:
County election officials say a big help in the tabulation process would be allowing them to start counting those absentee ballots before election day, which is the earliest they can start now under state law.
The Montana Legislature can fix this problem when they meet in January. The county elections officials should be able to count absentee ballots as they come into the election office. The results won’t be released until the polls close.
Right now the system is a comical mess and an embarrassment. The buck stops with Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton – so do something Stapleton – don’t be a chicken.
When someone wins a big lottery prize, we know in a few minutes that someone won and within a few short hours, we know from which state the winning ticket was purchased. Sometimes there are several million tickets purchased. Tabulating ballots should be that easy. Montana election officials should stop using abacuses and get in this century.
Some election workers spend more time on television doing interviews on election night than doing their jobs. It does not appear we have the best and the brightest working in the election offices, either. That matters because the free world is “counting” on them to be able to count past 20.
Read the full report from MTN by clicking HERE.
Daines’ Secret Trip:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced to the press that he was heading to the Middle East this weekend, but the exact destination is a secret. (Washington Examiner)
It is not “secret” enough to keep Daines from getting some publicity though.
Daines says he plans on visiting Montana National Guard troops and bring them each a bag of Hi-Country beef jerky. That’s a nice thing to do.
Maybe Daines can invite the Commander in Chief to tag along on his secret mission.
The Associated Press reported that President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in a surprise guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. He said he lied to be consistent with Trump’s “political messaging.”
Cohen, along with Trump insiders George Papadopoulos, Sam Patten, Paul Manafort, Alex van der Zwaan, Rick Gates, Richard Pinedo, and Michael Flynn have all pleaded guilty or were convicted of Federal charges. (NY Times)
That’s a hell of a record for less than two years by Trump. By the way for those keeping score, nobody in the eight years of the Obama administration was ever indicted.
U.S. Life Expectancy:
Bad news – U.S. life expectancy is lower for the second year in a row.
I want to live and write forever! In the immortal words of Bon Jovi, “I just want to live while I’m alive. It’s my life.”
Here is what’s causing it:
Drug overdose deaths rose above 70,000 in 2017, an increase of almost 10 percent to a record high, according to government statistics out Thursday.
Suicide rates also rose, by 3.7 percent. Together, these two causes of untimely death lowered U.S. life expectancy for the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
We must devote more attention and resources to combat drug abuse.
Read the full report HERE.
Montana State Bobcats:
The Bobcats (8-4) will be playing North Dakota State Bison (11-0) on Saturday in Fargo. They play inside the Fargodome which seats 19,000. The Bison won FCS National Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.
On paper, the Bison look like heavy favorites – but that is why you play the game. The game begins at 1:00 (MT Time) and is being televised on ESPN3.
One More Thing:
President Donald J. Trump appears to appeal more to men who are secretly insecure about their manhood. We call this the “fragile masculinity hypothesis.” – Eric Knowles & Sarah DiMuccio
Read the full report in the Washington Post HERE.
The report was written by Eric Knowles, a social psychologist at New York University who studies the influence of group identities on political attitudes and behavior, and by Sarah DiMuccio, who is a doctoral student in psychology at New York University whose research examines the role of masculinity in social and political behavior.
I bet those insecure men own many guns to help them feel more secure…