Thursday Numbers

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. – Ernest Hemingway

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 bipartisan budget deal, NBA teams, unemployment, Berlin Wall, the winter Olympics, military service academies and sexual assaults, acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.S, REO Speedwagon and Chicago, Nancy Pelosi speaks and speaks, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. – Robert Kennedy

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of December! 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 Taylor Swift, Victoria’s Secret, Steve Daines, OPEC, unemployment, Jon Tester, Tiger Woods, Nancy Pelosi, Big Mac, Steve Bullock, Montana Republican Party, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Congrats on making it to Wednesday – Hump Day! It’s time for Wednesday’s Political Potpourri!

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word. Today’s subjects include:

-Department of Homeland Security funding & reaction
-Netanyahu’s speech & reaction
-Republicans & private fundraisers
-Hillary’s e-mail issue
-Obamacare & the Supremes
-David Petraeus & his mistress

There’s a lot more, so read on…

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Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide commentary about the Montana Legislature, Ryan Zinke, Jon Tester, Veterans, John Boehner, Bob McDonnell, and much more.

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American Government: Current Events

I remember back to one of my favorite classes in college, “American Government.” It was a weekly class that met on Wednesday nights for three hours at a time. My political science professor would use the first 15-30 minutes of each class to have a discussion about current events. We were free to discuss all the issues: abortion, religion, war, freedom of the press, etc. The professor would keep the discussion moving by asking questions. He always remained neutral. I never did figure out which way he leaned politically, which I admire about him to this day.

This is a pretty good time for students of all ages to be studying American Government – let’s hope that government teachers/professors take some time to teach about current government events happening in Montana and in Washington, D.C.

It’s also a good time to be a lawyer – especially if you specialize in constitutional law.

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Campaign 2014: Fundraising Frenzy

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming. – Arlen Specter

With just about 44 days until Election Day 2014, the political parties are desperately trying to raise money to help their candidates.

The Republicans have a good chance to take control of the senate, but it will be very close and come down to just a few races – so both sides are trying to raise funds to get their message out. Some people predict the senate will fall into Republican hands after this election and then go back to Democrat control after the 2016 election.

Since I subscribe to receive updates via e-mail from different groups within the Democratic and Republican parties, I thought I would share some of the subject lines from their fundraising e-mails. Enjoy.

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Caught My Eye…

It is day 11 of the Federal government shutdown! Don’t worry, “The Western Word” does not shut down; in fact this is the 167th “Caught My Eye.”

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. By the way, I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about needing a third major party, firing them all, Krauthammer speaks, drunk dialing Congress, Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Nancy & the guys, missing the bus, 154 MPH, and I’ve got some winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Here we are – the last Friday of 2012, and you (almost) have another year under your belt, so congratulations!

For those of you heading out on New Year’s Eve, please don’t drink and drive.

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here. This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about Gen. Schwarzkopf, milk, gun owner’s home addresses, NRA, Fiscal Cliff blame, unfavorable ratings, Tim Tebow, Detroit Lions, and much more…

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Published in: on December 28, 2012 at 7:45 am  Comments Off on Caught My Eye…  
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Thursday Numbers

Welcome – 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: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about unemployment, airport boarding numbers, the count including provisional ballots, iPad minis, the Rescue Mission, Kansas City Chiefs, the Cat/Griz meeting, Pelosi and Russert, Veterans, Christmas, and Shania arrives in Vegas!

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Harry & Jon

It is payback time for Senator Jon Tester. We all remember he was promised a seat on the Appropriations Committee by Majority Leader Harry Reid back in 2006. Now, Tester is paying back Reid for that seat by campaigning for him in Elko, Nevada.

On August 27, Tester was in Nevada campaigning for Reid according to this article (which was posted on Saturday, August 28).

Tester’s schedule that day listed “No Public Events” and I guess that must mean “public events” in Montana.

Tester has campaigned for quite a few folks in his three-plus years in office. Of course, these trips are mostly paid for by campaign funds by the people he’s campaigning for, and it’s legal to do, but it would be nice to know exactly how many trips he has taken to campaign for other people and the time he’s spent outside of Montana. (more…)

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