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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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…

This week I write about food stamps, 30-round magazines, airport travel, unemployment, abortion procedures, Katherine Webb, Zip Code, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, Inaugural Ball, Kelly LeBrock, Religion, Baseball Hall of Fame, Academy Awards, and much more…

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Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to Monday and Monday Morning Politics! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and time with family and friends (and watched some football). By the way, there are only 29 days left until Christmas!

Today in Monday Morning Politics I write about the certification of the general election results, Satisfaction, Outdoors bills, Compromise, the Bullock Cabinet, Baucus & the fiscal cliff, Brian’s (Swan) Song, Cantor talks about Missoula, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thursday – the excitement is starting to build for the weekend!  Welcome!  If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), my Thursday Numbers column is where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news and provide commentary (often with a touch of sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER:  You will probably gain an immeasurable amount of knowledge by reading this column!  This knowledge will probably impress your family, friends and co-workers and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned before reading…

This week I write about art, stealing, a new jail, Newt, Max, unemployment, troopers, Planned Parenthood, YouTube views, a convention, the DEA, astrological advice, the 14th Amendment, CNN, and much more!

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Montana Governor 2012: Hey Mate?

With the date to start filing for office in Montana on Thursday (January 12), I started thinking about an e-mail I received way back in early September from the Rick Hill for Governor Campaign.  That e-mail was dated September 8 with the subject “Next steps” and it contained this paragraph:

Though I’ve been on the road full time for months now, we’re in the process of ramping up our campaign and expanding our effort.  In the coming weeks you’ll see my campaign name a running mate, bring on additional campaign staff, and roll out new policy proposals to address all the problems we’ve identified and studied in the past few months.

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Montana Senate 2012: Battleground Areas

In what some folks are calling a heavyweight matchup, the 2012 U.S. Senate race in Montana will feature two statewide office holders running against each other:  Congressman Denny Rehberg versus U.S. Senator Jon Tester for the junior U.S. Senate seat.

As most people who follow Montana politics know there are certain areas in the state that are pretty much a given to go to one political party or the other meaning the area swings either to the Democrats or the Republicans during the elections.

For example, the Butte area is considered Democratic territory just as the Kalispell area is considered Republican territory.

This does not mean that less populated areas are not important.  This race looks like it will be close, so even a few dozen votes here and there could spell victory.  To keep this column somewhat short, I take a look at the seven major areas (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell) in the state and go in depth about a couple.

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