Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you. – Proverbs 9:8
Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME).
CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) told reporters that negotiating with President Donald Trump and the White House leading up to the government shutdown “is like negotiating with Jell-O.”
It looks like Jell-O won.
Sure there’s plenty of blame to go around and if past shutdowns are any indication, the Republicans don’t do well in the shutdown game in the polls. In a poll here at The Western Word, Trump was blamed for the shutdown by 75% of those responding. Just 16% blamed Schumer and 9% blamed others.
Part of the blame has to start with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who in my opinion is a poor excuse for a leader. McConnell knew he needed 60 votes in the Senate to pass the funding bill, and that would mean he would need Democrat support. He failed to get it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress today (Tuesday) at 9:00 a.m. Mountain time. I’ll be watching because I don’t have a life.
The speech is supposed to be about nuclear weapons and Iran, but it’s about more than just that.
Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by Speaker of the House John Boehner and then Boehner told the White House something like, “Hey, look who accepted my invitation.” There’s such a dislike for President Barack Obama by Boehner, this really isn’t all that absurd.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama. (Source)
As of this morning, The Hill is reporting that “at least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech.”
I was kind of amazed this morning when I heard that President Obama was going to hold a briefing about his birth certificate. I was amazed because we have so many more important issues like the debt, gas prices, and unemployment that we should be dealing with. We had also just heard that CIA Director Leon Panetta would be the next Secretary of Defense and Gen. David Petraeus would move into the CIA chief’s job.
Instead of important issues we had briefing about a birth certificate. There was the President about 9:45 a.m. (eastern time) on television – even some of the networks broke in on their regular programming to cover it. Thankfully the Cartoon Network stayed with its regular programming!
The Obama team even posted a copy of his “Long Form Birth Certificate” on the White House blog, which you can view HERE.
Obama called the issue surrounding his birth certificate, “silliness.” I agree. Continue reading →