Caught My Eye…

Here we go – it’s Friday and time to read your favorite Friday column before you head to Happy Hour!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often sprinkle them with a touch of sarcasm just to liven it up!

WARNING:  Before proceeding please understand that everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about Thornberry being a bum, Schweitzer writing a letter, the Government failing the troops, franking Rehberg, I share the contents of my political inbox, I talk about one Libertarian, and about the game that ended in a tie.  There’s more so read on…

Thornberry is a Bum:

Back in 2005, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) was contacted by Peggy Harris regarding her husband, a fighter pilot who went missing after a 1944 mission in France.  Thornberry and his staff did not offer much assistance to Ms. Harris, but she received a letter from him saying that her husband was still missing in action according to the National Archives.

He was not really missing in action.  He had been killed in action and he was buried in Normandy – that’s what a relative of Ms. Harris found out by contacting the National Archives.  Thornberry has apologized.

I think the folks in Thornberry’s Congressional District need to know that they have a lazy bum representing them in Washington.  This Congressman (and his staff) really needs to go – shame on them.

CBS News has the stories and they will bring tears to your eyes.  Read/Watch it HERE.

Schweitzer & F-15s:

Have no fear Montana military supporters – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is on the job fighting for an aircraft mission for Montana.  You can read the story HERE.

One of my military friends said he was glad that Schweitzer, who is approaching the end of his eight-year career as Montana Governor, finally decided to do something for the Montana military.

What did Schweitzer do?  He followed in the magnificent footsteps of the members of the congressional delegation – he wrote a letter!  He may even file a lawsuit – something like State of Montana v. United States Government – so that Montana won’t be without an aircraft mission when the F-15s leave and before the C-130s arrive (if they do arrive).

Schweitzer’s work should make the Feds happy enough that Montana will probably move to the top of list and be in line for the next squadron of paper airplanes…

Government Fails the Troops:

The Associated Press is reporting, “Suicides are surging among America’s troops, averaging nearly one a day this year – the fastest pace in the nation’s decade of war.”

This should make every American very mad – it does not have to happen.

Our government is being run by people who never served in the military, and they don’t understand anything about the military or being a veteran.  They spend more time working on their reelection than working for veterans and our military folks…

Franking Rehberg:

Political parties are good at throwing out accusations about candidates and elected officials to see if any stick – it’s called the “crap against the wall” rule (another word is used instead of crap).  The latest example is that the Montana Democrats contend that Congressman Denny Rehberg violated house franking rules.

I bet you are saying, “OMG – how could Rehberg do this!”  Then you wonder, “What are house franking rules?”  The word “franking” is a term that is used which means that Members of Congress can transmit mail under their signature without postage.  You can’t use it for political purposes – like saying “vote for me!”  If you are bored and cannot sleep, read about franking HERE.

The Montana Democrats contend that an e-mail sent by Rehberg on June 5 about voting and registration violated House franking rules because it contained his photo.  Yes, you read that correctly “because it contained his photo.”  I received the e-mail and did not think twice about it.

In today’s Great Falls Tribune, the communications director for the House Franking Commission (I bet that is an interesting job) said Rehberg’s e-mail was in compliance.  The official complaint will be answered later, but it looks like the crap stuck to the wall for about 24 hours, with the Montana Democrats getting some media coverage out of it.

Political Inbox:

Almost every day I receive e-mails from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups promoting a cause, many just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) on The Western Word website!  I select a few each week that “Caught My Eye” and share them with my readers.  This week I picked five that I think you will enjoy…

-U.S. Senator Patty Murray sent an e-mail through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee with the subject, “friend, this could be you” in which she wrote, “I think everyone remembers where they were when President Obama accepted the 2008 nomination.  That speech will go down in history as nothing short of epic.  Now, imagine being there.”

All I have to do is send them $5 to be entered “for a chance to win a trip for two to see President Obama’s speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.”

I don’t think Charlotte is the best place (strategically) for the Democrats to hold their convention…

-The Rick Hill for Montana Governor Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject “thank you” writing, “Our success in the primary election last night is due to the hard work and commitment of dedicated volunteers and supporters like you.”

It was nothing Rick, nothing…

-The Steve Bullock for Montana Governor Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Thank You” writing, “We want to thank you for your overwhelming support, which propelled us to victory in this week’s Primary Election.”

It was nothing Steve, nothing…

-The Jon Tester for Senate Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Join the call to overturn Citizens United” writing “The Supreme Court is set to consider the Montana law on June 14th.  I’ve drafted up a Citizens’ Brief on Citizens United to show them exactly where the public stands.  Click here to sign on now.”

This is a good way to obtain names, e-mails, and zip codes to use later…

-U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the chairman of National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Finish what they started” in which he writes, “The labor union bosses and Obama’s left wing allies tried to recall Governor Walker for simply trying to reign in Wisconsin’s ballooning budget deficit.  But wouldn’t it make more sense to recall the Democrat Senate Majority leader who hasn’t even passed a budget at all in over 3 years?”

Of course, he needs a donation from me to do it.

I wonder if the NRSC has anyone employed who passed their eighth grade government class…

One Libertarian:

Lee Newspapers is reporting that Jerry McConnell, who is one of the two Libertarians running for U.S. Senate, is withdrawing from the race.  That leaves Libertarian Dan Cox, Republican Denny Rehberg, and incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester in the race.

In the 2006 Senate race, the Libertarian candidate received 10,377 votes.  Jon Tester won the race by 3,562 votes.

Ended in a Tie:

I had a nice chuckle when I saw a report about a news broadcast in Portland, Maine, (ABC affiliate WMTW) which was anchored by Meghan Torjussen.

Torjussen announced on the Sunday night newscast that the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics basketball game ended in the tie – yes a tie (89-89).

Watch it HERE.

Happy Birthday:

There are a lot of birthdays today (June 8) – like Barbara Bush, Julianna Margulies, Joan Rivers, Kanye West, and my wonderful wife – who is still younger than me – and for some reason still likes having me around!  Happy birthday sweetie!

One More Thing: 

Don’t forget to stretch…

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