Caught My Eye…

You’ve made it to Friday – and we’re halfway through January – so congratulations!

Now buckle your seatbelt for “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when 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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about drunk driving in Montana, another Hail Mary from Tester & Daines, Republicans/Democrats retreat, a trained assassin, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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The Western Word: 10 Years!

The Western Word (TWW) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary today (January 10).

Please, no parades.

My first blog post was January 10, 2005, on Google’s Blogger. It was a big one – a 79-word column about football. Most of the columns back then were about sports due to my day job.

Later on I made the switch to WordPress and transferred the information from Google Blogger to WordPress.

This is the 2,428th post here at TWW.

Today, my “mission” is to provide independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events.

My two most-read columns of all time:

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators was published on November 4, 2010, to get a jump-start on the 2012 campaign season. It was updated several times and was published in several newspapers and linked on several websites.

The Killing at Poplar River was written April 8, 2008, after I watched the show on NBC about Barry Beach and just as the interest in his case was taking off.

Thanks to all the folks who read The Western Word, follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord), and like The Western Word Facebook page.

A special shout-out to those who are subscribers (you can subscribe by clicking on the “Follow” button at the bottom or enter your e-mail in the box on the right side of this screen under the word “Subscribe” ).

“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.” –David B. Schlosser

 

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USDOJ: Circle the Wagons

I guess I was not too surprised when I read that U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) attorneys argued that “hundreds of inappropriate and offensive emails” from U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull can’t be released. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The Feds contend the emails are “confidential.”

In case you forgot, Cebull, who was a U.S. District Judge in Montana, sent a racist email about President Obama. Cebull resigned for that. Now, attorneys for a former chairman of the Crow Indian Tribe who was convicted of bribery in Cebull’s court want to see if any of Cebull’s e-mails reference their client.

In January of this year, it was reported:

A judicial committee determined Cebull sent hundreds more inappropriate emails from his federal account that showed disdain for blacks, American Indians, Hispanics, women, certain religions and others.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 226th edition of the (almost) award-winning “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when 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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke and the Armed Services Committee, the Montana Legislature, Barry Beach & Tim Fox, Great Falls’ unusual ice event, a change of venue, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Legislature: Speed is Freedom

On January 5, 2015, the 64th session of the Montana Legislature will convene.

For those of you not from Montana, the Montana Legislature is really pretty good entertainment to warm up Montanans in the dead of winter. The state legislature meets every two years for 90 days. There’s an old joke told that many Montanans believe the legislature should meet every 90 years for two days.

I’ve called the legislative sessions a three-ring circus, and I’ve called many of the legislators clowns from time to time.

It looks like the 2015 session will be the same old circus. They have already held at least one secret meeting, probably more. It seems that many of the legislators don’t feel the need to follow the open-meetings law in the Montana Constitution.

One thing for sure, it’s always interesting to see what bills are proposed leading up to the next legislative session. Over the weekend, I happened to read about a few legislators (state senators Scott Sales and Jonathan Windy Boy, and state representative Ken Miller, and state representative-elect Art Wittich) who want to raise the daytime speed limit on Montana’s interstate highways. The current speed limit is 75 and they want to raise it to 80 or 85.

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Ferguson: No Indictment

I must say that I was a little surprised there wasn’t an indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last night. They could have indicted Wilson on first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.

I was also surprised about how terribly managed this whole issue was from start until now – especially why officials waited until 8:00 p.m. local time to release the information. It’s almost like they waited until primetime.

Considering the outcome, I wasn’t surprised that there were riots in Ferguson.

I watched CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News coverage of the event throughout the evening. Around 1:00 a.m. (Montana time) I turned the TV back on and CNN and MSNBC were still live, and I heard one reporter say 12 buildings were burning in and around Ferguson.

Throughout the evening I often thought how hard it is to find neutral reporting these days.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word. Your free dose of knowledge is ready!

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, table tennis, unemployment, the Broncos, Common Core, hospital charts, Barry Beach, supervised isolation, attorneys, happiest cities in Montana, The Great Seal, Ryan Zinke, College Football Playoff Rankings, World Series, and much more!

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