I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers
The Federal Government of the United States of America shutdown began at 12:00 AM EST on January 20, 2018.
No matter which side you take on this latest shutdown, or if you stay in the middle, this is a serious problem. Who knows how long it will last, but the blame game will go on for a long time.
I can remember back when the different sides in Congress worked out their differences. I can also remember when they were much nicer to each other and just because you were from a different party, you could work together for the good of the USA.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation. – James Freeman Clarke
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 about today include government funding, Corey Stapleton, Cascade County Sheriff, Women’s Marches, NSA Extension, Michael Lange, Fake News Awards, Joe Biden, and One More Thing that will leave an indelible picture in your brain…
Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us. –U.S. Senator John Kerry (2004)
Welcome to Friday – and this is not just any Friday – this is the Friday before the first Sunday of NFL football!
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 Corey Stapleton and the Montana GOP, the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, fundraisers, Iran nuclear deal, government shutdown, the eleven, suicide awareness, and much more so buckle up!
Yesterday morning I wrote about a veterans rally in Washington where Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and former Governor Sarah Palin made a showing shouting, “Tear down these walls” and seemingly acting like they had just stormed the beaches of Normandy.
Yesterday afternoon CNN reported that the veterans who put on the rally were not happy that Cruz, Lee, and Palin had hijacked their rally. The group issued a statement saying, “We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain.”
I’m with my fellow veterans, as are most Americans. We also feel pretty disheartened that Cruz and his Tea Party members hijacked our country and shutdown the government.
The hijacking at the memorials has happened many times since the shutdown. As many folks have said, one of the most dangerous places to be in this country is between a politician and a television camera.
I wrote about politicians and memorials last week, saying “As for the politicians and right-wing radio and TV hosts exploiting these veterans to promote their agenda: get a life. Better yet, maybe you should join the military.”