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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The Sunday Message

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”Matthew 16:24 (NIV)

If you use Facebook, then you probably have “friends.” If you use Twitter, then you probably have “followers,” and if you use Google+ you probably have people in your “circles.”

There’s a Twitter account with the name “Got Jesus?’ There are about 251,000 people following “Got Jesus?” on Twitter. “Jesus Daily” on Facebook has 25,739,252 “likes” and on Google+ the account has over 85,000 members.

By the way, musicians Katy Perry and Justin Bieber both have over 50 million followers on Twitter.

We seem to always have a need to belong, to be liked, to have friends. We are more connected in this world than ever before, but we’re probably more isolated than ever before because of the technology. Some people go without face to face contact with people for days or weeks.

It’s good to remember that no matter how isolated we are God is with us.

In Romans 10:17 (NCV), “So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.”

It does not matter how you hear “Good News,” it’s that you keep your heart open to hear it.

The “Jesus” accounts on the social networks are wonderful tools to use in your walk with God. One that I use called “Message from God” often sends me a message just when I need to hear it. You can check it out at It’s also a good idea to interact with other Christians, which will help you grow in your walk with Jesus. You can do that just by going to church.

Most importantly: Pray a lot – and read your Bible. I use a web version of the Bible called “You Version.” I have passages highlighted with notes, and I use a reading plan.

Technology has given us the opportunity to become even closer to God – so use it!


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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – the last one for March!

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 the Baucus home, Hot Lotto, unemployment, Sunburst, Matt Rosendale, Ryan Zinke, Corey Stapleton, a Billings physician, Viagra & Cialis, veterans, John Lewis, Elsie Arntzen, Pope Francis, primary election day, contraceptives, Obamacare, Sweet 16, McDonald’s Prime burger, senior citizens, Rockin’ the Rivers, and Joe Biden’s e-mail. There’s a lot more so read on!

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Mean People Suck

I think the first time I saw the words “Mean People Suck” it was on a bumper sticker in the parking lot at a Wal-Mart somewhere in the Midwest. Some people say a band wrote a song back in the early 1980s called “Mean People Suck” and that’s where the saying came from.

Another one of my favorite bumper stickers is, “Tough Times Won’t Last, But Tough People Will.” I will save that for another day.

Nonetheless, mean people really do suck and it’s been evident lately. Here’s what I mean.

It’s always interesting to me when a major crime or event happens in or around Great Falls, Montana. The event seems to bring out the worst in people – especially those who get their bravery because they are posting from their Facebook account to the Facebook pages of the local newspaper (Great Falls Tribune) and the one television station (KRTV) that has a strong social media program.

It’s a tough job policing your newspaper and television station’s Facebook page and the comment sections on their websites. They need the traffic on their sites, and over the years they have come a long way in policing the comments. That journey continues…

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“Views are my own”

It’s tough being a reporter these days. Instead of writing a story for tomorrow’s paper or next month’s magazine, news reporting is expected to be instant. You really need to beat your competition by getting the news on Twitter, Facebook, and on your website first.

I think I would love the competition in the news world to be first – and correct – and beat the crap out of the competition!

Having tools like Twitter and Facebook can also present other problems. I am sure many news organizations have rules in place for their staff when it comes to what they should or should not say on the company Twitter or Facebook page. They may have rules in place if they are using their personal Twitter account for their professional work.

Using their personal Twitter account for their professional work is where it gets interesting – and fun. Some reporters may put “Views are my own” or “Retweets do not equal endorsements” on their Twitter bio page to let readers know that if they have a few too many cocktails and Tweet drunk, or if they are just so ticked off at someone and forget the rules, they are not really responsible.

Late last week, right-wing radio host Aaron Flint posted a story on his Voices of Montana radio program blog about a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Laura Lundquist) Tweeting about Congressman Steve Daines’ vote on the budget bill. Lundquist supposedly called Daines a “Tea Party moron” on her personal Twitter page because he voted against the budget bill.

By the way, Flint disclosed on his radio show several months ago that his wife works for Congressman Steve Daines, so one might expect him to protect the home team.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read 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).

NOTICE: 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 “Likes” on Facebook, Bobby Kennedy, Chris Christie, Susan Rice, D-Day, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, Max Baucus, Steve Bullock, Montana Republicans, Montana Democrats, Brian Schweitzer, Stop Dark Money Montana, unemployment, Veterans Upward Bound, NSA and Verizon, Will Deschamps, Gary Carlson, Don Hart, Major League Baseball, Obamacare, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Hey – it’s the first Thursday in October – and it’s chilly out here in Big Sky Country!

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read “Thursday Numbers.” This is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

DISCLAIMER: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about Facebook users, tweets during the Presidential debate, Big Bird, unemployment numbers, KRTV “Likes,” anti-flopping, Leave it to Beaver, Electoral College, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Alicia Silverstone, Miguel Cabrera, Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, and much more!

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Monday Morning Politics

Here we go once again – another Monday!  I hope your Easter was blessed!

For being an Easter weekend, there sure were a lot of political stories.  I’ve managed to put many of them all in one place for you to see.  If you are new to “Monday Morning Politics,” this column is where I take a look at many of the political stories from the past weekend and provide (sometimes snarky) commentary about them.

Today I write about Tester’s new TV ads, Rehberg’s flyers, the F-18 crash, the Governor’s taxes, the Governor’s health clinic, Miller’s photo, candidates and social media, Daines and the GOP field, a personal story about Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes, and much more! Continue reading

Politics 2012: “Like”

With campaign season in full swing, it is fun to see how the candidates, their supporters, and their opponents are using social media sites, like Facebook, to get their message out.

We see the normal “Women for XXXX” and “Veterans for XXXX” “Students for XXXX” plus there are Facebook pages for several local and state-wide candidates just waiting for you to “Like” them – so get out there and explore!

Listed below are a few sites that I found interesting:

Dogs Against Romney” states that they are about “Educating the public about Romney’s treatment of his pet.”  This site has 43,486 likes.  They proudly say they are a “Super Pack.”  They provide a link to a website that has the story about Romney’s “dog on the car roof” vacation story.  Continue reading

Wednesday Potpourri

Happy first (full) day of spring – happy hump day, too!  Hang in there – the weekend is within sight.

There were just so many things to write about today that I decided to do another “Wednesday Potpourri” column – and it’s one you really need to read.

Today I write about two Libertarians, corruption in state government, gas prices, little pink slime, no pay raise, Facebook and job interviews, Veterans, and neighborhood watch.

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