Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Wow – it’s hard to believe that this is the last day of September. At least with October we’ll have some baseball playoffs to watch (if you can find the channel), plus football kicks into high gear. We also have hunting season – so watch out!

By the way, there are about a gazillion new laws taking effect October 1 here in Montana. This is because the Montana legislature circus met in Helena earlier this year. OK, there are not a gazillion new laws, just 165 according to the story from the Associated Press. Some even make sense!

The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Sanchez Case
  • Funding the Government
  • Planned Parenthood Hearing
  • Edward Snowden

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of 2014! Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet?

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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Rehberg 2014, the Missoula County Attorney, New York Times & Edward Snowden, Rocky Mountain High, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud! There’s more, so read on!

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Where in the World is…Edward Snowden?

Over the weekend (and continuing today) the coverage of Edward Snowden reminds me of the old PBS show, “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?”

He supposedly left Hong Kong for Russia and may be headed to Cuba or Ecuador for asylum.

In case you have not heard about Edward Snowden, he is a former National Security Agency contractor and CIA technician who is wanted by the United States for revealing classified secrets about our government’s surveillance program.

Snowden is also responsible for the newest round of jokes about the United States spying on its citizens…

Some people believe Snowden is a traitor and others believe he is a patriot. I have posted a poll at the end of this column asking that question – so let me hear from you.

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Cheney Speaks…

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday (15 months after his heart transplant) and it was a pretty interesting interview conducted by Chris Wallace. You can read the transcript HERE or watch the interview HERE.

Before he was Vice President, he was the Secretary of Defense when I served in the military. Many people either love him or hate him, but I have always respected his opinion and his leadership. Sadly, Dick Cheney would be a little too moderate for the far-right fringe people who have taken over the Republican Party.

Cheney was asked his opinion about Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who reportedly released details about National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs. Cheney said, “I think he’s a traitor. I think he has committed crimes in effect by violating agreements given the position he had.”

He also said he was worried that he may have more information to disclose that would harm America.  Continue reading