Caught My Eye…

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Trump & Nukes, popular vote totals, Family Research Council, Best Tweets of 2016, The Baby & Puppy Example, State of Montana Blogging 2016, One More Thing, and much more!

Trump & Nukes:

It’s probably good news for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bases like Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls (MT) that President-elect Donald Trump tweeted this:

The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes

The Associated Press has more about the Tweet HERE.

With those on the right saying President Obama was going to take away our guns, many others thought he would do away with most of our nukes. Malmstrom did lose part of its missile mission under the Obama watch, but the Congressional delegation and Malmstrom supporters did not put up much of a fight either.

Peace through strength!

Not That It Matters:

The final popular vote totals are in and CNN reports that Hillary Clinton beat President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%).

Family Research Council:

I received an interesting fundraising email from the folks at the Family Research Council (FRC) with the subject, “We can never repay God for what he did last year, but…”

Maybe the FRC was referring to the “miracle” of Trump’s election?

President Tony Perkins writes, “God gave America a reprieve in 2016 from judgment.
Will you thank Him with me?”

Part of the email asks for a donation to help the FRC raise $975,000 and there are several Bible verses in the email to help get his point across.

Groups like this really turn me off – and I consider myself a Christian.

Perkins continues with:

Let us pray for the president-elect, his administration, the leaders and Members of Congress, and the courts. Let us especially pray the president-elect has the courage, wisdom, and fortitude to stand against the attacks and deceptions of the Left.

I wonder if Perkins personally prayed earnestly for Obama and his administration. Maybe he did. God only knows…

We should pray for all elected leaders whether we voted for them or not.

Best Tweets of 2016:

The Great Falls Tribune published the list of the Best Tweets of 2016 and once again I did not make the list – although there were over 3,000 tweets from me (@TheWesternWord) in 2016 from which to pick.

So here I am sitting at my computer again this year reciting the Stuart Smalley affirmation, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”

Nonetheless, click HERE to see the Tribune’s picks for “Best Tweets of 2016. “

The Baby & Puppy Example:

Great Falls High school basketball player Brendan Howard broke the Great Falls High scoring record the other night and in the article about the accomplishment the Great Falls Tribune sports reporter Steve Schreck wrote the following about a missed shot earlier in the game:

Two minutes earlier, Howard had a chance to get it over with on two attempts from the stripe. He made the first, then rimmed out the second as the majority of the 2,000 in attendance produced a loud noise akin to someone in close quarters with a baby or a puppy.

I thought I heard some interesting noises coming from Great Falls High the other night…

State of Montana Blogging 2016:

The website “Last Best News” has an article posted titled “A stroll through the state of Montana blogging, 2016” by David Crisp in which he has some kind words about me and this blog:

The Western Word is published by Jackie “Mike” Brown, a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns who has lived in Montana for 25 years. He seems to be a fair-minded fellow whose regular features include The Sunday Message, which is a religious piece, and the upbeat Terrific News Tuesday.

Crisp has a comprehensive list of blogs in Montana. Check it out HERE.

Here at The Western Word we’ve been chugging along since January 2005. I am looking forward to 2017 and the Montana Legislature, plus the scramble to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House seat if Rep. Ryan Zinke is confirmed to be the Secretary of Interior.

Additionally, I hope to have a new book published sometime in early 2017.

One More Thing:

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas – and thanks for reading The Western Word!


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