Thursday Numbers

The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them. -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 Trump’s fundraising, ransom to hackers, unemployment, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Montana AFL-CIO convention, NBA Draft, Trump’s job approval rating, Bullock & the second debate, the congressional women’s softball game, Yellowstone, and much more!

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Kavanaugh, Anderson, Woods, & Memories.

Thanks to the people that walked into my life and made it better. And thanks to the ones who walked out and made it amazing. — Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Kavanaugh on Offense
  • Fred Anderson & Miles City
  • James Woods & Twitter
  • Calendar and Memories

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Super Max – Super Committee

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out…when there’s danger all about?  MAX!  Right On!

OK, maybe the theme song from Shaft goes a little too far in describing Montana’s Max Baucus and his career in the United States Senate – way too far – Baucus is really not cool at all.

Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has picked Montana’s Max and two other senate democrats (Patty Murray, John Kerry) for spots on the new Super Committee.  They will join nine others in cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget before Thanksgiving.  The Super Committee needs seven votes to pass anything – Max Baucus could easily be that seventh vote.

Baucus was “working” at a market in Billings on Tuesday when word came that he was Harry Reid’s man.  Baucus took time out from stacking the grocery shelves with yogurt to issue a statement saying, “I’m humbled to be appointed to the committee to help tackle this critical issue for Montana and the American people.” Continue reading