Caught My Eye…

We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

Welcome to Friday and the big show I like to call “Caught My Eye!” Can you believe this is the last day of July? Many of us are running out of Julys…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the Federal Highway bill, the Montana GOP and Dark Money, Veterans, Senate Appropriations Committee and the OPM data breach, the Cincinnati Shooting and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Tom Brady, Glacier National Park, Glendive MT, Most Beautiful, Medicare/Medicaid, Eric Berry, unemployment, August recess, Miracle Treat Day, and much more!

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NFL: This is Crazy…

In the first (and my favorite) National Lampoon’s Vacation movie Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decided go skinny dipping in the hotel pool with the girl from the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley). Just before Clark jumped in he said, “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy!”

That’s kind of what I was thinking about during the whole issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handing out a four game suspension to New England quarterback Tom Brady for “deflategate,” and then being the one who heard Brady’s appeal and upheld his own decision.

That kind of justice is bat-crap crazy and it hurts the NFL.

Back in May I wrote about New England Patriots quarterback Brady and his four-game suspension. I wrote about not being a fan of the New England Patriots, and that I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. I also added the part about my Chiefs beating the Patriots 41-14 during the past season, which was very sweet.

To put the Brady’s four-game suspension in perspective, Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended four games for domestic violence. Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was suspended two games by the NFL for knocking his girlfriend unconscious in an elevator.

Goodell seems to have a problem determining the severity of his players’ actions.

By the way, Brett Favre was fined $50k for not cooperating with the NFL during the sexting probe. Brady’s punishment, if any, should have been about the same as Favre’s.

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Terrific News Tuesday

It’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT) because everyone needs a little good news once in awhile.

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • The Rain & Montana
  • Pedro Martinez & Great Falls
  • NFL Training Camps
  • Jamaal Charles & Special Olympics
  • Four-Star General
  • Dr. Seuss

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Post #2,600: Media Trackers & Tester

Today is the 2,600th column posted here at The Western Word.

Please, no parades.

It all started January 10, 2005, and when it will stop nobody knows. One day I envision TWW ending like Forrest Gump ended his run across the United States by saying, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

But TWW won’t end today…

What recently caught my attention was the story posted by the Montana branch of the Media Trackers about U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, and his schedule and fundraising. It was titled “Tester Omits $10K a Ticket NYC Fundraiser with Obama from Schedule.

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The Sunday Message

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. – George R.R. Martin

We’re coming up on the last week of July. Saturday is the first of August and when we turn the page on the calendar to August, we’ll see “school starts” or “back to school” or “vacation ends” staring right at us at the end of the month.

When I was in my teens, summer was a great time for me. Besides hitting the lake or the river to cool off, there were parties, and concerts to attend. I usually had a summer job, too. I spent one summer on a crew bucking bales of hay. One summer I visited nine different counties and mapped every structure in towns with populations less than 1000. One other summer I painted crosswalks and curbs.

A couple weeks before school started, it was time for the two-a-day football practices that took up most of my time, which meant that my summer had officially ended.

So today’s message is kind of a warning – with the calendar turning to August this Saturday, the countdown officially begins to the end of summer (although autumn does not officially begin until September 23).

It also means it’s time to rack up some memories.

Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NLT)

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye.” Unlike many newspapers, cable and network news shows, today’s column is free of any mention of Donald Trump.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Fair Cops, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Veterans Health Administration, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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