Caught My Eye…

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. – Stephen Covey

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 the University of Montana, Denise Juneau & UM, Sarah Palin & VA, Jon Tester & VA, TWW Christmas party, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. – Andy Rooney

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s also January 20, so that means that one year from today a new President will be inaugurated!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several major political stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Gianforte Finishes Exploring
  • Electricity Rate Increase
  • SCOTUS & Immigration
  • Palin Endorses Trump
  • Trump & Liberty University
  • U.S. Senator Charles Grassley

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Politics 2016: Who Do You Love?

On Tuesday Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he was going to “actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” With that announcement, Bush kind of jump-started the 2016 Presidential election season.

Are you ready?

With it being an open seat, that means there should be several candidates on the Republican side and several on the Democratic side “testing the water” in the coming months.

Below I have posted one of those fabulous polls from The Western Word – so pick your favorite candidate on the Republican side. If your Republican candidate is not listed, please put his/her name in the comment section or send me an e-mail.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the last “Caught My Eye” of August. Before you head out for your Labor Day weekend take a few moments to arm yourself with knowledge!

NOTICE: School is starting so be careful on the roads!

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 – or both.

Today I write about Adam Sanchez Jr., Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines on education, Wittich & conspiracy, Mitt Romney, TWW on Facebook, a birthday, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Gallup’s Most Admired for 2013

When Gallup published their most admired list for 2013, the first thing I thought was this will send conservatives over the edge.

Why? Gallup reports, “For the sixth consecutive year, Barack Obama ranks as the Most Admired Man among Americans, and Hillary Clinton is again the Most Admired Woman. Both won by comfortable margins.”

I think the key line is “Both won by comfortable margins.”

For as much hatred that is spewed from the right about Obama and Clinton, they are more admired than Pope Francis, former President George W. Bush, and even former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read “Thursday Numbers!” One week until Thanksgiving!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about a missing Powerball ticket, campaign fundraising, expanding Medicare, possession of cocaine, burial spot, Dan Dierdorf, JFK assassination, Daines’ job approval, sexiest man alive, The Kelly File, Brawl of the Wild, Pro Football Hall of Fame, the GED, talking filibuster, Martin Bashir, unemployment, and much more!

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Shutdown Day 15: A Fork in the Political Road

Yesterday morning I wrote about a veterans rally in Washington where Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and former Governor Sarah Palin made a showing shouting, “Tear down these walls” and seemingly acting like they had just stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Yesterday afternoon CNN reported that the veterans who put on the rally were not happy that Cruz, Lee, and Palin had hijacked their rally. The group issued a statement saying, “We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain.”

I’m with my fellow veterans, as are most Americans. We also feel pretty disheartened that Cruz and his Tea Party members hijacked our country and shutdown the government.

The hijacking at the memorials has happened many times since the shutdown. As many folks have said, one of the most dangerous places to be in this country is between a politician and a television camera.

I wrote about politicians and memorials last week, saying “As for the politicians and right-wing radio and TV hosts exploiting these veterans to promote their agenda: get a life. Better yet, maybe you should join the military.”

Speaking of the Tea Party, back in Montana, Steve Daines had his hand slapped again this morning. This time it was the Great Falls Tribune editorial board writing about raising the debt limit:  (more…)

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Shutdown Day 14: “We gotta get out of this place”

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place, there’s a better life
-We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals

On Friday when all the polls seemed to be showing Republican and Tea Party favorable ratings in the toilet, I imagine many people on the right were thinking, “We gotta get out of this place.”

Today starts a new week (it’s also Columbus Day) and we’re in day 14 of the Federal Government shutdown. If you enjoy politics and government, then this is going to be exciting!

The Republicans are cornered and they are searching for a way out to save face. The Democrats may not be willing to give them an easy way out. They want to make sure there’s no way the Republicans can’t own the shutdown – and if the GOP wants to screw with the debt limit, the Democrats will make them own that, too.

This is going to be an interesting week because the debt limit deadline is Thursday. Thursday is the day when the United States would no longer be able to borrow. It will be like going to the store and using your credit card to make your purchase and having your card declined.  (more…)

Thursday Numbers

Welcome to August and thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

NOTICE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. This is your only warning.

This week I write about the Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Sarah Palin, sugar, prostitution in Belgrade, the Eagles, MTV, cold temperatures, blogging in Saudi Arabia, subscribers, stolen dentures, minimum wage, Walmart, Camp 7 detainees, Pro Bowl changes, amusement rides, babies in Utah, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about free slurpees, defense cuts, births in the USA, flood damages, unemployment, frying an egg in Death Valley, Obama’s job approval, a pistol duel, mariachi musicians, All-Star game, reform ideas, “The Body Issue,” below the poverty level, Internal Revenue Service, a chicken statue, five black bears, the Dorset, Minnesota, mayor, Voices of Montana, and Sarah Palin. There’s a lot more so read on… (more…)