Thursday Numbers

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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 defrauding Medicare & Tricare, Mega Millions, Daines & Payment in Lieu of Taxes, unemployment, same-sex marriages, sex assaults on campus, Weyerhaeuser, Doolittle Raiders, Montana roadway deaths, U.S. House sit-in, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Scum), top landowners in Montana, Daines & press releases, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. – John Burroughs

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

  • The Senate Gun Votes
  • An Energy Plan
  • Privatize VA Care?
  • Columbus Day

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Caught My Eye…

If it’s Friday then it’s time for another edition of “Caught My Eye!”

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Dark money, Tim Fox and Columbus Day, Jon Tester and hostages, Steve Daines and Obamacare, President Obama and Bloggers, the Stenographer, My Advice to the Extremists, birthdays, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud! There’s much more so read on…

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Happy Columbus Day!

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

You probably remember that poem from school. Today we celebrate Columbus Day – the day that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America (but he actually landed in the Bahamas).

It’s awfully hard to “discover” a place that’s already inhabited.

Probably the biggest thing old Chris did was figure out the world was not flat.

Most of us “older” people were only taught the good things about Columbus. For a different look at Christopher Columbus, I’d suggest reading, “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, especially Chapter 1, “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress.”

Enjoy the holiday!