Caught My Eye…

I’ve found that if you tuck one part of your pant legs into your sock, people expect less of you. – Unknown

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

*This is a very special CME. It is CME #425. Wow – that’s 425 Fridays that this column has been posted. It’s one of the favorite columns of my readers! Thank you for reading.*

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Montana Defense Alliance
  • The Wager
  • One More Thing

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Caught My Eye…

Note: I received word yesterday that former United States Senator Conrad Burns died. He was 81.

As many of you know, I had the honor of working for Conrad for about 12 years on his U.S. Senate staff. You can read my commentary about Burns and a few stories about my time with him by clicking HERE.

My condolences go to his family and friends.

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Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME). It’s also the last CME of April!

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 Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, KRTV’s Expert, Tongue River Railroad, Columnist, and much more.

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Caught My Eye…

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein

Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home; I am a professional blogger…

Welcome to the big show to end the week! This is the first “Caught My Eye” of 2016, and the 280th “Caught My Eye” of all time.

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. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include:

  • Real ID
  • Cascade County Attorney
  • GF Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Obamacare Vote
  • CNN’s Town Hall Meeting
  • Natural Born Citizens
  • Plus Steve Daines, Ryan Zinke, Jon Tester, and Tim Fox are all mentioned in today’s column.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

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 sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of March – I can almost see spring from my underground bunker!

NOTICE: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, so make sure you get up at 2:00 a.m. to set your clocks ahead one hour. For the people in Iowa reading this, that means it will be 3:00 a.m.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted 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 changes at the Great Falls Tribune & some suggestions, problems with the new guy at the Air Force Global Strike Command, Ryan Zinke and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Charter Communications, Jeannette Rankin, Lucky for Life, the Selma anniversary, Curt Schilling, and much more!

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MT Congressional Delegation: Epic Failure

Once again Montana’s congressional delegation failed to protect another military mission in the state. It was announced on Tuesday that the three Minuteman missile bases (Malmstrom in Montana, F.E. Warren in Wyoming, and Minot in North Dakota) will lose a total of 50 missiles.

Malmstrom already had 50 missiles removed in 2007 under the watch of Jon Tester, Max Baucus, and Denny Rehberg. Just recently the delegation allowed F-15 fighter jets to be removed from the Montana Air National Guard and replaced with a few cargo planes. Jets had been part of the Montana Air National Guard for over 50 years. The delegation has been against the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex in southeast Montana, basically telling the Department of Defense (DoD) and aerospace companies that Montana’s skies are closed. Now, the DoD will remove more missiles.

So when Senator Jon Tester, Senator John Walsh, and Congressman Steve Daines tout their support for Montana’s military, it’s pretty hard to see.

It would be nice if at least one of three acted just a little irate at more cuts, but instead we see a press release trying to spin it as a victory with, “Tester, Walsh praise decision to keep Malmstrom’s ICBM silos operational.” Tester was quoted in the joint press release saying this was a “big win.”

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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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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 160th edition of “Caught My Eye.” For some readers, this is the last Friday before school starts. We salute teachers and students. Enjoy yourself and have a great year!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is my weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about failure not being a failure, the GOP barbecue, Daines open houses, Rosendale, sequestration and the band, CVS receipts, Danica and Avril, plus I have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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The “Montana team”

Last Monday (July 22), the Montana Defense Alliance (MTDA) used about 700 words to tell readers of the Great Falls (MT) Tribune that they were against President Obama’s plan to reduce “deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.”

I am against President Obama’s plan, too. I only used seven words.

Readers may remember that the MTDA is a committee (requiring $300 annual membership fee) out of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Back when I mentioned that fact in an earlier column, a frequent reader told me that fee was on top of the annual fee to be a member of the Chamber. The MTDA is a pretty territorial organization as they came out against a plan in the Montana Legislature to create a statewide military task force – a plan that I supported.

I was going to let the “treatise” from the MTDA as well as some of the reporting surrounding nuclear weapons go without comment, but then on Sunday the Chairman of the MTDA penned a letter to the editor (not online) that was given the title, “Likes delegation.” The Chairman said the MTDA had basically dropped the ball when they wrote, “We would expect all members of Congress to hold the president to task in retaining national capability…”

Ouch. They apparently ticked off one or more members of the home team (Baucus, Tester, and Daines).   (more…)

Published in: on July 29, 2013 at 6:23 am  Comments Off on The “Montana team”  
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MT Military: Time for One United Message

After passing the Montana House by a bipartisan 74-25 vote, the Great Falls Tribune reported on Friday that HB 579, a bill to create a statewide military task force, “died in the Senate.” HB 579 is listed as “Probably Dead” on the Bill Information section of the Montana Legislature’s website.

I had written about my support for HB 579 on April 11. You can read that column HERE.

The Montana Defense Alliance (MTDA), which is a committee (that requires $300 annual membership fee) out of the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, came out against the bill. The Tribune reported that MTDA believes, “they already filled that need” of the statewide military task force.

In my opinion, that’s not entirely correct. Several people do not believe that MTDA comes close to filling “that need.”  (more…)

Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 9:32 am  Comments Off on MT Military: Time for One United Message  
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