The Sunday Message

An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. -2 Timothy 2:5 ESV

Football season is starting and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. From now until January there will be football games on television almost every night of the week except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The game of football has some interesting rules and their own justice system right there on the field. If a violation of the rules is seen, the referee will throw a flag and the punishment marked off in yards. The other team may accept the penalty or take the result of the play. Of course, we see coaches and players pleading their cases, but most of the time their requests fail. There are no plea deals in football – we don’t see a 15 yard penalty reduced to five because it’s a first offense.

May your favorite team do well this season!

You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win! -1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)


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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last “Caught My Eye” of August. Before you head out for your Labor Day weekend take a few moments to arm yourself with knowledge!

NOTICE: School is starting so be careful on the roads!

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 both.

Today I write about Adam Sanchez Jr., Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines on education, Wittich & conspiracy, Mitt Romney, TWW on Facebook, a birthday, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“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 a mall for sale, the Keystone XL pipeline, free breakfast & lunch, gnomes, Montana’s sexual offender registry, Shaun the sheep, NFL, Shania, LeAnn, minimum wage, and a lot more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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VA: Investigating From Within

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has been investigating the VA hospital in Phoenix where veterans were waiting months for appointments and employees, as President Obama said, “cooked the books” to cover up delays in providing timely appointments.

The IG issued a draft report from their investigation this week. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The VA contends the VA’s IG is an “independent” part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Do you buy that? Most of us who have served in the military know all about the IG and their so-called independence.

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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Tuesday! It’s a potpourri of political news!

Today I write about the U.S. Senate and U.S House debates, the new campaign ad from John Lewis, Steve Daines/Ryan Zinke & Veterans, and a $500 per hour lawyer. There’s a lot more so read on.

By the way, The Western Word is once again on Facebook. Please “Like” The Western Word page HERE. I promise to make it enjoyable.

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Why? (Part II)

One week ago after Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn was killed in the line of duty during a high-speed chase, we found out that the suspect, Adam Sanchez Jr., had a very long criminal history.

Last Monday, I asked this question:

After reading about Sanchez’s long criminal history from several different sources, I was left wondering why Sanchez was even free to roam our streets. After reading some on-line comments, it appears I am not the only one wondering.

On Saturday and Sunday the Great Falls Tribune did follow-up stories asking basically the same question. You should read these stories HERE and HERE.

What I discovered from the Tribune’s reporting through these Saturday and Sunday stories is that the Cascade County Attorney’s office and a State District Court Judge basically dropped the ball by allowing Sanchez to be freed.

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