Caught My Eye…

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt

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 Bump Stocks, Rep. Tim Murphy – Hypocrite, Political Parties, Cam Newton – Sexist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One More Thing!

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Terrific News Tuesday

He who angers you conquers you. – Elizabeth Kenny

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Early Special Graduation
  • Movie Night
  • The Bag of Cash
  • Twin Toddlers
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Kentucky Derby

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Terrific News Tuesday

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. – Arnold H. Glasow

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Truth in Advertising
  • Drive-in Movie Theater
  • The (real) Green Newspaper
  • United We Rock Tour
  • 2017 Spring Training

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Video Six-Pack: REO Speedwagon

I have wanted to write about the REO Speedwagon music videos for quite some time, but I am just now getting around to it. Thanks for reading!

Just as REO was getting to be well-known around the world in the 1980s, this little thing called MTV kicked off and, as they say, the rest is history.

Those who know me know that I have been an REO Speedwagon fan since I was about 15 years old. There’s always time at my house to put in a DVD of REO in concert and crank it up!

I saw my first REO concert in June of 1977 during a “Summer Jam” concert at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. There were several groups performing that day like Ted Nugent, Head East, Black Oak, etc. Overall, I have probably seen REO live about 20-25 times since then. I once said when I was younger that I would drop everything to be “security” for REO on tour. Maybe if I win the lottery, I might follow REO on tour for a whole year!

In the past decade, I was able to see REO with my son and daughter, which was very neat. In 2006, my son and I met lead singer Kevin Cronin in Three Forks, Montana, just before REO performed at Rockin’ the Rivers.

When my daughter was in the front row at a concert in Great Falls, Montana, three members of REO played for her: REO Speedwagon 080211

Back in the early 1980s, music videos took off. When “MTV” started playing music videos on August 1, 1981, “Take it on the Run” from REO was the ninth video ever played on MTV. Sadly, the video only played for a few seconds due to a technical glitch, but it was ninth, damn it!

Here are my six favorite REO Speedwagon music videos of all time and some honorable mentions. Enjoy my six-pack and by all means, turn up the volume!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Anita and Jason
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Last Presidential Debate
  • Lee Newspapers Polls
  • Register to Vote

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MT Politics 2016: Medicaid, the Plane, Hooked, & Slideshow

Some of the topics I will be writing about today include Medicaid expansion in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and the state plane, Greg Gianforte and the “Hooked,” campaign ad, and the Gianforte family “Slideshow” campaign ad.

There’s a lot more – so read on…

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • 43 Senators
  • The Old Media Advisory
  • Tribune Question
  • Tim Fox – Tale Grows Taller
  • Mississippi is Closed
  • Wisconsin Analysis
  • TWW Bumper Sticker Contest

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