Caught My Eye…

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. – Terry Pratchett

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME) – and the good news is that this is CME #299. How cool is that?

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 this week include Clinton/Trump in Billings, the new anti-Gianforte Ad “Believe,” Senate District 10 battle, comments about my recent column, bumper sticker mania, former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, Armed Forces Day, plus a lot more!

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Thursday Numbers

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. – Robert H. Schuller

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Powerball jackpot, an interesting business proposal, Greg Gianforte, Steve Bullock, TWW poll, unemployment, privately funded congressional trips, a big concert, U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Facebook shares, veterans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Penguins/Washington Capitals, sleep, and much more!

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I happened to catch the news that U.S. Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) was beaten in his attempt to run for a fourth term when he lost at the Utah State GOP Convention.

Yes, that’s right, the 18 year senator lost at the Utah GOP convention. Incredible.

The righties in Utah decided Bob Bennett was not conservative enough, so 18 years of seniority goes down the drain.

I don’t know if it happened or not, but I imagine Bennett was called a RINO (Republican In Name Only) a few times by the far righties who defeated him. That’s their method of operation.

Bennett has a lifetime conservative rating from the American Conservative Union of 83.63. The other senator in Utah, Orrin Hatch, has a lifetime rating of 89.15. In 2009, Bennett’s rating was 84. Hatch’s was 88.

So, somewhere between 83.63 and 89.15 is the dividing line of being a “good conservative” and a “bad conservative” at least according to the righties in Utah. Continue reading