The Wednesday Read: Trump’s Exam, Approval Rating, & Greitens

Some people hear voices…some see invisible people…others have no imagination whatsoever. – Unknown

Today’s read deals with these important issues:

  • The Medical Exam
  • First Year Approval Ratings
  • Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

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Tuesday Commentary: Candidate Filing, Oprah, & Football

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Candidate Filing
  • Oprah 2020
  • Roll Tide

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Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 8:45 am  Comments Off on Tuesday Commentary: Candidate Filing, Oprah, & Football  
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Thursday Numbers

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. – Washington Irving

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 Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries, Social Security beneficiaries, 2018, claims for unemployment, Montana Millionaire drawing, the NFL this Sunday, least intelligent dogs, most admired for 2017, top media stories for 2017, Montana unemployment, the top column for 2017 from The Western Word, and much more!

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Bergdahl: An Appropriate Sentence?

In June 2009, U.S. Army Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan and was captured by Taliban forces. He was held for five years where he was tortured, beaten, and held in a cage in darkness after he tried to escape.

In May of 2014, Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. The exchange was approved by then President Barack Obama.

After an investigation, the US military charged Bergdahl with one count each of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place.

Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Last week Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge from the US Army with no prison time. His rank will be reduced from sergeant to private, he will be required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months. The sentence will be reviewed by higher authorities.

I think the sentence is appropriate.

Many people were outraged at the sentence and that is fine. Some of the reasons they were outraged were false reasons – like that soldiers were killed looking for Bergdahl. It’s true that soldiers looked for Bergdahl and some were badly injured, but the only death was a military working dog.

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Published in: on November 6, 2017 at 6:22 am  Comments Off on Bergdahl: An Appropriate Sentence?  
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Caught My Eye…

You know, people don’t understand — I went to an Ivy League college, I was a nice student, I did very well, I’m a very intelligent person. – President Donald J. Trump (10/25/17)

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 about today include the Deans from Havre, Karen Marshall resigns, Kathleen Williams announces, Trump & Tester, things to know, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoreau

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 Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Troy Downing, unemployment, Dow Jones, Polls on gun control, Trump and the media, Hotel California, Russell Fagg, NFL viewership, REAL ID, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: DACA & School Crossing Guards

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas A. Edison

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

  • DACA – My View
  • Caution Children Crossing

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Published in: on September 6, 2017 at 8:14 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: DACA & School Crossing Guards  
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Thursday Numbers

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. – John Wayne

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 Powerball, Obama’s Tweet, unemployment, hate groups, sexual/violent offenders, Mayweather–McGregor, Elvis, Trump’s job approval, McCaskill’s town hall forums, MoviePass, Trump’s advisory councils, and much more!

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Published in: on August 17, 2017 at 6:32 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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Monday’s Quick Hits

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Don Petrini & the School Board
  • Gorsuch Nomination & Tester
  • Mail-in Election

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Monday’s Quick Hits

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. – Mark Twain

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Democrats & Quist
  • Cotter – Still Complaining
  • This Week in Washington

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