Thursday Numbers

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden

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 paying Iran, fundraising, the governor’s plane, unemployment, grants for tribal libraries, the earthquake in Italy, National Park Service, Hope Solo, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Today I take a look at what Montana’s elected officials (Tester, Daines, Zinke) are doing on their summer break, plus I comment about Obama and golf, Trump and nukes, and NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics!

Watch out…

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Montana Monday: Nukes, Healthcare, Bathrooms, Picnics, & Slurpees

Some of the major issues I will be writing about today include Malmstrom’s nuclear security, health insurance rate increases, the bathroom lawsuit, the topless picnic, and Slurpee Day 2016!

Malmstrom Nuclear Security:

The Great Falls Tribune has a story posted this morning about Malmstrom Air Force Base and the security of nuclear weapons. As of 6:00 a.m. this morning the Tribune story on the website began with these two paragraphs:

Many of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana are in remote areas, farmer’s fields, or may otherwise appear to be unprotected.

But a complex security network ensures each of the nuclear weapons in the care of airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are secure at all times.

First, there are not “450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana.” There are 150 missile sites in Montana. There once were 200, but in 2007 the congressional delegation (Sens. Baucus, Tester, and Rep. Rehberg) allowed the Air Force to start the process of removing 50 missiles.

Maybe the Tribune “military” reporter should take a road trip to count the missile sites?

U.S. Senator Steve Daines told his constituents in a May 2016 press release “Right now, our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in Americans’ backyards.”

I called Daines’ statement “pure BS” and I’ve been proven correct many times since then. The article from the Tribune once again proves Daines is a failure at understanding defense issues.

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Caught My Eye…

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

My prayers are with the folks in Dallas today – where reports say 11 police officers have been shot and five police officers have been killed.

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 this week include Daines goes fishing, Repay Montana Taxpayers, Bullock & Boulder, Comey testimony, Trump’s Meeting, Influence, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some of “Wednesday’s Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • Hillary’s Emails
  • A Capitol Fourth
  • Unsecured Nukes & Tester/Daines
  • Benefis & Allegiance

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Thursday Numbers

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S Truman

It’s the last day of June – summer just got real!

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 Mega Millions, Andrew Luck, preparedness funding, campaign funding, unemployment, beer, American airstrike, drunkest cities, Barry Beach, most patriotic states, Michael Phelps, and much more!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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:

  • Tribal Healthcare Grant
  • Montana Law Enforcement Academy
  • Powerball Winners
  • Young Professional Profiles
  • Pope Francis
  • Common Age
  • The Twinkie

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