Caught My Eye…

For some reason “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama is stuck in my head today.  Here’s the video so you can have it stuck in your head, too.

It has been a “cruel summer” with all the unemployed people among us, but we get to end it with a three-day weekend – but if you don’t have a job, you have more than a three-day weekend…

By the way, autumn really does not start until September 23.

Here at The Western Word we know you’re itching to leave work and start your weekend.  We understand that – but “Caught My Eye” will serve as filler until the boss lets you go (I hear everyone is getting to leave early today).  It might give you something to talk about on the beach or around the campfire this weekend, too.

This week we take a look at a man named Bullock, a lawsuit, Iraq, the President’s speech, my political inbox, jobs, t-shirts, pigs, and much more – so read on!

Re-elect or elect?

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is probably going to announce his intention to run for something early next week.  Most believe he is running for Governor.  Bullock seems to be the golden boy of state politics for the Montana Democrats.

That’s good that he is announcing.  Maybe then Bullock will quit breaking Montana law and file the proper paperwork with the “office sought” listed on it.

*Note:  For their daily question today, the Great Falls Tribune is asking “Do you think people should be allowed to raise money before announcing the office for which they’re running?”  At the time of this posting, about 81% were saying NO (This is not a scientific poll). The question is on the lower right side of the screen.

GOP Lawsuit:

The Montana Republican Party “filed an action in district court to compel the Commissioner of Political Practices to enforce Montana’s disclosure laws against Democrat Attorney General Steve Bullock.”

In the past, the Commissioner of Political Practices made political donations to Bullock.

Most morons would realize they should recuse themselves to prevent people from thinking they were showing even a hint of favoritism, but not our Commissioner.  That office is a joke.


The Associated Press is reporting that “August marked the first month since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that no American forces have died…”

The AP also reports that 4,474 service members have died in Iraq since the war began.

Thank God for this good news…and prayers go out to those who have suffered losses during this war. 

This is stupid:

USA Today is reporting the “Pima County Republican Party plan[s] to raffle off the same brand of gun used in the Tucson shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.”

Pima County is in Giffords’ district.

Yes, it is legal, but it is just not right.  Why are so many morons involved in politics?

The President’s Speech:

Although I don’t think too highly of Speaker Boehner, did he win the little battle with the President about which night he will give a speech, or did he lose a chance for the GOP Presidential hopefuls to discuss Obama’s speech at their debate?

Maybe he won the battle, but sadly America is losing the war mostly because the politicians are so stubborn they won’t compromise.

The President will speak about 90 minutes before the NFL kickoff – and unless NBC airs it, I won’t be watching.

No Jobs Added:

According to CNBC, “The US economy created no jobs and the unemployment rate held steadily higher at 9.1 percent in August, fueling concerns that the US is heading for another recession.”  According to Fox News, “It’s the first time since February 1945 that the government has reported a net job change of zero.”

It’s time to stop the partisan bickering, get back to Washington, and do something to help the unemployed and the economy.

My Political Inbox:

Almost every week I share some of the e-mails I receive from candidates, elected officials, and political groups with my readers.  Here are three that got my attention…

-It’s wolf management 101 this week.  Lee Newspapers reports that “U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are clashing over who can claim credit for returning wolf management to Montana game officials this year, with the senator’s office and the Montana Democratic Party accusing Rehberg of lying in a TV interview last week.”

So the Montana Democrats jumped on that and sent an e-mail with this subject, “VIDEO: Rehberg’s Problem With the Truth” which you can watch HERE.

I think Rehberg had problems with the wolf issue back in 1996 when he ran against Senator Max Baucus.  Can anyone find me a link to that Rehberg campaign video?  Some insiders claim it cost Rehberg the race.

-Montana Governor candidate Rick Hill (R) understands this next election is about jobs.  He sent an e-mail with the subject “Where have all the jobs gone?”  He writes, “We all know that Montana has suffered job losses (to be exact, we’re still down 15,000 jobs from our peak employment in 2008), but do you ever stop to wonder exactly where those jobs have gone?”

Then he tells us where.  It mostly looks like they went to North Dakota and Wyoming.

Barack Obama sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Frustrated” where he writes, “So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs.”

I’m frustrated, too, Mr. President. It’s been about 14 months since I saw my last check. 

Obama is separating himself from Congress, which has historic low approval numbers.  Smart move, but the boat may have already taken on too much water…

Too Pretty:

According to this story, “After riling up the media with its back-to-school spirited shirt that reads, “I’m too pretty to do HOMEWORK, so my brother has to do it for me,” J.C. Penney has taken the item off the market and issued a statement of regret.”

By the way, these shirts are probably collector’s items now and they have inspired more shirts that you can see HERE.

Yep…life is really that easy.


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Now back to the column….

Max wants your ideas:

Montana’s U.S. Senator Max Baucus sent out a press release asking Montanans to “share their ideas for reducing the deficit.”  You can visit his website to leave your ideas. He’ll take the ideas to his “supercommittee.”  The Montana media went wild in reporting this idea.

This is a nice way for Max to get publicity and drive people to his website.


That’s the headline on this story that tells us “Texas begins air assault on feral pigs, allowing anyone to be an aerial hog hunter.” Watch it HERE.

Looks like fun…

Important Note:

Thank a worker this weekend – it’s Labor Day – and don’t forget to stretch…