Thursday Numbers

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. – Oscar Wilde

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 unemployment, chemistry, Gianforte, Presidential approval ratings, Montana Lottery, Great Falls City Commission candidates, Bill Cosby, Trump & immigrants, NBA Draft, and much more!

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Gianforte: Anger Management, Community Service, & No Jail

Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.

Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.

This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.

It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.

MTN New reported it like this:

West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.

But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.

So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.

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Caught My Eye…

When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal. – Richard M. Nixon

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the Montana U.S. House race, Alert Message, Montana U.S. Senate 2018, the Sergeant Schultz defense, James Comey, shots fired update, Armed Forces Day, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Comey, Fliers, Fact Checking, & 13 Men

Every time you walk down the street people are screaming, ‘You’re fired!’ – Donald Trump

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Comey, Comey, Comey
  • Special Election Fliers
  • Fact Checking Campaign Ads
  • The 13 Men

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Caught My Eye…

Am I doing okay? I’m President. Hey, I’m President. Can you believe it? Right? – President Donald J. Trump (May 4, 2017)

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the House Vote to Repeal Obamacare, Tester and Healthcare, Fox Farm Zoning Issue, Executive Order on Religious Liberty, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. – W. Clement Stone

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 House spending bill, Powerball, U.S. House race, NY Times digital subscriptions, unemployment, bills to sign, campaign volunteers, Obamacare repeal vote, Isaiah Thomas, first 100 days poll, Montana Legislature poll, Minuteman III missile launch, #MayThe4th, FBI translator and the terrorist, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • The House Debate
  • Great Falls School Election
  • The Western Word Polls
  • Federal Funding
  • Full Body Scanner

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