Thursday Numbers

The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them. -Unknown

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Trump’s fundraising, ransom to hackers, unemployment, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Montana AFL-CIO convention, NBA Draft, Trump’s job approval rating, Bullock & the second debate, the congressional women’s softball game, Yellowstone, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Trump CAPS, Who is America, NBC/WSJ poll, & Tiger

I think I’ve been an incredible example to my kids of what not to do. – Woody Harrelson

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • ALL CAPS TRUMP
  • Who is America?
  • NBC/WSJ poll
  • It’s My Fault, Tiger

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The Wednesday Read: Family Separations, Zinke & Socks, & Sir Paul

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Family Separations
  • Zinke & Socks
  • Hey Beatles Fans

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The Wednesday Read: Elections, Ballot, Trump, Clinton, & Colbert

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. – Andrew Jackson

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Great Falls School Elections
  • Montana Special House Election
  • Trump Report on Andrew Jackson
  • Hillary Speaks
  • The Colbert Monologue

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Gallup: Confidence in Military, Small Business Rank Highest

It’s pretty quiet out there. The months of June, July, and August are normally pretty quiet on the blogging front with readers playing outside and enjoying summer instead of checking their favorite blogs for new posts. As a long-time blogger, my historic numbers show this year after year.

Here at The Western Word, I will continue to post columns six days a week – God willing.

There’s some big news on the horizon with the U.S. Supreme Court due to release their decisions this month on same-sex marriage and Obamacare. Presidential politics are on the radar as well as state political conventions. Announcements for state-wide office should be trickling in over the summer and into the fall.

Today a new poll from Gallup caught my attention. It was their annual “confidence in major U.S. institutions poll.” U.S. institutions include things like public schools, congress, presidency, small business, newspapers, television news, church or organized religion, banks, big business, organized labor, the police, medical system, military, U.S. Supreme Court, and the criminal justice system.

Gallup named each of these U.S. institutions and 1,527 people were asked how much confidence they have in each one. The answers could be a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. The margin of error is +/-3%.

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Weekend Potpourri

Welcome to Monday – time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • A Veteran’s Nightmare
  • The Patriot Act
  • American Pharoah
  • Naked and Afraid

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