Thursday Numbers

I never learned from a man who agreed with me. – Robert A. Heinlein

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 our national debt, the war against coal, American Pie, astronauts, unemployment, the stock market, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Montana Legislature & the vote to adjourn, cheapest beer in baseball, the Montana VA, Geno Auriemma and UConn, Brian Williams, John McCain, Mike Krzyzewski & Duke, and congrats to Sarah Thomas!

Buckle up – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

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The Sunday Message

“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Do you ever wonder if your religious beliefs are the “correct” beliefs? What I mean by this question is when your life ends will you be going to heaven, or is it all over.

Recently former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

I imagine the religious world went wild after hearing those remarks. I thought his comments were a little arrogant. Sadly, Bloomberg’s not sure there is a God.

The founders of our country wanted to leave religion up to us, so they created this thing called the First Amendment. Basically it prohibited the government from telling us to have religion or what religion to have.

I like the First Amendment. You and I can believe what we want! Maybe God gave our founders the religion clauses idea in the First Amendment so year after year we could argue about a valedictorian or a speaker mentioning God or Jesus or saying a prayer during a graduation speech.

With these freedoms come other issues. Like those pesky people who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion? I can deal with non-believers pretty easily. I’m not a pusher of my religious beliefs on others, although I write this column for every Sunday because I think that’s what God wants me to do.

We will all find out in the end who was correct, right?

Seriously, it’s tougher for me to get along with the high and mighty Christians who believe they have the market cornered on what to believe – the facts as they see them.

In closing, I think maybe the great Bob Dylan may have said it best:

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” – the Good Friday edition!

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 Medicaid expansion and Tim Fox, Steve Daines, the bartender trial, the Veterans Administration’s no refill policy, Michael Bloomberg and Heaven, the economy, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – the spring break edition! Let’s be careful out there!

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 a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Michael Bloomberg, Matt Rosendale, Steve Daines, John Walsh, Ryan Zinke, federal employees, unemployment, Hustler magazine, Reince Priebus, al Qaeda, Glamour’s Sexiest Men, Ford Mustang, Tea Party rallies, NBA playoffs, C-130 cargo planes, Steve Bullock, and much more!

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