Thursday Numbers

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 National Parks, unemployment, NFL schedule, Veterans Choice Program & Jon Tester, #Happy420, University of Montana, Elsie Arntzen, University of California, Berkeley, & Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Patriots at the White House, Jason Chaffetz quits, best pro players by the numbers, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

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 Greg Gianforte, Bill O’Reilly, unemployment, Rob Quist, ACLU, Montana & rape kits, TWW on Twitter, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, World War I, news media favoritism, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. – Arthur Conan Doyle

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 least popular U.S. Senators, cell phone patrols, O’Reilly & gun control, the FBI Watch List, the eighth grade graduation speech, the Kosovo Chili Cook-off, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” where clowns are to the left of me and jokers are to the right! That means everyone and everything is fair game…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile, or to irritate you just a little. Maybe both!

Today I write about C-130s/RED HORSE and the Montana Congressional delegation, the new VA Montana Director, District Judge Kenneth Neill, Net Neutrality, Gov. Scott Walker, Bill O’Reilly, the dress, House of Cards, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and to the 236th edition of “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile, or to irritate you just a little. Maybe both!

Today I write about Brian Schweitzer, the Cascade County Detention Center, Bill O’Reilly, Major League Baseball, Daytona 500, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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Changes in the Empire?

Fox News pretty much controls cable news, but there might be a crack in their armor. O’Reilly, Hannity, and Van Susteren pretty much destroy the competition in the evening on cable news. Even the replays of their earlier shows later in the evening normally beat the competition soundly.

So why tinker with a successful thing? Some believe Fox News is losing the all-important viewers between the ages of 25-54 and that is the reason for the change.

Fox News lost me years ago.

It appears that Fox News star Megyn Kelly is moving to primetime and will possibly take over the 9 p.m. (eastern) slot currently occupied by Sean Hannity. Nobody really knows where Hannity will go. I suspect that Van Susteren will move to another spot in the day, and Hannity will take her slot, but that is just my idea. It would make sense to put Kelly in between O’Reilly and Hannity. It would be a ratings bonanza for Kelly. Maybe Fox News needs more moderation during that time. Kelly would be more moderate than Hannity.   Continue reading

Just Shut Up…

Within a few minutes of the tragedy in Arizona the blame game started. The left blamed the right and the right blamed the left.

The cable news networks picked their sides and the debate started.

It’s time for everyone to just shut up – take a step back. Do no harm. People were murdered – one was a nine year-old girl – who just wanted to meet the congresswoman – a role model. Others have also suffered and some will be scarred for life both mentally and physically. Continue reading