Thursday Numbers

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. – Mark Twain

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 the national debt, unemployment, former Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson, congressional trips, the 100 Years of Women in Congress Act, the visit to Cuba, confidence in state government, Supreme Court spin, Daytona 500, Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Ted Cruz and Canada, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of 2014! Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet?

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 to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Rehberg 2014, the Missoula County Attorney, New York Times & Edward Snowden, Rocky Mountain High, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud! There’s more, so read on!

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Clemens Trial: Dismiss it

Government prosecutors sure have a tough time when it comes to prosecuting baseball players (and others like Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Ted Stevens, etc.).

The latest ineptness from our government lawyers is that a mistrial was declared in the Roger Clemens trial today (July 14).  The prosecution showed evidence in front of the jury that had been ruled inadmissible by the Judge.

That trial was in day two.  The government prosecutors and the defense meet with the Judge in early September to see if they should continue.  In my opinion, they shouldn’t. (more…)

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Armstrong

As I wrote about in July of 2010, doesn’t the United States Government have more important things to do than try to prosecute Lance Armstrong – who won some bicycle races?

Federal attorneys do know that our government is broke, don’t they?

I still think there are more important things (like real criminals) to go after than someone who rides a bike, hits or throws a baseball, or even tries to get a few favors for appointing a U.S. Senator (The Rod Blagojevich trial cost taxpayers millions and now the government is getting a do-over because Blagojevich was convicted on only 1 of 23 counts).   Good grief.

In fact, it’s asinine.  The quality of people running and working in our U.S Attorneys offices and at the U.S. Department of Justice must be at an all-time low. (more…)