Thursday Numbers

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening. – Franklin P. Jones

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 Mega Millions, Steve Bullock, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport Director, Great Falls Public School District’s food truck, troops in Afghanistan, Ryan Zinke, Hillary Clinton, The Ark Encounter, veterans & suicide, vulnerable House members, Oscar Pistorius, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson

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

  • Hillary’s Emails
  • A Capitol Fourth
  • Unsecured Nukes & Tester/Daines
  • Benefis & Allegiance

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Caught My Eye…

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. – John D. Rockefeller

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 this week include the first debate, National Pro-Life Alliance, BigMike Lenahan, SCOTUS & Obama & Immigration, McConnell Kills Gun Bill, Britain to Leave EU, Any Given Wednesday, and much more!

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Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. – Regina Brett

Welcome to Monday! Can you believe it – today is the first day of summer!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • BigMike Lenahan
  • Montana Chamber Endorses
  • Tester Endorses Clinton
  • Gun Control Measures
  • Obama & National Parks

*By the way, later today I will post a special column about the NBA Finals and sports – stay tuned!

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. – John C. Maxwell

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

  • Bullock & Gianforte & Money
  • Rick Perry & Greg Gianforte
  • New Anti-Gianforte Website
  • Trump & Obama
  • Russia & DNC computers
  • Trump & Orlando Shooter

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. – Samuel Johnson

I’ve already posted my thoughts about the mass shooting in Orlando. Click HERE to read my column.

Welcome to Monday! Here are some “Quick Hits” about some issues that caught my attention over the weekend:

  • Blog of the Week
  • Public Access/Public Lands Games
  • Who Do You Support?
  • Democrats Pick Delegates

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Congratulations Florida, you just had the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.

Maybe that’s a little cold, but it’s the truth.

Early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others. During the shooting, Mateen allegedly called 911 and professed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP)

Mateen used an assault rifle and handgun to do his killing. There have been reports that he had been investigated by the FBI, which is another problem altogether.

Before you start thinking that “things” will change now since there’s a new mass shooting record, don’t bet on it. Our elected officials didn’t do one damned thing after a man killed 20 children (ages six and seven) and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school, so they will do even less since the Orlando killing happened at an LGBT bar – even if it set a new record for mass killings in the United States.

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