Caught My Eye…

TGIF faithful readers! We are now 46 days from Election Day and some campaigns are in panic mode!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s 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.

Today I take a look at two new web sites, jobs for veterans, Sportsmen’s Act, the Mercedes Benz fundraiser, Farm Bill, Ann under pressure, distrust in the media, Fox & Friends, Caddyshack, and I pry open my political inbox and share!  There’s a lot more so read on and tell your friends to stop by!

New Web Sites:

Excitement! There are at least two new campaign-related websites up and running!

The first one, “Linda Ignores Fraud” is about Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (Democrat) and site is “Paid for by Friends of Brad Johnson” who is her (Republican) challenger. Visitors are told, “Linda McCulloch claims that voter fraud ‘does not exist’ and says we need ‘to start bearing the burden of proof.’ Brad Johnson accepts her challenge!” You can check it out HERE.

The second one is called, “The Tim Fox Report” and tells visitors that Fox has “The Wrong Experience for Montana.” The site is run by the Montana Democratic Party and there are links to “Wrong on Access,” “Wrong for Women,” and “Wrong Experience.” You can check it out HERE.

Jobs for Veterans:

Aaron Flint of the radio program, Voices of Montana, found some interesting flyers being posted around Billings, Montana, that read “VETERANS NEEDED FOR CAMPAIGN JOBS…Help Re-Elect Senator Jon Tester!…Earn $12 per hour.”

Like I mentioned (probably several years ago), the veterans vote in Montana is going to be critical to Tester and his challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg, because there are over 100,000 veterans in Montana. In my humble opinion, Tester seems to be the one who is working hardest to earn our vote.

Nonetheless, you can check out Mr. Flint’s website and story HERE.

Sportsmen’s Act of 2012:

There’s a lot of jockeying going on as the House and Senate try to get out of town to campaign. Have no fear though; many elected officials spent their evenings this week raising tons of money in D.C. before they leave town. One issue that has hit the news is the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012, which Politico reports is a “top priority for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.”

Of course, if it’s a “top priority for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester” then not voting on it is a “top priority” for Republicans who want to see Democratic Sen. Jon Tester defeated – even if the bill is something the Republicans want – but just not now. The Republicans can’t give Tester a win to take home to tell the voters about. The New York Times has a story about it HERE, and a Roll Call story can be found HERE.

Everybody repeat after me, “It’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C.” “It’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C.” “It’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C.”

Mercedes Benz & Rick Hill:

The Billings Gazette reported, “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Rick Hill, Montana’s Republican candidate for governor, at a private fundraiser Thursday at the Billings Mercedes Benz dealership.”

A “Mercedes Benz dealership?” Who was the “brilliant” campaign worker who selected this location?

Little Trust in Media:

According to a new poll from Gallup, “Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”

It seems many news organizations have agendas and the newer reporters in the smaller markets are afraid to “rock the boat.” Or at the other end, the reporters are nearing retirement and don’t care…

Farm Bill Update:

According to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner the House “will deal with the farm bill after the election.” The current law expires September 30.

This is a great campaign tool for the Democrats to use in the last 46 days of the campaign season (and the Montana Democrats are on it, as you will see in my Political Inbox section).

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Every week I receive hundreds of e-mails from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups (from all political parties) promoting a cause, many just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) on The Western Word website! So I select a few that “Caught My Eye” and share them with my readers. This week there were five that I thought you might find interesting…

Ted Dick, who is the Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Government Madness!!!” in which he writes, “Just a few hours ago, Lobbyist Dennis Rehberg decided to pack up shop and head home with plenty of work left to do in Congress.” The e-mail continues with, “Congressman Rehberg just turned his back on the Farm Bill, Violence Against Women Act, a veterans’ jobs bill, and a plan to sustain the U.S. Postal Service.”

Farmers, women, veterans, and anyone who uses the mail service – that about covers all the voters….

-Erik Iverson, who is the Campaign Manager for Denny Rehberg, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Excuse?” in which he writes, “A new non-partisan report shows that Tester and President Obama’s health care law will slam millions of families, most of them middle-class, with a massive new tax hike (of about $1,200 on average).”

The Rehberg campaign is apparently riding the “Tester supports Obama 95% of the time” line all the way to the end…

-The Todd Akin for Senate Campaign sent me an e-mail through a group called “Conservatives United” who stated, “Below is a message from one of our sponsors, Todd Akin for Senate. They have important information to share with you. Please note that the following message reflects the opinions and representations of our sponsor alone, and not necessarily the opinion of Conservatives United.”

I bet conservatives and GOP leaders in Washington will love Todd Akin if he wins…

-The Pam Bucy for Montana Attorney General Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “An Election, Hijacked” in which they wrote, “Last week we sent out an alert to let you know that the Republican State Leadership Committee put over $50,000 on the radio on behalf of Pam’s opponent, Tim Fox. According to the Billings Gazette today, we were wrong. Fox’s DC cronies have put nearly $600,000 up on radio and TV in the next two weeks, and you can bet the barrage of out-of-state dollars won’t stop there.”

In my expert opinion, this race is leaning toward a Bucy victory…

-The Kim Gillan for Congress Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Top Tier” in which Pat Williams and Dorothy Bradley write, “Democrats nationally are coming around to what we in Montana have known all along: Kim Gillan is the real deal. Today her campaign was upgraded to the top tier, “Red to Blue” status nationwide by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”

The latest poll has brought this race some much needed attention…

Ann Speaks:

Apparently the pressure of campaigning and finding out that not everyone – even some fellow Republicans – don’t like your husband has gotten to Ann Romney. reports:

“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she [Ann Romney] said. “This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”

It’s looking more and more like Ann and Mitt will be able to take a long vacation after November 6…

Census Bureau:

New data released by the Census Bureau points to a “stabilizing U.S. economy” according to a story from the Associated Press.

While things are not great, it looks like our country is slowly recovering from the recession.

Fox & Friends:

Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson, who is one of the 1,323,435 blondes working for Fox News, was punked/pranked when she thought she was interviewing a guy who was a former Obama supporter. Watch it HERE.

But Fox & Friends was just getting started. Wednesday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and they said (three times during their show) that a photo of the President with a pirate showed that he was more inclined to meet with a “pirate” instead of the Prime Minister of Israel.

But, the pirate and the President photo was taken in 2009….


Happy Birthday:

Bill Murray turns 62 today and I have to honor this day with a memorable quote from the 1980 movie, Caddyshack:

“The crowd is just on its feet here. He’s a Cinderella boy. Tears in his eyes, I guess, as he lines up this last shot. He’s got about 195 yards left, and he’s got a, looks like he’s got about an 8-iron. This crowd has gone deadly silent…Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac- it’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…



  1. “But Grandpa, what about my asthma?”

    “I’ll give you asthma!”

    • Haha – I remember that one. -Jack

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