The President & the NFL

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!’ – President Donald J. Trump, September 22, 2017

In calling those NFL players who peacefully protest during the National Anthem, a “son of a bitch” President Trump united the NFL players, owners, and many others.

First of all, let me get this straight, I stand during the National Anthem and I either place my hand over my heart while facing the flag or during some events, I salute the flag because I am a veteran.

I know several people who died while serving in our military defending our freedoms. That is my way of honoring them and my country.

The big news on Sunday was showing how NFL players and fans reacted during the beginning of each game when the National Anthem was played. Many locked arms and some knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. Some raised their arms and made a fist. It was peaceful.

None of those protesting were showing disrespect to military personnel or to anyone in uniform. That angle used by those who dislike the protests is a non-starter.

Maybe you feel differently, but none of those protests bothered me. I served my country so people could have the freedom of speech and of expression. I am happy we still have that freedom.

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Thursday Numbers

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Isaac Asimov

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 American Health Care Act and Montana, VA shortfall, Powerball, Glacier National Park, unemployment, Army, Mayweather/McGregor, Donald Trump, bank robber, Virginia shooting, LeBron James, Flint Michigan, Federal Reserve, and much more!

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Wrestling, Racing, & the 2016 NBA Finals

When I was about 10 years old, me and my parents and grandmother would watch wrestling on Channel 2 every Saturday night at 10:30. One of my favorite wrestlers was a Native American who went by the name Danny Little Bear.

One summer it was announced that the wrestlers from Channel 2 would be coming to the local fair and Danny Little Bear would be there for the main event. We went to the fair to see the wrestlers, and I was down by the ring cheering on Danny. He was getting the crap kicked out of him. All of a sudden I saw Danny reach into his wrestling trunks and put something that looked like a red capsule in his mouth. Then the other wrestler let him up, and after Danny was standing the other wrestler landed a hard shot on Danny’s face.

Blood started trickling out of Danny’s mouth. It was not real blood. It was fake blood from the capsule. Danny Little Bear lost the match. I was glad.

I figured out that professional wrestling was not all I thought it was – that some of the action was rigged.

Fast forward to 2007 and I was watching the Daytona 500. NASCAR had made a rule that when there was a crash, the field would be frozen and if it was the last lap, the winner would be the leader. It was a safety thing. One of my favorite drivers, Mark Martin, was leading the race with one lap left when a crash occurred. NASCAR did not throw a caution flag and they allowed everyone to race back to the line although some drivers saw the crash and let up. Martin should have won the Daytona 500 that year. I’ve never watched a full race since then. To me, NASCAR seems good at changing or rigging the rules as they go along – maybe for more exciting racing or maybe for something else.

This year’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was another inglorious moment in my sports history that I won’t soon forget. Before you go saying I’m a Warriors fan, slap yourself. I have been a Boston Celtics fan since the days of Bird, McHale, and Ainge.

It seemed that after the Warriors went up three games to one on the Cavs, the officiating changed. Starting with game five, the refs allowed the Cavs to beat the crap out the Warriors’ Stephen Curry. The assault of Curry continued in game six and seven – and the refs did nothing.

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Terrific News Tuesday

We’re back with another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT) because we all need a little good news once in awhile!

There’s no grumbling or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • The Lt. Dan Band
  • Grounded Beef
  • Army Ranger School
  • LeBron James & College
  • Reading for a Haircut

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Thursday Numbers

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Glacier National Park, Great Falls Rescue Mission, unemployment, Miley Cyrus, things to do in Montana, Paul McCartney, social security fraud, $10 bill, Kansas City Royals, Rachel Dolezal, Dixie Chicks, LeBron James, and much more!

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OPM Breach: Suspicious Minds

There were two or three ideas floating around this morning that I could have written about. First we had Donald Trump saying, “I’m really rich” during his speech announcing that he was running for the Republican Presidential nomination. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a candidate say that. Trump is always worth a few lines. Then last night we had LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers losing for the fourth time in the NBA finals, which I cheered. This was after he proclaimed, “I’m the best player in the world.” One headline may have said it best, “LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever.” Good for him.

I decided to hold off on those two wonderful issues and write a personal account about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the federal employee data breach.

I know the excitement is building, so please read on…

It seems just about any time that personal data in the Federal Government is hacked, I make the list.

I received an official-looking letter from a “Secure Processing Center” in Livonia, Michigan, on Friday or Saturday informing me that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of the “cybersecurity incident” affecting its systems that may have exposed my personal information.

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Thursday Numbers

Hang in there friends – just one more day until the weekend! Here’s “Thursday Numbers” to help you make it through the day!

If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” this column is 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). Notice – people have been known to gain a vast amount of knowledge by reading this column.

This week I write about supermodels & football players, Labor Day, National Security Agency, unemployment, stray dogs in Detroit, Ichiro, fishing in Wyoming with Liz Cheney, David Cassidy, fires, Jon Tester & Kim Cattrall, Obamacare, “Lethal Injection,” Bradley Manning, best three basketball players, and much more so read on! Continue reading