Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last Friday of February! Get ready – next Friday is “Sequestration Day 2013.” I wonder if the House and the Senate are taking it off…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column 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 Sequestration, A Facebook Photo, Brian Schweitzer, Identical Letters, Live Every Moment, and much more!

Sequestration:

The White House and Congress supported this believing that “sequestration” would not happen. It was supposed to happen on January 2, 2013, but they delayed it until March 1, 2013 (Friday) because of the “fiscal cliff” thingy (“thingy” is a Western Word term).

For those readers worried about sequestration, here’s a great article with answers to several questions.

If you’re still worried, then I recommend you purchase a bottle of wine for next Friday…

Shaking My Head…

Last Friday the Montanafesto blog posted a story titled, “Racism and the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee Chair” about a photo Montanafesto contends was shared on the Chair’s personal Facebook page. You can read the story and see a photo HERE.

The photo showed a box propped up by a stick with a rope attached to it. Under the box was a watermelon. The caption read, “Breaking: The secret service just uncovered a plot to kidnap the president. More details as we get them…..”

If that photo was actually shared by the Chair of the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee, she should have already resigned.

That photo and displaying an “Obama outhouse” last summer during parades and near the GOP Convention are an embarrassment, not just to the Montana Republicans, but to Montanans everywhere.

Stop it.

Schweitzer: Keep the Cameras Ready

With Public Policy Polling saying former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer would put a beating on incumbent Senator Max Baucus, I happened to catch a story from a “political” reporter who caught up with Schweitzer to ask him about the poll.

Schweitzer was quoted saying, “I am not goofy enough to be in the House, and I’m not senile enough to be in the Senate.”

A good follow-up question would have been, “Then why did you run for the U.S. Senate in 2000” or a better question might be, “Are you so senile that you forgot that you ran for U.S. Senate in 2000?”

Schweitzer is good at pretending to be a country bumpkin, but he’s also a master at manipulating the local press in Montana. Schweitzer said in the interview that he will have “big news” in a week.

Just keep the cameras ready…

My Representative wrote me a letter:

A Great Falls Tribune reporter discovered that several GOP Lawmakers were using similar letters as op-eds to their local newspapers.

I thought maybe they had the same old ideas and that was the reason for the similarity.

Oh, the power of the internet these days. I remember the Tribune hiring handwriting experts several years ago to review two similar hand-written letters to the editor.

The reporter closed out his story with, “However, I can’t recall an example of Sen. Baucus and Sen. Jon Tester submitting the identical op-ed and claiming it as their own.”

But those joint press releases are another thing….

Live Every Moment:

Before we shut down the keyboard on another great week here at The Western Word, here’s a video to remind you to “Live Every Moment” (and yes I was at this concert):

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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