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

Sometimes the best thing you do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best. – Unknown

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 Aaron Rodgers, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Puerto Rico, Giant Springs Elementary School, President Donald Trump & Google, I-185 poll results, U.S. Senator Jon Tester & the Homeland Security Committee, Unions – Yes, Bob Costas, Tester & Trump, the NFL preseason comes to a close, and much more!

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The President & the NFL

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!’ – President Donald J. Trump, September 22, 2017

In calling those NFL players who peacefully protest during the National Anthem, a “son of a bitch” President Trump united the NFL players, owners, and many others.

First of all, let me get this straight, I stand during the National Anthem and I either place my hand over my heart while facing the flag or during some events, I salute the flag because I am a veteran.

I know several people who died while serving in our military defending our freedoms. That is my way of honoring them and my country.

The big news on Sunday was showing how NFL players and fans reacted during the beginning of each game when the National Anthem was played. Many locked arms and some knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. Some raised their arms and made a fist. It was peaceful.

None of those protesting were showing disrespect to military personnel or to anyone in uniform. That angle used by those who dislike the protests is a non-starter.

Maybe you feel differently, but none of those protests bothered me. I served my country so people could have the freedom of speech and of expression. I am happy we still have that freedom.

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“In this world you will have trouble”

Several years ago while on leave from the military visiting family, I was one of the first people to come upon a terrible automobile accident.

Two people (a husband and wife) died – they were thrown from the vehicle. Two people (a brother and sister) in another vehicle were injured. The brother was trapped in the vehicle.

Although my military experience and training kicked in and I did what I could to help, the screams, cries, and the memory of bodies on the road and in the ditch still bothers me some today.

I’ve asked several times why that tragedy had to happen.

When I read that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli witnessed Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher shoot himself in the parking lot of the Chiefs’ practice facility on Saturday, my heart ached for them.  Continue reading