Caught My Eye…

Here we are – the last Friday of 2012, and you (almost) have another year under your belt, so congratulations!

For those of you heading out on New Year’s Eve, please don’t drink and drive.

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here. 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 some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about Gen. Schwarzkopf, milk, gun owner’s home addresses, NRA, Fiscal Cliff blame, unfavorable ratings, Tim Tebow, Detroit Lions, and much more…

RIP General:

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Florida. He was best known as the commander during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

With Schwarzkopf as the Commander during Desert Storm and Colin Powell as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the same time, the United States Military was exceptionally strong in the early 1990s.


If you are a milk drinker, it might be a good idea to buy a gallon or two before January 1. Since Congress has not passed a new Farm Bill, milk prices could skyrocket to $6-$8 per gallon.

Another failure of the elected officials…

Newspaper publishes gun owner home addresses:

CBS News reported, “Earlier this week, the Gannett-owned The Journal News, a newspaper covering three counties in the Hudson Valley, published an interactive map revealing the names of addresses of thousands of people who are licensed to own a handgun in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.”

While it’s not illegal to publish the names, there are several valid reasons not to. CBS covered most of them in their story. At least burglars know where not to go…

National Rifle Association (NRA):

In a poll conducted December 19-22 (2012) Gallup reports, “Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.”

Surprised?  BTW, the NRA Press Conference last Friday was in the middle of the polling…

Fiscal Cliff Blame/Most Unfavorable:

A Rasmussen Reports poll tells us, “Voters tend to blame congressional Republicans more than the president for the impasse.” In another poll, Rasmussen found that “House Speaker John Boehner has now unseated his Democratic predecessor Nancy Pelosi as the least-liked major congressional leader, a title Pelosi has held for several years.”

Of the four congressional leaders (John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid) Rasmussen shows Pelosi with the highest favorable rating at 37%.

Tim Tebow:

For some reason ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge has been a constant critic of Tim Tebow recently saying Tebow is “as phony as a three-dollar bill.”

First, if Hoge did not work for ESPN then nobody would care (or report) what he said. Second, it was nice to see actor Josh Duhamel stand up for Tebow in a Twitter message to Hoge saying, “Wondering why you’re such a jealous bitch about Tebow? He’s 10X the player you were.”

While Tebow is a great person, the New York Jets have not been a good fit for him this season. One thing for sure is that Tebow has handled the lack of playing time better than most people. Hoge could learn a lot from Tebow…

Detroit Lions:

Speaking of football and with the last week of the regular season coming up on Sunday, it might be good to remember that back on this date in 2008, the Detroit Lions finished their season with zero wins and 16 losses. That holds the record for the NFL’s worst season.

On Monday watch for several NFL coaches and some General Managers to be fired…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…