Thursday Numbers

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

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 heroin use, country music, unemployment, eating steaks, Willie’s Reserve, Total Clout Index, Cascade County & Gonorrhea, Krakauer’s new book, MSNBC & taxes, utility bill increases, and the NFL’s first regular season game is scheduled!

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Thursday Numbers

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“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 Obamacare, an “historic” agreement, unemployment, cold weather, missing brains, Jeff Bridges, best photos of 2014, the Beretta, funny people, musicians, bad people, immigration, top news searches, donations from Association PACs, Jason Priest, Philadelphia 76ers, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a 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 – or maybe both.

Today I write about immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Caught My Eye…

If you are going to read one column today, this is it!  Each week I pick some of the events and stories that I did not have time to write about and put them in this Friday column called “Caught My Eye.”

From the number of readers this website receives on Fridays, it appears many of my readers like this column – I guess it kind makes your Fridays go by just a little faster – and it gets you into your weekend.

This week I talk about Pat Robertson, a new computer, pirates, business cards, nails, congress, the Postal Service, what came into my Political Inbox this week, and a new section called “Things you don’t really need to know about today” and lots more!  So get ready… Continue reading

More Concerns: Montana’s F-15s

Readers may remember this column about the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard that has several members who are being investigated for double dipping, or this column about the Montana State Legislature’s resolution about keeping the planes in Montana.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper is now reporting that an investigation into “dual pay” is being conducted on the former Adjutant General of the Guard, Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, who is now a “top NATO general.”  Wade was Adjutant General for the California National Guard from September 2005 to February 2010.

The Bee reports that General Wade’s total earnings amounted to “above $1 million during his 4 1/2-year California tenure that ended in 2010 – far more than any elected state official, including the governor’s salary.” Continue reading

Cowboy Poetry Festival: Giddy-up

With the news that Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is worried that without federal funding the National Cowboy Poetry Festival, which is held in his home state of Nevada, would suffer, I think I have the answer:

Move it to Montana.

There’s a nice Cowboy Poetry Festival held annually in Lewistown. They’ve been doing it for 26 years, so they know how to run one – and probably without federal dollars. Here’s their website.

I am sure there are other festivals across Big Sky Country that would be able to host an event without federal funding.

Hopefully the Montana Congressional delegation will get right on this and tell Harry Reid that Montana can do it better.

Besides, isn’t Montana where the real cowboys live? Giddy–up…

Expand Powder River

It’s been an interesting week for the military in Montana, and it’s not been a good one.

The day before Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester voted to cut the number of missiles assigned to Malmstrom AFB by voting for the START Treaty, they sent a letter to the Air Force stating their opposition to the expansion of Powder River Training Complex in southeastern Montana.

They might as well just ask all military missions to leave Montana entirely, because they have left an anti-military impression with most military supporters across the state and those who make the “big decisions” at the Pentagon.

Here at The Western Word, I’ve written several columns about the expansion. I totally favor it and feel our Congressional delegation is wrong on this issue. (You can read my previous columns about this issue by going to right side of the screen, clicking on “Categories” and selecting “Powder River Training Complex” from the dropdown menu).

So what is new? Baucus and Tester have suggested a new idea: Northern Montana. They think the Air Force should use the Hays Military Operations Area.

As for the reasons they are against the Powder River Expansion, they write that the area has several community airports, general aviation aircraft use the area, there are commercial flights, and that it would jeopardize jobs and harm the economy. They also talk about the stress on livestock and wildlife.

The issues brought up in the letter against the expansion of Powder River are the same concerns one could bring up against using the Hays MOA. Someone in the Baucus/Tester camp who pretends to know a thing or two about military issues failed miserably in writing this letter to the Air Force.

One can only imagine the laughter that came out of the Department of Air Force after getting the letter – probably a deep belly laugh similar to the laugh of Santa Claus…

Maybe a reason our Congressional delegation are so against this expansion is because they have campaign donors living in the southeastern Montana who don’t like it…

Hopefully, some of the supporters of the military in Montana will write a letter of their own to the Air Force and state the case for the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex.

Like I said before, our elected leaders have placed a sign on Montana’s skies saying they are closed. They may lose the F-15s and their attitude against the Powder River expansion probably did not help that situation or the possibility of any military aircraft mission ever coming to Montana.

Fortunately, the Powder River expansion has a very strong supporter in Senator John Thune (R-SD) – who is a member of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. Hopefully, he will use his clout to get it done. He works hard for the military in his state.