Tuesday Commentary: Manning, Shutdown, Football, & More

The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people. – Hugo Black

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Chelsea Manning
  • Government Shutdown
  • Aaron & Danica
  • Football


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Caught My Eye…

In honor of 9-11:

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.  –U.S. Senator John Kerry (2004)

Welcome to Friday – and this is not just any Friday – this is the Friday before the first Sunday of NFL football!

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 Corey Stapleton and the Montana GOP, the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, fundraisers, Iran nuclear deal, government shutdown, the eleven, suicide awareness, and much more so buckle up!


Campaign 2014: Endorsements, Shutdown, Debate

Thanks for stopping by. I know it’s just Tuesday, but hold on because better days are ahead – they are called Saturday and Sunday!

Today I take a look at Montana Supreme Court justices and partisan endorsements, the possible government shutdown, and a U.S. House debate.


Shutdown Day 15: A Fork in the Political Road

Yesterday morning I wrote about a veterans rally in Washington where Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and former Governor Sarah Palin made a showing shouting, “Tear down these walls” and seemingly acting like they had just stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Yesterday afternoon CNN reported that the veterans who put on the rally were not happy that Cruz, Lee, and Palin had hijacked their rally. The group issued a statement saying, “We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain.”

I’m with my fellow veterans, as are most Americans. We also feel pretty disheartened that Cruz and his Tea Party members hijacked our country and shutdown the government.

The hijacking at the memorials has happened many times since the shutdown. As many folks have said, one of the most dangerous places to be in this country is between a politician and a television camera.

I wrote about politicians and memorials last week, saying “As for the politicians and right-wing radio and TV hosts exploiting these veterans to promote their agenda: get a life. Better yet, maybe you should join the military.”

Speaking of the Tea Party, back in Montana, Steve Daines had his hand slapped again this morning. This time it was the Great Falls Tribune editorial board writing about raising the debt limit:  (more…)

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Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place, there’s a better life
-We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

On Friday when all the polls seemed to be showing Republican and Tea Party favorable ratings in the toilet, I imagine many people on the right were thinking, “We gotta get out of this place.”

Today starts a new week (it’s also Columbus Day) and we’re in day 14 of the Federal Government shutdown. If you enjoy politics and government, then this is going to be exciting!

The Republicans are cornered and they are searching for a way out to save face. The Democrats may not be willing to give them an easy way out. They want to make sure there’s no way the Republicans can’t own the shutdown – and if the GOP wants to screw with the debt limit, the Democrats will make them own that, too.

This is going to be an interesting week because the debt limit deadline is Thursday. Thursday is the day when the United States would no longer be able to borrow. It will be like going to the store and using your credit card to make your purchase and having your card declined.  (more…)

Same Tune Different Day

In case you missed it, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) continued to stick his foot in his mouth over the weekend when he was asked about passing a no strings attached continuing resolution (CR).  The Speaker told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos “There are not the votes in the house to pass a clean CR.”

Several Democrats jumped on the remarks saying Boehner “should prove it” by holding a vote. Boehner knows he would lose leverage if he held a vote. Almost everyone who follows Congress knows there are enough moderate Republicans who would join with Democrats to pass it.

If they held this one vote, then the crap sandwich that Boehner is serving the people of the United States would end.

Speaking of crap sandwiches, Gallup released poll results showing “Americans give Congress an 11% job approval rating, down eight percentage points from last month and one point above the worst rating in Gallup history.”

A United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll found that “two-thirds of Americans say Congress should keep the government open and deal with health care separately.”  (more…)

The Sunday Message

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty…
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” (“America”)
by Samuel Francis Smith

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” – Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

With the Federal Government shutdown in full swing, people are divided about who is to blame. As a blogger and freelance writer, I give my opinion and offer commentary about situations like this almost every day – and I have been busy during this shutdown.

Sadly, there’s a lot of hatred being spewed from both sides.

It’s always been hard for me to understand the verse from Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Many times I have said, “No, I don’t want to be subject to this person or that person in authority, AND I don’t want to submit to them” (I need to work on this).

It’s also easy to say, “I respect the office but not the person occupying it.” In my opinion, the verses in Hebrews and Romans are not referring to the office, but to the “leaders” (people) currently occupying the office.  (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…


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!


Steve Daines: Stop the Nonsense

It has been about 272 days since Texas Senator Ted Cruz was sworn in as a United States Senator in Washington, D.C. That’s the same amount of time that Representative Steve Daines, Montana’s only Congressman, has been in office. In a place based on seniority, both probably have lousy offices, and they probably still get lost most days walking around the U.S. Capitol.

By most accounts Cruz is the “mastermind” behind this ridiculous strategy to defund ObamaCare and tie it to the Federal budget. Daines is following the Cruz strategy with several other Tea Party members.

Speaker of the House John Boehner is weakened because he’s afraid of the Tea Party caucus, as is Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Cruz has positioned himself as the leader of the Tea Party, not to mention the leader of the House and Senate Republicans. Tea Party members like Cruz and Daines are the reason many of us moderates have said, “See ya” to the GOP.

As a reminder, Obamacare was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. In 2012, the GOP’s nominee for President, Mitt Romney, (who vowed to defund Obamacare if elected) lost to Barack Obama. Even in Montana, Jon Tester, who voted for Obamacare beat Denny Rehberg, who ran against Obamacare.

Daines might consider this, as he is likely running for U.S. Senate.

The conservative-leaning Wall Street Journal says the Republicans are “in a difficult spot” and that their editorial board “opposed this shutdown strategy” and they close their opinion with some advice, “give up on the impossible task of defunding or delaying ObamaCare at the current moment and focus instead on a quick if smaller policy victory.” They also throw a dose of realism on the Tea Party strategy saying, “…the biggest lie of this shutdown drama is that a minority of the Republican caucus in one branch of Congress can repeal ObamaCare as long as Mr. Obama is in the Oval Office.”

As for Daines, Montana’s largest newspaper has thrown a dose of reality his way, too. The Billings Gazette editorial board writes that the “House must end senseless shutdown,” and they add:  (more…)