Thursday Numbers

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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, Verizon, Jon Tester, unemployment, Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight, Kid Rock for Senate, Trump job approval, Congress job approval, horse racing, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Brock Osweiler, Erin Andrews, unemployment, Veterans & Tester & Daines, ConAgra Foods & Trenton MO, March Madness, job approval ratings, Tom Alfrey, GOP Presidential debate, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years. – Harry S Truman

Welcome to Wednesday! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into an “Odds & Ends” or “potpourri” column. Today is one of those days!

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The “Odds & Ends” today include these topics:

  • Great Falls International Airport
  • Rasmussen & Planned Parenthood
  • Gallup: Rating Congress
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Seahawks/Lions
  • Jason Whitlock

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The Netanyahu Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress today (Tuesday) at 9:00 a.m. Mountain time. I’ll be watching because I don’t have a life.

The speech is supposed to be about nuclear weapons and Iran, but it’s about more than just that.

Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by Speaker of the House John Boehner and then Boehner told the White House something like, “Hey, look who accepted my invitation.” There’s such a dislike for President Barack Obama by Boehner, this really isn’t all that absurd.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama. (Source)

As of this morning, The Hill is reporting that “at least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech.”

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Lead, Follow, or…

Congress argued until about two hours before the deadline Friday night to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was fun to watch if you enjoy politics. If you don’t enjoy politics, then you would probably compare it to a root canal.

The approved funding is only good for one week, so the soap opera may play out again later this week.  Keep your Friday evening open…

Overall, it was not a good showing by the Republicans. They have the majorities in the House and Senate, but are so divided that they could not pass a three-week extension. They played a game of chicken with the Democrats, and lost.

The problem with the DHS bill is that Republicans wanted to attach language to the bill that would defund the President’s “executive order to shield several million illegal immigrants from deportation.” The Senate could not pass the bill with the executive order language in it; the House did pass it.

A federal district court judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction on the executive actions which gave the Republicans some momentum, but that still did not stop them from messing it up.

The Democrats had their own problem with this little victory. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent an e-mail early Saturday morning saying, “Republicans forced a shutdown of Homeland Security. It started at MIDNIGHT last night.”

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