Thursday Numbers

Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude. – Ralph Marston

Happy National Coffee Day!

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 Donald Trump’s net worth, Montana’s budget surplus, debate viewers, unemployment, false statements, Montana’s lottery for liquor licenses, Congress & the spending bill, medical marijuana initiative I-182, Kansas City Royals, the override of President Obama’s veto, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. – Carl Sandburg

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 the Yellowstone River, Twitter & the NFL, Montana Governor TV ads, unemployment, the bar exam in Montana, cell phone violations, Steve Bullock is popular, trust in political leaders, liquor licenses, and much more!

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Monday’s Odd & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s back to the grind after the Thanksgiving feast!

It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Tax Credits for Religious Schools
  • Making Montana Proud
  • Planned Parenthood Attack
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Be Vigilant
  • Charlie Brown Christmas

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Thursday Numbers

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin

Here you go – knowledge awaits!

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 I write about Verizon, Rep. Aaron Schock, Montana Department of Revenue, the Montana Legislature, Andy Reid, the Eagles, Scott Walker & Liz Mair, Butte America, Lindsey Vonn, zeros in numbers, unemployment, the Iditarod, and much more!

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One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Although it was several decades ago (1977) when George Thorogood recorded the song, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” according to a story in Sunday’s Great Falls Tribune, the past decade has been very good for the sale of whiskey, vodka, and rum in Montana.

According to the Tribune, “Sales of distilled spirits such as whiskey, vodka and rum increased by more than 250,000 cases, or 53 percent, to 732,223 cases, from 2003 to 2013, according to data from the Montana Revenue Department’s Liquor Control Division.”

Ah yes, the Montana Revenue Department’s Liquor Control Division. The key word in that title is “Control.”

In many states, you can find a liquor store every few blocks or even buy a bottle of whiskey at your corner convenience store, but not in Montana. In Montana, you have to locate a state-contracted liquor store which probably has a crusty old fellow working there who seems annoyed that you are taking him away from his television show to shop.

It might be easier to buy moonshine.

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