I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my sense of humor suggests I’m 12 while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m not dead yet. – Unknown
Welcome to the big column 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:
- President Trump’s Tweet
- Open Letters between Daines/Baucus
- Trump & CNN
- It’s Trump’s Fault
- Just Football
- One More Thing
President Trump’s Tweet:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) sent a fundraising email last week after President Trump thanked him via Twitter for wanting to use the “nuclear option” to pass the funding for the border wall.
Daines said, “I firmly stand with our President – especially when it comes to securing our borders and protecting the rule of law.”
At the end of his email, he asked supporters to chip in $10, $25, $50, $100 or more to help him fight back.
I suppose during the 2020 campaign season Trump and company will be campaigning for Daines here in Montana…if they are not in prison.
Open Letters between Daines/Baucus:
Former U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) sent an “open letter” to Daines via the Bozeman Daily Chronicle telling him that the nuclear option is not a good idea.
I guess Baucus could not find Daines Bozeman address, so he sent his letter to the newspaper instead.
Baucus said that if Daines and the Senate go with the nuclear option, it will reduce his effectiveness for Montana.
I do believe that during this whole time leading up to the partial federal government shutdown, Daines has shown he is pretty immature and lacking the skills of a seasoned lawmaker in the Senate. Daines is very good at getting attention from the media.
Daines did respond to Baucus via the Chronicle. His response was almost as good as reading “Dear Abby.”
Daines pointed out that Baucus supported the “nuclear option” back in 2013:
Lastly, I do believe you voted for the “nuclear option” in 2013. I found a quote in the Billings Gazette from November 2013: “After talking to Montanans, it was clear to me this was the right thing to do,” said Sen. Max Baucus. “The people we work for are sick of gridlock keeping Congress from doing its job and it was time to stand up and do something about it.”
Ouch! That brought a smile to my face. Game/Set/Match to Daines…
Trump & CNN:
There are many things President Donald Trump does that piss me off, but CNN took the fact that he signed a few MAGA hats and a campaign sign for troops in Iraq too far:
Trump also posed for photographs with at least one service member who was holding a Trump-Pence campaign sign, and he autographed red “Make America Great Again” hats for troops in fatigues, despite military guidelines that prohibit active-duty troops from participating “in partisan political activities” and the expectation that they keep their political views private while in uniform.
Trump really does not understand the difference of being President and campaigning. He never will. It may not be right, but he does not play by the rules.
Sure military members are supposed to keep their political views private while wearing the uniform and not participate in political activities while wearing the uniform, either.
CNN did not need to point it out. They are acting like it was a national security issue. It’s not and as far as I am concerned our brave men and women serving in war zones can get anything they want to be signed by the President.
Besides, the President has more important things to worry about instead of him getting a few troops in trouble for signing a few hats and signs.
Grow up, CNN.
It’s Trump’s Fault:
More Americans (47%) blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats (33%) for the partial U.S. government shutdown, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday, as the closure stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight.
Trump said he would own it and so he does.
The College Football bowl games have not been that good, so far. In fact, I caught myself watching the World Axe Throwing Championship and the World Cup of Dodgeball instead of a college football bowl game the other night.
The big games (Notre Dame and Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma) are coming up on Saturday. I like Clemson and Alabama in these games.
The #23 ranked Missouri Tigers play Monday (Dec. 31) in the Liberty Bowl against former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State. Mizzou should win this game.
On Sunday we have the final week of NFL regular season games. There will be seven early games (11:00 a.m. in Montana) and eight games that start at 2:25 here in Montana. One game, Colts at Titans, kicks off at 6:20. The winner of that game makes the playoffs.
My Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs, but they have not played well the last few weeks, losing their last two games. If they win Sunday at home over the Raiders the Chiefs get home field advantage in the whole AFC playoffs. If they lose and the Chargers win, the Chiefs are the fifth seed and will go on the road.
As a Chiefs fan, I am well-acquainted with being disappointed. I expect nothing less this season.
One More Thing:
Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. – Mike Tyson