Caught My Eye…

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

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 & Nukes, popular vote totals, Family Research Council, Best Tweets of 2016, The Baby & Puppy Example, State of Montana Blogging 2016, One More Thing, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have always thought that if Christians would band together, they could become unstoppable in electing their candidates – if they wanted.

The group called Family Research Council (FRC) sent an email to followers the other day and said that there were 39 million voting-eligible Christians who did not vote in 2012.

FRC is doing a bus tour to try and get more Christians to vote. That’s a good thing.

I don’t always agree with some of the statements coming from FRC. Their mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. I do believe that Christians should vote.

The problem with Christians voting is that there are many different views within Christianity, and most Christians believe their views are correct.

We need to pray for our leaders (even if we did not vote for them). We need to take part in the political process, and the first way to do this is to vote. Click HERE to register.

Another great way to take part in the political process is to volunteer on a candidate’s campaign. Check out the views of a candidate and find one you mostly agree with – then contact them to volunteer.

Voting is a civic sacrament. – Theodore Hesburgh


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Caught My Eye…

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning
– “Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan

Welcome to the big show to end the week – the last “Caught My Eye” (CME) of January! Did I ever tell you how much I hate January?

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.

Today’s topics that caught my eye this week include:

  • Montana Democrats & Hate Group
  • AG Tim Fox & Reelection
  • Applause…
  • GOP Presidential Debate
  • Jeb Bush & Christians
  • Tom Brady’s Letter

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday – the last Monday of October! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Ehrlick & Montana Family Foundation
  • Wittich’s Trial Delayed
  • Trump/Carson & Religion
  • Tea Party – Circling the Drain?

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The Sunday Message

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  – Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)

Most everyone by now has heard about Kim Davis. Davis is the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. She has been jailed by a federal judge for refusing to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. After Davis was jailed, members of her staff issued the marriage license.

It was not long after Davis was jailed, the group called “Family Research Council” which is headed by Tony Perkins sent out an email with the subject, “Help free Kim Davis from jail.” Perkins told supporters, “American Christians need to stand with Kim Davis’s right to stand by her religious convictions.”

Perkins asked supporters to sign a petition to the Governor of Kentucky asking him to issue an accommodation to Kim Davis allowing her to live and work according to her beliefs.

Some people believe that people should just step aside when a person has some sort of religious belief and let them do their own thing. That’s kind of the reason why the same-sex marriage issue went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. There needs to be one law for all to obey, if not it will become a slippery slope.

If people like Davis are allowed to continue, I can imagine people being refused service for any number of “religious” reasons.

Nobody is telling Davis what to believe in her heart or change her religious convictions. She works for the government, and part of her job is to serve the public no matter what the public that comes into her office believes. Plus, Davis has to obey the laws of this country.

I’ve read that Davis won’t resign from her job, and if she does not obey the law, she may be in jail for quite some time. She should be impeached.

I’m sure Tony Perkins and his organization will help her find a job.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.Luke 6:35 (NIV)

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Campaign 2016: Fundraising

Welcome to July! While many of us are thinking about the Independence Day holiday this weekend, those in the political world were thinking about the end of the second quarter fundraising.

Last night (June 30) at midnight was the deadline. Some groups and politicians wanted those of us on their email lists to believe it was the end of the world and they needed a few of our dollars to help their campaigns survive.

Here are some of my favorite fundraising emails:

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The Sunday Message

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan.Romans 8:28 (NLV)

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision on the OBERGEFELL v. HODGES in which they ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in all states.

It was not long before some Christians and some Christian organizations were basically shouting that the sky was falling on Christianity. For example, the Family Research Council sent this email to their subscribers:

It is part of an unrelenting war on Christianity and the family by the Left, liberal media, ruling elites and especially the Obama administration. And now, because of the Court’s ruling, our religious freedom is more in danger than ever before.

I’m a Christian and I woke up on Saturday morning with the same freedoms I’ve always had. My sky did not fall. I was still able to pray out loud. I checked my church’s website and they are still having church services at the same time on Sunday.

God is still good folks.

Here is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court said about religion in their OBERGEFELL v. HODGES decision:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.

If you did not like same-sex marriage before the decision on Friday, you can still not like it on Saturday. That’s the First Amendment working for you and me.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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