Thursday Numbers

Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision. –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 Jeopardy, unemployment, taxes & corporations, Trump’s job approval, Mueller report, NFL schedules, Josh Huestis, Columbine High School, Madonna, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

My favorite childhood memory is not paying bills. –Unknown

Welcome to the big column to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Remembering Sandy Hook
  • Gun Deaths
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Scholarship Tax Credit Program
  • Chargers/Chiefs
  • TWW Christmas Party
  • One More Thing

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Caught My Eye…

Well, I know what’s right
I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
But I’ll stand my ground
And I won’t back down
– By Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may will be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Questions for Tester & Rosendale
  • Little Shell Recognition
  • NRA Endorsements
  • New Rosendale Ad
  • Kavanaugh Hail Mary
  • One More Thing

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The Sunday Message

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week the lives of 17 people were taken in a mass shooting. There were 14 students and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

There are several others who were injured.

Families are now making plans for the funerals of those who died.

I think in regard to mass shootings my heart broke after hearing about the gunman killing 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That was in 2012. How could anyone do this to these sweet children?

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We Are Numb

The headline kind of said it all: “Has America become numb to tragedy?”

Sadly, that headline was from an NBC News website in 2009 after a mass shooting.

The mass shootings and killings just seem to pile up here in the good ol’ USA. We can’t even keep track of them, unless it happened to someone or somewhere close to us.

Here we are in 2017, CBS News asked basically the same question, “Are Americans becoming ‘numb’ to mass shootings?”

The answer is yes.

To be quite honest, the latest mass killing at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, got to me. While I don’t know any of the 26 who were murdered I’ve attended small-town churches in my life and the thought that someone could walk in and start killing people in their house of worship sickens me. It makes me sad for our country.

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Thursday Numbers

We are back after taking last Thursday off for Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great holiday!

Thanks for stopping by. If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” 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 Mega Millions, free preventative care, federal disability benefits, unemployment, Mike Tomlin, CenturyLink versus Arrowhead, Sandy Hook calls, roadkill permits, could it be Satan, Affordable Care Act, College Football Bowl schedule, Florida State/Ohio State, air pocket, the temperature, and much more!

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The Sunday Message

We are about to enter the holiday season. Are you pumped up? It’s that time of year when life gets a little crazy for some and most of our thoughts turn to family, gifts, and starting the New Year off new.

Sometimes we even think about Jesus.

I am normally deeply depressed during the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays, but it’s just so darned depressing for me. I know it’s going to happen, so I just deal with it the best way I know how. It does not matter if I’m with tons of family or by myself – the holiday funk tries to take over my life.

To fight my depressed state of mind during the holidays, I try to go walk in the mall a few times between Thanksgiving and Christmas to hear the sounds and see the sights of Christmas. My family also goes for an annual drive around town to look at Christmas lights, after we’ve attended a Christmas Eve service at church. These things help cheer me up.

I also pray a lot.

I pray for those who won’t be with their families over the holidays. I pray for those who have lost loved ones during the past year and this will be their first Christmas without them. Last year was a sad one as 20 children and six staff members were killed at Sandy Hook elementary school about 11 days before Christmas. I also think about those who are homeless – especially children.   Continue reading