Caught My Eye…

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover

It’s Friday and the day before Independence Day – so there’s probably not much of an appetite for blog reading – but here I am cranking out another edition of “Caught My Eye” so thanks for stopping by!

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 Montana autopsies, 125 errors, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, U.S. Air Force and volunteering, Donald Trump, 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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Caught My Eye…

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

Before we get started today, I just want to dispel the rumors about the new movie “Magic Mike XXL.” The movie is not about me. Let’s move on…

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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include Veterans’ Graveside Service, MT Legislature lobbyists, COOL, Flag Day & U.S. Army’s birthday, the pool party, Franklin Graham, CNN Quiz Show, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Governor 2016: Greg, Noah, & Retirement

The Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
Lord said to Noah, “There’s gonna be a floody, floody.”
“Get those children out of the muddy, muddy!”
Children of the Lord.Rise and Shine (Source)

I like that song. It’s catchy. I remember singing it with my children. I also read them books like “D is for Dinosaur” when they were young. I also tried to teach them to examine creationism and evolution and make up their own minds about both.

I happened to catch the Huffington Post story about Greg Gianforte who may be running for Montana Governor. My first thoughts were if the multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur is elected governor of Montana we might never get to retire and we just might live to be 600 years old like Noah.

I think that’s kind of what the Huffington Post was trying to get across when they wrote about Gianforte challenging Democrat incumbent Steve Bullock for Governor in 2016. Read it HERE.

OK, maybe I “missed the boat” about living to be 600 years old.

The Montana Democrats and their supporters picked up on the Huffington Post story and zeroed in on Gianforte saying something like retirement isn’t consistent with biblical teachings. This quote from Gianforte troubles some:

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Caught My Eye…

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to the Big Show which 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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include:

  • The Western Word Milestone
  • Montana Democrats & Montana Republicans
  • The Knudsen Tweet
  • Lee Newspapers
  • Fair Cops

The Western Word Milestone:

This is column/post number 2,550 here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started January 10, 2005.

Where it stops nobody knows…

Rest assured there’s still a burning desire each morning between 4:00-6:00 a.m. to write something that’s on my mind. This usually means I am writing about politics, sports, the media, or current events.

Often I am writing about something that has ticked me off, which is somewhat therapeutic.

One negative side to this, besides the pay, is with 2,550 columns under my (rather large) belt, I think I have managed to tick off just about everyone on the right-left-middle at one time or the other. At least readers know they will get an independent view of the issue that is not tainted by my employer (I am self-employed) or with whom I associate (I don’t have many friends) or political party (I don’t belong to any).

I started giving many of my opinions/commentaries on the issues because I was finding that most editorial boards were lacking the courage to call people out or take sides on an issue – at least very often. I remember the days when the Sunday editorial pages were the most talked about part of the paper – and talked about most of the week. That’s not the case today. Many small and medium-sized towns’ editorial boards are so engrained in the community (like many reporters) and are afraid they might tick off an advertiser or run into the subject of their editorial at church or in line at the grocery store. So they squelch their opinions and reporting.

You might not always get the greatest writing sprinkled with flowery $20 words here at TWW, but what you will get is my honest opinion about the issues that I (and hopefully you) care about.

Thanks for reading. Now buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

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 drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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