Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of February! Hang on – Sequester Day is tomorrow!

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 constituent accounts, Grantsdale Elementary School, Jack Lew, well-being index, Chuck Hagel, B-52s, sequestration, Bobby Brown, minimum wage, Kansas City Chiefs, unemployment, Mount Everest, beer in the NBA, and much more!


49ers quarterback Alex Smith may be traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. His guaranteed base salary is $8.5 million in 2013.

That will buy a nice house in Kansas City…


That’s the new claims for unemployment for last week which is a decrease of 22,000 from the week before.

It would be great to see this fall below 300,000…


According to the Associated Press, “The Montana Senate on Wednesday voted to revive special accounts that state legislators could use for costs associated with the job.”  The plan “would allow state senators to raise up to $1,000 for each county they must cover in their district. House representatives would be allowed half that amount per county.  The measure also restricts the amount of money donated by a single donor to $500.”

Constituent accounts…wink…wink…


The Grantsdale Elementary School in Hamilton (MT) will close after 124 years.

Closing a school is always tough…


Jack Lew was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Treasury Secretary 71-26.


According to Gallup, 68.5 is Montana’s “well-being index” score which ties Montana with Nebraska for sixth best. Hawaii ranked highest (71.1) and West Virginia ranked lowest (61.3). “The Well-Being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 would represent ideal wellbeing.”

Relax, I have not scheduled a test on this…


The 63rd Montana Legislature is on what they call “Transmittal Break.”  They come back Monday, March 4, for the second half of the legislative session.

This is a lot like your dentist telling you that your root canal is halfway completed…


That’s the number of votes that Chuck Hagel received from the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to become the Secretary of Defense.

Q. What do you call a man who only gets 58 votes to become Secretary of Defense?  A. Mr. Secretary.


Cindy Wilson, rock singer for the B-52s turns 56 today. Enjoy “Roam” from the B-52s!

I provided security for B-52s (the planes not the band) when I was in the Air Force. Proud to say I never lost one…


Gallup reports, “A majority of Americans, 56%, believe the nation’s economy will suffer this year if the federal budget sequestration scheduled for Friday goes into effect.”


That’s how many days in jail singer Bobby Brown received for his second DUI in a year.

It’s nice to see that some states have tough laws on repeat DUI offenders…


This coach was a jerk and he received 15 days in jail for it!


Some “liberals” in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are pushing for the minimum wage to be raised to $10.10.


This season the average cost of a small draft beer in the NBA is $7.08.


With the Kansas City Chiefs about to trade for San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, he will be the fourth quarterback the Chiefs have signed who played for the Niners. The others were Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, and Joe Montana.


The Associated Press reported, “Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season.”

I know that must be tough; I get winded when I have to go up and down my stairs twice in the same day…

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  1. I never would have thought that Kansas City was a retiement haven for ex-49er quarterbacks!

    • Haha – I guess the retirement homes are good in the area…

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