Caught My Eye…

Quote for the Day…

I want to be the reason you look down at your phone and smile. Then walk into a pole. -Unknown

Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME)!

CME is the once-a-week column that is posted every Friday morning. This is when I look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.

Here are some of the things that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Afghanistan
  • Eating & Voting
  • One More Thing


It was a sad day for the United States of America on Thursday – we lost 13 troops, and more were injured due to suicide bombers in Afghanistan.

Here is how the Associated Press reported the attack:

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said.

I served in the military for almost 12 years. I know the feeling when a fellow service member loses their life serving our country. You never get over it.

Make no mistake about it, these troops are heroes. God bless them, their families, and their friends.

One would think that in times like this, we would circle the wagons as a country and become “Team USA” instead of “Team Republican” and/or “Team Democrat.”

I guess not. Early in the day, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) tweeted:

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our fallen and wounded service members. This tragedy was entirely preventable.
Our troops are American heroes.

Two of his three sentences were adequate. The “This tragedy was entirely preventable” bullshit was uncalled for. I can say without hesitation that Steve Daines does not know if the “tragedy was entirely preventable.” He might as well come out and blame the President because the President is a Democrat and Daines is a Republican. That is what he means.

Later in the day, Daines continued being partisan:

@JoeBiden has failed America and our allies. This negligence will live in infamy.

I’ll bet the Trump family loved his tweets.

While Daines was making his millions, some of us were wearing the uniform and protecting his ass. He did not have the guts to serve.

I responded to his tweet saying:

Senator- Good grief. Take a day off from being so partisan. Military members are dead and injured.

Daines is not the only one who played politics with this tragedy. We should be better than this, but we are not. To some winning the next election takes precedence every day. Daines is one of them. I am ashamed of him. Montanans should be ashamed of him, too.


I happened to catch some right-wingers posting the following meme:

When you need to show your papers to eat in a restaurant but not to vote, something is wrong.

I have been voting for decades. I have had to show “papers” to vote, and I have never had to show papers to eat.

Believe me, I like to eat, so I would know if they required papers.

Speaking of eating; who is getting tired of the Applebee’s song?

Yeah, we fancy like Applebee’s on a date night
Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake
Get some whipped cream on the top too
Two straws, one check, girl, I got you
Bougie like Natty in the styrofoam
Squeak-squeakin’ in the truck bed all the way home
Some Alabama-jamma, she my Dixieland delight
Ayy, that’s how we do, how we do, fancy like, oh

Back to voting – I am a proponent of voting by mail. I had to show “papers” (an ID) to register, and my signature is verified each time I vote. It is easy, safe, and secure.

The answer to this is, “We don’t need any stinking papers.”


With so few Montanans being vaccinated and COVID cases on the rise, thanks to all the school superintendents around the state who are putting the safety and health of the students out front by requiring masks to be worn inside during school. Thanks for not listening to conspiracy theorists and not taking advice from Facebook doctors and Facebook lawyers.

Some have suffered harassment from the nutjobs, so a special thanks to you.


8 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. I am rarely without words, but what Daines has said has left me totally bereft of the words necessary to describe the depravity of this misshapen soulless worm of a man. Listen to what he’s implying.

    He’s saying to the loved ones of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country that this attack was entirely preventable. If so, how? If an idiot like Daines could have foresaw this when even our top military commanders couldn’t, why wasn’t he screaming it at the top of his lungs on every talk show? He said it, and now he owes the American people an explanation. HOW was it preventable? We must have some answers. What intel did he have that our top military commanders didn’t? Or is he just talking out his ass as I suspect.

    And then to imply that “this negligence will live in infamy” as if we’re on the level of Pearl Harbor dishonors all who died there and our country’s military. If he sees that type of negligence to that degree, he damn sure better be able to back it up with some proof.

    Daines is by reason of being a blithering idiot unfit to hold office.

    I spent a year in Vietnam, and there were many times that I would be in similar situations as the soldiers in Kabul. In other words completely outnumbered and surrounded by the locals whom you hoped were friendly. But I didn’t have my handy Steve Daines handbook to show me which things were preventable. I beg the military to immediately procure this booklet to be issued to all our troops for their personal safety in the future!

  2. good blog. You would think that a tragedy that occurred in Afghanistan would bring us together. No more foreign quagmires whose results are all too predictable. Some things are more important than winning. Shame on Daines (he has none) He insults our intelligence.

    • John – Thanks. Shame on those who turn tragedies into political gotcha. -JmB

    • Mary – correct! Other places across the USA are requiring papers too, but none that I have eaten at. Thanks, JmB

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