Caught My Eye…

Happy Friday my faithful readers!  Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at another edition of Caught My Eye!

The Christmas parties are in full swing and, if you are like me, your calendar is filling up quickly with all the invitations from friends to speak and even to just show up and be seen!  It’s a fabulous life I lead being the publisher of The Western Word…eating the free food and never having to buy a drink…

That last paragraph was a joke – I have very few friends…

If you are new to these parts, Caught My Eye is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week and comment about them – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Today I take a look at Newt and the war, a naughty deputy, veterans vote and my need for a consultant’s check, a dog, women and Iraq, the omnibus, and I peek inside my political inbox and share!

Newt’s Draft Deferment:

In an appearance on Fox News, Ron Paul had some comments about Newt Gingrich and his draft deferments during the Vietnam War saying, “There was one other issue that I personally found annoying is that he’s probably as aggressive with the military as anybody, he supports all the wars in the Middle East a thousand times more than I would,” Paul said. “But you know, in the 1960s when I was drafted and in the military he got several deferments, he chose not to go, now he will send our kids to war.”

There are a lot of politicians (on both sides) who are like that – the best thing to call them is chickenhawk.

A Naughty Michigan Deputy:

According to this story a Michigan deputy sheriff “has been sentenced to six months in jail for allowing a prisoner to escape in exchange for sex on the hood of his car.”

Time to cue the Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” video! You know you want to watch it (go ahead, it’s Friday)…

Veterans Vote:

Just as Senator Jon Tester is doing in Montana, President Obama is doing nation-wide – trying to corner the veterans’ vote in the 2012 election.  Reuters reports that “The move is a sign that the Obama campaign will aggressively tout the commander-in-chief’s record as a military leader while it tries to assure Americans that the president can lift the struggling U.S. economy.”

I guess they both read this website for the best strategic campaign advice in the country (at least in Montana).  Please send me an e-mail and I’ll tell you where to send my consultant check.


According to this story, “A dog allegedly was spotted driving a mobile home down the street in Darwin, Australia, after learning how to drive by observing his owner, observers claim.”

I’ve been to Darwin – fun place!  I do feel slighted – all my dog does is crap in the yard and sleep…

Women and Iraq:

Former Tester Chief of Staff and current EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock writes about “Women and the Road Home From Iraq” in an article appearing in the Huffington Post.

It’s a very good read…

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Almost every week I take a look at some of the political e-mails that hit my inbox and offer some commentary about them…or just poke fun at them. 

This week there are five that “Caught My Eye!” Enjoy!

-The Jon Tester for Senate Campaign sent me an e-mail on Tuesday with the subject, “There should be a price” and he writes, “There goes Karl Rove again – filling Montana’s airwaves with another smear against me.”  Of course, if I send him a donation it will make it easier…

Politicians need the so-called “negative” ads so they can raise money…

-The Congressional Office of Denny Rehberg sent me a “30-Second Survey: Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs” in which I was told Rehberg, “introduced legislation to end the political delays and force the government to make a decision within 60 days.”

The good news is that I completed the 30-second survey in about 23 seconds…momma raised a bright boy…

-The Jeff Essmann for Governor Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Enough is enough…” where he writes, “All across our great state, Montana conservatives are fighting hard to dig us out of the economic mess created by Barack Obama and his liberal cronies in Washinton,[sic] D.C.”

At least it was not spelled War-sheen-ton…

-The Steve Bullock for Governor Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “18 Days” writing, “If your house is anything like mine, you’re probably in the middle of the big countdown until Christmas. Our campaign is counting down to another important deadline.  The end of the year – just 18 days away – marks the end of an important fundraising period.”

It will be interesting to see which candidate wins the fundraising battle in Montana – Bullock or Hill. Maybe one of the others will surprise us…

-The Montana Republican Party sent an e-mail with the subject, “Tester Falsely Denies Being #1 Recipient Of Lobbyist Cash” in which they wrote, “This week, the reelection campaign of Senator Jon Tester falsely denied to KRTV in Great Falls that he is the #1 recipient of lobbyist campaign cash in the nation during the 2012 election cycle.”

The facts are right there to be found on, which is “your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.” 

A good reporter would check out the website…

It is unbelievable that Jon Tester is number one (of everyone including Presidential candidates) in receiving lobbyist’s donations after portraying himself as “clean as snow” in the campaign of 2006.

Dakota Meyer:

McClatchy Newspapers reporter Jonathan S. Landay wrote a story about Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer titled, “Marines promoted inflated story for Medal of Honor recipient” saying “Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents…”

I am not exactly sure what Landay wanted to accomplish with his reporting (at this time) but he’s harmed a hero.  I hope he sleeps better at night…

As they should (because there are tons of checks and balances throughout the process) the White House (President Obama) has stood by Meyer.  Good for the President…

Omnibus and the Forest:

The Missoulian reported late Thursday afternoon that “U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act was not included in a House version of the 2012 omnibus bill to fund the federal government that was released Thursday morning…”

Today the headline says “Tester forest act dead for 2011.”

I am fine with that.  Bills like this should not be rolled into omnibus bills.  This bill deals with a contentious issue.  The bill should have to go it alone and pass or fail on its own merits, not because someone wants to get home for Christmas break.


The Montana Grizzlies play tonight (Friday) in the FCS football semifinals – Go Griz!

The Carroll College Saints from Helena, Montana, play Saturday for the NAIA football National Championship!  Go Saints!

To those we lost in 2011:

Yahoo! has a video out honoring those we lost in 2011. Watch it HERE.

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Final Shot:

Don’t forget to stretch…