Terrific News Tuesday

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • The Nurse
  • The Police Officer
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Women’s Final Four
  • Men’s Final Four

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Terrific News Tuesday

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car. – Steven Wright

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Russell Live Auction
  • Montana’s Farms & Ranches
  • My Neighbor In Need
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Sweet 16
  • Tom Brady’s Jersey

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Thursday Numbers

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

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 the Trump budget, the wall, Montana & Medicaid expansion, health care, unemployment, Montana Legislature, bipartisan road trip, March madness, Butte America, Walmart, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Pearl Harbor, Daines, Trump, the weather, & more!

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • U.S. Senator Steve Daines
  • Donald Trump & Boeing
  • The Weather
  • Larry the Legend

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Wrestling, Racing, & the 2016 NBA Finals

When I was about 10 years old, me and my parents and grandmother would watch wrestling on Channel 2 every Saturday night at 10:30. One of my favorite wrestlers was a Native American who went by the name Danny Little Bear.

One summer it was announced that the wrestlers from Channel 2 would be coming to the local fair and Danny Little Bear would be there for the main event. We went to the fair to see the wrestlers, and I was down by the ring cheering on Danny. He was getting the crap kicked out of him. All of a sudden I saw Danny reach into his wrestling trunks and put something that looked like a red capsule in his mouth. Then the other wrestler let him up, and after Danny was standing the other wrestler landed a hard shot on Danny’s face.

Blood started trickling out of Danny’s mouth. It was not real blood. It was fake blood from the capsule. Danny Little Bear lost the match. I was glad.

I figured out that professional wrestling was not all I thought it was – that some of the action was rigged.

Fast forward to 2007 and I was watching the Daytona 500. NASCAR had made a rule that when there was a crash, the field would be frozen and if it was the last lap, the winner would be the leader. It was a safety thing. One of my favorite drivers, Mark Martin, was leading the race with one lap left when a crash occurred. NASCAR did not throw a caution flag and they allowed everyone to race back to the line although some drivers saw the crash and let up. Martin should have won the Daytona 500 that year. I’ve never watched a full race since then. To me, NASCAR seems good at changing or rigging the rules as they go along – maybe for more exciting racing or maybe for something else.

This year’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was another inglorious moment in my sports history that I won’t soon forget. Before you go saying I’m a Warriors fan, slap yourself. I have been a Boston Celtics fan since the days of Bird, McHale, and Ainge.

It seemed that after the Warriors went up three games to one on the Cavs, the officiating changed. Starting with game five, the refs allowed the Cavs to beat the crap out the Warriors’ Stephen Curry. The assault of Curry continued in game six and seven – and the refs did nothing.

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Monday’s Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – It’s time for Monday’s Potpourri! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Randy Pinocci’s Meltdown
  • The Tribune’s “The Edge” column is back featuring Taylor Brown, the Montana GOP, and the Montana Democrats.
  • North Dakota’s vision
  • I won a Big Gulp

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Dennis Rodman: Diplomat

In case you missed it, former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman visited North Korea for a few days and met with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

Rodman was the first American to meet with Kim Jong-un, who has been the “Supreme Leader of North Korea” since December 2011.

Let me repeat that: Dennis Rodman was the first American to meet with Kim Jong-un.

It was a very successful diplomatic mission. Plus it gave Rodman five more minutes of fame.

Kim Jong-un and Rodman reportedly watched a Harlem Globetrotters game and talked basketball. Rodman is six feet seven inches tall and he was a five-time NBA Champion and seven-time NBA rebounding champion. Kim Jong-un is five feet five inches tall. He has trouble rebounding, but he is the dictator of over 24 million people.

I have not confirmed the rumor they acquired matching tattoos and piercings.

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