Thursday Numbers

O’ beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They’re beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie
— Bruce Hornsby/Don Henley “The End of the Innocence”

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 unemployment, Rudy Giuliani, false or misleading claims, Montana’s campaign contribution limits, “Stand for the Second,” Braveheart, National Day of Prayer, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer & CNN, beer consumption, NASCAR viewership, Nobel Peace Prize, North Korea prisoners, and the Philadelphia Starbucks.

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Thursday Numbers

I’ve reached an age where my brain has gone from “you probably shouldn’t say that,” to “what the hell, let’s see what happens.” – Unknown

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 Powerball, Mega Millions, unemployment, Conor Lamb, gun violence, Montana candidates, National School Walkout, animals on a plane, Lowe’s and NASCAR, accidental discharge, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side. – Unknown

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 about today include Parkland, Florida, Immigration, Security Clearances, Shaun White, Daytona 500, plus One More Thing!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? – Jean Cocteau

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Trump Addresses Congress
  • Navy Secretary
  • Tom Perez
  • Academy Awards
  • Daytona 500

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Thursday Numbers

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. – Ron White

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 Powerball, unemployment, Jon Tester, Border Patrol & ICE, Steve Daines, Michael Lange, life expectancy, Donald Trump & media, NASCAR, Earth-size planets, DUIs, and much more!

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Wrestling, Racing, & the 2016 NBA Finals

When I was about 10 years old, me and my parents and grandmother would watch wrestling on Channel 2 every Saturday night at 10:30. One of my favorite wrestlers was a Native American who went by the name Danny Little Bear.

One summer it was announced that the wrestlers from Channel 2 would be coming to the local fair and Danny Little Bear would be there for the main event. We went to the fair to see the wrestlers, and I was down by the ring cheering on Danny. He was getting the crap kicked out of him. All of a sudden I saw Danny reach into his wrestling trunks and put something that looked like a red capsule in his mouth. Then the other wrestler let him up, and after Danny was standing the other wrestler landed a hard shot on Danny’s face.

Blood started trickling out of Danny’s mouth. It was not real blood. It was fake blood from the capsule. Danny Little Bear lost the match. I was glad.

I figured out that professional wrestling was not all I thought it was – that some of the action was rigged.

Fast forward to 2007 and I was watching the Daytona 500. NASCAR had made a rule that when there was a crash, the field would be frozen and if it was the last lap, the winner would be the leader. It was a safety thing. One of my favorite drivers, Mark Martin, was leading the race with one lap left when a crash occurred. NASCAR did not throw a caution flag and they allowed everyone to race back to the line although some drivers saw the crash and let up. Martin should have won the Daytona 500 that year. I’ve never watched a full race since then. To me, NASCAR seems good at changing or rigging the rules as they go along – maybe for more exciting racing or maybe for something else.

This year’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors was another inglorious moment in my sports history that I won’t soon forget. Before you go saying I’m a Warriors fan, slap yourself. I have been a Boston Celtics fan since the days of Bird, McHale, and Ainge.

It seemed that after the Warriors went up three games to one on the Cavs, the officiating changed. Starting with game five, the refs allowed the Cavs to beat the crap out the Warriors’ Stephen Curry. The assault of Curry continued in game six and seven – and the refs did nothing.

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Published in: on June 20, 2016 at 9:50 am  Comments Off on Wrestling, Racing, & the 2016 NBA Finals  
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Thursday Numbers

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. – Hal Borland

Welcome to October and “Thursday Numbers!” 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 Powerball & Michigan, Ben Carson’s fundraising, NFL & penalties, Twitter, former President Jimmy Carter, Montana Legislature, Planned Parenthood, Tony Stewart, unemployment, and much more!

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Published in: on October 1, 2015 at 6:32 am  Comments Off on Thursday Numbers  
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Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Barry Beach
  • National Day of Protest
  • The Cartoon Debate Continues
  • In-depth Election Coverage
  • NASCAR

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A Man Named Brady…

First off, I am not a fan of the New England Patriots. I am a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the fourth week of last season, my Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14. It was very sweet.

With that out of the way, I believe Tom Brady should not have been given a four-game suspension by the NFL for the “deflategate” incident. At the end of this column, you’ll be given the chance to take a poll to give your view.

I was pretty amazed at the suspension, but I was also amazed at the coverage of the punishment by the media. It bordered on ridiculous. ESPN pre-empted their regular coverage and basically spiked the ball in celebration about the punishment given to Brady, and the one million dollar fine and loss of draft picks given to the Patriots organization. No wonder ESPN is starting to flounder in the sports world.

Then we had the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Was their lead story the tornadoes tearing through the Midwest or the death toll linked to General Motor’s defective ignition switches reaching 100? Nope, it was Tom Brady being suspended by the NFL.

It was broadcast journalism near its worst.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about the Powerball lottery, government overpayments, unemployment claims, expanding Medicaid, Ravalli County, dueling in DC, this column, the nun, McDonalds & Heather, Daytona 500, NASCAR, Afghanistan, nothing to hoot at, USA medal count, Tara Lipinski, John Glenn, Montana roads & Max Baucus, and much more so read on…

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