Terrific News Tuesday

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Russell Wilson & GF Girl
  • Summer Lunch Program
  • New Skatepark
  • The Rescue
  • Camp Hometown Heroes

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – where knowledge is power!

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. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about Fifty Shades of Grey & Russell Wilson and Lolo Jones, Affordable Care Act, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport, protecting the disabled & elderly, Obama’s favorable rating, Google Street View images, hiding bottles of beer, Jeb Bush, drunk driving, our most important problems, fourth graders, and much more!

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Super Bowl Media Day

I try to catch at least part of the Super Bowl Media Day each year. The players and coaches get some different or unique questions thrown at them. We often see a personal side of these people that we don’t normally get to see.

It cost $28.50 just to get inside the US Airways Center to watch Media Day – and fans had to sit in the stands and observe.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady handled it well as did Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. So did Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked, “What kind of stuffed animals do you like” by a young reporter. Belichick actually cracked a smile and said he liked a puppet. He added, “You can kind of put your fingers in. It’s a little monkey and then he can talk and move his fingers and nod his head, so he can kind of talk back to you.” (Source)

Suddenly Belichick seemed human and for just a second people imagined him on the floor in his child’s bedroom playing with stuffed animals – and maybe laughing.

Then there was Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch repeated 29 times variations of the line, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” He left after about five minutes. (Source) Each team was required to be there for one hour.

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome! January is moving right along and that’s a good thing! As always, thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, this 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 omnibus spending bill, lost money, unemployment, tased and confused in Bozeman, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, mile marker 420, a woman president, millionaires in congress, Rep. Steve Daines, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, cheaters at Malmstrom AFB, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, the government is the problem, military retirement benefits, Jim Harbaugh, Guantanamo Bay, and much more!

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