Thursday Numbers

Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

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 jackpot, unemployment, U.S. Army, Greg Gianforte, Great Falls Public Schools, safest states, president’s job approval rating, Steve Daines & Venmo, Bob Stoops, James Comey, Scooter Gennett & home runs, Warriors & Cavaliers, and much more!

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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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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

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 drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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SHUTDOWN: The Blame Game Begins

Welcome to October! For those readers who generally hate the Federal Government, congratulations. It was shut down last night at midnight eastern time, because Congress failed to fund it.

Now the blame game begins, and it does not look too good for the Republicans.

In a poll conducted here at The Western Word (TWW), I asked, “If the Federal Government shuts down, whom do you blame for causing it?”

It was not even close; 32% said the Tea Party was to blame, and 32% said the Republicans were to blame (So, 64% thought those leaning to the right were to blame). The Democrats were blamed by 12%, President Obama was blamed by 8%, and 16% said “everyone” was to blame.

Thanks to all those who participated.

The supporters of the GOP were out in force yesterday providing their “facts” about the government shutdown on TV, radio, and through the internet – and appeared to be getting some of their instructions from Rush Limbaugh. The GOP has historically had problems getting their message out, and this past week has been more of the same.

It was a complete strategy fail by the GOP, and like they were in TWW’s poll, they are losing the public relations battle.

Quinnipiac University released the results of their poll this morning (Tuesday) showing that “American voters disapprove 74 – 17 percent of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, their lowest score ever, and disapprove 60 – 32 percent of the job Democrats are doing.”  Continue reading

Background Checks

It’s not looking good this morning for the legislation to expand background checks for gun sales. The United States Senate is planning to vote this afternoon on the legislation. Several reports say the votes aren’t there for passage.

That is a damn shame. If it does fail, the failure will be the fault of Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

An April 4, 2013, Quinnipiac University poll found that voters “support universal gun background checks 91 – 8 percent, including 88 – 11 percent among voters in households with guns.”

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They Deserve a Vote

It’s unimaginable that after living through the tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the families of the victims may not even get a vote on gun restrictions in the U.S. Senate.

They deserve a vote now.

It is being reported that several GOP Senators are planning to filibuster any new gun restrictions that are brought forth in the U.S. Senate. The 13 Senators are Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats, Jerry Morgan, Pat Roberts, and Marco Rubio. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he supports a filibuster, too.

In case you are keeping score at home, these senators are far-righties.

If this is Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus’ rebranding plan for the GOP, then Democrats all across the fruited plains should be rejoicing.  Continue reading