Caught My Eye…

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. – Aldous Huxley

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 Rob Quist, Greg Gianforte, Steve Daines, Amanda Curtis, Donald Trump, Russia, Mike Flynn, the Freedom Caucus, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

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’s Press Conference, Tester & Facebook Live, Daines’ Telephone Town Hall, Montana GOP Valentine’s Day Cards, and much more!

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MT Governor 2016: Next Man/Woman Up…

It looks like Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has a hard time keeping the seat warm in the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

Bullock has been in office since January 2013 (a little less than two years and 11 months) and already he is about to pick his third Lt. Governor.

Former Lt. Governor John Walsh quit his job as Lt. Governor when he was appointed by Bullock to the fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus. Then Walsh unsuccessfully ran for the full term before quitting amid a scandal involving plagiarism. Now current Lt. Governor Angela McLean plans to step down to take a job with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

I’m sure McLean will do well in her new job – and she appears to be highly qualified for it. Nonetheless, the situation surrounding her resignation seems just a little odd. The Associated Press (AP) reported that McLean informed Bullock about her decision to resign only hours before it was announced she had accepted a new job.

While reading the AP’s timeline of events about the resignation, my first thought was, “Don’t they ever communicate?”

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The Best of 2014

Thanks to you, 2014 was another great year here at The Western Word (TWW)!

TWW has been an active blog since January 10, 2005, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

A special thanks to the 163 subscribers to TWW. By the way, you can be notified of new columns by subscribing – and it’s FREE.  You can do that by clicking on the +Follow tab in the bottom right corner and entering your e-mail address, or by going to the subscribe box on the right side of the page (under the Twitter feed box) and entering your e-mail address there.

It is always fun to see which columns are viewed the most and from where the columns are viewed. This past year people from 98 countries visited TWW. A special “shout-out” to the nine people in China who stopped by!

In 2014, there were 315 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,415 posts.

Listed below are the top five columns that received the most views in 2014:

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Powder River Training Complex: A Hail Mary?

Back in July 2008 I first wrote about the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) and the proposal to expand it into southeastern Montana. The expanded training area would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. Other planes from other bases could use the area, too. It would expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles.

I have been in favor of the PRTC since the beginning.

PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home. If the area had been approved in 2013, the Air Force estimates it would have saved $21 million. (Source)

Unfortunately, the Montana congressional delegation has not supported the expansion for trivial reasons. Who knows, maybe some big donors live in the area and this is their ultimate reason for not supporting the expansion.

Just last week, the Montana Congressional delegation attempted a “Hail Mary” type blitz. The Associated Press (AP) reported, “Montana U.S. Sens. Tester and John Walsh and Rep. Steve Daines told Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in a Friday letter that the proposal would stifle economic development and threaten safety in the region.”

That’s absurd.

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Caught My Eye…

Congratulations – You made it to Friday and to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about Bullock and Tester, Planned Parenthood, Chemtrails, Max Baucus, Little People, plus we have a group that is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

And just like that it’s Thursday – and your weekly dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “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 the Federal government spending bill, the Montana delegation fails, expanding preschool, political donations, Google Earth, CIA Torture Report, gun rights, groundbreaking albums, musicians, military pay, unemployment, and much more!

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