Terrific News Tuesday

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed. – Bennett Cerf

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Sesame Street & Malmstrom AFB
  • Downpour Music Festival
  • Montana Constitution
  • American Cities Stuck in the 1960s
  • Solar Power in Montana

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by The Western Word. Get prepared – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

“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 education, brotherly love, weapons of mass destruction, tips, richest people, spookiest spots, control of the government, Kansas City Royals, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, ACLU of Montana, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to October – thanks for dropping by!

“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 the national debt, unemployment, Jimmy Carter, crazy illegal things in each state, bra cam, secret service, Tea Party, most memorable quotes, most vulnerable house and senate members, Tom Delay, minimum wage, Ebola & Missoula, Fox News apologies, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of 2014! Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet?

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted 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 just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Rehberg 2014, the Missoula County Attorney, New York Times & Edward Snowden, Rocky Mountain High, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud! There’s more, so read on!

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Johnson Trial: Playing Monday Morning Quarterback

When Emily Adamson, the NBC Montana reporter at KECI TV in Missoula, tweeted “Not guilty #JohnsonTrial” at 3:53 p.m. on Friday, she was the first one on my Twitter Feed to deliver the breaking news that had many Montanan’s attention. Adamson was followed by the Missoulian Newspaper’s tweet a few seconds later.

This sure was an exciting time for a Friday afternoon in Montana.

Then the Monday morning quarterbacking started. That is what this column is about – my commentary about the trial as an interested far-away observer – or Monday morning quarterbacking.

To set the record straight, I feel for both people and their families.  I do not know either person.  I do have a son and daughter around their ages.  I do know that rape is a terrible crime and must be punished and that “no” is “no.” The accuser felt she was raped. The court was brought in to make the legal decision. Johnson was found not guilty.

I am not a lawyer (So I won’t insert a lawyer joke here) and I don’t even play one on television, but I did follow the Johnson trial in the news and via Twitter. What that means is with my undergraduate degree and by watching just one more season of Law & Order or a half season of Law & Order SVU, I should be able to prosecute cases as well as some current prosecutors. Or, maybe I would decide not to prosecute if the evidence was just not there – no matter how intense the outside pressure is.

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