Thursday Numbers

Today, I saw that my ironing board cover was wrinkled. I laughed at the irony. Then I laughed again because irony has the word iron in it. – (Someecards)

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 United Teachers Los Angeles, unemployment, Iowa Republican Steve King, job approval rating differences, The Western Word AFC/NFC Championship polls, the border wall poll, most valuable toys from your childhood, Bob Costas, James Harden, Netflix, and much more.

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Thursday Numbers

To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world. ― Dr. Seuss

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions jackpot, “Go Fund Me” for the wall update, Montana Millionaire lottery, unemployment, Christmas and social media, Donald Trump’s 2018 in numbers, most admired man and woman for 2018, the partial federal government shutdown, pay increases for our troops fact check, and much more!

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The Monday Memo: Ryan Zinke, Obamacare, & Iowa Caucus

If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity. ― Albert Einstein

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Down goes Zinke
  • ACA/Obamacare
  • Iowa Caucus Poll: The Democrats

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The Monday Memo: Trump, McRaven, & Football

**Posting may be a little lighter this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday**

One of the best gifts you can give someone is a genuine thank you for being in your life. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Retired Admiral Bill McRaven
  • Self-Grading
  • Football
  • One More Thing

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Caught My Eye…

I was hoping for a battle of wits, but you appear to be unarmed. – Unknown

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

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Legislative Referendum 129
  • Recounts in Montana
  • Cascade County Elections
  • Ryan Zinke
  • CNN’s Jim Acosta
  • Fox News’ Tucker Carlson
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Ford vs Kavanaugh

When President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was derailed the Democrats cried foul and said how unfair it was. Now that President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is possibly being derailed, the Republicans are crying foul and saying it is unfair.

Welcome to politics in 2017-18. It’s a dirty business. I must admit the only thing better than watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up in Congress, is watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up on the football field on Sundays.

Surely the Republicans must have thought that the Democrats would use whatever they could to stop a Trump nominee. The Trump nominee had to be super clean. I know, don’t call you Shirley.

The Democrats found something on Brett Kavanaugh – from his high school days a mere 36 years ago – that could bring down the nomination. The Democrats waited until the 11th hour to spring it – those dirty rascals.

Full disclosure – I don’t remember my high school days, and I am around the same age as Kavanaugh. It was all kind of a fog. I still believe the movie “Dazed and Confused” was about my life.

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Thursday Numbers

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Matt Rosendale’s financial disclosure, Jon Tester’s cosmopolitan castle, unemployment, Paul Manafort & his ostrich jacket, Steve Daines & town hall meetings, Barack Obama, USA & North Korea, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Tester & earmarks, and Miracle Treat Day!

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Thursday Numbers

You are remembered for the rules you break. – Douglas MacArthur

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 Mega Millions jackpot, Matt Rosendale & fundraising, unemployment, the cost of President Trump’s visit, fact-checking Trump’s speech in Great Falls, Brett M. Kavanaugh, the best president, Planet Fitness, U.S. Attorneys, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: State of the Union Review

So let’s begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our Union is strong because our people are strong. And together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America. – President Donald J. Trump (01/30/18)

Let’s face it – President Donald J. Trump is no President Barack Obama when it comes to delivering speeches. Not many can compete with Obama in that arena.

The first year in office is in the books for Trump. Now he owns the Presidency and the good and bad that happens along the way.

Tuesday night Trump delivered a decent *speech. He stayed on script for the most part and even when he could not get one Democrat to cheer for his ideas, he kept his cool and stayed the course. There were some Democrats who boycotted his speech. Like I wrote yesterday, anytime a member of Congress boycotts the SOTU address, no matter which party, this is pure pettiness. They should be adults and show up.

Trump kept his cool for the whole length of his speech – one hour and twenty minutes. That makes it the third-longest State of the Union speech in history. Bill Clinton owns the two longest speeches. Trump’s speech contained 5,830 words. (Source)

We’ll see if he can keep his cool on Twitter in the coming days.

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The Wednesday Read: Tester Time

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. – Elizabeth Kenny

Montana’s Senior U.S. Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, is up for reelection this year. That means it’s Tester Time!

In case you missed it, Tester was one of 18 senators who voted against the short-term funding measure to reopen the government this week.

His “No” vote received a lot of attention. Roll Call reported it this way:

Montana Sen. Jon Tester was the only red-state Democrat up for re-election this year to vote against a stopgap funding measure Monday to end the three-day government shutdown.

Senators are well-known for the changes they go through the last couple years of their six-year term. They attend more meetings, issue more press releases, and are friendlier to the voters.

Sure Tester does some of the same things, but his “No” vote on the short-term funding bill only gave his opponents some much-needed ammo.

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