Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another Friday! It’s just not any Friday, today is “Good Friday” and it’s also “Earth Day” and there’s also a Spring snowstorm pounding Montana!

A couple of Happy birthday shout-outs today to Jack “You can’t handle the truth” Nicholson (74) and Peter “Do You Feel Like We Do” Frampton (61)!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), Caught My Eye is a weekly column posted on Friday mornings where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – and sometimes I add a little sarcasm!

This week I take a look at what came into my political inbox, snot, awards that are piling up for Bozeman, chickens, trophies, and much more! So sit back and enjoy another edition of Caught My Eye… 

Cold Weather Reporting:

Those days of reporting the news in the cold sure presents reporters with many problems…Enjoy the video HERE. Psst…You call it mucus; we call it snot…

OK, that video is snot that funny…

Bozeman makes us proud (again):

Bozeman, Montana, is ranked #9 for Pot in the USA and that was after being ranked the 6th drunkest city in the United States! We’ll be looking forward to seeing the brochures from the Chamber…


In case you missed it, a Real Madrid soccer player accidently dropped the trophy his team had won. To make matters worse, it was run over by their bus. Watch the video and read the story HERE.

Best Paid Athletes:

ESPN has the story about the best paid athletes in 30 sports! Ever wonder how the best paid person in rodeo stacks up against the best paid in darts? No, me neither.  But you can check out other salaries HERE.

Urban Chickens:

The City of Great Falls is still clucking about urban chickens. For a few laughs and to kill some time, check out the last couple (April 19 and April 5) City Commission meetings HERE.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Just about every week I let my readers know what political e-mails I am receiving and offer some commentary about them. In politics you always need to remember that it is a lot of fun; but when someone loses the fun stops…Here are a few e-mails that got my attention:

-The Montana Democratic Party wanted so badly to make sure I’d seen the Roll Call article about Denny Rehberg that they sent me an e-mail with the subject, “ICYMI: Rehberg took BP oil money on the anniversary of BP oil spill.”

It was a big enough story that the former long-time Rehberg staffer, Erik Iverson, came off the sidelines to offer his comments as Rehberg’s “advisor” saying, “BP did not sponsor the event nor did it contribute to the event.”

But the quote and the point goes to Tester’s campaign manager Preston Elliott who said, “This serves as a crude awakening to all Montanans who expect better from their representatives in Congress.”

Nice play on words from Elliott which makes me wonder if he learned that from John Edwards…but seriously, (and this advice is free) the Rehberg campaign needs to get their ducks in a row and start playing the political game before they find themselves in too deep a hole.

-The Montana GOP sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Tester Sides with Obama Again, Votes For Gun Control, New Energy Tax and ObamCare” saying that Tester “Votes for Budget that Allows ATF to Track Gun Purchases, Jeopardizes Montanan’s Second Amendment Rights” and that Tester “Sides with Environmental Extremists, President, Votes in Favor of Hidden Energy Tax.”

Back and forth, back and forth they go. I must confess that many of Tester’s votes frighten me…and his siding with Obama so much is really not what Montana voters want…

-The Montana GOP also informed me via e-mail that “The convention website is live!” Here’s a free plug to the GOPers from The Western Word: Their convention will be held June 16-18 in Butte America and you can register online at:

I am holding out hope that some rich Republican or the MT GOP will give me an all expense paid trip to Butte America, free registration to this event, free food and drink, and a keynote speaking slot so they can finally hear a good speaker…

-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent me an e-mail with the subject “Budget Madness” but also wanted me to drop them $5 to help defeat folks like Denny Rehberg, who they wrote this:

Rep. Denny Rehberg just might be the most extreme major Republican candidate running for the Senate – and that says a lot. Rehberg recently called Pell Grants “the welfare of the 21st Century.” Then he doubled down, adding: “You can go to school, collect your Pell Grants, get food stamps, low-income energy assistance, section 8 housing, and all of a sudden we find ourselves subsidizing people that don’t have to graduate from college.” Apparently, Rehberg thinks that the 24,000 Montanans who will receive Pell Grants next year will turn the grant into a life of leisure on the government dole. It’s outrageous. Pell Grants ensure that people can afford an education, get good jobs and support their families.

Someone better get that campaign team in place…

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Most Importantly…don’t forget to stretch