Caught My Eye…

I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability. – Ron White

Welcome to the big show – the first “Caught My Eye” of November!

If you are a first-time visitor, “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 sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Denise Juneau & Ryan Zinke, Tim Fox & the PSA, Montana Television Network grows, Illegal Immigration & cartoons, Ben Carson & hip-hop & anger, House Republicans, George H.W. Bush, Whitlock returns, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years. – Harry S Truman

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

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The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Great Falls International Airport
  • Rasmussen & Planned Parenthood
  • Gallup: Rating Congress
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Seahawks/Lions
  • Jason Whitlock

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“In this world you will have trouble”

Several years ago while on leave from the military visiting family, I was one of the first people to come upon a terrible automobile accident.

Two people (a husband and wife) died – they were thrown from the vehicle. Two people (a brother and sister) in another vehicle were injured. The brother was trapped in the vehicle.

Although my military experience and training kicked in and I did what I could to help, the screams, cries, and the memory of bodies on the road and in the ditch still bothers me some today.

I’ve asked several times why that tragedy had to happen.

When I read that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli witnessed Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher shoot himself in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Saturday, my heart ached for them.  Continue reading


I was saddened to read that my favorite sports columnist, Jason Whitlock, was leaving the Kansas City Star to pursue other interests.

It was a great 16 year run for Whitlock at the Star. You can now catch his columns on Fox Sports and he’s on Twitter.

Called a jerk by some and admired by others I found Whitlock to be a refreshing voice for the sports fans. For the KC Star, people read his columns and commented, and called him names – but they read his columns!  Living here in the wilds of Montana and being a Kansas City Chiefs and Big 12 fan, it was always worthwhile to get Whitlock’s take on what was happening with my favorite teams, not to mention his insight about everyone from the front office on down to the third-string quarterback. Continue reading