Caught My Eye…

Congratulations readers – you’ve made it to another Friday (a cold one in Montana).  You deserve to take a short break and catch up on the news and commentary via The Western Word’s “Caught My Eye” (Psst…your boss is probably reading it, too).

The “Caught My Eye” column has been posted here for 69 weeks, and it’s where I take a look at some of the stories in the news that I did not have time to write a full column about and offer some commentary – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Today I take a look at Castro and Congress, the Supercommittee, a local newspaper’s dilemma with comments, Jonestown, I crack open my political inbox, I look at a gift, and I salute the Occupy folks in Great Falls.  So read on…Castro and Congress:

Almost everyone knows that Congress has an approval rating of about 13%.  Did you know that the IRS, Paris Hilton, and even Lawyers have higher approval ratings? Great googly moogly…

One person is ranked lower, and that is Fidel Castro.  Read about it HERE.


The Congressional Supercommittee is a joke.  From the Washington Post:

If the congressional “supercommittee” cannot agree on a plan to tame the federal debt by next week’s deadline, as now appears likely, here’s what will happen: nothing.

The automatic spending cuts that were supposed to force the panel to deliver more palatable options would not take effect until January 2013. That leaves lawmakers a full year to devise alternatives.

Our Federal Government is broken…they even think pizza sauce is a veggie

Great Falls Tribune & Facebook:

The Great Falls Tribune’s (a small newspaper in Montana) leadership announced that they would make anyone wanting to comment about stories do so through Facebook announcing, “We will be using Facebook Comments on articles to create a friendlier environment for conversation and to give everyone an easier way to share with their friends.”

For years the Tribune has not been able to handle some of the commentators and their somewhat pointed comments – basically because they lacked someone to moderate them 24/7 (like we do here at The Western Word).  They believe Facebook is the answer.

Good luck with that…

Great Falls Tribune Poll:

The Tribune asked readers in their daily poll question, “Do you agree with making online commentators do so through Facebook?”

408 people voted and 80% said NO and 20% said YES.

I don’t think a lot of their “audience” uses Facebook…By the way, you do not need a Facebook account to leave comments here at The Western Word…


According to the Associated Press, today in 1978, more than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana, after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced grape punch. Jones died of a bullet wound to the head; whether it was self-inflicted is unknown.

That’s religion gone wrong…


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Political Inbox:

Almost every week I take a closer look at some of the political e-mails that “Caught my Eye” and offer some commentary about them.  I subscribe to most of the candidates and political parties e-mails (so you won’t have to).  Here are four that merit some attention…

-The Jon Tester Senate Campaign sent an e-mail with the subject, “Rove crossed the line” where he writes, “These phony attacks – so transparently false that they couldn’t even meet the standards required to air – tell you all you need to know about what the next year will be like.”

You can watch the ad HERE.

Of course, he says if I send him “$5, $10, or more” that will help him set the record straight.

-The Montana Republican Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “ObamaCare Could Threaten Farmers” where they write, “Senator Tester promised ObamaCare would be ‘a huge step forward for Montana families,’ but instead it’s been the exact opposite, and now even his own fellow Democrats are revealing that it threatens the health insurance coverage our state’s farmers depend on.”

And it goes on and on and on…

Michael Krull, who is Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Manager, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Seven days until idiocy” where he writes, “In just seven days, the super committee is required to present a bipartisan agreement to Congress…”

I agree with the idiocy part…

-The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent me an e-mail with the subject “Trash” in which they write, “Karl Rove’s group Crossroads GPS is running a major ad campaign right now attacking five Democratic Senate candidates…”  (That’s the ad running in Montana about Senator Jon Tester).

They wanted me to sign a petition to get the ads taken off the air.

No thanks…I think it was wrong for Optimum Cable to get involved in policing political ads…

-The Campaign for Jon Huntsman sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Bush: Huntsman Is Proven, Experienced And Ready To Lead” where Jeb Bush, Jr. writes, “I am proud to support Jon Huntsman…”

That’s the son of the former Florida Governor (Jeb Bush).  At least he’s in the family tree…

Tom Ridge (former Governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of Homeland Security) sent me an e-mail endorsing Huntsman, too.

DUI in Missouri:

I’ve written a lot about DUIs here at The Western Word.  This week, University of Missouri football Coach Gary Pinkel “was arrested and booked into the Boone County Jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated, first offense.”

He was suspended for one week and it could cost him over $300,000.  Read about the rest of the punishment HERE.

It’s nice to see an institution of higher learning take immediate and decisive action…

No Pride:

According to a news report, “Great Falls boasts an impressive list of assets, but the community lacks pride in itself.”

Com’on man…snap out of it…

For the person who has everything:

This from the AP: “Ohio troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana.”

It’s valued at about $63,000…

Occupy Great Falls:

Congrats to the 50 folks in Great Falls who braved the weather “to rally support for more jobs and a stronger economy — and to commemorate the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.”

Wish I’d known about it ahead of time…

Important Notice:

Don’t forget to stretch…