Thursday Numbers

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ― Theodore Roosevelt

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 jackpot, unemployment, median U.S. household, the Orioles & the Red Sox, Montana lawmakers & a pay raise, Trump or Media poll, Tester & Trump produce, Bob Woodward’s bestseller, Billings & Trump & #PlaidShirtGuy, Verizon, Apple iPhone, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits: Fighter & Winner, Happiest States, & 57 Days

Whenever you feel like giving up, think of all the people that would love to see you fail. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Fighter & Winner
  • Happiest States
  • 57 Days

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The Wednesday Read: Drunks & Child Abuse

Montana, Montana, Glory of the West
Of all the states from coast to coast, You’re easily the best
Montana, Montana, Where skies are always blue…
-Montana State Song
-Lyrics by Charles Cohan, Melody by Joseph E. Howard

We are about to enjoy another one of those great summers in Montana, with thousands upon thousands of people visiting the state to see our mountains, visit our parks, and fish and float in our rivers.

Sadly, Montana is becoming well-known for a couple reasons that should bother us all: drunk driving and child abuse.

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Published in: on April 18, 2018 at 9:26 am  Comments Off on The Wednesday Read: Drunks & Child Abuse  
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Tuesday Commentary: Helena Schools, DUI, FBI Raid, & Interior

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Helena Schools Lunch Debt
  • Billings Gazette DUI Editorial
  • The Great FBI Raid
  • Kevin Sabo, Interior Department Official

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The Wednesday Read: Editorials, Zinke, Trump + Putin, & Resignation

Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage. – Amy Jo Martin

Today’s topics are:

  • Editorials, the Gazette & Zinke
  • Trump + Putin
  • Pondera County Sheriff

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The Wednesday Read: Laurel, Trump, & Romney

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Today’s read deals with these important issues:

  • The Laurel, Montana, Circus
  • Trump & Airline Safety
  • Trump’s Bigger Button
  • Hatch & Romney

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The Special Session

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. – Benjamin Jowett

I’m kind of happy the Montana Legislature is getting together to try to address the $227 million budget shortage. It will probably give me something to write about. It will be fun to watch the jockeying and the games being played as the members of the Montana Legislature get to feel important again for a few days.

I’ve said often that the Montana Legislature being in session is like the circus coming to Helena. The legislators head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of the “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Then, many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

I don’t think most Montanans have that much respect for many members of the state legislature.

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Published in: on November 13, 2017 at 6:55 am  Comments Off on The Special Session  
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Caught My Eye…

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt

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 Bump Stocks, Rep. Tim Murphy – Hypocrite, Political Parties, Cam Newton – Sexist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One More Thing!

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The Wednesday Read: Graham-Cassidy and Stapleton

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr

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

  • Graham-Cassidy
  • Corey, Corey, Corey

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Caught My Eye…

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles. – Charlie Chaplin

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 on today include Monday with Gianforte, another Veterans Affairs bill, Comey’s testimony, the Aragon sisters, the Ryan brothers, and much more!

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