Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – it’s Friday and there are only two days left in January!

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 the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Tester/Daines & amendments, Montana Democrats & PACs & Zinke, State of the State speech & the Montana Republicans, Montana VA & Tester, shame on the Great Falls Tribune, Montana’s best political reporters, Marshawn Lynch, plus there’s a Super Bowl poll!

Reminder: Everything and everyone is fair game. Grab your coffee and buckle up…

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Trib Question: 64% Say Yes to PRTC

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune asked readers this question: “Should the Air Force expand the Powder River Training Complex?”

Although the Air Force already approved the expansion and the final review now rests with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the results from the Tribune’s question of the day were interesting: 64% of those responding said “Yes” and 36% said “No.”

The Montana Congressional delegation should take notice.

I have been writing about PRTC since July 2008, and many Montanans support the expansion – especially those who have military experience and those who want the best for our military personnel.

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State of the Union: Winning & Bread Bags

Even Obama-hating people will have to admit that President Barack Obama delivered a great State of the Union (SOTU) speech last night. It was by far the best SOTU speech from the President.

This was really the last SOTU speech that people will be paying attention to, because next year we will be in the midst of a Presidential election. Nobody will care that much what the President is saying because his time will be about over.

According to The American Presidency Project, the President’s speech was 6,718 words and it was 59 minutes and 57 seconds in length.

You can read the whole speech HERE. The Associated Press has a Fact Check article HERE.

Here are some of my thoughts about the whole SOTU.

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Montana’s Three Stooges

When I was young, I remember my dad and I watching the Three Stooges on a black and white TV. We’d laugh so hard we almost cried watching their shenanigans.

The stooges “soitenly” did silly things that made us shake our heads.

I was thinking of the Three Stooges the other day, and I think we may have the Three Stooges currently serving in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House representing Montana – I’m talking about U.S. Senators Jon Tester (Moe) and Steve Daines (Larry), and the new kid, U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (Curly).

All three are funny and frustrating in a Three Stooges sort of way.

The stooges have come out against the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) which, in case you have not heard, would extend into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It would expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles that is used for training.

The PRTC has been in the planning stages with officials holding several open meetings and comment periods for the better part of the last decade. On Friday the U.S. Air Force approved it which was like an open-handed Three-Stooges-type slap across the face of the delegation, and then a pull on the nose! This was after several sessions listening to whining and whimpering of Tester and Daines and, before that, former Senator Max Baucus and former Rep. Denny Rehberg. None of those four ever served in the military.

Then along came Zinke – a highly-decorated retired Navy SEAL who based his whole campaign on his military service. Being a fellow veteran, I had high hopes for Zinke.

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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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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – you’ve made it to Friday – 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.

Everyone and everything is fair game.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke, Intelligent Discontent, Powder River Training Complex, Montana CBS & DirecTV, snow plowing, Ben Carson & plagiarism, term limits, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and much more.

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Caught My Eye…

Almost every Friday since July 2010 I have posted a column called “Caught My Eye.” There are 228 of them.

This column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limit – nothing!

Here are the top three “Caught My Eye” columns from 2014. Enjoy!

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