Caught My Eye…

Happy Friday folks and welcome to Caught My Eye! Today is special because this is the 130th Caught My Eye! The first one was posted July 23, 2010, and I’ve been posting the column almost every Friday since then (Applause). Now if I could just get paid for writing my life would be complete…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column 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, Jobs for Veterans, Montana Supreme Court, Indian Health Service, Women in Combat, “Wokers,” RNC Strategy, Cardigan Sweaters, Filibuster Reform, Footlongs, and much more!

It looks like the Montana Shooting Sports Association has the rights to the domain “” If you access the site, you find a yellow page which tells visitors it is “A domain dedicated to concern about possible gun control votes by Montana’s senior US Senator Max Baucus.”

Baucus is up for re-election in 2014 and, unless fellow Democrat Brian Schweitzer wants to be a senator, Baucus should easily win.  I doubt Sen. Diane Feinstein will be campaigning for him…

Baucus & VETs Jobs Bill:

Using the 2012 campaign playbook for the veterans’ vote from Jon Tester, Senator Max Baucus introduced a bill that Lee Newspapers reported would, “help veterans transfer military skills to the civilian workforce and sweeten the tax credit offered to businesses that hire veterans.”

There are over 100,000 veterans in Montana and Baucus needs their votes in 2014 – so now is the time to start paying attention to us.

Since the employment of veterans is so darned important to these politicians, I would like to know the percentage of veterans that Baucus, Sen. Tester, and Rep. Steve Daines have employed on their official staff. You can e-mail me your responses.

Montana Supreme Court:

Montana State Senator Fred Thomas (Republican) says he wants the Montana Supreme Court justices to have prior judicial experience before getting the “supreme” job. He also wants the wannabe justices to hop on one foot while whistling Montana’s state song…

I’m just kiddin’ about that last part…

Anna Whiting Sorrell:

The Associated Press reported yesterday “Anna Whiting Sorrell has been named director of the Billings Area Indian Health Service.”

Sorrell is an excellent selection for director. Hopefully Congress will fund the Indian Health Service at levels that are adequate to meet the needs of those who use the service.

Press Release of the Week:

The release came Wednesday from the Montana Legislature with the headline, “HOUSE MINORITY SUPPORTS STATE WOKERS” which informed me that House Bill 13 will be heard in committee Wednesday. The bill (if passed) would give state workers a 5% increase in base pay over each of the next two years.

For the record, I think the state “wokers” deserve pay raises…

Women in Combat:

The Department of Defense yesterday announced that women would be allowed to serve in combat.

As a veteran, I have no problem with women in combat (haven’t they sort of been in combat already?). When I served all I cared about was if my M-60 gunner could carry the weapon and ammo to a location where he/she could set up a field of cover fire to protect the rest of us. Guess what? Some men and some women were not strong enough to do it…

Filibuster Reform:

Yesterday the senate passed filibuster reform. This ended up being a joke. They made some minor changes.

It looks like Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell beat Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid on this one…

Republican National Committee:

It’s strategy time for the Republicans. They are in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week making plans.

According to CNN, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the GOP “We must stop being the stupid party.” “We must stop looking backward.” “We must stop insulting the intelligence of voters.”


It looks like they will re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus which, in my humble opinion, is pretty amazing. Under his leadership the Republicans did not win the White House and they lost seats in the Senate and in the House. With job performance like that and getting re-elected, no wonder the GOP is in a mess these days.

News Conference:

Today in 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and TV.

And it kind of went downhill from there…

Cardigan Sweaters:

Cardigans are nice sweaters. They even look good on Shetland ponies! Read the story HERE and watch the video where they put the sweaters on the ponies HERE.

Visit Scotland!


In case you missed the major news, Subway responded to the video that went viral showing a sub sandwich was not 12 inches long!

I can think of a lot of jokes about this…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…