Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – thanks for stopping by!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Facebook, Apple iPhones, mill levy, Governor Steve Bullock, Mariah Carey, Great Falls visitor center, coffee pot problems, IRS, Presidential sushi, Chicago Cubs, Jodie Foster, Obama’s job approval rating, 2014 Senators Classic Committee, Icebreaker, Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, clemency, earthquake, Russian bombers, unemployment, and much more!

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Malmstrom AFB: Good News & Big Win?

It’s really hard to take all the “good news” and the “big win” recently in regard to Malmstrom AFB which is near Great Falls, Montana.

Earlier this month, the Air Force announced that they will remove a total of 50 missiles from the three missile bases (Malmstrom, F.E. Warren in Wyoming, and Minot in North Dakota) and place them in storage.

It’s kind of like when you take that TV or microwave and stick it in the corner of the garage or in the spare room – and forget about it.

The Associated Press reported at time, “The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s.”

Today nine countries have nukes. Two more, Syria and Iran, would love to get their hands on them.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) called placing the 50 missiles in storage “a big win.”

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A Tale of Two DUIs

It’s always enjoyable to watch the local governments in action – this is where the rubber meets the road! I am writing about the city of Great Falls and Cascade County governments in Montana. Great Falls is in Cascade County.

I served a term on the Neighborhood Council several years ago in Great Falls, and it was an enjoyable experience. Right after high school, and before I decided to join the military, I worked as a laborer and heavy equipment operator for a city in the Midwest. So I have seen the operation of the local government from several angles.

Almost every Friday I write about someone or some group that is Making Montana Proud. These people embarrass Montana in some way. I have also written extensively about drunk driving over the years.

Here’s an update on two people who made my Making Montana Proud list!

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MT Politics 2014: Illegal Drugs?

Although yesterday (4/20/14) was Easter Sunday, 4/20 is also known as “weed day” and it’s been called that since the 1970s. 420 was a supposedly police code for someone smoking pot.

You never know what knowledge you’ll obtain by reading The Western Word!

Back in 2004 Montana voters approved Initiative 148 (I-148) which allowed the medical use of marijuana (they should have called it I-420). It was approved by a whopping 62% to 38% vote. I voted for I-148. After it was approved, the state basically screwed up the implementation of the initiative, the state legislature got involved, and the Feds came in and put the hammer down on many medical marijuana providers.

It was a mess. Meanwhile Washington and Colorado approved recreational use of marijuana and will be reaping the benefits of the taxes.

On Friday I read a Lee Newspapers story about a Billings businessman named Steve Zabawa who “has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana.”

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The Sunday Message

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.Billy Sunday

Many people who don’t regularly attend church will attend church today (Easter Sunday). Easter and Christmas are two times when more people attend church.

I believe it’s good for people to belong to a church, but the type of church in which you belong is entirely up to you. There’s something for everyone when selecting a church.

Many churches will have special Easter services. Some churches might add a service or two to be able to accommodate more people. In other words, the churches will “put on their Sunday best” for the people in attendance today!

In Matthew 28:1-20 (NIV) we find the Easter story:

Jesus Has Risen

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Have a blessed day!


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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the Good Friday edition!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when 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 a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Medicaid expansion and Tim Fox, Steve Daines, the bartender trial, the Veterans Administration’s no refill policy, Michael Bloomberg and Heaven, the economy, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – the spring break edition! Let’s be careful out there!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Michael Bloomberg, Matt Rosendale, Steve Daines, John Walsh, Ryan Zinke, federal employees, unemployment, Hustler magazine, Reince Priebus, al Qaeda, Glamour’s Sexiest Men, Ford Mustang, Tea Party rallies, NBA playoffs, C-130 cargo planes, Steve Bullock, and much more!

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