TWW – The Teenage Years Are Upon Us

I wasn’t born here, but I blog here. –Jackie M. Brown (GF Tribune 3-3-14)

Today The Western Word (TWW) turns 13 years old!

Please, no parades. It’s too cold.

TWW blog started on January 10, 2005. It was a Monday. The first post went up about 10:04 p.m.

Ironically, the first line had the following information that seems to be the norm for Kansas City Chiefs fans:

Ah yes, since my Chiefs are done and there’s no Monday Night Football, I will pick the winners of the weekend games:

Hitting the magic 13 means that The Western Word is starting the dreaded teenage years. We all know how teenagers can be, so be prepared.

As for stats, here are a few:

(more…)

Advertisements

Caught My Eye…

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

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 Gazette & REAL ID, Barry Beach, Montana drivers, Trump Transition, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

(more…)

Caught My Eye…

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. – José N. Harris

To my fellow Veterans: THANK YOU for your service!

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the first CME since Election Day, so watch out!

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 this week include TWW counseling session, the next two years, Barry Beach, my election night post, the 2018 election, one more thing, and much more!

(more…)

Caught My Eye…

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME). Be advised, there’s a full moon tonight!

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 this week include Jon Tester & #DoYourJob, Greg Gianforte & Emili, Steve Bullock & No Accident, TWW picks the winning candidates (so far), Barry Beach, dominoes falling, and much more!

(more…)

Thursday Numbers

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S Truman

It’s the last day of June – summer just got real!

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions, Andrew Luck, preparedness funding, campaign funding, unemployment, beer, American airstrike, drunkest cities, Barry Beach, most patriotic states, Michael Phelps, and much more!

(more…)

Monday’s Odd & Ends

Hello Monday! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week already?

It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Executive Director
  • Barry Beach
  • Missoulian Editorial
  • Louisiana Governor’s Race
  • Saturday Night Live

(more…)

Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Barry Beach
  • National Day of Protest
  • The Cartoon Debate Continues
  • In-depth Election Coverage
  • NASCAR

(more…)

Thursday Numbers

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. – Arnold H. Glasow

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to your weekly dose of knowledge!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Chicago & reparations, Montana District Judge George “Jerry” Huss, unemployment, RandPaul.com, IRS workers, deflategate, public school testing, National Day of Prayer, Obamacare, water shortage, Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Nielsen Household, Barry Beach, Roger Bannister, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and much more!

(more…)

Barry Beach: A Light…

It looks like convicted murderer Barry Beach has at least two more chances to be freed from prison. Beach is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 murder of Kimberly Nees near Poplar, Montana.

Beach’s case came to light back in 2008 when a show on Dateline NBC called “The Killing at Poplar River” aired. Beach contends he was coerced into a confession. His case has bounced around the justice system in Montana, and for about 18 months he was even freed from prison.

He has an appeal pending before the Montana Supreme Court. Just this week a bill was signed by the Montana governor that, according to the Associated Press, will allow the governor to grant clemency to prisoners even if the state parole board recommends against it. The governor can also waive fines, lessen a sentence, or issue a pardon.

The law takes effect Oct. 1, 2015.

I’ve probably written about Barry Beach more than most. It all started back in April 2008, and this will be the 30th column in which I mention Beach. You can read them all by going to “categories” on the right side of the screen and selecting “Barry Beach” from the dropdown menu.

(more…)

Published in: on March 24, 2015 at 7:15 am  Comments Off on Barry Beach: A Light…  
Tags: , , , ,

The Western Word: 10 Years!

The Western Word (TWW) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary today (January 10).

Please, no parades.

My first blog post was January 10, 2005, on Google’s Blogger. It was a big one – a 79-word column about football. Most of the columns back then were about sports due to my day job.

Later on I made the switch to WordPress and transferred the information from Google Blogger to WordPress.

This is the 2,428th post here at TWW.

Today, my “mission” is to provide independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events.

My two most-read columns of all time:

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators was published on November 4, 2010, to get a jump-start on the 2012 campaign season. It was updated several times and was published in several newspapers and linked on several websites.

The Killing at Poplar River was written April 8, 2008, after I watched the show on NBC about Barry Beach and just as the interest in his case was taking off.

Thanks to all the folks who read The Western Word, follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord), and like The Western Word Facebook page.

A special shout-out to those who are subscribers (you can subscribe by clicking on the “Follow” button at the bottom or enter your e-mail in the box on the right side of this screen under the word “Subscribe” ).

“The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.” –David B. Schlosser

 

## END ##

Published in: on January 10, 2015 at 10:48 am  Comments (2)  
Tags: ,