Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – you made it to another Friday!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here – in fact this is about 91st “Caught My Eye” column!  This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile…

ADVISORY:  Everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about web advertisements, boogers, polygamy, F-15s, dogs and politics, veterans, Fat Bastard, Planned Parenthood, polls, a Standing Master, plus I share some e-mails from my political inbox!  There’s a lot more!

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By the way, if you see an ad on this website, it does not mean I endorse the candidate or the product being advertised.

That’s “Snot” Nice:

Montana’s lone Congressman, Denny Rehberg (R), was seen picking his nose in this video which was apparently filmed during a committee hearing in the U.S. House.  It is now making the rounds on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Daily Mail.  If you followed me on Twitter, you would have known about this yesterday.

I imagine it will be a huge part of the next Rehberg staff retreat…

But the big thing is that, thankfully, Rehberg did not eat the booger…

Schweitzer, Romney, and Polygamy:

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) reportedly told a reporter for the Daily Beast that Mitt Romney could have issues nationally because his father was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.”  You can read the full story HERE.

There’s never a dull moment with Ol’ Brian!

How About a Fight?

According to a recent story that aired on KRTV in Great Falls (Montana), “The loss of the F-15s from the Montana Air National Guard could take a toll on one of the larger private employers in town, Montana Refining Company.”

Although the local economy cannot be the main reason to keep a military mission in a location, it would be nice to see the Congressional delegation and the Governor fight a little harder for the F-15s.

Dogs & Politics:

The Daily Beast reported “Fur Flies As Obama and Romney Press Political Dog Fight.”  Readers may remember I wrote about the dog issue with Romney a few weeks ago.

Maybe we’ll all be eating a little dog meat if the economy doesn’t improve…and it’s nice to know that President Obama has taken the lead in this…

Veterans & Mental Health:

The Associated Press reports “The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it was increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900, part of an effort to address a shortage of specialists and to better prepare for the medical needs of veterans returning home from war.”

That is good news.  We must always take care of our veterans. 

Montana Veterans & Mental Health:

The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune published an editorial today with the headline, “We owe our vets: Get mental health facility up, running.”  They say, “No more excuses.  Hire qualified staff and operate the new $7 million inpatient mental health facility at Fort Harrison to its full capacity.”

I agree with most of the editorial, but the VA and elected officials should also look at providing health care to veterans closer to their homes (at local hospitals and clinics) instead of building or leasing clinics and paying for travel.  Overall it would probably save money and provide better care.  Most importantly, it would allow veterans to develop long-term relationships with their doctor – which is very important in mental health care.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Every day I receive several e-mails from campaigns, political groups, and elected officials.  I pick a few that “Caught My Eye” to share with my readers in this column.  Plus, I also add some commentary for your reading pleasure…

-The Ken Miller for Montana Governor Campaign sent me a press release via e-mail with the subject, “MILLER WINS LEWISTOWN TEA PARTY DEBATE” saying, “Following this week’s Governor Forum, hosted by the Lewistown Tea Party, Ken Miller was chosen from all Governor Candidates (including current Attorney General, Steve Bullock) as their choice for Montana’s next Governor in a landslide straw poll, taking 49% of the vote.”

I wonder if Miller told the audience to vote for him or he would show them some more photos of animals attacked by wolves…

Aaron Murphy, the Communications Director for the Montanans for Tester Campaign, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Jon Tester honored by National Shooting Sports Foundation”  writing that Tester was “honored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for his role in protecting gun rights and hunting freedoms.”  You can read the whole story HERE.

It is always nice to be honored…

-The Rehberg for Senate Campaign sent an e-mail with the subject, “Tester = Taxes.”  Campaign Manager Erik Iverson writes, “When Jon Tester first ran for Senate, he told folks in Montana he was a tax cutter.  But just like on so many other issues, Tester said one thing in Montana, then did the opposite in Washington…”

Speaking of taxes, I think it would be great if the Montana’s U.S. Senate candidates released their tax returns for the past five years…

-The Campaign for Denise Juneau, who is running for reelection as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “NEW VIDEO: Students First” which contained a link to a one minute and ten second video from Team Juneau.  You can watch the video HERE.

Montana has some of the greatest teachers…

-The Montana Republican Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Bullock Refused to Defend Montana from Obamacare.”  In their press release they said, “Today the Montana Republican Party took to the airwaves with a new ad pointing out that Steve Bullock, Democrat candidate for Governor, refused to defend Montana from Obamacare.”  You can watch the video HERE.

Bullock will be hard to beat; so far nobody on the right seems ready for the fight…

-The Montana Democratic Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Stand with Steve” in which Executive Director Ted Dick writes, “It’s hard to believe, but Steve Bullock is already under attack from right-wing organizations, who are running TV ads against him as we speak.  Powerful special interests are putting Steve in their crosshairs because they know he’s standing up to unlimited corporate money in politics.”

Like I have said before, those “special interests” are every where…

Billion Dollar Bust:

According to this story, “A seven-year, billion dollar investment by the Air Force in a new logistics management system has turned out to be a bust, officials say.”

Maybe they should have had the GSA spend the money for them…

Eye of the Storm:

According to a story in the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune, “Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and one of TIME magazine’s recently named ‘100 most influential people in the world,’  told Democratic supporters that Montana’s U.S. Senate race will be the ‘eye of the storm’ come November.”

Richards is in Montana campaigning for Jon Tester.

I expect we’ll see several high-profile folks running around Montana campaigning for Tester and Denny Rehberg – especially this summer when these people can also tie in the campaign event with a vacation…

Independent Moms:

A new poll from Gallup tells us “Stay-at-Home Moms in U.S. Lean Independent, Lower-Income.”

I suspect that very few of them own homes that have elevators for their cars, like Ann Romney, but I could be mistaken…

Feds Are Watching:

The Associated Press reported, “The federal Department of Education is evaluating a sexual discrimination complaint filed against the University of Montana and its football program…”  Read the whole story HERE.

It just keeps getting deeper and deeper at the University of Montana…

Standing Master:

There were several reports about Judge Kathleen Jensen, who is a Justice of the Peace in Cascade County (Montana), being selected to become “Standing Master” for Eighth Judicial District Court.  According to this story, the Standing Master generally hears “family law matters — on a referral basis from district judges.”

This will enable the Eighth Judicial District Court judges to devote more time to letting drunk drivers off the hook…

Fat Bastard:

Apparently the name “Fat Bastard” for wine in Alabama is fine.  By the way, that name is not what the people I write about call me (that I know about).  But, it’s not OK to have the name “Dirty Bastard” beer in Alabama.  Are you confused?  Read the story HERE.

Sounds like an argument between Alabama cousins…


Don’t forget to stretch…



  1. What Miller didn’t tell you is that he used his minions to stuff the ballot box for him. One guy had 50 ballots filled out. He still Didn’t get the majority. It has to be said that one of Livingstones supporters put about a dozen votes in herself too. I thought the TEA party was against Butte style voting 😉

    • I think they call that “grassroots campaigning” -Jack

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