The government has a good chance of shutting down tomorrow, though personally, I think they’ll reach a deal. One economist with Barron’s estimates that a government shut down would cause the stock market to drop 1,300 points.
When the government shut down in 2013 – because Mitch McConnel wanted to ensure Obama failed – it cost the country at least $29 billion and shaved half a percent off our productivity.
The federal government has closed 12 times since 1977. American citizens have always managed to survive.
Accidents became the third-leading cause of death in 2017, the first time in history that this cause of death has ranked so high. Just heart disease and cancer claim more lives.
50% of marriages end in divorce in the first 8 years. 27% of kids are raised by just one parent.
Word is that Trump had some kind of sexual relationship with a porn star. I wonder how Melania will take this when the story heats up. I imagine Trump’s net worth dictates a high level of alimony.
In 2016 a total of 243,000 people received alimony payments in America, with 98% of recipients being women. In 2015 the total dollar amount for alimony payments was $9.6 billion.
The country of Tuvalu had a GDP of $39 million in 2016, the lowest of the 195 countries in the world. It’s a Polynesian island halfway between Hawaii and Australia (I’d never heard of it, either).
Currently, it seems there’s a lot of projection going on. Trump projects to the American people what he wants them to be; the American people project to Trump what they want him to be. No one seems to be happy with the relationship.
This year’s flu outbreak is the worst in 13 years. Hospitalizations for flu went from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 22.7 over just a week. In 2015, it was 29.9.
Flu and pneumonia are the 8th leading cause of death in America. In 2015, they claimed 57,000 lives.
A hundred years ago, the flu killed 20 to 50 million people around the planet. 500 million were infected, or a third of the world’s population.
There’s a Fresh Life church coming to Whitefish, and neighbors aren’t impressed. You know what would impress them even less? A casino, bar, pot shop, and homeless shelter. The latter would really piss ‘em off. Look at the situation Butte had this past summer. At least the first three pay taxes.
An I-choose-this-life-transient in Missoula beat a citizen unconscious a few days ago after the citizen stepped on the transient’s things.
Am I the only one seeing an uptick in both pre-release/jail walk-aways as well as strangulation cases in the news?
Roger Roots is threatening to sue Montana Post writer Don Pogreba because Pogreba reported on the upcoming ‘militia’ gathering in Paradis this weekend. I hope Don prevails, though I doubt this will ever reach a court.
The Paradise hotel has been fully booked for the Saturday militia event, though there might still be some rooms in Plains.
In 2015, America had 276 active Militia groups. In 2008 it was 42.
Joe Biden has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Democratic Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner.
Both Gianforte and Daines have agreed to vote to keep the government open, with a CHIP renewal, though with some immigration rollbacks. Tester has signaled that he’ll vote to close the government, mainly on the immigration issue.
The country has 800,000 DACA Dreamers and 8.9 million kids on CHIP.
Logicosity, one of the best political sites currently operating in Montana, had a fake Twitter account created in their name in November, and it’s been posting frequently since then. Yesterday, Logicosity reported on their site that this Twitter account is in no way affiliated with them. Hmmm, kinda makes you think.
Whatever happened to the news of the Iran protests? How come we never hear about Puerto Rico anymore?
Ryan Zinke has given the go-ahead for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the lynx from the Endangered Species list. When I worked at USFWS from 2000 to 2001, I worked with quite a few biologists that busted their balls getting the research done on why the lynx needed to be listed. I’m sure they’re feeling quite demoralized. Zinke is good at demoralization.
Montana drivers have been ranked the worst drivers in the country. Hey…at least we’re not Austria. Last I heard, they have the worst drivers in the world.
North Korea’s president is a damn clever man, perhaps even more clever than his 40-year-older counterpart in the District of Criminals. If it was a game of chess, Kim would have just one-upped Trump big time. And it was as simple as sports.
I saw this past weekend that Dennis Rodman got a DUI in California. So much for his diplomatic touch in this situation.
It was 100 years ago this week that alcohol became illegal in America. Lasted for 14 years.
The Millennials have two potentials, and one certainty. The certainty is that they’ll get older. The potential is that they’ll become less involved, less concerned (just give me my damn phone and leave me alone, right?). Another potential is that they’ll become more engaged than they are now. They might surprise us.
Look, as it stands now…it’s the mid-terms.
No one knows what will happen.
Suspense. Either you love it or hate it. Please…either way, just go to work tomorrow. We wouldn’t be here if you didn’t.