Caught My Eye…

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. – Henry Ward Beecher

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 about today include Jeff Sessions’ Reefer Madness, Trump’s Mental Health, the 25th Amendment, JonTester keeps on rolling. High School golf in Montana, One More Thing, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Barack Obama & Jeff Sessions

Wisdom begins at the end. – Daniel Webster

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Obama’s Farewell Address
  • Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

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Thursday Numbers

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

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 fundraising, unemployment, pumpkins, Planned Parenthood, law enforcement officers, marijuana, Montana state auditor poll, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. – Bertrand Russell

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 this week include Zinke and Trump, Gianforte takes questions, Montana and drunk driving, Obama and ISIS, the DEA and Reefer Madness, and this week’s “One More Thing” is a must read!

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Thursday Numbers

Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. – Joe Biden

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Donald Trump, unemployment, DHS administrative leave, Vice President Joe Biden, wingsuit skydivers, National Rifle Association (NRA), marijuana, Mick Holien and the Montana Grizzlies, NFL head coaches in trouble, Kansas City Royals, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

I know you’ve been waiting patiently and now it’s time for another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT).

There’s no griping or complaining today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • South Carolina
  • Zinke & the Republican Address
  • Tester & Security Clearances
  • Pioneer League Baseball
  • Taylor Swift & Apple
  • Price of Pot
  • Surfing on the Big Board

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Published in: on June 23, 2015 at 6:23 am  Comments Off on Terrific News Tuesday  
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Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday and the Super Bowl is this Sunday – is this a great country or what?

Notice: Some of today’s numbers may enable you to seem knowledgeable about the Super Bowl at your Super Bowl party.

In case you’re new around here, “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 and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about all things Super Bowl (winners, pay, MVPs, most wins & loses, players), TracFone, Apple’s money, State of the State speech, the most popular & hated NFL teams, marijuana, unemployment, Friendship Nine, and much more!

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MT Politics 2014: Illegal Drugs?

Although yesterday (4/20/14) was Easter Sunday, 4/20 is also known as “weed day” and it’s been called that since the 1970s. 420 was a supposedly police code for someone smoking pot.

You never know what knowledge you’ll obtain by reading The Western Word!

Back in 2004 Montana voters approved Initiative 148 (I-148) which allowed the medical use of marijuana (they should have called it I-420). It was approved by a whopping 62% to 38% vote. I voted for I-148. After it was approved, the state basically screwed up the implementation of the initiative, the state legislature got involved, and the Feds came in and put the hammer down on many medical marijuana providers.

It was a mess. Meanwhile Washington and Colorado approved recreational use of marijuana and will be reaping the benefits of the taxes.

On Friday I read a Lee Newspapers story about a Billings businessman named Steve Zabawa who “has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana.”

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Published in: on April 21, 2014 at 7:26 am  Comments Off on MT Politics 2014: Illegal Drugs?  
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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of April and, overall, the 140th “Caught My Eye” column from The Western Word.  Epic!

We’re here every Friday – even through the rain, the snow, the sunshine, or the Montana Legislature…

Since it’s Friday, that means it is time to let your hair down, loosen that tie, and unbutton that top button.

So what is “Caught My Eye?”  It’s the column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  Often I throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile.

Today I write about the Baucus reelection tour, Down goes Williams, Referendums, Cadets, SB 107, North Korea, Unemployment, Tricare, Rutgers, Manatee Gray, Marijuana, birthdays, and much more!

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MT Legislature: Spanking, Test for Pot, & Campaign Finance

Here we go – the 63rd Session of the Montana Legislature is starting to get weird!  Today I provide commentary about a few issues that caught my attention. Enjoy!

We Will, We Will, Spank You:

As I have written in the past, the Montana Legislature is like watching a three-ring circus (State House, State Senate, and Governor).

Over at the Flathead Memo on January 26 I read about a draft bill from State Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, which would “Allow defendant to bargain for corporal punishment.” Today the Great Falls Tribune has the story.

I imagine we’ll hear a lot more about the bill in the near future when word gets out that Montana is offering to spank you.

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Published in: on January 30, 2013 at 8:21 am  Comments Off on MT Legislature: Spanking, Test for Pot, & Campaign Finance  
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