Caught My Eye…

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the Sound of Freedom, Mug Shots, Pardons, O.J. Simpson, One More Thing, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

There is no more independence in politics than there is in jail. – Will Rogers

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Trump Tweets, Daines Recommends Alme, Sheriff Edwards Update, U.S. Marshal for Montana, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. – Mark Twain

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Democrats & Quist
  • Cotter – Still Complaining
  • This Week in Washington

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The Wednesday Read: Legislature, Budget, Emails, Cabinet, & Fake News

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. – Isaac Asimov

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Governor’s Budget
  • Campaign/Private Emails
  • Cabinet & Appointees
  • Fake News

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Finding a Hero

It was nice to see that someone else believes those representing the Great Falls area in regard to the military were more or less surrendering to the decision to move the F-15 fighter mission from Montana to California.  I had previously written about Montana’s military in the column called, “We Need a Hero.”  You can read it HERE.

Montana State Senator Ed Buttrey lays it all out in an over 1100 word Guest Opinion that appeared in today’s Great Falls Tribune (not on-line as of my deadline) and recently in the Fairfield Sun Times (available online HERE).

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A Good Laugh

It’s always interesting and sometimes comical to hear what someone, who has no idea whatsoever what it’s like to serve in the military, says about a military operation.

On Wednesday U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) was that person.  The Huffington Post has the story and video HERE.

Anyone who reads my columns very often understands that I don’t particularly care for those “non-military” folks getting involved in military or veterans issues.  In fact, they should just shut up – even if they are a senior member of the United States Senate. Baucus may be high on the seniority list, but he is low on the favorable list of many veterans and military personnel. Continue reading

Helpfulness and Jockeying

When disasters hit, politicians use them to show their constituents they really care about them.  They also want to prevent their opponents from using the disaster against them in political advertisements during the next election – and for some politicians this is the only reason they lift a hand to help.

Of course, there are a few elected officials who genuinely do care.

It’s important for politicians to show they care because we all remember President Bush and Hurricane Katrina.  Bush was strongly criticized for almost every move he made during the disaster.  Most of it was not deserved, but damage was done.  Politicians from every level understand that disasters are their time to shine or to fail miserably in the eyes of their constituents (and give their opponents some traction).

While Montana has not been hit by a disaster such as what Joplin (MO) suffered, Montanans are feeling the effects of too much rain and a spring thaw from an above-average snowpack.  Montana politicians have sprung into action to “offer assistance” to those affected by “historic flooding.”

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