Caught My Eye…

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. – Douglas MacArthur

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 the Sound of Freedom, Mug Shots, Pardons, O.J. Simpson, One More Thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another thrilling edition of “Thursday Numbers!” Are you ready?

Before we get started, please take off your mask; Halloween is next Thursday!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” where have you been? This is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Zuckerberg, unemployment, SpongeBob, Cascade County (MT) Elections Department, Healhcare.gov, Texas high school football, legalizing marijuana, Brett Favre, Kansas City Chiefs & Denver Broncos, drunk driving, Mitt Romney’s new home, the final three F-15s, Dollar Menu, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read the first “Caught My Eye” of October!

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 Walsh for Senate, Sonju quitting, F-15 reporting, Senate opening prayer, “Carol, you’re beautiful,” the real Siri, Whitner/Hitner, Government Shutdown Pinterest Pins, plus I have two winners who are Making Montana Proud – so read on…

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of October – the government shutdown edition!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about a new retirement cottage, healthcare website visits, the top landowner, Montana’s federal employees, rat complaints, blame, wedding anniversary, unemployment, a dog’s expensive taste, Halloween Park, 19 shots, House Republicans, F-15s, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another great edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about debt, immigration reform, unemployment, Democratic and Republican Twitter followers, 564th missile squadron, Montana Democratic Party convention, Pioneer Baseball League, prescription drug use, F-15s, political party unfavorable ratings, Tony Soprano, Game 7, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, and much more!

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Fresno Won

While the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) held a briefing yesterday about the first F-15 leaving Montana and heading to Fresno, California, the folks in Fresno held a celebration when the first F-15 arrived from Montana.

When you’re winning you can have a celebration, so pop the cork on that bottle of bubbly, Fresno – your leaders beat Montana’s leaders in the fight for jets.

More F-15s are on the way to Fresno with the last planes leaving Montana by October. That means Montana will not be a “fighter unit” for the first time in about 66 years – 66 years.

The local newspaper and television station have stories about the briefing and the move. You can read the Great Falls Tribune story HERE. KRTV (CBS) has a nice package that you can read/watch HERE.

As a consolation, Montana is “scheduled” to have eight C-130 cargo planes by next spring. Montana is also scheduled to lose about 80 jobs according to the Great Falls Tribune, “but not as many as originally on the table, according to spokeswomen for Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus” which is a nice way to “spin” the loss of jobs that happened on their watch. Continue reading

Losing Jets and Jobs

A few days ago the Great Falls Tribune published a story titled, “Mission change progresses for Montana Air National Guard” (MANG) in which we learned that the F-15 Eagle jets at the Montana Air National Guard are on schedule to leave Montana this summer, and C-130 cargo planes are due to arrive later in the year, possibly in the October – December timeframe.

In other words, it looks like the MANG will be without any planes for at least a few months. Montana military supporters should be nervous as we play the bureaucratic waiting game, possibly waiting for the leftovers from the Department of Defense.

When this is all completed, apparently this will be the first time the MANG will be without some variation of a Fighter jet since 1947. 1947 was the first year of Meet the Press and Howdy Doody (which to some is probably the same thing).

So, Montana is losing their J-E-T-S. Jets, jets, JETS! They are supposedly being replaced with cargo planes. Some people I’ve visited with about the loss of jets and the gain of cargo planes look like they have that gagging feeling in their throats when they say, “C-130.”   Continue reading