Thursday Numbers

Imagine what seven billion humans could accomplish if we all loved and respected each other. – A.D. Williams

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 the Mega Millions jackpot, Bullock fundraising, unemployment, Sun River Wildlife Management Area, Trump radio, the Alabama abortion law, Electoral College, a Fox News Poll, best/worst in MLB, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Daines, Big Money, Working Together, & One More Thing

I know what I bring to the table…so trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Steve Daines – Fact-Checked
  • I-185 – Big Money
  • Working Together
  • One More Thing

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Monday’s Quick Hits: MT SoS, Trump in Missoula, 60 Minutes, Warren, & More

Once you have seen a woman take off her bra without removing her shirt, it makes more sense why they should be in charge of things. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Montana Secretary of State
  • Trump in Missoula
  • Trump on 60 Minutes
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Congress Approval
  • One More Thing

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The Wednesday Read: Pay Raise, Kavanaugh, & Midterms

Caring about what people think of you is useless. Most people don’t even know what they think of themselves. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • 69% Pay Raise?
  • Faith & Freedom Coalition
  • Midterms

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The Sunday Message

I’m against abortion. On the other hand, I believe in a woman’s choice. – Nancy Reagan

Many people felt that Nancy Reagan was trying to be on both sides of the abortion issue by what she said in that quote.

That seems to be the answer some people have these days – it’s kind of like “walk a mile in her shoes” before you judge.

One of the quotes that I like most that deals with abortion came from former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming:

I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.

With the process of appointing a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning this week, Gallup Polling released the results of a poll about Roe v. Wade:

As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the public is strongly opposed to any attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Currently, 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned.

It’s not like the Justices of the Supreme Court check the polls before deciding a case.

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The Sunday Message

For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.Ephesians 5:5 (NIV)

You may have said it and you probably heard your parents or grandparents say something like, “the world is becoming a terrible place,” or that they, “wished for the good old days.”

Gallup polling recently released a poll about morals in the United States. They found this:

Forty-nine percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the U.S. is “poor” — the highest percentage in Gallup’s trend on this measure since its inception in 2002. Meanwhile, 37% of U.S. adults say moral values are “only fair,” and 14% say they are “excellent” or “good.”

I would imagine the 49% are looking down their noses at the other 51% and being judgmental.

Many (many) years ago I heard a pastor talk about the straight path to God. He said in our lifetime we would see many things that would take us off course in our path and walk with God. By taking us off the path to God he meant that we would accept these “sins” as just part of life and not think that it was a big deal.

Back then he mentioned drugs, violence and sex in television programs, killing the unborn, etc., as becoming accepted in society. Today he could add to the list many more things that we have accepted as the norm and that many of us do not believe is a big thing.

He closed by showing a chart and the few degrees that each acceptance of sin took us. He said that by the time our lives were over and years went by, we were far from walking that straight and narrow path to God. Sadly, he said we probably would not even realize it.

Maybe mom and dad and grandpa and grandma were right about the good old days…

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

I happened to see a poll from Gallup about which regions in the United States are most religious and least religious.

Care to make a guess?

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