Freedom Is Not Free

“I think he obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation.” -Republican U.S. Senator John McCain talking about Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Source).

McCain is absolutely correct. Last week I pointed out that on Rand Paul’s Presidential website, you can purchase a “Filibuster Starter Pack.”

There are a lot of people, many who are in the U.S. Senate and House, who do not understand national security. That’s been evident the past week or so – especially with the “Stand with Rand” crowd which includes my U.S. Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT).

With Paul and people in the Senate who support him leading the way, the United States is less safe this morning because Paul placed politics over our nation’s security. On an added note, the Republicans who have now been in control of the U.S. Senate for about six months are proving they have problems leading.

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Caught My Eye…

WARNING: Buckle up!

Welcome to another exciting edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. 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’s topics include the difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day, Lee Newspapers State Bureau, Veterans Affairs Appropriations, Patriot Act – The Big Picture, Top 10 Candidates, Josh Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Weekend Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • A Veteran’s Nightmare
  • The Patriot Act
  • American Pharoah
  • Naked and Afraid

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Caught My Eye…

Hey – it’s the first Friday of June, school is out, and it stopped raining! Also, it’s National Donut Day which makes for an even greater day!

If you are a first-time visitor, this 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. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke, Derek Skees, phone records, Shannon Augare, USS Billings, Jon Tester, Max Baucus, Jobs, How Americans Speak English, Marathoners, and I take a  look at those who are Making Montana Proud!

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Feinstein and Guns

A faithful reader and commentator (Barry) pointed out to me that U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) made some silly remarks about veterans and gun ownership last week. So I checked it out and today’s column is about Feinstein and guns. By the way, if you have tips or ideas about columns, you can leave a comment or e-mail me at western_word@yahoo.com.

To set this up, I am a veteran who spent almost 12 years in the military (honorably discharged). I carried an M-16 rifle for several of those years. I currently own four guns, I don’t actually think President Obama is lurking outside my home waiting to take them, the Patriot Act does not scare me, and drones do not bother me (I do love to joke about all these things).

Sometimes the intelligence of elected officials fascinates me. For example, an article in Military.com about Sen. Diane Feinstein reported, “She was especially concerned over veterans being able to acquire the weapons.”

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Caught My Eye…

Here we go – a three-day weekend is upon us!  Congratulations on making it through another week.

Please do me a favor this weekend – take a moment to remember and honor our men and women who died while serving our country – because that is what Memorial Day is all about.  AND, fly your flag, please.  Thank you.

Caught My Eye is my weekly column (posted on Friday morning) where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.  Sometimes I add just a little sarcasm to my comments!

This week I take a look at unemployment, the Patriot Act, odd news, my political inbox and much more!  So grab a cup of your favorite drink and take a break to read Caught My Eye… Continue reading

Patriot Act

I happened to receive an e-mail from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., yesterday afternoon telling me he was voting against extending the Patriot Act.  Then I read in today’s local paper that both Tester and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., voted against bringing the re-authorization to the floor (Cloture on the Motion to Proceed).  They were part of the eight senators who (thankfully) lost that vote 74-8.  Eighteen senators took that vote off.

The Great Falls Tribune thinks it is so neat that they have a poll up asking, “Do you agree with Montana’s congressional delegation that the Patriot Act should expire?”

I voted NO.

I also found it disturbing to read that U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., will probably not support the extension of the Patriot Act in the House.

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