Thursday Numbers

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. ― Alexandra K. Trenfor

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Tom & Gisele, unemployment, illegal crossings, ICE raids, paint for the White House, Pizza Hut, mass killings, Curt Brockway, Bullock & Quinnipiac poll, Rod Blagojevich, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself. ― Oscar Wilde

Hello June – you beautiful thing!

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 Sheriff Bob Edwards, Montana Lottery & debit cards, Primary predictions, Samantha Bee, Free Blago, The Americans, and One More Thing!

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Four Things for Wednesday…

Through chunks of hail, flash floods, and tears from having my tomato crop (my one and only plant) destroyed in the storm, nothing can keep me from posting my daily column!

Are you ready?

Here are four things you need to read today:

  • Trump Self-Destruction Tour
  • Bernie vs Debbie
  • The Blago Appeal
  • Elway vs Osweiler

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers – just one more day and the weekend is here!

If you are new to The Western Word, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide (sometimes sarcastic) commentary with them.

Notice:  After reading this column, you will need to be careful!  You just might find yourself armed with more knowledge – knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It might just change your life.  Consider yourself warned…

This week I write about good-paying jobs, a jackpot, unemployment, The Godfather, the State Dinner, candidates, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dee Snider, Bret Michaels, Afghanistan, gunshot wounds, lottery pools, Blago, and a lot more so be sure to read on!

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Thursday Numbers

Just one more day until the weekend – I know you can do it!  Hold on!

Almost every Thursday I take a look at some of the numbers behind the news and I call it “Thursday Numbers.”  It is one of the most-read columns every week.

Today in Thursday numbers I take a look at a blogger who is not a journalist, unemployment, I say Happy Birthday to a couple of ladies, I mention Tester’s big speech in NYC tonight, I remember a Beatle, I write about a shameful and sickening discovery, and much much more – so read on!

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Caught My Eye…

Congrats!  It’s Friday and you made it…and you did not need a boat either!

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word and checking out this week’s edition of “Caught My Eye.”

Caught My Eye is where I take a look at some of the stories during the week that I did not have time to write about, and I briefly comment about them (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

This week some of the things that Caught My Eye were a Facebook sting, Facebook tattoo, Schweitzer and Baucus, Schweitzer and China, Iowa and Romney, Gingrich, Weiner, Blago, Palin, my political inbox and much much more (plus a music video at the end)!

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From the “who cares” file but worth some room on The Western Word because it concerns an underdog and Illinois politics:

I’m no fan of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, but the Federal Government had their chance and came up almost empty-handed.

It took the jury 14 days of deliberations (after an 11 week trial) to find former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of one of lesser of the 24 counts brought against him by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his office of government-paid lawyers. The one count carries with it a maximum penalty of five years and a $250,000 fine. Big freaking deal.

The Judge intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining 23 counts.

After all the hoopla and positioning by both sides, Patrick Fitzgerald and his team are the losers – slapped in the face as some reports put it. They painted a case to the media that they said would have made Abe Lincoln roll over in his grave.

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