Caught My Eye…

Better to fight for something than live for nothing. – George S. Patton

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 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, the Nuclear Option, U.S. Senator John McCain, Announcing a Response, Governor Steve Bullock’s veto, and much more!

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On Alert

Gallup released a new poll yesterday that told us “Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle international problems has fallen to a record-low 43%.”

That’s one of the reasons President Barack Obama needs to hit a home run during his speech tonight. According to the Associated Press, the President will talk about his plans “to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.”

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113th Congress: Summer Vacation Ends

It’s time for senators and representatives to head back to work in Washington, D.C., after having a month off to visit constituents, take junkets, fund-raise, and spend some time in the sun.

It’s almost like sending a child back to school after summer vacation. Let’s hope they are rested and ready to take on the major issues facing our country. I also hope they remember what we told them: Sit up straight, mind your manners, don’t bully, play well with others, raise your hand, etc.

The big thing on their plate is Syria. Before the Syria issue came to the forefront, the boring issue of a budget and the possible shutdown of Congress on October 1 were taking center stage. By the way, Congress is supposed to have all their spending bills passed by October 1st each year.

According to National Journal several members of the Obama Administration will give a classified briefing on Syria to House members today. That means within an hour after the briefing concludes, CNN, FOX News, and/or MSNBC will be reporting about what was said in the classified briefing.

On Tuesday, the President will address the nation. I applaud the President for not addressing the nation about Syria during the two Monday Night Football games tonight. This is Merica; football is more important than chemical attacks in some foreign country…

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“We are ready to go.”

It looks as though we’re going to attack Syria, probably with air strikes, and probably sooner rather than later. I’m thinking it will happen later this week. After the air strikes, nobody knows what we will do and that is what bothers me.

If we use our military to attack Syria, then we have inserted ourselves into their civil war.

Some reports say the Obama Administration is giving some of the leaders in Congress a heads-up (not asking, but telling) that the attack is coming. Some members don’t like that.

Hopefully nothing will interfere with congressional vacations.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told people, “We are ready to go.” In other words, we are ready to go kick some ass. The Administration’s wartime cheerleaders (Hagel, Kerry, Biden) seem to be out in force. People may start thinking that “W” is in charge again.

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Thursday Numbers…

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for this week’s 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 the “Cruise” music video, Twitter followers of CBS, unemployment, deaths in Syria, Stapleton’s goal, the Freemen standoff, an American Flag, arrested in Chicago, my Spotify playlist, the 406 area code, Top 25 Shows, Thursday Numbers milestone, partisan gridlock, Spurs/Heat, Miss Montana, VA in Montana, confidence in Congress, Internet sales tax, school levy, and much more so read on!

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