Caught My Eye…

Quote for the Day…

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ― John F. Kennedy

Caught My Eye (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:

  • Cascade County Public Safety Levy
  • Reefer Madness
  • State Rep. Scot Kerns
  • One More Thing


Apparently, officials in Cascade County have decided they do not need to stick it to residents as much as they first thought.

According to a report from The Electric:

Cascade County Commissioners are holding a public hearing Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. on whether to send a public safety levy to the ballot.
Initially, the sheriff and county attorney offices had proposed a $3.52 million levy but have since revised the proposal and reduced it to $2.46 million annually.
That equates to about $18.90 for a house with a $100,000 taxable value and $37.80 on a house with a $200,000 taxable value, according to the county.

I don’t think the commissioners should send the safety levy to the ballot. If they do, which I believe they will, I will be voting “NO” on it come November. We have too many fees and other possible tax increases on the horizon. Things are tough for Joe and Jill Six-Pack, and this is not the time for tax increases.

Read the full report from The Electric HERE.


The Electric also reported this week that Great Falls City Commissioners voted 3-2 during their Aug. 16 meeting to set a public hearing for Sept. 6 on proposed regulations for marijuana operations.

It was further reported that the framework, as proposed by staff, and if approved, would only go into effect if the District Court finds that the city cannot prohibit marijuana activities as it currently does, or if the voters opt to allow marijuana activities in the city limits on the November ballot.

There was a lot of discussion about where to allow dispensaries in the city. Here is my solution: Allow dispensaries anywhere there are casinos. Problem solved.

The complete report from the Electric can be read HERE.


According to KRTV, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte was in Great Falls on Thursday to present State Rep. Scot Kerns with the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation. Kerns is in a tough reelection battle in House District 23.

I live in HD 23/SD 12 and follow how my elected officials vote. I have not been impressed with their voting records.

While I have no problem with the Governor recognizing my fellow veterans for the good they are doing in the community, I do think that doing it when someone is running for reelection is a little suspect. Kerns received a lot of publicity from the Governor’s award.

Kerns is facing Democrat Melissa Smith in the General Election. You can visit her Facebook page HERE.


Final thoughts for the week…

One thing we can count on from the conservative side of the fence is when one of their so-called “RINOs” (Republican in Name Only) loses, they like to kick them when they are down.

We’re seeing it with the right-wingers kicking dirt on the political grave of Liz Cheney. Radio talk show folks, even in Montana, are still attacking her, although she lost.

I’ve seen it happen in other states when a so-called RINO loses although some of these RINOs have strong conservative voting records. By the way, Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time.

The Republican Party is now the party of MAGA. Their lies of a stolen election and lies of the deep state have taken over. They believe everything is a conspiracy against Trump.

The big GOP tent is zipped up tight and moderates need not apply. One of these days, the MAGA crowd will go the way of the Christian Coalition and the Tea Party. Our country survived those groups, but we may not survive MAGA.


9 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. I got a visit from the Property Assessment Division, Montana Department of Revenue. They asked about my recently installed central air and deck. They did a walk around of the property. I wonder what they thought about the smelly pot I’m growing in my backyard.

    I listened to Kerns’ acceptance speech, he sounded like a politician.

    • Bill – I also was visited by the property assessment division recently. He did not find my underground bunker. 😅 -JmB

  2. if a person gets out of Great Falls occasionally and drives around to other Montana cities like Butte and Missoula lo and behold there are marijuana dispensaries right there on commercial thoroughfares inside the city limits. I think I even saw a little postage stamp sized medical dispensary right on the main drag of Lewistown. It’s true!

    But I have yet to read any news stories of massive violent (or other) crime waves or drug overdoses or zombie apocalypses or whatever in those cities like some concerned citizen or Manager Doyon always trots out to argue to our city commissioners that dispensaries in city limits would just be the end of civilizatuon as we know it. So weird.

    Along the lines of the casino idea, a couple work sessions ago Commissioner McKenney made what sounded like a reasonable suggestion, of treating marijuana sales like off-premises liquor sales. Manager Doyon wanted nothing to do with radical ideas like that, arguing the City should be making it as difficult as possible for people to obtain the marijuana products they voted to allow themselves. Voters be damned, he’s an unelected public employee with his own particular views on cannabis, and he’s going to use the influence of his publicly funded job to try and thwart public intent. That moment just felt wrong, but it seemed to fly right over the heads of our actual elected officials.

    • Terry – I heard the comments about off -premise alcohol sales. Not sure how that works. Thanks, JmB

      • It means Commissioner McKenney proposed making the City rules for marijuana sales the same as for alcoholic beverages that are sold to be consumed somewhere that’s not the point of sale – off-premises. So the same as if you bought a six pack at the local gas station to take home. And that makes logical sense, since both are legal but controlled adult substances.

        Commissioner McKenney’s position is a classic conservative one and kudos to him for bringing that up. But Great Falls government seems to be in thrall to a more Christian fundamentalist form of conservatism, one that wants to control everyone else’s behavior and personal choices. The argument about the “illegal under federal or state law” ordinance is just a smokescreen.

  3. I find it more than a little insulting to those veterans that were actually in the shit to see Kerns get this award. I too applaud his military service, but please spare us the politically motivated accolades. The award from Giantforte is so blatantly political as to demean the service of all other veterans who are equally if not so more deserving of such an award. It’s maddening to see a guy who never served like Giantforte use veterans as pawns in his bid to promote his anti-democratic agenda.

    • If I may be so bold, I would like to honor with the Larry Kralj veterans award for vets that really actually did contribute greatly to public service. Awhile back I got a new neighbor up the street. We got to talking and turns out he had quite a remarkable career in the military as a Green Beret in Vietnam. He is an amazing fellow. Bout eighty years old now. He told me that he did an interview with Darrel Erlich called Vietnam Voices, interviews with vets from Montana who served in Nam. Naturally, I had to google it and listen to his interview. Fascinating. Hard core old school military stuff. I loved it.

      But the interesting thing is that as I googled this interview, I discovered many guys I knew from Billings that I never knew who had served in Nam. We just didn’t talk about it, brag about it, or flaunt it. It was just something we didn’t do, because pretty much all the guys my age went to Nam. I would encourage folks to google that interview series and spend many hours being fascinated by real stories from Nam before we’re all dead. For me, the most fascinating thing was that when you’re in Nam, you saw your own little portion of the war. That’s it. When watching this series, I learned so much about what other guys were doing.

      But the reason that I’m posting this is that during the course of watching this series, I discovered that one of my heroes, Eric Feaver who recently passed away, was a Nam vet. I had no idea. That only greatly added to my respect for the man. Check out the entire series. It’s definitely worth a listen. If I were governor, Eric is the kind of guy I would give an award.

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