Caught My Eye…

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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 this week include Firefighting & C-130s, Surge Operation & Zinke, Bushman & the PSC, RINO Fight, Veterans’ Wait Time, Postal Service, ASSOL or ASS Law, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about the health insurance rates, homecoming, Senate & Planned Parenthood, Pope Francis & Congress, fundraising, Kansas City Royals, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 the Blackfeet Tribe, refugees, homeless in LA, ESPN layoffs, New Jersey National Guard, Pope Francis, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Johnson, Yogi Berra quotes, Marco Rubio, Montana Highway Patrol, Brian Williams, Jesus and politicians, baseball playoffs, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

I grew tired of using “potpourri” so I am using “odds and ends” today. Who knows, I may move up to hodgepodge or miscellany next time there are several stories to write about.

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sage Grouse
  • Brad Johnson
  • The Abortion Vote
  • Hillary & Keystone & the Pope
  • Scott Walker
  • Yogi Berra
  • TWW’s New Look

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Zinke’s Campaign Donations
  • Johnson & MT Governor 2016
  • MT House 2016
  • MT Superintendent of Public Instruction 2016
  • Daines & OPM
  • Anti-Marijuana Initiative

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Caught My Eye…

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha

Welcome to “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I provide independent commentary about Armed Forces Day, Brad Johnson, Amtrak, Jeb Bush & Iraq, Walmart II, Tom Brady, darts, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Campaign 2014: One More Day!

The final push is here! Voters head to the polls on Tuesday and late Tuesday night we’ll start seeing the results. There will be tears of happiness and there will be tears of sorrow.

Thanks to all the candidates who ran for office in 2014.

You need to vote! If you are from Montana, click HERE to find out how. If you are from some other state, click HERE.

The Western Word (TWW) will have all hands on deck for election night. I will be up most of the night following the races and providing independent updates (and these updates will be posted mostly before anyone else).

So, here is what you need to do: You need to follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord for updates. If you don’t have Twitter, go to my website TheWesternWord.com and follow the Twitter feed on the right side of the screen (Hit refresh every few minutes).

Finally, make sure to buckle your seatbelts Tuesday night around 8:00 p.m. Montana time.

On Tuesday night I’ll be paying attention to U.S. Senate races in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Here in Montana there are some interesting races. Here are a few Montana races that will have my attention:

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers” – the first one for June!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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 sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Daines, John Walsh, voter turnout, KPAX TV, Belmont Stakes, God, Smokey Bear, Super Bowl, Brad Johnson, Judge G. Todd Baugh, unemployment, Julia Collins, Montana Republican Party, Ryan Zinke, Ravalli County, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, first debate, relatives, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Here We Go!

It was fun to monitor the Montana Secretary of State’s website off and on yesterday to see who was running for office. Big thanks to all who are running for office and best of luck on June 3.

The primary field is basically set, although candidates filing for Independent or Minor Party candidates closes June 2. That’s after the candidate has obtained enough signatures on a petition to run for that office, which is absurd and should be changed. You can also run as a write-in candidate, but there are several hoops to jump through for that, too. You can find information for both methods HERE.

There were a few surprises. You can check out the candidate lists HERE. Here are my thoughts and observations (so far):

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MT House 2014: There Are Eight (I think)

As of this morning, it looks like there are eight candidates who plan to run for Montana’s At-Large U.S. House seat, unless I’ve missed someone.

Can you name them?

So far for the Democrats we have John Lewis and Melinda Gopher.

For the Republicans we have Drew Turiano, Brad Johnson, Ryan Zinke, Matt Rosendale, and Corey Stapleton.

Shawn White Wolf plans to run as an Independent.

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, Candidate filing opens January 9 and closes March 10, so we have a ways to go with probably more candidates to file. Montana’s Primary Election is June 3, 2014.

This might be the “label” election.

In an interview with the local CBS station, candidate Drew Turiano labeled himself a “pro-life Christian Tea Party conservative Republican” which I am calling PLCTPCR for short.

Besides wanting to impeach President Obama, nullify Obamacare and Roe v. Wade, he also wants to remove illegal aliens by bringing back “Operation Wetback” which was an operation from the Eisenhower administration of the 1950s.

I’m thinking Turiano is, among other things, staking his claim as the most conservative candidate in the field. He really needs to find a way to stick “Gun Tote’n” in that label some way. Continue reading