Caught My Eye…

Quote for the Day…

Deep conversations with the right people are priceless. – Unknown

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:

  • Ryan Zinke
  • Ed Butcher
  • To Tell the Truth
  • Election Time
  • One More Thing


It has been a rough week for Republican Congressional candidate Ryan Zinke.

MTN News reported that former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke misled investigators about his office’s handling of a proposal to build a tribal casino and his dealings with a competing casino and its lobbyists, according to a federal inspector general’s report released Wednesday.

Is it political? Of course, it is.

MTN also reported that the U.S. Justice Department declined last year to prosecute Zinke for any violations related to the report, but the OIG said it is referring its report to current Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for “any action deemed appropriate.”

Since this is a Democratic administration, don’t look for this issue to go away before the general election. The playbook says the Democrats and their supporters will pounce on Zinke and try to sway voters by claiming that Zinke will probably be in jail soon. It has worked before. It is politics.

As for Zinke, he posted the following message about the report on his Facebook page:

Another Deep State political hit job from the corrupt bureaucrats desperate to hang on to power. They lie, they cheat, and now they’re trying to influence the election. They want to take me out before Election Day because they know I’m going after the swamp with the FEAR Act. Let’s go.

If Zinke was a cat, he would be running out of lives.

Read the article from MTN News HERE.


I happened to catch a story in the Havre Daily News about former state Sen. Ed Butcher, R-Winifred, speaking to the North Central Pachyderms. Butcher runs the website The website tracks the party loyalty of Republicans in the state legislature.

I don’t really care about Butcher’s attempt to signal out the moderates in the Republican Party (most of us left long ago), but what was disheartening was the final two paragraphs when Butcher talked about Native Americans:

When the subject of legislators from Montana’s Indian reservations came up he remarked that their representatives always vote for welfare, and said while there were two he respected very much, most legislators from reservations are unintelligent.
“I won’t mention the other names that are room-temperature IQs,” he said. “The reservation doesn’t necessarily always send their best and brightest.”

Shame on Butcher. The Montana Republican Party should denounce these remarks as well as the North Central Pachyderms.

Read the Havre Daily News report HERE.


A funny thing happened in a Billings courtroom this week when Republican State Rep. Geraldine Custer testified that her GOP colleagues were motivated when crafting new election laws last year by the perception that “college students tend to be liberal.”

That seems to have been the method of operation for the Republican legislature and the governor in Montana – make it harder for people to vote – especially those who don’t vote “our way.”

Nonetheless, it was refreshing to hear the truth.

Check out the article from Lee Newspapers HERE.


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I saw this and thought we could all use a laugh since so many people are upset about Biden’s student loan plan…

Jesus’s miracle of the loaves and fishes was a slap in the face to all the people who brought their own lunch…



7 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Ed Butcher (another of those pesky “former guys”) I’m sure professes to be a devout, fundamentalist, born again, pulpit-pounding Christian. You’d think he’d have at least a little familiarity with the bible he surely reveres. Such as: Matthew – Chapter 7, Verse 5: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    Of course, Matthew is new testament and maybe Ed prefers to pick his cherries in the old testament. Maybe he should take a closer look at Proverbs: 18,7: A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. Or maybe he’d find a gem in Proverbs: 19,9: A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

    Maybe someone should caution Ed that he needs to “get right with god!!”

  2. The Havre Daily News story about the remarks of “former state Sen. Ed Butcher, R-Winifred” illustrates that sending other than the best and brightest to the legislature is not a phenomenon unique to any particular Montana community. Take Winifred for example. I’m sure we could all name other examples from our own cities and counties.

  3. I’m sorry, but Zinke is unfit for office…..again! He refuses to acknowledge that Biden won the presidency. Anyone that stupid is unqualified. He’s MAGA all the way. He was among the very first to sing Trump’s praises in his ringing endorsement. He has yet to break with Trump, so I guess we can assume that his loyalties too lie with Putin rather than our duly elected president. This is quite concerning because he was career military. Even while Trump has stolen top secret military secrets, not a peep out of Zinke. It’s plainly obvious that Zinke is a member of the MAGA cult. Lies and treason are not qualities we need representing Montana in congress. We’ve enough already. But hey, I have a great idea. Maybe Daines will let him tag along next time he celebrates the Fourth with Putin in Moscow!

    • No need to be sorry – we’ll see if all the crap thrown at or if his past cripple him in November. Not sure the the people attacking him the most even live in his district. This race might be closer than we think. Thanks, JmB

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