Thursday Numbers

It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. – Arnold H. Glasow

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to your weekly dose of knowledge!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Chicago & reparations, Montana District Judge George “Jerry” Huss, unemployment,, IRS workers, deflategate, public school testing, National Day of Prayer, Obamacare, water shortage, Stamp Out Hunger food drive, Nielsen Household, Barry Beach, Roger Bannister, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word. Your free dose of knowledge is ready!

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the national debt, table tennis, unemployment, the Broncos, Common Core, hospital charts, Barry Beach, supervised isolation, attorneys, happiest cities in Montana, The Great Seal, Ryan Zinke, College Football Playoff Rankings, World Series, and much more!

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Monday’s Political Quick Hits

I put together a list of things that caught my attention over the weekend and this morning that you should read in Monday’s Political Quick Hits!

Those items include the richest members of Congress, Meet the Press, summer vacation ends, Obama to speak about Islamic State militants, gay marriage bans, Mitt Romney, the Billings Gazette on Common Core, the Missoulian on seat belts, and a lot more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” and congratulations on making it to another Friday!

NOTICE: The Western Word has no secret waiting lists.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee & Jon Tester, John Walsh v. Steve Daines, Political Parties, Common Core, Execution, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Common Core

Way back when I attended elementary school, my parents and I moved a lot, because my dad worked in the road and bridge construction industry.

Sometimes I would leave a school in March or April and attend a different school until June. I would then start school there in the fall and stay in that school until November. Then sometimes I would move back to the first school. I attended about seven schools in eight years. I was pretty much lost when I moved in regard to subjects like math because some schools moved through the lessons more quickly than other schools. Over the years I developed a total dislike for anything dealing with math.

So when I heard that a program called Common Core would set standards for each grade level, I thought that was pretty good deal – especially for parents who move a lot – like I did when I was young and like many military families do today.

If you’ve heard much about Common Core, it’s probably because some on the right side of the political aisle dislike it – it’s like they portray Common Core as the devil and children who are subjected to it will grow horns and have their intelligence zapped.

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