Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. – John F. Kennedy

Welcome to Wednesday! Today is one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Montana GOP’s Closed Primary
  • A Blog’s Obsession
  • Wittich Responds
  • Obama is coming for your guns
  • GOP Presidential Debate – My Winner is…

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Thursday Numbers

The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree. – Edward Kennedy

Happy Constitution Day 2015 and 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 poverty, Full Throttle Saloon, unemployment, median income, the U.S. Constitution, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Governor’s Awards for Excellence, Montana suicides, the 50 States of America If They Were Actually People in a Bar, the Citizenship Test, the GOP Presidential debates, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. – Max Lucado

Welcome to Friday and the big show I like to call “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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the GOP Presidential debates, Malmstrom’s Visitors, Chester and the Chester Cheetah, Daines & Planned Parenthood, Gianforte donations, and much more so buckle up!

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Campaign 2016: The Ten & The Seven

Since Fox News has a show called “The Five” I think it’s perfectly OK to call the Republican Fox News/Facebook debate Thursday night “The Ten” and the debate for those candidates not fortunate enough to make the big show can be called, “The Seven.”

One big difference is “The Five” show on Fox News normally has several females participating, but “The Ten” won’t have any females and the “The Seven” will only have one, Carly Fiorina.

According to Fox News, the roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls.

Are you excited or what? Since Facebook is sponsoring the debate, maybe they should have the candidates attempt to post comments or a photo on their own Facebook page to see if they are at least a little tech savvy…

Here are “The Ten” who made the big show:

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Thursday Numbers

From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
-Samuel F. Smith, “America”

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 Hillary for America campaign, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Transportation Security Administration, unemployment, Instagram accounts, driving while impaired, Cuba, top songs for Independence Day, Republican candidates, and much more!

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Politics 2016: Who Do You Love?

On Tuesday Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” With that announcement, Bush kind of jump-started the 2016 Presidential election season.

Are you ready?

With it being an open seat, that means there should be several candidates on the Republican side and several on the Democratic side “testing the water” in the coming months.

Below I have posted one of those fabulous polls from The Western Word – so pick your favorite candidate on the Republican side. If your Republican candidate is not listed, please put his/her name in the comment section or send me an e-mail.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to a very special “Caught My Eye!”

Why is it special? The Western Word turns nine today! NINE YEARS OLD! Whoop WHOOP!

On this date in 2005, the first post appeared on The Western Word. It was about football as most columns back then were about sports and/or music. Somebody actually read that first column, so I continued writing! This is post number 2,109.

By the way, this is the 180th “Caught My Eye” column which 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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about the first candidate filing day, Col. Robert Stanley, Malmstrom troubles, Chris Christie, Ryan Zinke’s fundraising, Bowen Greenwood’s book, plus there’s a winner who is making Montana proud!

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