Thursday Numbers

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. – John C. Maxwell

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 the NFL’s Roger Goodell, unemployment, toilets on a plane, voting in Montana, basketball blowout, Capitol Christmas Tree, remembering Pearl Harbor, impeachment vote, Al Franken, Kansas City Chiefs’ Marcus Peters, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

A special shout-out goes to the “paid professional agitators/protesters” who are reading CME today!

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 The Western Word town hall poll, mail-in ballots & pot, Planned Parenthood, WH Press Briefing & KECI, Trump & Nukes, one more thing, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is the 316th edition of this non-award winning column.

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 this week include my analysis of the Montana gubernatorial debate, Congressional Inventions Caucus, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), Values Bus Tour, Bruce!, Between Two Ferns, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: It’s Crunch Time!

We’re just a few days from Montana’s deadline to file for office (March 10 at 5:00 p.m.) and this is when it gets exciting for political observers. According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, March 10 is officially the “last day for candidates to file declarations for Primary Election.”

There are a bunch of questions yet to be answered, such as:

How many contested primaries will there be?

Will the so-called “responsible Republicans” all get primary opponents?

Will some well-known people file for office and surprise people?

Will any current office holders decide it’s not worth serving and not file?

Who will withdraw?

Will the Republicans and Democrats be able to find candidates to run for all the seats?

I did a quick check this morning (before coffee) and so far it looks like there are about nine contested primaries for state senate and about 19 for state house races. There are also four Libertarian candidates. Eight candidates have already withdrawn.

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Thursday Numbers

When I checked my weather app this morning, it said it was minus 32 here at the world headquarters of The Western Word in Great Falls, Montana. That was not counting wind chill.

We made it to February – now if we can just make it to spring and get through this cold weather! By the way, Major League Baseball’s spring training starts soon!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about ObamaCare, the winter Olympics, unemployment, Seattle Seahawks, CVS, Jason Priest & Montana DOJ, Steve Daines’ job interview, The Biggest Loser, the Montana National Guard, graduation rate, Tom Brokaw, the farm bill, Denver Broncos, barefoot driver, Montana At- Large, and much more!

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The Anti-Christ

Several folks, especially those on the left, are upset that Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the “anti-Christ.”

Zinke’s remarks were first reported in the Bigfork Eagle. It was also reported that Zinke was speaking to “Republican partisans,” and that he handed out 50-caliber bullets to the sponsors of the event.

Is campaigning in Montana fun to follow or what?

While I believe that calling someone the anti-Christ is not appropriate, the folks who are so concerned about it should probably calm down just a little. There have been some “interesting” candidates throughout history in Montana, so my first thought was does Zinke actually believe Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ?

Hillary Clinton may poll just a little above Barack Obama in Montana, so calling her the anti-Christ is like throwing red meat to the partisan wolves.

Remember, this is the same state where an “Obama Presidential Library outhouse” was paraded around. A Facebook post supposedly tied to a Montanan showed a photo of an Obama trap which was a watermelon under a box that was propped up by a stick with a string attached to it.

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MT House 2014: There Are Eight (I think)

As of this morning, it looks like there are eight candidates who plan to run for Montana’s At-Large U.S. House seat, unless I’ve missed someone.

Can you name them?

So far for the Democrats we have John Lewis and Melinda Gopher.

For the Republicans we have Drew Turiano, Brad Johnson, Ryan Zinke, Matt Rosendale, and Corey Stapleton.

Shawn White Wolf plans to run as an Independent.

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, Candidate filing opens January 9 and closes March 10, so we have a ways to go with probably more candidates to file. Montana’s Primary Election is June 3, 2014.

This might be the “label” election.

In an interview with the local CBS station, candidate Drew Turiano labeled himself a “pro-life Christian Tea Party conservative Republican” which I am calling PLCTPCR for short.

Besides wanting to impeach President Obama, nullify Obamacare and Roe v. Wade, he also wants to remove illegal aliens by bringing back “Operation Wetback” which was an operation from the Eisenhower administration of the 1950s.

I’m thinking Turiano is, among other things, staking his claim as the most conservative candidate in the field. He really needs to find a way to stick “Gun Tote’n” in that label some way. Continue reading