Caught My Eye…

TGIF! Since it’s Friday, you know it’s time for “Caught My Eye” the weekly column where everything and everybody is fair game! Today I take a look (sometimes with a little sarcasm) at some of the stories that I did not have time to comment about during the week.

This week I take a look at a bus tour, an initiative, my inbox, a trip on a horse, Shorty, Halloween, and much more!

So get yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the read…

Initiative 300:

One of the more interesting initiatives on the ballot this year is in Denver, Colorado. For those readers who do not follow this stuff (that’s what I’m here for), Initiative 300 is an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission ballot initiative. On their website, they tell readers “Elvis Presley had more UFO sightings and meetings with ETs than any other celebrity.”

I knew there was something I did not know about Elvis…

If passed, the initiative will establish a commission of seven volunteers (selected by the mayor). They will meet twice a year and gather information about ETs and UFOs and put it on the city’s website.

With all the talk about UFOs around Malmstrom, maybe the City of Great Falls should look into this.

The Bus Tour:

In case you missed it (and you probably did unless you were a party insider) GOP Chairman Michael Steele came to Billings earlier this week on the “Fire Pelosi” bus tour.

There’s been a lot of talk about firing Michael Steele, too.

From the photos, it looked as though the average age of those attending was about 80. There’s no word if Steele or his staff spent money at any Montana strip clubs

From the old Inbox:

-Barack Obama sent me an e-mail saying, “I want to meet Jack.” He urged me to “Go all in” but only asked me to “chip in” $3.00 (The President must be monitoring my checking account).

-After that, Obama’s “Organizing for America” sent me an e-mail saying the President “needs you at his side.” Again, they asked me to donate $3.00.

-Jon Tester sent an e-mail asking me to give a donation to Senator Harry Reid because Tester contends that his “…good friend in Nevada is locked in a tough-as-nails campaign battle. I’m emailing today to ask you to stand with me and help him keep fighting” and “I’m proud to stand with him today, and I hope you’ll join me.”

Nothing like going down with the ship…

-Michele Bachman of Minnesota continues to send me e-mails with this one saying, “The Obama/Pelosi attack machine has made me one of their top targets for defeat this year…”

Frankly, if Bachman loses it might be a good thing. She is not a smart person.

-The Democratic Senatorial Committee sent me an e-mail with this message: “I just sat down at my desk to give you an update on the latest polling numbers and realized I can do it in one sentence: Almost every race is tied.”

They will still take my money, though. Their glass is half full. I like that…

-Then there was an e-mail from “Colleen” at the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) with the subject, “Oy!”

Colleen told me, “My butt’s on the line. Can I count on you in the crucial push to the October 13 fundraising reporting deadline?”

I have not seen Colleen’s butt to determine if it’s worth helping…

Colleen was more upfront with what she wanted. She said I could donate $5, $50, or $500,000 to help. I like a woman who thinks I just might have $500,000 around the house…

Harry Reid:

Tester is correct; Harry Reid needs help. The debate last night between Reid and Sharon Angle was one of the most boring debates I have ever witnessed. Neither candidate impressed me.

Speaking of Campaign Money:

U.S. House candidate Dennis McDonald is planning on riding a horse across the state as a campaign stunt because he does not have any money. Nobody really cares, but McDonald’s trip reminds me of this song: “On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life…there were plants and birds and rocks and things…there was sand and hills and rings…”

Now that you have “Horse with No Name” in your mind, you can listen to it HERE. Go ahead, it’s Friday…


A police department is tweeting every 911 call. Interesting. Now, if only the Great Falls Tribune would learn how to use Twitter…they have mastered “Live Blogging” which is so 2008…


This fellow is 22 inches tall. He eats 3.5 ounces of food per day. Happy Birthday Khagendra! He is now the world’s shortest man. It would be great if he could meet Walter Breuning…

Halloween is coming:

It’s time to look at slutty Halloween costumes 2010. Click HERE. It’s not X-rated. I promise.

Halloween Costumes:

What are you going to be this year? I’m thinking about being Senator Jon Tester. I need a riding lawnmower to use as a tractor, a haircut, and a couple of king-sized pillows to make it work…

Transport Aircraft:

We’ve heard a lot about the Montana Air National Guard getting a new “Transport” plane, the C-27J. These planes can carry heavy items. That’s good news for those “important” people who can’t fit in the cockpit of jets…

A Note about Senator Max Baucus’ trip to China:


Speaking of China:

It’s time for the weekly Forrest Gump quote: “When I was in China on the All-American Ping Pong team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flexolite ping pong paddle.”

Remember to follow me on Twitter…for updates and comments throughout the week!



  1. […] You can read the column HERE. […]

  2. […] Tom has some amazing outdoor pictures, as always. Mark made a video! Sandra has news of some board vacancies. And don’t forget to catch Jack’s weekly “Caught My Eye!“ […]

  3. […] The following two offerings aren’t all that special in their own right but I want to give them honorable mention because of what they are. As I said at the beginning of this post, I do not have a lot of time to read blogs anymore, and one of the things that help me find new and interesting information are the semi-regular link posts that appear in the Montana Blog-o-Sphere. Left in the West runs one – done each week usually by Jay Stevens – and the other can be found over at The Western Word called “Caught My Eye”. […]

  4. Caught My Eye……

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

  5. “I have not seen Colleen’s butt to determine if it’s worth helping…”

    Best line of the week.

    Great CME, Jack – as always. Thanks for the chuckles and insight.

    • Haha – Thanks man. The political folks are going all out to raise some money…or putting their butts on the line so to speak….

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