Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Your weekly free dose of knowledge awaits!

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about turkeys, football coaches, black bears, beer money, unemployment, stoves, healthcare, Joe’s birthday, gay marriage, diabetes, traffic jams, pregnancy, Glacier National Park, Philadelphia 76ers, and a lot more!

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Montana Grizzlies: Time to Restore the Roar

University of Montana athletic director, Kent Haslam, tells the Missoulian that he wants “to take as long as it takes to get the right person” to find a new football coach for the Montana Grizzlies.

The current head coach, Mick Delaney, announced his retirement last Sunday which is effective at the end of the season. Delaney should be given a royal send-off for keeping the Griz football program from sinking.

Maybe free season tickets for life or a new set of gold clubs – something really nice is in order. A win over Montana State in the Brawl of the Wild this Saturday would probably be a good parting gift.

A few years ago someone joked that with all the trouble players were getting into, the next Cat/Griz or Griz/Cat game should be played at the Montana State Prison. Delaney helped right the ship.

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It’s Keystone Tuesday!

Note: This column is not about Keystone beer, but you can drink Keystone beer today if you wish.

Wowser! With the 2014 election just two weeks old, Congress is moving at breakneck speed! Is this great or what? Republicans will probably try to take credit for it, although they don’t actually take over the Senate until January.

Can a bill on immigration be far behind?

OK, that’s a stretch…

The U.S. House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday by a vote of 252-161. Montana’s lone Congressman, Steve Daines, voted for it.

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MT Legislature: Breaking the Law

I guess I was a little surprised when I read about the 50 Republican Montana House members meeting in secret Thursday night to discuss the 2015 Legislative session.

The Great Falls Tribune has the story HERE.

I was surprised because they know better. This little meeting creates an atmosphere of distrust for an already skeptical citizenry – and this is even before the 2015 Legislative session begins.

The new Republican House leadership failed their first test. They should apologize to Montanans.

If you’ve read my commentary much, then you know that I poke a lot of fun at the members of the Montana Legislature. Separately, many members of the Montana Legislature are pretty decent people, but when they get together in Helena every two years many act like morons.

Some people do believe that caucuses should be private so that there can honest and open discussions.

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The Sunday Message

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.  - Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

One of the big stories this past week is how cold it is across the United States. It seems that when we have bitterly cold weather, we see stories about the homeless and how they survive living outside when the weather is so terrible. Some go to shelters to stay, but others tough it out in the elements.

We don’t have to look far to see adults and children in our own neighborhoods who need a little help – and we can help them by donating warm clothing, food, or even money to places that help those less fortunate.

So look through your closets and donate that old coat, those gloves you don’t wear, or those boots that are too small, to places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and/or your local rescue mission.

It will only take a few minutes and you will feel a lot better afterwards.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ― John Bunyan

 

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – come on in and sit around the fire and warm up!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke’s plans, DSCC chair Jon Tester, 69 days, John Thune, Rob O’Neill, Judy Martz, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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