Caught My Eye…

Welcome to November! Hey, at least it’s Friday…

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. 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 “A Special Event,” “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” city elections, don’t be alarmed, a wine shortage, Funniest Photos from the 2013 MLB Season, plus there are two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

A Special Event:

Several sources are reporting that Representative Steve Daines has scheduled a “Special Event” for Wednesday, November 6. The place for the “Special Event” is the Holiday Inn in Bozeman, Montana. The time for the “Special Event” is noon-1:00 p.m. (the doors open at 11:45). What is the reason for the “Special Event?” The invite says, “Join Steve Daines for a Special Event in Bozeman” because “Steve wants an opportunity to thank supporters like you – we hope to see you there!”

Seriously? That’s what he’s going with – “thank supporters”?

So is this the big announcement for U.S. Senate, or is it an announcement saying he is running for re-election to the U.S. House? Daines has campaign signs for both offices so he is covered.

It’s been a rough couple of months for Daines and he’s ticked off both sides of the aisle. He has been inconsistent in his votes. I think Daines has surrounded himself with cheerleaders and people who say yes to whatever he says, so I project that Steve Daines will announce that he is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

Winning the contest may be a little harder than his last rodeo…

Obama: “If you like your plan, you can keep it.”

I’d like to see the Democrats and Republicans work together to make our healthcare system better, but the President’s comment that we heard over and over, “If you like your plan, you can keep it” has been found to be incorrect (for some people). It’s like a dagger to the heart of Obamacare.

The President saying, “If you like your plan, you can keep it” is even worse than the author of Obamacare, Sen. Max Baucus, saying the implementation of Obamacare was a train wreck.

Well boys and girls – the freaking train is starting to come off the tracks now.

Yesterday we found out through a leaked memo that only six people had signed up the first day for Obamacare. I hope these people played the lottery that day!

If the Healthcare.gov website would have been soliciting funds for a candidate or campaign, I have this feeling it would have probably worked flawlessly.

The only thing that is a positive for the Democrats is that the Republican Party is so screwed up that they may not be able to capitalize on the missteps.

City Elections:

If your city election is coming up Tuesday, November 5, then please vote! I am happy to be voting in the City of Great Falls (MT) election, where I believe some changes are in order.

There’s a good slate of candidates, and thanks to all who threw their hats into the political ring.

Don’t Be Alarmed:

A news release dated 10/30/13 from Malmstrom AFB stated, “Malmstrom Air Force Base will be mentioned in a reprise of the fictional “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast that is scheduled to air tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 1 p.m. on KGPR-FM 89.9. If you tune in part-way through the program and hear that Martians are invading the area, do not be alarmed.”

Whew…I am glad they cleared that up…

Wine Shortage:

When a story has the opening line, “There’s just not enough wine in the world…” you know the news is not good.

I think I need to stock up – I hope I have room for all the boxes…

The Funniest Photos from the 2013 MLB Season:

They’re from SportsPickle, so they are really funny! Check them out HERE.

Making Montana Proud:

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

-From the Great Falls Tribune: The City of Great Falls deputy city manager, Jennifer Reichelt, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday.

Shame on her. She endangered the lives of many because she was an idiot.

-From the Billings Gazette: “A 25-year-old Billings man [Justin Michael Hass] changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday for his fourth and fifth drunken-driving offenses after a deal was worked out with prosecutors.”

Since he had DUI convictions in 2006, 2008 and 2012, it amazes me that he is not in jail.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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