Thursday Numbers

The reward of suffering is experience. – Harry S Truman

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 forest fires, Mega Millions, unemployment, the stock market, Minuteman III, heat, Tom Brady, new presidential polls, Matt Rosendale, first vacay, older people, kidneys, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 Medicare payments to doctors, John Walsh, unemployment, Montana State Fair, Champ Edmunds, Titanic, ESPN’s Bracket Challenge, stolen explosives, armed agents from the BLM and FBI, quality of education, Minuteman III missiles, Archie Andrews RIP, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tax Day, approval ratings for congress, election performance rankings, UConn women, seven astronauts, and much more!

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The Weakest Link in the Nuclear Triad

It was the Associated Press headline heard around the world, “AIR FORCE NUCLEAR UNIT FAILS KEY SECURITY TEST” and in military terms, it brought discredit to the United States Air Force.

The opening paragraph of the story added more salt to the wound:

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation’s land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

It wasn’t until the third paragraph of the AP story that “Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana” was even mentioned. With that mention, Malmstrom and its 341st Missile Wing just became the weakest link in the nuclear triad. That honor will last until the next base fails a nuclear surety test.   Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday – the first Friday of August!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is my weekly column where 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 some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about Concealed Weapon Permits, Protecting Montana’s missiles, Veterans Clinics, Wyoming Senate, G.I. Joe, Vacation time in D.C., the GrOpener, plus there are two winners in the Making Montana Proud category!

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Caught My Eye…

Happy Friday folks – welcome to Caught My Eye! I had to scoop about eight inches of snow this morning so I am a little late in posting my column!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here. This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about Baucus addressing the legislature, payroll taxes, NRA members, Baseline Budgeting, Mobile Nuclear Missiles, Rockefeller Retiring, Mr. Teeth, the Invisible Driver, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

If it’s Thursday, then it must be time for The Western Word to post some numbers for the week!  This week we take a look at new unemployment claims, Spenditol views, “Likes” for Tester, an historical building closes, a date with football, children being harmed, and much more!

Just to let you know -it’s OK with your boss if you take a few minutes and read today’s column…your boss is probably reading it, too, so relax and grab a drink and read on…

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