Caught My Eye…

Happy Friday folks – welcome to Caught My Eye! I had to scoop about eight inches of snow this morning so I am a little late in posting my column!

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 Baucus addressing the legislature, payroll taxes, NRA members, Baseline Budgeting, Mobile Nuclear Missiles, Rockefeller Retiring, Mr. Teeth, the Invisible Driver, and much more!

Baucus Addresses Montana Legislature:

U.S. Senator Max Baucus addressed the Montana Legislature on Thursday. From the two or three stories I read and watched, the press reporting about his speech were, once again, in awe of the Senator.

Lee Newspapers reported that Baucus told the Montana Legislature he was declaring a “war on veteran unemployment.”

I wonder how many veterans Senator Baucus is employing on his staff and on his Finance Committee staff to help with this “war” effort…

Payroll Taxes:

In case you missed it, your paycheck will be smaller this year. CNN Money reports, “The rate of workers’ payroll taxes, which fund Social Security, has been 4.2% for the past two years. As of Jan. 1, it’s back to 6.2%, on the first $113,700 in wages.”

I’d like to thank the Federal Government for the opportunity to pay more taxes…

New NRA Members:

Politico reported this week that since the Sandy Hook shooting “The National Rifle Association (NRA) has gained more than 100,000 new members.”

I own several guns. I don’t belong to the NRA. In the future I might consider joining the Underground Bunker Association (UBA) or the Anti-Chemtrail Association (ACA) clubs…

Baseline Budgeting:

According to a press release from the Montana Speaker of the House, Mark Blasdel, today “every appropriations subcommittee will have a motion to return to baseline budgeting, rather than ‘present law’ budgeting.”

They are sure doing some exciting things in the Montana House of Representatives…

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Mobile Nuclear Missiles returning?

According to this story (H/T MF), “On Monday, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., kicked off a study on modernizing or replacing its current fleet of Minuteman III nuclear missiles housed in underground silos in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The work includes potential upgrades to the command and control system.”

The plan? It might be going back to the 1984 plan of placing “nuclear missiles on rail cars or massive road vehicles to protect them from a surprise attack.”

Rockefeller Retiring:

CNN reported this morning that  “Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the five-term Democrat from West Virginia, will not run for re-election in 2014, according to two Democratic sources.”

Maybe now he can make a guest appearance on Buckwild

Drive-thru Invisible Driver Prank:

If you need a giggle (don’t we all) watch this video. (H/T EB)

Meet Mr. Teeth:

The Associated Press reported that “Authorities in Northern California made a snappy discovery during a routine probation check: An alligator-like reptile named ‘Mr. Teeth,’ who was apparently protecting a stash of marijuana.”

“Alligator-like reptile?” I suppose Montanans would use a grizzly bear to protect their stash…

Happy Birthday:

Vicki Peterson who played with “The Bangles” is 55. It’s Friday, so enjoy “Hazy Shade of Winter

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…