Thursday Numbers

Can you feel it? It’s here! Welcome to another pretty exciting edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about a scratch ticket, Deputy Joe Dunn, missing money, journalists, The Simpsons, campaign donations, John Lewis, Jon Tester, Ryan Zinke, Steve Daines, Amanda Curtis, U.S. Navy, unemployment, Hawaii, Ice Bucket Challenge, NFL, breast implants and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Honor Veterans

It’s becoming evident that anything and everything will be fair game during the 2014 campaign season.

That means nothing is sacred – not even a candidate’s honorable service in the military.

Most readers know that I am a veteran. My 11 years, seven months and 28 days of active-duty service in the U.S. Air Force was one of the greatest times in my life. I hold my fellow veterans in high regard – no matter on which side of the political fence they reside.

Some of my beliefs may seem odd, but I believe we could do better with more veterans serving in elected office. By the way, we could do better if people who wrote or reported about military issues had actually served in the military, too.

Recently the conservative group called American Crossroads hit the airwaves with an ad about Senator (and Democratic candidate) John Walsh, who served in the U.S. Army. Those on the left have been going after U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke, a Republican, who served in the U.S. Navy, almost daily.

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BREAKING/UPDATE: In the Navy (Part III)

Several news sources are reporting the Captain Owen Honors will be allowed to stay in the Navy.

Honors was the Executive Officer (XO) on the USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 when the videos (called XO Movie Night) were played on board the aircraft carrier.  Honors was then promoted to Commander of the USS Enterprise and that was the position in which he was relieved of duty.

This afternoon Reuters is reporting:

A Navy panel ruled on Wednesday that the captain of an aircraft carrier who was penalized for producing bawdy videos with slurs against gays can remain in the service, officials said. Continue reading

In the Navy (Part II)

Some readers may remember the column I wrote back in January about Naval Captain (O-6) Owen Honors.  Honors was the Executive Officer (XO) on the USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 when the videos (called XO Movie Night) were played on board the aircraft carrier.  Honors was then promoted to Commander of the USS Enterprise and that was the position in which he was relieved of duty.

You can read that my previous column HERE.

Captain Honors is fighting to stay in the Navy and he is appearing in front of board of inquiry this week.  The Virginia-Pilot Newspaper has the latest HERE. Continue reading