Thursday Numbers

I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes. She hugged me. -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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include Great Falls parking meter rates, Trump’s three-minute meeting, John Walker Lindh, border wall completed, top movies, same-sex marriage, troops to the Middle East, unemployment, Trump’s golf outings, Mega Millions, Powerball, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. – Sylvia Plath

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 unemployment, Scouting for Food, Indianapolis 500, same-sex marriage, leaving home, Memorial Day, the NFL and the National Anthem, Sunday Night Football, Brett Favre, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. – W. Clement Stone

Welcome to Friday – it’s a three day weekend for many! If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Americans For Prosperity, Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, the Kentucky County Clerk, Donald Trump & the Republican National Committee, Tom Brady, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan.Romans 8:28 (NLV)

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision on the OBERGEFELL v. HODGES in which they ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in all states.

It was not long before some Christians and some Christian organizations were basically shouting that the sky was falling on Christianity. For example, the Family Research Council sent this email to their subscribers:

It is part of an unrelenting war on Christianity and the family by the Left, liberal media, ruling elites and especially the Obama administration. And now, because of the Court’s ruling, our religious freedom is more in danger than ever before.

I’m a Christian and I woke up on Saturday morning with the same freedoms I’ve always had. My sky did not fall. I was still able to pray out loud. I checked my church’s website and they are still having church services at the same time on Sunday.

God is still good folks.

Here is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court said about religion in their OBERGEFELL v. HODGES decision:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.

If you did not like same-sex marriage before the decision on Friday, you can still not like it on Saturday. That’s the First Amendment working for you and me.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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The Sunday Message

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one. – James Carville

While the U.S. Supreme Court is now deliberating whether or not same-sex marriage should be allowed, Gallup Polling recently reported that there has been a shift in what people believe.

When asked if they believed marriage between same-sex individuals should be legal and recognized by law as valid, overall 54% said yes and 44% said no. (Source)

The people who oppose same sex marriage were asked why they believed that way and 47% said it was because of their religion or because of the Bible.

Gallup even broke it down further. Of the people who say they attend church once per week, 69% said same-sex marriage should not be valid. Of the people who never attend church, 75% said same-sex marriage should be valid.

I can probably be counted in the group of people who have shifted their views over the years. Gallup has this handy little graph that shows how much the opinion of this issue has changed over the years. Check it out HERE. Back in 1996, only 27% thought same-sex marriages should be recognized by law. Now it’s 54%.

If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does. – Phil McGraw

Have a great week!

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U.S. Supreme Court: Here We Go…

Back in November I wrote about same-sex marriage saying, I am hoping that a final decision will be made by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in the near future.

It looks like today (Tuesday) is the day. The SCOTUS will hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage. (Source)

There will be two questions that the justices will attempt to get answer:

The first is whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry, which will be the subject of a 90-minute debate on Tuesday. The second is whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, which will be debated for an additional hour.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

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 maybe both.

Today I write about immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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