Thursday Numbers

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. – Kobe Bryant

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 taxes & WalletHub, Montana State University & Rob O’Neill, unemployment, Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant, Congress’ approval rating, Congressional Pig Book, Ethan Couch & drunk driving, and much more!

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Gallup: Confidence in Military, Small Business Rank Highest

It’s pretty quiet out there. The months of June, July, and August are normally pretty quiet on the blogging front with readers playing outside and enjoying summer instead of checking their favorite blogs for new posts. As a long-time blogger, my historic numbers show this year after year.

Here at The Western Word, I will continue to post columns six days a week – God willing.

There’s some big news on the horizon with the U.S. Supreme Court due to release their decisions this month on same-sex marriage and Obamacare. Presidential politics are on the radar as well as state political conventions. Announcements for state-wide office should be trickling in over the summer and into the fall.

Today a new poll from Gallup caught my attention. It was their annual “confidence in major U.S. institutions poll.” U.S. institutions include things like public schools, congress, presidency, small business, newspapers, television news, church or organized religion, banks, big business, organized labor, the police, medical system, military, U.S. Supreme Court, and the criminal justice system.

Gallup named each of these U.S. institutions and 1,527 people were asked how much confidence they have in each one. The answers could be a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. The margin of error is +/-3%.

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The Sunday Message

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one. – James Carville

While the U.S. Supreme Court is now deliberating whether or not same-sex marriage should be allowed, Gallup Polling recently reported that there has been a shift in what people believe.

When asked if they believed marriage between same-sex individuals should be legal and recognized by law as valid, overall 54% said yes and 44% said no. (Source)

The people who oppose same sex marriage were asked why they believed that way and 47% said it was because of their religion or because of the Bible.

Gallup even broke it down further. Of the people who say they attend church once per week, 69% said same-sex marriage should not be valid. Of the people who never attend church, 75% said same-sex marriage should be valid.

I can probably be counted in the group of people who have shifted their views over the years. Gallup has this handy little graph that shows how much the opinion of this issue has changed over the years. Check it out HERE. Back in 1996, only 27% thought same-sex marriages should be recognized by law. Now it’s 54%.

If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does. – Phil McGraw

Have a great week!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!”

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about websites, nail polish, Amanda Curtis, Steve Daines, median household income, unemployment, Snallygaster beer festival, Elmo, Thursday Numbers, 1984 music, Sears, Gallup polls, Facebook, rudest drivers., educated towns, poverty rate, Jameis Winston, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers!”

NOTICE: There are no secret waiting lists here at The Western Word.

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 sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails.

This week I write about unemployment, veterans, cadets, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt, Montana GOP convention, Maya Angelou, Montana State Parks, Affordable Care Act, CMR’s Lindsay Martinez, centrist Republicans in Montana, Montana U.S. House Debate, Electric City Rugby club’s Lady Havoc, Simms Rugby, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” and congratulations on making it to another Friday!

NOTICE: The Western Word has no secret waiting lists.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee & Jon Tester, John Walsh v. Steve Daines, Political Parties, Common Core, Execution, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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MT Campaign 2014: Daines, Walsh, & Zinke

It was a tough weekend here in Western Word country. It snowed a little less than four inches on Sunday and, although it melted, it made for a gloomy Mothers Day.

To make matters worse, I did not get drafted or even called by any NFL teams during the draft this weekend (I had even “bulked up” some). This is something like the 30th year I have not been drafted…

There’s good news! I am here to write! Today I write about a Steve Daines campaign ad, and I write about Ryan Zinke earning a big endorsement. Plus, Gallup polling says we’re not that enthused about the 2014 elections.

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Political Independents & Bigfoot

Note: I spent most of Tuesday morning at the U.S. Federal Courthouse for jury duty. I was not selected, so I am back in the saddle today. Yes, there will be a future column about my adventure.

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In political campaigns most strategists contend that if you maintain your base of support (the party faithful) and draw votes from the middle, the candidate who can draw the most people from the middle – the independent voter – will win the contest.

Almost every campaign consultant and manager pretty much knows how many people identify themselves as independents in a particular state, district, and precinct. These are the people they need to win the race.

The number of independents is growing. According to Gallup:

Forty-two percent of Americans, on average, identified as political independents in 2013, the highest Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago.

It looks like many of those identified as political independents came from the Republican Party, so that means that some Republican candidates will need more independent votes to win races. Gallup also reports:

Meanwhile, Republican identification fell to 25%, the lowest over that time span. At 31%, Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years but down from 36% in 2008.

I think the Republicans can probably blame the Tea Party for their losses. It appears since the Tea Party has taken over more and more of the Republican Party, we have seen an exodus of moderates. There’s no place to go but the independent route.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” column of March! Is this a great country or what?

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: If you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about SPAM, unemployment, calligraphers, Dow Jones, Public Service Commission, renters, the 1913 session, minimum wage, knives on planes, Mansfield-Metcalf, bison, filibuster, Kansas City Royals, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…

This week I write about food stamps, 30-round magazines, airport travel, unemployment, abortion procedures, Katherine Webb, Zip Code, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, Inaugural Ball, Kelly LeBrock, Religion, Baseball Hall of Fame, Academy Awards, and much more…

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