Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the second Friday of March – Whoop, whoop!

As a public service from The Western Word (TWW) here’s a reminder to get up at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday and set your clocks ahead one hour.

By the way, how’s that sequestration thingy working out for you? I am currently waiting for President Obama to ask me out to lunch or dinner…

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 WaPo’s best blogs, jobs, the catheter, McCain & Graham, Piers Morgan Live, NRSC & RNC Plot Comeback, a special video showing a North Korea missile test, the Insane Rope Swing video, plus I crack open my political inbox and share! There’s a lot more so read on…

Best State-Based Political Blogs:

Congratulations to “The Flint Report” and to the “Montana Street Fighter” for being chosen as Montana’s best political blogs for 2013 by The Washington Post’s The Fix!

We are not worthy…

Jobs:

This morning the U.S. Department of Labor released their monthly jobs report and “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent.”

This is positive news…but we’ll see how this holds up with the sequester kicking in.

Catheter:

In regards to the Sen. Rand Paul filibuster, Politico reported, “As for surviving hours of standing on the Senate floor, Paul said he had considered using a catheter before ruling out that option.”

I wonder if Senator Ted Cruz was going to help insert it (I know, I know, I should not have gone there).  I do think the cheese has slid off Senator Paul’s cracker…

McCain & Graham Offer Pointed Rebuttal to Filibuster:

Roll Call reported Thursday “Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham offered a pointed rebuttal Thursday morning to the nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday by Sen. Rand Paul about the Obama administration’s use of drones.”

I’m thinking they were not happy that Sen. Paul took the spotlight from them. Kirsten Powers thinks the same thing.

Meanwhile members of the Republican Party have no common direction.

Piers Morgan Tonight:

“Piers Morgan Tonight” is being renamed “Piers Morgan Live” starting next week.

That should clear up a lot of things…

NRSC Plots Comeback:

Roll Call reported Monday “The National Republican Senatorial Committee [NRSC] plans to expand its press operation to train campaigns earlier in the cycle on how to better handle the kind of candidate missteps that have plagued its party’s nominees.”

They are also looking for people who can spell and string two sentences together.

I’ve been known to point out the ineptness of the NRSC from time to time here at The Western Word. The Montana Street Fighter takes a look back at the NRSC and the Denny Rehberg senate campaign team HERE.

Besides vetting candidates better, the bottom line from me is I think if they had more adult supervision and stopped hiring spoiled children from rich donors and politicians they just might, down the road, get the majority back in the U.S. Senate.

Roll Call also reports the Republican National Committee “Autopsy” from the 2012 election season will be released March 18. I can’t wait for that.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Regular readers may remember that I subscribe to receive updates from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups (from all political parties). Several others just send me their info without my asking just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) here at The Western Word! I’ve selected a few to share with my readers from this week that “Caught My Eye!”

- TheTeaParty.net sent me a press release with the subject, “POLL: A Tea Party Resurgence?” in which they wrote, “Independent polling confirms Americans choose tea party principles over progressive principles 2 to 1.” They continued, “48 percent of those surveyed declared support for ‘tea party principles’ of ‘limited government,’ ‘free markets’ and ‘personal responsibility’ over 21 percent ‘progressive, liberal principles’ of ‘big government,’ ‘higher taxes,’ and ‘more spending.’”

Me thinks it was a push poll…

-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Thank You” in which they said, “Friend – When President Obama sees that a record-breaking 100,000 fired up supporters just threw their support behind his agenda, he’ll be incredibly thankful. Together, we are building something special.”

It was nothing, DSCC, nothing…

-The Corey Stapleton for U.S. Senate campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “I Need Your Input” where he said, “It’s time to let President Obama and liberals in Washington know that they cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they support. Join me and sign the petition to support your right to bear arms.”

Dear Cory:

I like guns. I like girls who drink beer, too.

All my best,

Jack

Might As Well Jump:

The video of the week is “Boyfriend pushes Girlfriend off cliff

North Korean Missile Test:

A North Korean missile test was caught on video. Watch it HERE.

To the elected officials (and their staffers) and reporters who never served in the military – this is a joke…

Happy Birthday:

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees turns 68 years old today. Take a moment to enjoy “Daydream Believer.”

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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