Thursday Numbers

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

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 Memorial Day, Steve Bullock, unemployment, Ryan Zinke, Trump in Billings, Crow Reservation, Spelling Bee, veterans, Hillary Clinton & Colin Powell & emails, alcohol compliance check, National Wine Day, bathrooms & locker rooms, plus much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the last one for April, so buckle up!

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 Barry Beach and Bullock, Lawrence VanDyke and the Supremes, Corey Stapleton telling us “Folks are Upset,” Cliven Bundy telling us “about the Negro,” and (sadly) about 40 veterans who died in Arizona.

Plus, we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud! Read on…

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If this is your first time, this 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 Mega Millions, the VA backlog, unemployment, ObamaCare enrollments, Xbox, fee increase, Judge Pinski, Max Baucus, John Kerry, Tea Party, Colt .45, Cade Foster, wreaths across America, and much more!

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Veterans: The Backlog Increases

The problem with the backlog of veterans’ disability claims and appeals continues.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) issued a press release yesterday in which they reported, “The backlog grew by 1,979 to a total of 401,562. There are also 266,407 appeals pending (a new record), a number that increased by 228 claims over the past week.”

According to IAVA, the backlog had not increased since July.

I guess they should cancel the parade and the party.

The International Business Times (IBT) recently published a story where they reported that the Veterans Administration is broken. IBT’s headline kind of said it all: “VA is Broken: Death, Medical Mistreatment, Claims Backlogs And Neglect At Veterans Affairs Hospitals And Clinics.”

It appears the Department of Veterans Affairs is a bureaucracy at its worst. IBT reported:

Most VA observers contend that the problems in the department stem from a layer of lax middle managers who are not held responsible for outcomes in facilities or groups under their supervision. According to a Government Accountability Office report issued in July, VA routinely rewards incompetent managers with bonuses although they have allowed obviously poor conditions to fester and have shown little interest in fixing the problems veterans face.

More veterans serving in Congress could help the situation. The Washington Post recently reported:

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