Caught My Eye…

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday – it’s a three day weekend for many! If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Americans For Prosperity, Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the Kentucky County Clerk, Donald Trump & the Republican National Committee, Tom Brady, and much more!

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NFL: This is Crazy…

In the first (and my favorite) National Lampoon’s Vacation movie Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decided go skinny dipping in the hotel pool with the girl from the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley). Just before Clark jumped in he said, “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!”

That’s kind of what I was thinking about during the whole issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handing out a four game suspension to New England quarterback Tom Brady for “deflategate,” and then being the one who heard Brady’s appeal and upheld his own decision.

That kind of justice is bat-crap crazy and it hurts the NFL.

Back in May I wrote about New England Patriots quarterback Brady and his four-game suspension. I wrote about not being a fan of the New England Patriots, and that I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. I also added the part about my Chiefs beating the Patriots 41-14 during the past season, which was very sweet.

To put the Brady’s four-game suspension in perspective, Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended four games for domestic violence. Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was suspended two games by the NFL for knocking his girlfriend unconscious in an elevator.

Goodell seems to have a problem determining the severity of his players’ actions.

By the way, Brett Favre was fined $50k for not cooperating with the NFL during the sexting probe. Brady’s punishment, if any, should have been about the same as Favre’s.

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A Man Named Brady…

First off, I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the fourth week of last season, my Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. It was very sweet.

With that out of the way, I believe Tom Brady should not have been given a four-game suspension by the NFL for the “deflategate” incident. At the end of this column, you’ll be given the chance to take a poll to give your view.

I was pretty amazed at the suspension, but I was also amazed at the coverage of the punishment by the media. It bordered on ridiculous. ESPN pre-empted their regular coverage and basically spiked the ball in celebration about the punishment given to Brady, and the one million dollar fine and loss of draft picks given to the Patriots organization. No wonder ESPN is starting to flounder in the sports world.

Then we had the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Was their lead story the tornadoes tearing through the Midwest or the death toll linked to General Motor’s defective ignition switches reaching 100? Nope, it was Tom Brady being suspended by the NFL.

It was broadcast journalism near its worst.

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Thursday Numbers

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. – Arnold H. Glasow

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to your weekly dose of knowledge!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Chicago & reparations, Montana District Judge George “Jerry” Huss, unemployment,, IRS workers, deflategate, public school testing, National Day of Prayer, Obamacare, water shortage, Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Nielsen Household, Barry Beach, Roger Bannister, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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