Tuesday Thoughts: Special Session, USAF, & Election Day

Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant. – Colin Powell

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Montana Legislature Special Session
  • U.S. Air Force & the Mass Shooting
  • Election Day 2017

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Monday’s Quick Hits

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Cellphone Fines
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Public Service Announcement
  • Easter Egg Roll
  • Saturday Night Live

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Caught My Eye…

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

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 Trump & Nukes, popular vote totals, Family Research Council, Best Tweets of 2016, The Baby & Puppy Example, State of Montana Blogging 2016, One More Thing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line! Don’t forget it! – Vice President Joe Biden, 07/27/16

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 Powerball, Veterans Administration & art, unemployment, beer historian, Donald Trump & Russia, the fire near Great Falls, Yellowstone National Park, President Obama’s speech, Robin Selvig, John W. Hinckley, Jr, Freddie Gray, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Welcome to the big show to end the week – and start April, “Caught My Eye” (CME).

There’s no foolin’ around today…well maybe a little!

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 Tim Fox & Jason Thielman , Cruz & Kasich & Montana, Kristen Cates & the Montana Democrats, Female Mayors of Great Falls & KRTV, Bumper Sticker Mania, and much more!

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Over the Top

The Montana media is going a little over the top with their coverage of the final days of the senatorial career of Max Baucus.

Get the popcorn – this week I believe the Montana Television Network (MTN) will bring viewers “a behind-the-scenes look as Baucus’ career in the Senate comes to a close.”

I wonder if they will tell the whole story.

All this coverage got me thinking about one of the first times I saw Senator Max Baucus. It was when he was giving a speech at a local hotel in Great Falls in the mid 1990s.

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Published in: on February 3, 2014 at 7:08 am  Comments Off on Over the Top  
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The Weather

With the temperatures not expected to be above 10 degrees this week in Great Falls, Montana, I fondly remember some of my weather experiences.

Several years ago I received orders to Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB), Montana. My report no later than date was mid-February. At that time I was stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam, where the daily high temperature was about 87 degrees.

When my wife and I arrived in San Francisco from Guam, we picked up our car that had been shipped a few weeks earlier from Guam. The temperature in San Francisco was 45 degrees. I was already freezing.

The trip was eventful. Due to a massive blizzard, we were trapped in Dillon, Montana, for a few days. I checked the weather channel and the wind chill in Great Falls, Montana, (near Malmstrom AFB) was 85-90 BELOW zero. My wife remembers the trip fondly; she was eight months pregnant with our first child.

As we drove over Gore Hill, which overlooks Great Falls, I promised my wife I would put in for orders and get the heck out of this God-forsaken place as soon as possible. Who could live/survive in this cold weather?

That was about 25 years ago.

When I exited the Air Force, they would have moved me about anywhere in the USA. I picked a place a few miles down the road from Malmstrom.

Did I enjoy the nice weather in Guam? You bet, but it did get a little boring with an average high of about 87 and an average low of about 76 with a chance of rain. Of course, when a typhoon was coming, it was an exciting time for the meteorologists – and for those of us who had never been through a typhoon.

I also enjoyed the beaches and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. I kind of wish I was there this week.

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Published in: on December 3, 2013 at 9:39 am  Comments Off on The Weather  
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Caught My Eye…

You made it to Friday – Congratulations!  I’m here to help you bring it home and slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile…

BE ADVISED: Before proceeding please understand that everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about F-15s, Armstrong, cellphone ban, raising a child, I share some e-mails from my political inbox, I talk about party line voting, and there’s a lot more! (more…)

Caught My Eye…

Ah yes…it is Friday!  Congrats for almost making it to another weekend (hold on for a few more hours).  Some of you will be getting a three-day weekend (President’s Day is Monday) so enjoy it.  Hey – why not just take off from work right now and get a head start on your weekend?

Of course, you need to read “Caught My Eye” first.

If you are new around here, then you need to know that Caught My Eye is posted almost every Friday morning right here!  This is the highly-read column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week, and I often add a touch of sarcasm.  By the way, everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about electronic signatures, countries we like, a big haul in D.C., constituent services, Rumsfeld and Rehberg, VA claims backlog, more thanks, a job offer, Kennedy, I share e-mails from my political inbox, and there’s a lot more!

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Published in: on February 17, 2012 at 8:07 am  Comments Off on Caught My Eye…  
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Monday Morning Politics

Happy Halloween to my faithful readers!  That’s a real scary mask you have on today!

Almost every Monday I take a look at some of the local, state, and national political stories that were in the news over the weekend and put them in one place for all to see.

This week I talk about a few issues in a local commission race, free advertising, YouTube videos, campaign ads, and much more – so read on… (more…)

Published in: on October 31, 2011 at 8:58 am  Comments Off on Monday Morning Politics  
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