Happy Friday folks – welcome to the (almost) award-winning Caught My Eye! The weekend is upon us and some folks have three days off with Monday being the Federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here. 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 some 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 Senate Republicans “Pep Talk,” Hunters against Hunter, Baucus and Guns, Term Limits, Ryan Leaf, Lance Armstrong, Journalist/Stripper, and much much more…
National Day of Service:
The National Day of Service is Monday and according to the “Points of Light” website, “Millions of Americans will come together on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Jan. 21, 2013, in a national day of service and dialogue to honor the memory of Dr. King.”
This is a very good thing…
MT Senate Republicans:
The media covering the Montana Legislature are reporting that the Montana Senate Republicans met for a “pep talk” yesterday and talked about Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, among other things.
I *heard* that in his closing remarks Senate President Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, told those in the GOP Caucus:
Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM!
*I am joking; I did not really hear this…
Hunters Against Hunter:
It’s always great to receive press releases and info from the Montana Legislature (keep them coming). Yesterday I received a press release from Sen. Kendall Van Dyk (D-Billings) about a bill that he and Rep. Jeff Welborn (R-Dillon) introduced “to create a voluntary program allowing Montana hunters to help end hunger.”
Van Dyk called it a “Hunters Against Hunter” bill. It was good for a chuckle and I had thoughts of Rambo against all those people trying to hunt him in the movie First Blood.
About 17 minutes later a correct version was sent with the corrected headline, “Hunters Against Hunger.” Sounds like a good idea…
Baucus & Guns
U.S. Senator Max Baucus knows that in 2014 one way for him to have a close election (or lose) in Montana would be to vote for some sort of gun control bill like he did back in 1993. After those votes, his next election (1996) was his closest election with Baucus winning by only 4-5% over Denny Rehberg.
That’s why we’ll hear him saying the pro-gun line, “Enforcing the laws we already have on the books…” like he did in this Roll Call story.
Of course, there will be a lot of internal polling conducted by Baucus’ people over the next two years to see what best sells to Montanans…
Term Limits – Yes:
According to Gallup Polling, “Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate — as is typical in national elections — three-quarters of Americans say that, given the opportunity, they would vote ‘for’ term limits for members of both houses of Congress.”
Of course, they are probably talking about another state’s Senator or a House member in another district when they say they want term limits…
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf failed again. This time it was for failing his drug treatment plan. Leaf now gets to spend some time in the Montana State Prison.
Some of the comments posted on the local media sites were pretty hateful – apparently some people take pleasure in watching famous people fall.
Addiction is a terrible thing…
The Great Falls Tribune picked up my column about Lance Armstrong (You can read it here), but to me one of the more interesting things to come out if the interview Armstrong did with Oprah Winfrey was about the people he bullied or sued.
When he was asked if he sued one person in particular he said, “To be honest, Oprah, we sued so many people I don’t even…I’m sure we did.”
Armstrong should thank Manti Te’o for taking some of the attention away from him…
Fox News is reporting “A reporter who was fired last year from the Houston Chronicle after she was outed as a stripper has landed a new journalism job.”
Hat tip to the San Antonio Express-News for hiring Sarah Tressler!
By the way, these are two separate jobs…it is not the Naked News…
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…