Thursday Numbers

Social media has made too many of you comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the mouth for it. –Unknown

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Sanders, Harris, and O’Rourke fundraising, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, unemployment, Russell Westbrook, tax phone scams, NBA playoffs, Trump’s tax returns, the Senate’s nuclear option, Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Trump Rally, ESPN, & Powerball

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. – Thomas Jefferson

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump’s Arizona Rally
  • ESPN & Robert Lee
  • Powerball

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Thursday Numbers

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare

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 Powerball jackpot, the Obamas, Montana Special Olympics, unemployment, 40th Helicopter Squadron, ESPN’s Lee Corso, Eddie’s Supper Club, Sgt. Pepper, John Clayton’s ponytail, Scott Pelley, Mr. Met, NBA Finals, Kathy Griffin, Tiger Woods, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. – Desmond Tutu

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Logan Schoenhardt
  • The New York City Photo
  • Honoring World War II Veterans
  • Blood Platelets

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Terrific News Tuesday

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Sam Levenson

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Travis Rudolph & Bo Paske
  • 10th Annual Veteran’s Stand Down
  • Great Falls Realtors Association
  • Register to Vote
  • Jeopardy
  • Monday Night Football

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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!

By the way, with the election season heating up you really need to follow The Western Word on Twitter and like The Western Word’s Facebook page! You can even subscribe to this blog (see the box on the right).

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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Caught My Eye…

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday – it’s a three day weekend for many! If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Americans For Prosperity, Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the Kentucky County Clerk, Donald Trump & the Republican National Committee, Tom Brady, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. – Bil Keane

Welcome to Friday and the big show that is called “Caught My Eye.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Chattanooga Tennessee:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the four Marines who were gunned down yesterday in Tennessee and to the others who were wounded. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers, too. 

Today’s topics include the Every Child Achieves Act, Major Garrett & the President, Iran Nuclear Deal, Caitlyn Jenner, Planned Parenthood, ESPN, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. – William Arthur Ward

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the OPM data breach, Great Falls northside development, Confederate Flag, Olbermann/Simmons & ESPN, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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ESPN: C’Mon Man!

There are 24 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) (Division I-AA) teams that will play for a national championship. The champion in this division is actually decided on the field. The games start this Saturday, November 30, and the championship game is set for January 4.

The Big Sky Conference has four teams in playoffs: Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, and Southern Utah.

That was the good news.

It looks like most of games are scheduled to be carried on ESPN3, which severely limits who can view the games. Here in Montana, my cable companies (Bresnan – Optimum – Charter) have changed so much who knows if I can even access ESPN3.

The same situation happened back in 2011. Fans across the nation banded together, and ESPN put the games on pay-per-view, which was a nice compromise. I wrote about that situation HERE and HERE.

They need to at least do that again.

If you are a football fan, you need to get involved. Here’s how:

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