Caught My Eye…

Welcome to another almost award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”

NOTICE: 7-Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today so plan your day accordingly – maybe plan for two days if you live in Montana and want to drive to a 7-Eleven.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about Todd Akin & Steve Daines, Great Falls Airport & Frontier, weeds & grass, help Ralph Spiller, a Gallup poll, Selective Service, birthdays, and there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Todd Akin is back!

Just in time for the November election, former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is back with a book! Readers may remember that back in August of 2012 during his race for U.S. Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill, Akin told a St. Louis TV station, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin lost to McCaskill by 15 points.

Now Akin is saying that “one of the few regrets” during that campaign was that he aired a campaign ad apologizing for those remarks. Republicans were quick to distance themselves from Akin since he resurfaced according to Politico.

In the election season of 2012 the Democrats tried to tie Steve Daines to Todd Akin. Let’s see if they try it again.

No matter what, Akin getting back in the spotlight is not good for Republicans.

Great Falls Airport & Frontier:

The Great Falls Tribune on Thursday reported “At least eight would-be Frontier Airlines passengers missed their flights from Great Falls to Denver on Wednesday morning when Frontier officials announced they were cutting off providing boarding passes at about 6 a.m., 25 minutes before the flight was to depart.”

Ahhh – the joy of flying out of Great Falls! It sounds like the Frontier station manager might just need a wee bit of customer relations training. Airport Director John Faulkner shared some of his deepest wisdom, telling the Tribune that passengers should arrive at the airport 90 minutes to two hours before flights. I know I have arrived two hours before an early morning flight in Great Falls and nobody is working at the ticket counter – or at any ticket counter FWIW.

Maybe Faulkner should show up for work at 4:30 a.m. to see what’s happening at his airport.

Weeds & Grass:

More about the Great Falls Airport – earlier this month I took an evening drive to the airport, and I was amazed at how poorly the airport grounds looked. The grass was high in places and weeds were growing. Except for one or two people and one airplane, the airport looked like an abandoned airstrip.

Maybe next time around instead of giving the director a raise, the board can hire more people to run weed whackers and/or lawnmowers.

On the other hand, the University of Great Falls (UGF) has some marvelous grass. I walk through there almost every day and they do a great job in making their grounds look wonderful. I especially like the (somewhat new) waterfalls. Thumbs up to UGF!

Help Ralph Spiller:

A fire destroyed Ralph Spiller’s house just after midnight on Saturday, July 5. He was left homeless and he did not have insurance. He resided in that house for over 60 years. The full story can be found HERE on KRTV’s website.

When I was young my house was destroyed by fire. My parents and I lost everything, so I understand a little of what Ralph Spiller is going through. You can help Ralph by going to this Facebook page and donating! Do it!


A new poll from Gallup found:

Young Americans in their 20s and 30s today share two important political characteristics — they are the most likely of any age group to eschew identification with either party, and, among those who do have a political identity, they are the most likely, along with older baby boomers, to tilt toward the Democratic Party.

Older baby boomers tilting toward the Democratic Party? Hmmm…

Register or Else:

CBS Evening News had this story: “The Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft and warning that failure to do so is ‘punishable by a fine and imprisonment.’”

The notices were received by relatives. They were supposed to be sent to males born between 1993 and 1997. The Selective Service System regrets the error.

I’ll bet Obama was the cause of this, or Lois Lerner, or it happened because of those evil Common Core standards…

Happy Birthday:

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi turns 55 today. My favorite Bon Jovi song is “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Watch the video HERE (It’s Friday and you deserve it).

Making Montana Proud:

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

-From the Great Falls Tribune: “A Cascade County man (Roger Frandsen) was arrested on suspicion of his sixth DUI Wednesday night after being stopped for making an improper turn.”

The Tribune also reported, “Frandsen allegedly took 15 seconds to notice the officer was at his car door and find the correct button to roll the window down, and the officer reported seeing multiple empty beer cans in the vehicle. He also reportedly failed field sobriety tests.”

I’m going out on a limb here, but I think the chances of passing a field sobriety test must be pretty slim when you can’t find the right button to roll down your window…

One More Thing:

Don’t Forget to Stretch…


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