Caught My Eye…

I used to wonder what it’d be like to read other people’s minds. Then I got a Facebook account, and now I’m over it. – Unknown

Welcome to Caught My Eye (CME)!

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:

  • Congressional District Census
  • MT Public Service Commission
  • Limbaugh/Buttigieg
  • Stop/Frisk
  • One More Thing


I received an official-looking legal-sized letter Thursday with no return address. It had the following instructions printed on the outside of the envelope:


After opening the document, the first thing I saw was:


In smaller letters, I saw this information:

Commissioned by the Republican Party

Why is the Republican Party using the word “Census” in any mailings? The 2020 Census count is coming up in April and mailings like this one will confuse some residents.

As a former member of the 2010 Census team (Partnership Specialist), I can tell you that things like this only serve to harm our country from getting accurate counts.

Of course, they ask for donations at the end, which the real Census will never do.

Here are some photos of the mailings (Click to enlarge):








I hope by publicizing this that people are aware that this mailing has nothing to do with the actual 2020 Census.


MTN News is reporting that there is an investigation going on in the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC):

Montana Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman got an unwelcome surprise last month: Three-dozen of his emails from his state office account had been posted on a news website, after they’d been acquired without his knowledge or permission. Now, PSC officials are investigating how someone within the office obtained and disseminated those emails, several of which included highly personal information.

My first thought was why is Koopman using his official taxpayer-funded email account for “highly personal information.” Roger, Roger, Roger…

Overall, I think this whole thing is funny. The PSC often provides us with a clown show when the regular Montana legislature is out of session. With all the commissioners being Republicans, it’s like a family squabble each week. Many of them don’t even understand the mission of the PSC which really hurts Montanans.

I can see them staring at each other and the staff wondering who the traitor might be.


Fresh off receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I figured that Rush Limbaugh would do or say something to try and help President Donald Trump during this election season.

The Associated Press (AP) reported:

“They’re saying, ‘OK, how’s this going to look?‘” Limbaugh said Wednesday, imagining Democrats’ thinking. “Thirty-seven-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.’”

Limbaugh basically said what many conservatives are thinking. This is playing to Trump’s base of support – kind of rallying the troops.

I personally like Pete Buttigieg because I am open-minded. I like Buttigieg because he is a veteran. He is very intelligent having graduated from Harvard (magna cum laude) and Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar). He speaks several languages. He’s young enough to handle the stress of the job.

Limbaugh is getting flak from several sides for his remarks, but what he is saying is somewhat true. I’m not sure that the United States is ready for an openly gay President at this time. We should be, but we’re not.

We do need more veterans serving in the U.S. House and Senate. We need a veteran in the White House.


CNN reported that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for the first time on the campaign trail Thursday for the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policing tactic, which he repeatedly defended while serving as mayor of New York. The apology followed audio from 2015 surfacing earlier this week where Bloomberg is heard describing the policy as a way to reduce violence by throwing minority kids “up against the walls and frisk them.”

There are reports that Stop/Frisk lowered crime and other reports that said it did not.

If Bloomberg felt it was so good back then, he should stick with his beliefs and stop pandering.

One other thing about Bloomberg and Trump…

Bloomberg, who is 78 years old and Trump, who is 73, are going after each other on social media. Both are too freaking old to be President. Their back and forth on social media reminds me of two old men in a nursing home fighting over the last pudding cup.


There was a sighting of “Bigfoot” in Ohio recently! How cool is that? The video is pretty cool. Check out the story HERE.

Maybe you remember back when I told readers that one time I was seated between Elvis and Bigfoot on a UFO…

Have a great weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 


9 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

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  2. Bernie Sanders will be 79 years old before 2020 election day. He had a major heart attack in the last year and now is back peddled on releasing his medical records on a TV show in the last week. Kind of reminds me of another guy who was going to release medical records and tax records when he was campaigning but now sits in the oval office 3 years later but has just been to busy golfing and tweeting to get around it. Then we have another guy Joe Biden who will be 78 a few days after election day. I kind of think all these guys maybe have a bit to much ego or just don’t think the younger generation is smart enough to run the country or the just love power to much.

  3. Ego, Ego, Ego If Buttigieg was so smart, he would get behind Bernie Sanders where he belongs. We need a coalition to help the country not arguments that assuage the rich donors.

    • John – I like Bernie, but he is too old and he calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Those are two things that will hurt him in the general election. Thanks, JmB

      • I generally agree. What socialism would you democratically like to eliminate ? Social Security, Medicare, CHIP (children’s health insurance programs) or how about the Wall street bailout of 2008 ( 800 billion ? )Then there is the more recent subsidy of agriculture (12 billion ? ) for our lost markets. Were you ever unemployed ? Careful examination can show that we are careening toward fiscal calamity. He is at least authentic. (I think). Also he has a memory and policy prescriptions. He can not do any thing about his age. “If you did not know how old you were . How old would you think you’d be”
        Sachel Page 🙂

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