Caught My Eye…

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If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Today is the 120th “Caught My Eye!”  This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about the Montana Legislature, Malmstrom AFB, Yellowstone County, Montana OPI recount, Public Service Commission, Daines takes DC, Cat/Griz game, Proctology, Benghazi, Ding Dongs, and much more…

2013 Montana Legislature:

I’ve got some great news political fans! This week we found out that here will be new leaders (some might call them clowns) for the “Circus” that comes to Helena, Montana, every two years masquerading as the Montana Legislature.

The big news? The slightly-right leaning people were replaced by the far-right leaning people.

This is just a wild guess, but I imagine a few of them will embarrass Montana between January and April. One has already started.

Malmstrom AFB Chemical Leak:

Out in the wide-open spaces of central Montana the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from Malmstrom AFB closed a road on Wednesday due to a possible chemical leak at one of their missile launch facilities. Thursday evening the road was re-opened and all is safe.

Hmmm…

Maybe, just maybe, the USAF was protecting the landing area for a UFO. I think we all remember the blockbuster movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” don’t we? Has anyone seen Richard Dreyfuss in central Montana recently…

Yellowstone County Vote Count:

We found out that the outer limits of counting in Yellowstone County (MT) is about 69,923. It took them about three days to count that many votes.

Why not try running folded voided ballots through the machines before election night – like as soon as they are printed to see how it works. And for Commissioner Kennedy to say, “You and your crew did a tremendous job” makes one wonder if Kennedy’s cheese has finally slidden off his cracker for good…

MT Office of Public Instruction Recount:

The Associated Press reported Thursday that it will cost $114,798.78 to count all of the ballots again if Sandy Welch wants a recount. That’s about 24.5 cents per ballot. Welch trails incumbent Denise Juneau by 2,264 votes out of the more than 468,000 ballots cast.

Of course, in Yellowstone County it will take a couple weeks and millions to count their ballots…

Montana Public Service Commission:

In case you missed it, the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) in January will be comprised of ALL REPUBLICANS. There are five members of the PSC. This means it will be like watching a circular firing squad in action…

The Montana PSC and the Montana Legislature will be vying for the best circus atmosphere of 2013! Run Forrest run…

Daines takes DC:

The Great Falls Tribune reported today that Representative-elect Steve Daines is in Washington this week attending “orientation briefings.”

I have not heard if Daines is spending nights at Grover Norquist’s house or on Denny Rehberg’s couch. Hopefully Senator Jon Tester will invite Daines over to his apartment to sample his roller suitcase full of beef…

Cat and Griz Game:

The Missoulian, which is a newspaper in Missoula, Montana, is reporting, “Law officers plan tough Griz-Cat DUI enforcement” for the annual Montana Grizzlies and Montana State Bobcats football game Saturday afternoon in Missoula.

And that enforcement is just for the players…

So Yesterday…

Mitt Romney (who lost was creamed in the last Presidential election) is back in the news saying he lost because President Obama gave gifts to certain groups to get their votes.

The Republican Party lost many people (including me) years ago. Romney is just the latest example of the uppity stench that permeates from the Republican Party.

Former Mississippi Governor and Republican National Committee chair Haley Barbour said it best when he said the GOP needs a “Proctology exam.”

Benghazi:

Senator John McCain, who was creamed even more by Barack Obama in 2008, was complaining about there not being enough information about the incident in Benghazi. While he was complaining, he was missing a classified meeting about, you guessed it, Benghazi.

McCain and his sidekick, Senator Lindsey Graham, are looking more and more like the Laurel and Hardy of the U.S. Senate…

Very Sad News:

USA Today has a very sad story today. They report, “Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Friday that it has filed a motion in Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close and sell its assets, including its iconic brands.”

Note to self – Stock up on Ding Dongs…

I am officially calling on Mitt Romney to bring back his millions from off-shore banks and use it to save Twinkies and Ding Dongs. Maybe someone will start a petition…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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