But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
-American Pie (Don Mclean)
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 independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- State of the State Address
- Daines – Publicity Hound
- State of the Union
- Sheriff of Social Media
- Super Bowl Prediction
- One More Thing
State of the State Address:
Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) gave his state of the state address Thursday night.
Since this was Bullock’s final state of the state address (Montana has term limits for state officials), I’d like to take a moment to thank him for protecting us from the far-right wackos in the legislature.
That’s the reason many of us in the middle believe Montana needs another Democrat in the Governor’s office in 2020 so that at least they can moderate the crap coming from the GOP-controlled legislature.
Where that Democrat comes from is anyone’s guess. That person needs to come forward now.
Bullock has run into some tough times recently when news broke about a former senior staffer harassing women. That may curtail his political ambitions. If Bullock sits on the sidelines in the U.S. Senate race, that means Daines will cruise to a second term.
Daines – Publicity Hound:
Like I have said before, the most dangerous place to be is between Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines and a microphone and/or a camera.
It’s great that Daines invited Jodi Moore, wife of the deceased Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore, to the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., but did he need to issue a press release about it.
We’ve seen Daines often use his family to get some publicity. It’s too bad the Montana press can’s see through his stunts.
State of the Union:
Speaking of the State of the Union (SOTU), which is Tuesday night (Feb. 5), CNN is reporting that Victorina Morales, a Guatemalan native and an undocumented worker fired from President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf club will be in attendance at Trump’s State of the Union address.
She was invited to the SOTU by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey.
This should be an interesting SOTU because the actual state of the union is pretty shitty.
Sheriff of Social Media:
Since I am the self-appointed Sheriff of Social Media, here is the latest from those who are too ignorant to check the validity of their posts:
Kurt Russell said, “if the Dems regain power, they have promised to abolish the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th & 6th amendments. Also the Senate, the Electoral College, the Supreme Court, borders, ICE, and more. When do we get to declare them enemies of the state?”
— Viral image on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 in a post on Facebook
The fact-checking website PolitiFact rates that post as “Pants on Fire” – it’s totally fake.
Read the full report from PolitiFact HERE.
Super Bowl Prediction:
The New England Patriots have a bad taste in their mouth from Tom Brady being stripped of the ball in the last Super Bowl and losing a game they should have won.
The Los Angeles Rams are probably not supposed to be in the Super Bowl, as most New Orleans Saints fans will attest. The Rams will have the jitters and that will cost them early.
Thomas “Effing” Brady has five rings. He and the Patriots went into Arrowhead Stadium and beat my Chiefs. Brady will get a sixth ring on Sunday evening in Atlanta. Brady is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) and he thrives on being hated.
New England Patriots 30, Los Angeles Rams 17.
One More Thing:
This headline got my attention:
STD rates rose in Montana in 2018, gonorrhea cases reach 30-year high
The Great Falls Tribune had the story this week and reported that Cascade County had 51 gonorrhea cases, Glacier County had 46, Hill County had 35, and Lewis and Clark County had 23. Silverbow County saw 44 cases. Roosevelt County had 58. Yellowstone County had 359.
Montana always ranks high with people driving drunk and deaths from drunk driving, so it’s good to see us trying to rank high in other areas.
With 359 gonorrhea cases reported in Yellowstone County, you won’t see me visiting there anytime soon…