Wednesday’s Quick Hits

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

– “American Pie” by Don McLean

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • The Day the Music Died
  • Denise Juneau
  • Ted Cruz
  • Ann Coulter
  • Caucus Speeches
  • Cable News & the Caucus
  • Obama Visits U.S. Mosque
  • Super Bowl 50 poll

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Thursday Numbers

I never learned from a man who agreed with me. – Robert A. Heinlein

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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 our national debt, the war against coal, American Pie, astronauts, unemployment, the stock market, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Montana Legislature & the vote to adjourn, cheapest beer in baseball, the Montana VA, Geno Auriemma and UConn, Brian Williams, John McCain, Mike Krzyzewski & Duke, and congrats to Sarah Thomas!

Buckle up – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

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January Makes Me Shiver…

Back in January 2011 I wrote a column about my feelings toward the month of January. These are not good feelings because I actually hate January.

I thought about the old column as I was scooping about a gazillion inches of snow this week in the single-digit temperatures, wondering if, after several years, I would actually see a city snowplow on my street.

This was about the same time when I broke another snow shovel, which will go into the snow shovel graveyard in the corner of my garage.

Since the holiday break is over and we’re well into this terrible month, I thought today would be a great day to re-post the column with some additional thoughts.

Enjoy!

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January Makes Me Shiver…

Back in January 2011 I wrote this column about my feelings toward the month of January. Since the holiday break is over for most folks, I thought today would be a great day to re-post the column. Enjoy!

In the song “American Pie” Don McLean sings “February makes me shiver…” but it is January to me.

I started thinking this as I was taking down the Christmas decorations today. By the way, they are a lot more fun to put up.

In fact, I vote for January as the worst month of the year. It’s long, the weather’s usually ugly, and it’s cold in most places. January is just a dark month. Nothing very good happens in January. The credit card bills roll in from all those Christmas purchases, so January is downright depressing.  Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

A long long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile…

Today is “the day the music died” – and The Western Word honors that day, so read on!

Welcome to the 80th edition of “Caught My Eye!”  Caught My Eye is posted almost every Friday morning right here!  This is the column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week (and often with just a touch of sarcasm).

Today I talk about planes in Great Falls, the Political Practices soap opera, a birthday, unemployment, Komen/Planned Parenthood, I share the e-mails from my political inbox and I close it out with American Pie.  Enjoy the read and enjoy your Friday…

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January Makes Me Shiver…

In the song “American Pie” Don McLean sings “February makes me shiver…” but it is January to me.

I started thinking this as I was taking down the Christmas decorations today. By the way, they are a lot more fun to put up.

In fact, I vote for January as the worst month of the year. It’s long, the weather’s usually ugly, and it’s cold in most places. January is just a dark month. Nothing very good happens in January. The credit card bills roll in from all those Christmas purchases, so January is downright depressing.

There are a couple of holidays in January to give us some relief – New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday), but that’s about it. Between those two holidays we face a dreary month.

January is the month we have “National Static Electricity Day” “Bean Day” “National Pie Day” and we can’t forget “National Kazoo Day.” Continue reading