Thursday Numbers

Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“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 Scrabble, unemployment, bison, a bridge, golf, this column, congress, Kansas City Royals, Sen. Jon Tester, Magic Johnson, Cindy Brady, Sen. John Walsh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Ice Bucket Challenge, veterans, rain, drunk driving, best paying jobs, NFL pre-season games, living in Walmart, Gen. Viet Luong, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first Friday of August and a new edition of “Caught My Eye!”

Buckle up!

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 War College-Department of Defense-War College, RED HORSE, Daines’ Ad “Handshake,” Veterans Reform Bill, Suing President Obama, MTV, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud. There’s much more so read on!

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MT Senate 2014: Department of Defense

Yesterday the Associated Press (AP) reported that the Department of Defense (DOD) would be “overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress.”

The AP said the move was “unusual” which means the conspiracy theory people will be out in force. Of course, the Walsh haters and Rep. Steve Daines’ (Walsh’s opponent) supporters were also out in force. It was pure silliness and good for a laugh or two.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of valuable knowledge!

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve tried to find a source for everything used in this column just in case a New York Times reporter reviews it seven years from now…

“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 New York Times & John Walsh, Social Security Administration, Hot Lotto, unemployment, a big bottle of catsup, executions, a big flagpole, Obama fundraisers, Vietnam memorial, my book, cattle & lightning, football, the drinking age, and National Tequila Day.

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Campaign 2014: Lawsuit, Veterans, & Spending

Our members of Congress return to Washington this week just about 120 days before the November election. Don’t look for much to get done between now and November – it’s all about political posturing from here on out.

Do we really care?

One thing that seems to be on the front burner is having a vote in the Republican-controlled House to see if members want to sue President Barack Obama.

No matter how much Speaker of the House John Boehner denies this is about politics and elections, it is. Anyone who has read my columns over the years has seen me say several times, “It’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C.”

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge!

Have a wonderful Independence Day – and remember we are `Merica – so let’s do it right!

If you are a first-time visitor, “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 fireworks, World Cup, the USA in 1776 & 2014, American Crossroads, Veterans Administration, unemployment, Declaration of Independence, Benefis Health System, Liberty, Civil Rights Act, worst president, Air Force Global Strike Command, Yahoo Contributor Network, parking at Walmart, Mitt Romney, Fox News, a new four-star admiral, and much more!

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VA Secretary: Mission Impossible?

Your mission Robert, should you decide to accept it, will be to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs…

It’s time to play the Mission Impossible theme song.

President Barack Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs.

McDonald is a veteran, which is a good thing. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Associated Press reported McDonald donated money to Obama’s opponent in 2012, Mitt Romney, which shows me that Obama may be selecting who he thinks can best do the job. McDonald also donated to House Speaker John Boehner.

I asked my Congressman, Steve Daines, via Twitter if he knew Robert McDonald from his Procter & Gamble days, but I have yet to receive a response.

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Welcome Home Bowe

I have been following the Bowe Bergdahl issue for several years. I “Liked” a Facebook page dedicated to his return and followed a Twitter account called @WaitingForBowe to keep up with the latest information.

For those who don’t know about Bergdahl, he is a U.S. Army soldier who was captured by the enemy in Afghanistan back in June 2009. He was released on May 31, 2014.

I am happy and grateful for his release – one can only imagine what he went through and what his family went through these last five years. We should all be happy that he made it home. Military personnel should always be brought home – we should leave no one behind.

The circumstances surrounding his capture and his release deserve to be investigated.

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Memorial Day: A Look Back

If you are an elected official, then it’s a must that you attend a Memorial Day ceremony in the state you represent. Although most of our elected officials these days did not serve in the military, they have a staffer put together a few lines for a speech, and they talk about a relative who served way back when.

Here in Montana, the place to be for the elected officials was Laurel where the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery was dedicated and renamed the Yellowstone National Cemetery. Congratulations to all those who made the Yellowstone National Cemetery possible.  The Billings Gazette has the story.

Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh, and Congressman Steve Daines all attended the event. I am sure all their speeches were carefully crafted with the next election in mind – with video trackers recording their every moment.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 199th edition of “Caught My Eye!” Buckle up!

PLEASE NOTE: Take a moment this weekend to remember the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country and pray for their families and friends.

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 – or both.

Today I write about Walsh’s new ad called “Melissa,” Daines’ new ad called “Rebekah,” Montana ExpoPark and the Montana Attorney General, Zinke responds, Daines does not, Obama sends a deputy to help veterans, a new poll about the military, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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