Caught My Eye…

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If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. By the way, I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about the accidental “Like,” Barry Beach, Malmstrom AFB and the Golferoo, Syria and the Montana delegation, Hello Kitty, plus there are three people who are Making Montana Proud this week!

The Accidental “Like”

BuzzFeed reported, “The Democratic party’s top recruit [Lt. Governor John Walsh] for the U.S. Senate race in Montana has a Facebook problem. Either he’s dangerously clumsy with the site’s iPhone app — or he recently let the world know how much he appreciates breasts.”

The story continues, “A screengrab captured by a Republican operative with interest in the 2014 Senate race shows Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh — whom national Democrats are hoping will jump into the Senate race soon — ‘liked’ a Facebook profile featuring pictures of women’s breasts on Facebook…”

The “Like” was later deleted.

The people involved in U.S. Senate races are ruthless. Walsh and any other person considering running for the U.S. Senate need to understand that.

Barry Beach:

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that Beach’s legal team is “asking the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole to commute Barry Beach’s 100-year prison sentence and parole him so he can go back to living his life in Billings.”

The Tribune also reported that former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns and current U.S. Senator Jon Tester both sent letters supporting Beach being freed.

I agree with them; Barry Beach should be freed or at least given a new trial.

Feeling Confident?

It was great to see the photos of Col. Robert Stanley, 341st Missile Wing commander, and some other leaders from Malmstrom AFB taking time off to play golf during the 38th Annual Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee Golferoo. The event was held Monday, September 9, at the Meadowlark Country Club in Great Falls. Events such as this are wonderful for the base personnel and for the local military supporters.

Readers may remember that it was Stanley who “relieved Col. David Lynch from command of the 341st SFG due to a loss of confidence in Lynch’s ability to lead his group.” You can read my column about that HERE. That action was taken right after the base failed a Nuclear Surety Inspection. Currently the base is preparing for a re-evaluation.

Apparently Stanley is feeling confident about the upcoming re-evaluation…


Congressman Steve Daines was all over the Syria issue even holding a telephone town hall meeting to milk the issue for all it was worth before he announced he was against military action. I read that someone asked if Romney would have been President, would Daines see it differently. Sadly, I think so.

As for U.S. Senator Jon Tester, apparently he waited for his cows to come home before finally announcing Thursday that he was against a military strike in Syria.

U.S. Senator Max Baucus seems to be dodging the question for some reason. The Associated Press reported that Baucus said the situation is “too fluid to say how he might vote on a resolution.”

I think Baucus and his staff are trying to figure out how to insert “good-paying jobs” into the conversation.

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Billings Gazette: “Two women [Kayla Kayline Brist, 20, and Dawna Kailine Kranzler, 42] accused of staging a fake robbery at an adult bookstore were charged Tuesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court.”

So, what was stolen? The Gazette reports, “Brist reported that the robber took cash, two glass pipes, a bottle of massage oil, a re-chargeable sex toy, a bondage chair and two laptop computers, court records state.”

They later confessed to staging the robbery due to financial problems.

Guess who now has more financial problems?

-From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: “A Belgrade man [Ramon Octavio Hernandez Mendez, 55] accused of driving drunk, crashing into a truck and fleeing the scene appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Tuesday on his sixth drunken-driving charge.” It was also reported, “…his blood-alcohol content was 0.249.”

Maybe a Montana judge will decide that six is enough…

Hello Kitty…beer?

UPI reports “The company behind the “Hello Kitty” brand confirmed a Taiwan brewery has been licensed to create six varieties of beer featuring the character’s likeness.” The flavors include “peach, lemon-lime, passion fruit and banana.”

One person said it tasted like fruit juice. That could cause some confusion  (in some homes) when preparing school lunches…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…



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