The Wednesday Read

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter how good you are, the bird is going to knock the pieces over, crap on the board, and strut around like it won anyway. – Unknown

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Big Beautiful Wall
  • Article II
  • Top Problems
  • Jane Fonda

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Caught My Eye…

No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side. – Unknown

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 Parkland, Florida, Immigration, Security Clearances, Shaun White, Daytona 500, plus One More Thing!

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The Wednesday Read: The President’s Joint Address to Congress

I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead. – President Donald J. Trump (02/28/17)

I was somewhat hoping that we would see and hear a speech from vintage Donald Trump last night with him hurling insults at everyone during a slash and burn speech.

Color me surprised. It was far from that. It was even Presidential.

Trump acted Presidential last night for about an hour and throughout his 5,006-word speech. (Source) Some are saying this was the best speech of Donald Trump’s life.

I don’t know about that, but I would give it a 7/10.

Glenn Thrush of the NY Times tweeted, “For any other president this would be a boring, laundry list speech. For Trump – amazing, responsible, detailed, uniting, presidential!”

Trump actually stayed on message like a robot reciting a message from a higher command (Steve Bannon?) and that was good for him, but not as entertaining as it could have been.

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The Sunday Message

Stand up for what you know is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help.Proverbs 31:9 (ERV)

I like a good peaceful protest. That’s one of the great things about living in the United States – we have the right to protest things in which we don’t agree.

On Saturday I did a quick check of Google News to see what I could find about protests.

  • There were protests for and against Planned Parenthood.
  • There were protests in several locations about immigration enforcement raids.
  • There were anti-Trump protests in several places
  • There were protests at U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ (R-Mont.) offices last week.

I have been on both ends of protests – from attending rallies against or for an issue to working in a local senate field office where protesters showed up. Just as you would imagine there were people at both events who wanted to scream, swear, threaten, and show their anger. That’s not the way to go about it, in my opinion. There were also people who peacefully protested and gave their opinion about the issue.

If you are passionate about an issue – attend a protest and let your elected officials know about it – just be peaceful.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.



Thursday Numbers

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. – Thomas Fuller

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include unemployment, Montana GOP, medical marijuana, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Denise Juneau, Montana highway deaths, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Walmart & toys, Susan Carstensen & Greg Gianforte, immigration, and much more!

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