Caught My Eye…

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. – Bob Hope

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 Republicans & Healthcare, Montana & fuel taxes, special election by mail, Daylight Saving Time, One More Thing, and much more!

(more…)

Advertisements

Thursday Numbers

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. – William James

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 the Montana Legislature, healthcare, unemployment, Meals on Wheels and Colin Kaepernick, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, approval rating, Elmo, Chuck Barris, NCAA Basketball men’s basketball tournament, World Baseball Classic, and much more!

(more…)

Thursday Numbers

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

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 the Trump budget, the wall, Montana & Medicaid expansion, health care, unemployment, Montana Legislature, bipartisan road trip, March madness, Butte America, Walmart, and much more!

(more…)

Thursday Numbers

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. – Alexander the Great

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 Great Falls city commission, unemployment, Berkeley Pit, Jeff Choate & the MSU Bobcats, Klay Thompson, healthcare, Montana road projects, College Football Playoffs, Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, and much more!

(more…)

50 Shades of…Blue

I think the folks who work at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls do a pretty good job. A year or so ago I got to see up close how they work, and I think they did a fine job.

Yesterday the Great Falls Tribune published a story about Benefis Hospital requiring employees to wear “colors” specific to their department. Benefis hopes this will help prevent confusion from patients.

I guess some patients wondered if an employee was coming into their room to take their blood or clean their toilet. By the way, I am pretty sure the new colors don’t have anything to do with gangs.

When I first saw the illustration in the E-Newspaper version of the Tribune showing the different colored scrubs that are required to be worn, I thought they were showing the silks that jockeys would be wearing for a horse race. Giddy-up…

What was amusing to me and others who read the story is how many shades of blue scrubs the employees will be wearing at Benefis.

(more…)

Thursday Numbers

Your weekly free dose of knowledge awaits!

“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 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 turkeys, football coaches, black bears, beer money, unemployment, stoves, healthcare, Joe’s birthday, gay marriage, diabetes, traffic jams, pregnancy, Glacier National Park, Philadelphia 76ers, and a lot more!

(more…)

Published in: on November 20, 2014 at 6:51 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to July!  This month just seemed to sneak up on me this year.  Soon we’ll be celebrating Independence Day by watching sweaty politicians march in parades.  We’ll also be fighting those pesky kids for the candy thrown into the crowds during the parade.  Since it looks like it will be hot, we’ll be hoping that the fire trucks spray us with water!

Oh yes…it is now JULY!

If this is your first time dropping by, “Monday Morning Politics” is where I put together several of the political stories from the past weekend all in one place for your reading pleasure.  I also offer some commentary about these stories sometimes laced with just a little snarkiness…

Today I talk about a big freaking fundraiser, The Outhouse, Medicaid and Obamacare, healthcare facts, healthcare polls, healthcare politics, jobless veterans, Malmstrom AFB, F-15s, and much more! (more…)

Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday!  Hold on – the weekend will be here before you know it!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

PROCEED WITH CAUTION:  By reading this column you will probably gain a great deal of knowledge not found on other websites!  You can use this information to impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about an electric bill, wildfires, a water bill, snakes, heat records, missing legs, Missile Command, who can better protect us from aliens, Lar-ry,  things women will never understand (about men), the right & wrong way to undress, unemployment, and much more…

(more…)

Published in: on June 28, 2012 at 6:40 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

Healthcare Monopolies?

This has really been a boring week in the world of blogging. If not for the skirmishes between Congressman Denny Rehberg and Senator Jon Tester, and talk about the Federal Government running out of money, this week would be a yawner.

So what is better to jumpstart the week than talk about healthcare?? Yes, I think it’s a boring subject, too, but please read on…

A story appeared Tuesday in Lee Newspapers about Benefis Hospital in Great Falls that seems to have been disregarded by the Great Falls media. It seems not everyone thinks the hospital in Great Falls, named Benefis, is the greatest thing since sliced bread… (more…)

Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 9:14 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

Montana Senate 2012: The Healthcare Vote

A few days ago U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said there would be a vote to repeal the healthcare law in the U.S. Senate. Ironically, he was correct. The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to repeal the healthcare law.

The “statement of purpose” for the vote was:

To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Nice wording…

The “procedural” vote failed in the U.S. Senate 47-51. It needed 60 votes to proceed. Two senators did not vote; Lieberman the Independent of Connecticut and Warner a Democrat of West Virginia.

I received several e-mails asking me to contact my Senators, Jon Tester and Max Baucus, and urge them to vote to repeal Obamacare. I did not make the calls, so their staffers can thank me later…

Tester and Baucus voted against repealing Obamacare. It is not known if Baucus has read the law, yet. (more…)

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm  Comments Off on Montana Senate 2012: The Healthcare Vote  
Tags: , , , , ,