Thursday Numbers

Thinking positively isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment. – 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 tax revenues, new millionaires, unemployment, Brawl of the Wild, Ryan Zinke, Trump reelect poll, hate crimes, U.S. Postal Service, still counting votes, Chiefs vs. Rams, LeBron, and much more!

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Politics 2016: Tribune, Rasmussen, and Trump

Welcome to Monday and to August! Question: Where did July go?

To start the first week of August, today I provide commentary about the Great Falls Tribune’s new verification process, the Rasmussen poll that shows people are switching their support in the Presidential election, and about Trump and the Kahn family.

Thanks for stopping by…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” – the 214th edition of the non award-winning Friday column.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” 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 – or both.

Today I write about fundraising on 9/11, Montana’s awful political coverage, dumb voters, the weather report, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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Politics 2014: Iraq

Iraq is falling apart right before our eyes. Almost everyone in Washington has an opinion about what we should do. Most of those giving their opinions on what we as a country should do in Iraq are letting politics play a big role in their opinions.

So Iraq is also going to be a great political tool to use to win elections in November – and probably for the races of 2016. I bet most political consultants did not have Iraq on the radar for the summer of 2014.

People like South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are already saying if we don’t do something to stop the group called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) it could lead to another 9/11.  Graham is being bold mostly because he just won a primary election and has little competition in November.

Then there’s Iran – some folks believe we should work with them to help Iraq. We may not have a choice.

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Thursday Numbers…

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about the “Cruise” music video, Twitter followers of CBS, unemployment, deaths in Syria, Stapleton’s goal, the Freemen standoff, an American Flag, arrested in Chicago, my Spotify playlist, the 406 area code, Top 25 Shows, Thursday Numbers milestone, partisan gridlock, Spurs/Heat, Miss Montana, VA in Montana, confidence in Congress, Internet sales tax, school levy, and much more so read on!

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U.S. Senate 2012 (MT): The Polls

In case you missed it, a new Rasmussen Reports poll was released yesterday showing current Congressman and candidate for U.S. Senate Denny Rehberg with a 47-43 lead over incumbent Senator Jon Tester in the Montana Senate race.  It received little attention in the media and was mentioned just a few times on Twitter.

According to this chart on the Real Clear Politics website, Rehberg has been leading in the last 9 out of 11 polls.

As we head into “crunch time” for the November elections, Team Rehberg has to be pleased.  As for Team Tester it is not panic time, but with 9 out of the last 11 polls showing him trailing, he just might start cranking up his campaign a notch or two or he may be a “one and done” senator.

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Here comes summer – so get out there and enjoy it!

Today I am writing this column from my basement (using only a flashlight for light) hoping that the unmanned drones flying overhead don’t spot me.  I hear they are spying on people and the land we own.  Although summer starts today, I may not venture outside much with all this spying going on by the Obama Administration…

The good news is that I live just outside the 100 mile zone around the border.  Yes that zone – the zone that gives the Feds “operational control” over everything and everybody – so I may be safe.  Check out the map I recently discovered on the top-secret website run by the government…

I just hope they don’t send their agents disguised as aliens to probe me (again).  We can only pray that the Patriot Act protects us from all this mayhem…

It’s time to get (a little more) serious…here at The Western Word today I write about a new poll, drones, securing the border, the Miller campaign, a cellphone ban, and much more… Continue reading