Caught My Eye…

If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one. – Cavett Robert

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 the Paris Climate Agreement & Trump, America’s Most Misspelled Words, REAL ID, the military, covfefe, and much more!

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Pentagon Budget: Remain Calm

Don’t plan the parade because your military base or defense project wasn’t mentioned as something the Secretary of Defense planned to cut or curtail in his Fiscal Year 2015 Defense budget. On the other hand, don’t start drinking if your pet project or base or weapon system was mentioned by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his press conference on Monday.

Most of it probably won’t happen – it was only a proposal:

pro·pos·al [pruh-poh-zuhl]
the act of offering or suggesting something for acceptance, adoption, or performance.
a plan or scheme proposed.

The proposal put forth has to be approved by Congress – you remember the 535 class presidents who have bases and contractors in their states and districts? Those folks will have a big say in what stays in the defense budget and what goes.

A lot of people are up in arms (pun intended) after Hagel announced his budget. Some folks were already reporting the nuclear triad would stay intact. Some groups sent press releases via e-mail saying retirees would have benefits reduced. A lot of words were written and a lot of time was spent yesterday on the DOD’s proposed budget.

Even current Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines (R-Mont.) sent a *statement to the Great Falls Tribune (I could not find it on-line) saying, “[H]e is strongly committed to ensuring that our military is fully equipped to protect our country…”

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U.S. Military: Food Stamps

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when our country with a military force that is second to none has members eligible for food stamps. reported on Monday that food stamp redemption at military grocers hit almost $104 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.

Back in FY 2008, $31 million was spent at military grocers through food stamps. The amount spent has increased every year since.

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Photo of the Week

Great Falls is Montana’s military town. Often you will see signs around Great Falls welcoming units back to Montana from their deployments. I know it was a nice feeling to see the signs when I was serving in the military, and I am sure the military personnel serving now (and their families) appreciate seeing the signs.

The photo of the sign (below) was spotted on 10th Avenue South in Great Falls a few days ago, and I just happened to have my camera with me last night to snap a photo:

I’m sure I will be renting all my equipment from this store here on out…

In the Navy…

By now everyone has heard that Naval Captain (O-6) Owen Honors was relieved of duty for showing his crew videos that some people deemed “raunchy.”

His career is basically over.

Captain Honors was the Executive Officer (XO) on the USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 when the videos (called XO Movie Night) were played on board the aircraft carrier. Honors was then promoted to Commander of the USS Enterprise and that was the position in which he was relieved of duty.

Someone recently (this is 2011) leaked the videos to a newspaper in Virginia and that is when it became a problem – mostly in the civilian world – and then since some civilians (also called politicians) have a say over our military it became a political problem.

I watched the videos. I don’t think Captain Honors can make it as an actor and there won’t be any Oscar nominations coming his way. I served over a decade in the military and I’ve seen better videos and I have seen a lot worse. Sure, some of the parts were inappropriate and a little raunchy, but we live in a politically correct (PC) world these days so someone had to pay the price because there were parts of the videos that were not in line with the PC police.

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