Welcome to my weekly column called “Thursday Numbers!” I’m glad you stopped by!
If you are a new visitor, this is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).
DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Please consider yourself warned.
This week I write about the highest-earning athletes, Powerball, salaries for university presidents, unemployment, Barry Beach, Montana Department of Justice, anesthesiologists, deer and bus, satisfaction, shampooers, Trevor Runyon, IRS and Obama, BAC, and much more!
The Great Falls Tribune’s editorial board writes a column called “The Edge” that is published every Saturday on their Viewpoints page. It is where the editorial board members kind of let their hair down some. The Viewpoints section is one of my favorite parts of the newspaper. I always read “The Edge” first on Saturday mornings.
In this past Saturday’s column (I cannot find it online) they looked at the disappearance of right-wing blogs in Montana and made some interesting observations. They asked, “why more moderate or left-leaning blogs are sticking around in Montana” instead of the right-leaning blogs.
I have been an active blogger since January 2005. As a recovering right-wing blogger who is now more independent, I have always held moderate beliefs (I see both sides). The Western Word is more of a blog where I comment on the news and issues. Up at the top of the page I state that The Western Word provides “Independent Commentary about Politics, Sports, the Media, and Current Events.”
I thought maybe I could shed some light on the issue of the scarce right-wing blogs. Continue reading →
My alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. this morning and as I normally do first thing in the morning, I check my e-mail/text messages. I had about 10 “breaking news alerts” from various news organizations regarding the Boston bombing. As I get ready to post this column this morning, reports say one suspect is dead one is on the run. They are reportedly brothers.
Let’s pray for all those involved and pray that this ends soon with no more bloodshed.
Congrats on making it through another week and to another edition of “Caught My Eye!”
So what is “Caught My Eye?” It’s the column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.
Today I write about Max’s train wreck, transparency, Bobcats logo, Mark Sanford, Schweitzer Speaks, News coverage, April 19, The Hope Movement, Juror Texting, and much more! Continue reading →
The Great Falls Tribune, citing a Pentagon spokesperson, is reporting that the Montana Air National Guard’s (MANG) F-15s will all be gone by early 2014. They are heading to California. The first F-15s will begin leaving in the next three months according to the Tribune report.
C-130 cargo planes will be replacing the F-15s. According to the Tribune they will start arriving in early 2014.
The move to C-130s is not sitting well with some in the state.
The Western Word was provided a copy of a letter sent to the three members of the Montana Congressional delegation and the Governor from three retired Brigadier Generals who served as commanders in the Montana Air National Guard. Continue reading →
On this date 10 years ago (the evening March 19, 2003, here in the USA) the invasion of Iraq began. At that time I supported the war. I was not alone. A Gallup Poll taken right after the war started showed 76% of Americans supported the war.
The Great Falls (MT) Tribune is asking their readers this morning, “Was the Iraq War a mistake?” The answer to that question is really pretty simple: It was a mistake. 10 years ago most folks believed it was the right thing to do because almost everyone believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and they feared he would use them.
It’s OK to Monday morning quarterback the Iraq War to prevent us from repeating those mistakes.
It seemed almost everywhere we looked back then someone was beating the war drum to take out Saddam Hussein – both Democrats and Republicans – and it became a slippery slope. Around 40 governments participated (in some capacity) in the Iraq War.
For some reason the checks and balances that normally strangle our government (and other governments) failed. It’s interesting to watch some of the news networks today playing clips of politicians from both parties saying in 2003 that we needed to take Saddam Hussein out. Continue reading →
Welcome to Friday and to those of you who get a three-day weekend – Congrats! To those of you serving as U.S. Senators and Representatives, enjoy your week off…
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.
Today I write about Tester’s Committee Assignments, Electric City Weblog, Dark Money, Johnson trial, the Hagel filibuster, the cruise, the meteor, and much more!
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” 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.
Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…
This week I write about Manti Te’o, LeBron, unemployment, the NRA, Tester and Begich, Montana gambling, the 57th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, graduation rate, Michelle Obama, Kid Rock, Zooey, Muhammad Ali, Salazar and Schweitzer, the circus in Helena, the Python Challenge, my guns, and much more!
Welcome to Monday and Monday Morning Politics! To those of you getting a day off because of Veterans Day, enjoy it. My flag was flown yesterday and it is flying today! Thank you fellow Veterans!
Today in Monday Morning Politics I take a look at Yellowstone County, a Tribune question, examining the Tester and Bullock wins, the Superintendent of Public Instruction race, Seeking a silver lining, Canceling the parade, Directions, Best Polls/Worst Polls, the Mormon vote, SNL and Romney, and a Thank you! There’s more so read on…
Congratulations on making it to Friday! I started my morning here in Big Sky Country by scooping about 11” of snow – and it’s still snowing! Here’s a pic (there’s a 12″ ruler sticking up in the middle of the table):
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So, get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.
Many websites, blogs, and Twitter accounts will go dark now since the election is over, but not The Western Word. We’ve been in business since January 2005 and our journey will continue! So to those of you who are leaving, we’ll see you in 2014 or 2016…
Today I write about Yellowstone County, Indian Voters, Political Action Committees winners and losers, The Daily Show & Fox News, Dark Money Group, Racist Tweets, Team Romney is shellshocked, Who won, and whom they owe, plus I open up my political inbox one more time and share! There’s more so read on…