Thursday Numbers

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

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 Greg Gianforte, Bill O’Reilly, unemployment, Rob Quist, ACLU, Montana & rape kits, TWW on Twitter, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, World War I, news media favoritism, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world. – Pope Francis

I’m not a Catholic, but I really like Pope Francis. I also like that he uses Twitter to communicate! I think religious leaders should use social media to “spread the good news.”

The Pope has about 10.5 million followers on Twitter and when he tweets something there is an almost immediate reaction; like with this tweet:

How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!

Pope Francis made some news this week and it was not because of what he posted on Twitter. The Pope did an interview with a German newspaper during which as the New York Times reported, “Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases.”

There’s a shortage of Priests in the church and the Pope believes that the church can “combat a deepening shortage of priests by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church.”

The New York Times reports that the shortage is getting worse:

In the United States, there are now about 2,500 Catholics per priest, compared with 851 per priest in 1972, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which is affiliated with Georgetown University.

They also report that it is worse in places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In Brazil, there are roughly 8,000 Catholics per priest.

Since religion is a pretty competitive business, look for other major religions to move into these places to “spread the good news.”

I think that churches need to change with the times – if they can reach more people by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church that is great.

Although this idea does not mean that Pope Francis will soon be announcing that women can become priests, who knows what will happen down the road.

The road from love to hate is easy. The one from hate to love is more difficult, but brings peace. – Pope Francis via Twitter


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The Wednesday Read: Flynn, Zinke, & Guns

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – The Captain (Cool Hand Luke)

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

  • Trump & Flynn
  • Zinke’s Confirmation Vote
  • Montana Legislature

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The First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – one will be the next President of the United States of America. Lord help us!

Here are my thoughts about the first presidential debate.

Saturday Night Live may have to expand their show to fit all the skits they could do from this one 90 minute debate.

It was one of the most anticipated presidential debates ever. For the first half, it mostly lived up to expectations. For some, it was probably not nasty enough.

You can vote for who you think won the debate right here at The Western Word. I will keep the poll open until early Wednesday morning.

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Caught My Eye…

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. – Calvin Coolidge

Welcome to July and 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 this week include exodus from the GOP, The Western Word poll, Veterans Suicide Hotline, Clinton & Lynch Meeting, WalletHub’s 4th of July by the Numbers, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. – Wayne Dyer

Welcome to Wednesday! Today is another one of those days in which there are several major stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • MT State Rep. Randall Pinocci
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • The Trump Boycott
  • Planned Parenthood

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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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