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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Caught My Eye…

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. – Bil Keane

Welcome to Friday and the big show that is called “Caught My Eye.”

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.

Chattanooga Tennessee:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the four Marines who were gunned down yesterday in Tennessee and to the others who were wounded. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, too. 

Today’s topics include the Every Child Achieves Act, Major Garrett & the President, Iran Nuclear Deal, Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood, ESPN, and much more!

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Jade Helm 15 Begins

The other day I watched a military helicopter flying near my home – they were probably monitoring some missile convoy traveling through town, which is common in Montana. The chopper was flying pretty low and it was loud. This action would probably freak out a few people especially those who are on the outer fringe – the conspiracy folks.

Maybe I should be writing today’s column from deep inside my bunker in Montana because today (Wednesday, July 15) is a special day – it’s the first day of Jade Helm 15. I hope my friends in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida are ready!

Back in March, I alerted my readers about Jade Helm 15. It’s been one of my most-read columns. Today is the day it all begins…

There are several conspiracy theories floating around about Jade Helm 15 – or are they? Nonetheless, it’s time to have a little fun with it…

Just like Lieutenant Dan getting those funny feelings about a rock or a trail or the road, and telling Forrest Gump and the other soldiers to get down and shut up, I’m getting a funny feeling about Jade Helm 15.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Are you ready for some good news? That’s all you’ll find in this edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

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:

  • DUI Task Force Awards
  • Autumn Veatch
  • The “Magical” Rock
  • Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Sentences Commuted
  • Kansas City Royals All-Stars
  • Pluto

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Thursday Numbers

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
-Samuel F. Smith, “America”

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 the Hillary for America campaign, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Transportation Security Administration, unemployment, Instagram accounts, driving while impaired, Cuba, top songs for Independence Day, Republican candidates, and much more!

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Campaign 2016: Fundraising

Welcome to July! While many of us are thinking about the Independence Day holiday this weekend, those in the political world were thinking about the end of the second quarter fundraising.

Last night (June 30) at midnight was the deadline. Some groups and politicians wanted those of us on their email lists to believe it was the end of the world and they needed a few of our dollars to help their campaigns survive.

Here are some of my favorite fundraising emails:

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Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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