Thursday Numbers

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“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, table tennis, unemployment, the Broncos, Common Core, hospital charts, Barry Beach, supervised isolation, attorneys, happiest cities in Montana, The Great Seal, Ryan Zinke, College Football Playoff Rankings, World Series, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Final Days

It’s the final six days of campaign 2014 in Montana!

We’ve got a Freedom Rally, a Get Out The Vote tour, a new campaign ad, an apology, and info about the Great Seal!

Can you handle all that?

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MT House 2014: Records Check

The long wait in Montana is over – according to Lee Newspapers Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke released “all of his Navy personnel evaluations” yesterday.

I won’t go as far as say “all” but there are quite a few.

Here at The Western Word I received a press release from the Zinke campaign with a link to the records last night at 9:17 p.m., which was over an hour after Lee Newspapers and over 30 minutes after the Associated Press had published their stories.

It’s a typical tactic from politicians and their communications people to try to generate the friendliest stories first to set the mood or to drive the story. The information is released to the ‘friendly” reporters or to the reporters who have no idea about the subject first. Sadly, my Beagle probably has about the same amount of military experience as most reporters covering military/veterans issues in Montana.

I’ve glanced through the documents I received and the following caught my attention. This is from a November 1, 1998 to June 15, 1999 report:

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Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

We are eight days from Election Day 2014 – is this freaking exciting or what?

Today I write about Mailergate, new ads from John Lewis and Ryan Zinke, VanDyke’s colleague, DSCC chair, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.”- Linus from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Halloween is this Friday night!

Some Christians don’t allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities and some do. Some believe it’s a night that people worship the devil and witches and warlocks and that Christians should stay away from it.

Whatever you believe I think it’s a personal choice and up to the parents as to what they allow their kids to do on Halloween.

I just don’t see how an adorable little kid could be seen as being evil dressed as Batman, Spiderman, or as a Power Ranger.

I’ve gone to church activities on Halloween where we played games and the kids were given candy.

It wasn’t that big a deal either way – maybe it’s because both events had free candy!

I’ve walked along the sidewalk (and sometimes froze) as my kids went door to door shouting, “trick or treat.” As a child I did everything from trick or treating to decorating a house with toilet paper and shaving cream to overturning an outhouse.

At one military base where I lived in base housing there was a two-hour “trick or treat” window for Halloween. We had over 100 kids come to the door. It was a mad rush to get to as many houses as they could in those two hours.

One time in a city where I lived the leaders of the city decided to celebrate Halloween on Saturday instead of Sunday. Of course, I never got “the memo” and had to give a sweet little girl some chips (probably stale) from an old open bag of barbecue potato chips. After she left looking somewhat dejected, we quickly closed the door and shut off the lights.

When my kids were younger, as their parent it was my duty to “sample” the candy from the haul they received on Halloween night to ensure it was safe for them. The rule was they were not allowed to eat anything until they arrived home and I had “checked” it.

To this day, I believe the best thing about Halloween is the snack-sized candy bars. I also like the fact that many stores will have sales the next day to get rid of the candy!

So, maybe it is evil…

 

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Caught My Eye…

There are only 11 days until Election Day 2014 – the Crazy Train has left the station!

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 maybe both.

Today I write about Zinke’s records, Montana Family Foundation, Montana Supreme Court mailers, Congressman, not commando, a distillery tour, prom photos, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word. Your free dose of knowledge is ready!

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about net worth in Congress, unemployment, absentee ballots, Monica Lewinsky, Breaking Bad action figures, Dr. Ben Carson, Pennsylvania & wine, World Series tickets, Joe Buck, death penalty, the fallen video, Daines’ wealth, celebrity sports fans, best horror movies, ground beef, and much more!

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