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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Cascade County Attorney John Parker: Step Aside

Robynn Dunn is the widow of Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn, who was killed in the line of duty in August. According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, she wants someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker to prosecute the case.

Parker should honor Robynn Dunn’s request, immediately.

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Campaign 2014: Wheat & VanDyke

If you have not received a glossy mailer from groups promoting Mike Wheat and/or Lawrence VanDyke for Montana Supreme Court, you’re lucky.

Along with the Montana’s U.S. House race, the race for Supreme Court Justice #2 may be one of the more interesting races in 2014.

The “Non-Partisan” Montana Supreme Court justices are elected for eight-year terms, so whoever wins the race will be there almost until the cows come home.

Here at The Western Word, I like to make things pretty easy for the voters, and deciding for whom to vote in this race is really pretty easy – so read on…

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