Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! Hold on because I hear the weekend is not too far away…

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out that you spend your time reading blogs they may not be too impressed…

This week I write about wheat, asbestos lawyers, furloughing, Montana State University Bobcats, Max Baucus, Brian Schweitzer, first telephone directory, shorter tweets, Facebook at 104, Daytona 500, Reserve Deputies, Congressional approval, a gallon of gas, The Blue Lagoon, full-body scanners, and much more!


That’s the value of the 2012 Montana wheat crop ($1.7 billion!).

Somebody’s getting a new pair of shoes…


According to the Associated Press, “Attorneys for asbestos victims in a Montana mining town are seeking more than $4 million in fees and costs from a settlement with chemical company W.R. Grace.”

Question: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 100? Answer: Your Honor. Question: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 50? Answer: Senator.


The Hill reported, “The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1.”

Who will blink first?  Which day of the week should we cancel defense?


On Wednesday, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. His purchases included “two stuffed and mounted elk heads from a Montana taxidermist.”

I bet the elk heads from Montana were beautiful…


That is the new claims for unemployment for last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor – an increase of 20,000 from the week before.

Not good…


That’s how much Montana State University received to play a football game at Southern Methodist University (SMU) on September 7. According to this story, MSU “used $100,000 of that to buy out (North Dakota State University) NDSU and the other $200,000 to get FCS Independent Monmouth to travel to Bozeman for the season opener.”

Math is hard…but beating NDSU is harder…


The Great Falls Tribune published a story on Thursday telling readers, “U.S. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana is taking another run at getting a bill passed in Congress that would increase protections for 275,272 acres of public land on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Great Falls.”

It’s election season for Baucus…


That’s how many “Likes” there are on the official Facebook fan page for former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.


That’s how many “Likes” there are on the “Public Figure” facebook page of Senator Max Baucus.


On this date in 1878, the first telephone directory was issued, by the District Telephone Co. of New Haven, Conn.

“The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.” – Navin R. Johnson (The Jerk)


The Daytona 500 NASCAR race is this Sunday. Danica Patrick qualified first.

Go fast. Turn left. Repeat.


According to this story about Twitter, “any tweet sent with a URL will be reduced to 118 characters, or 117 for https links.” That started on Wednesday.


A Michigan grandmother, who is 104, says Facebook won’t accept her age.


Do you remember “The Blue Lagoon” movie of 1980? Actor Christopher Atkins turns 52 today…

I thought the performance by Brooke Shields in that movie was Oscar-worthy…


That’s the number of “Reserve” Deputies the Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Office wants to have in their Reserve Deputy program.

“You want to become one with the gun. Feel the gun, caress the gun until it’s a living, breathing, vibrating extension of yourself.” – Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry (Police Academy 4)


According to Gallup, “Americans’ approval of Congress is at 15% in February, one percentage point higher than in January and exactly matching the 15% average for all of 2012. More than eight in 10 Americans (81%) disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.”


That was the average price for a gallon of gas in Montana Wednesday.

I liked it better when it was well below $3.00…or $2.00.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is “is removing its full-body scanners from airports in Kalispell and Helena this week to move them to larger airports.”

Sadness fills the airports in Kalispell and Helena today…


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