Thursday Numbers

When it comes to the game of life, I figure I’ve played the whole course. – Lee Trevino

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions, losing health insurance, unemployment, fact-checking the President, John McCain, Fox News Poll, drought disaster, Donald Trump, White House briefing, working together, the sixth month, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. – Charlie Chaplin

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Monday with Gianforte, another Veterans Affairs bill, Comey’s testimony, the Aragon sisters, the Ryan brothers, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. – Will Rogers

Today I take a look at Trump’s Immigration Order, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the $25 boat sticker, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Read: Liars, Ads, Immigration, & Primaries

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

Wow – this is the last column for August! Summer is ending and school starts in Great Falls today. Let’s be careful out there!

As we get ready to turn the calendar that means campaign season is heating up! Today the following items caught my attention:

  • Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
  • New Juneau Ad
  • Trump Immigration Speech
  • Florida/Arizona Primaries

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Palin and the Missoulian

I guess I missed it. Sarah Palin was in Missoula Sunday afternoon to speak at a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, which is a very good program.

Nothing much can pry me away from the opening Sunday of NFL football, so even if I had remembered that Palin was in Missoula, I would have opted to watch football.

Probably a good baseball game or cooking show would have kept me away, too.

What was funny is that Palin got under the skin of the local newspaper, The Missoulian. So much that the editor, Sherry Devlin, decided to write a “blog” post about Palin and her comments…on Sunday afternoon.

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Taking time out of my busy vacation schedule to watch the World Cup and the latest shenanigans from the Obama Administration, I watched General Stanley McChrystal get replaced (fired is a better word) today as the top war commander in Afghanistan by his Commander in Chief, Barack Obama.

Here in the Midwest with the heat index over 100 degrees, I just had to find a cool air-conditioned spot to let off some steam about the latest move by Obama.

In my opinion, it was a terrible move to fire McChrystal and one that will set back the war effort in Afghanistan by a year or more. There seems to be some discontent in our ranks from the lowest enlisted person to the highest Generals with our country’s current leaders in regards to a plan for Afghanistan.

Obama has named General David Petraeus to succeed McChrystal. During his speech announcing the replacement, I waited for the part where Obama would say, “This is all George Bush’s fault” but it did not happen. McCrystal was Obama’s man and his man alone.

General Petraeus did not faint, either, which is a good sign.

One thing I got from Obama’s announcement was that if you are in the military you had dammed-well better respect Joe (bite me) Biden and Barack and our (inept) civilians in charge of the military plus those ambassadors in Iraq and Afghanistan or your butts will be out quicker than Obama can say “fore” on a golf course. In other words, you will be “McChrystalled” Continue reading