Thursday Numbers

Here we go ­­­­­- your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about a Jeb Bush fundraiser, unemployment, Hillary’s e-mails, the world’s oldest person being really old, it pays to grow old, Teflon Jon, the Montana Legislature, Americans for Prosperity – Montana branch, singer-songwriters, Ronda Rousey, the veto vote, Obamacare & the Supremes, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Congrats on making it to Wednesday – Hump Day! It’s time for Wednesday’s Political Potpourri!

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word. Today’s subjects include:

-Department of Homeland Security funding & reaction
-Netanyahu’s speech & reaction
-Republicans & private fundraisers
-Hillary’s e-mail issue
-Obamacare & the Supremes
-David Petraeus & his mistress

There’s a lot more, so read on…

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The Netanyahu Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress today (Tuesday) at 9:00 a.m. Mountain time. I’ll be watching because I don’t have a life.

The speech is supposed to be about nuclear weapons and Iran, but it’s about more than just that.

Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by Speaker of the House John Boehner and then Boehner told the White House something like, “Hey, look who accepted my invitation.” There’s such a dislike for President Barack Obama by Boehner, this really isn’t all that absurd.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama. (Source)

As of this morning, The Hill is reporting that “at least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech.”

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Lead, Follow, or…

Congress argued until about two hours before the deadline Friday night to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was fun to watch if you enjoy politics. If you don’t enjoy politics, then you would probably compare it to a root canal.

The approved funding is only good for one week, so the soap opera may play out again later this week.  Keep your Friday evening open…

Overall, it was not a good showing by the Republicans. They have the majorities in the House and Senate, but are so divided that they could not pass a three-week extension. They played a game of chicken with the Democrats, and lost.

The problem with the DHS bill is that Republicans wanted to attach language to the bill that would defund the President’s “executive order to shield several million illegal immigrants from deportation.” The Senate could not pass the bill with the executive order language in it; the House did pass it.

A federal district court judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on the executive actions which gave the Republicans some momentum, but that still did not stop them from messing it up.

The Democrats had their own problem with this little victory. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent an e-mail early Saturday morning saying, “Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security. It started at MIDNIGHT last night.”

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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

We often hear someone say, “I’m a good person” or “I volunteer” or “I donate time and money to the church and other good causes.” Many believe this is their ticket to heaven.

While those are nice things to do, I personally don’t believe that’s their ticket to heaven. Click HERE to find out how to be saved.

It’s also troubling to hear some Christians judge another person’s Christianity. Only that person and God knows what is in their heart.

I don’t like it when people judge others because of their religious beliefs.

I am fascinated by other people’s religious beliefs. I’ve read about Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses to name a few.

I don’t scream or yell at people who come to my door to talk about their religions. I somewhat admire them for trying. If I am yelling at someone who comes to my door to talk about their religion, what does that say about mine?

If a friend believes differently than I do, I like to ask them questions about their beliefs – but I would never judge their choice of religion.

Besides, in the end we’ll find out who was correct…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” where clowns are to the left of me and jokers are to the right! That means everyone and everything is fair game…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile, or to irritate you just a little. Maybe both!

Today I write about C-130s/RED HORSE and the Montana Congressional delegation, the new VA Montana Director, District Judge Kenneth Neill, Net Neutrality, Gov. Scott Walker, Bill O’Reilly, the dress, House of Cards, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by The Western Word for “Thursday Numbers.” Get prepared – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about federal employees, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cascade County Detention Facility, the Montana VA, The Breakfast Club, the anti-bullying law vote, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jon Tester & Pinocchio, the Keystone Pipeline veto & Montana’s Congressional Delegation, gas prices, unemployment, and much more!

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