Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you are new around these parts, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

NOTICE: 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 Powerball, Ohio, burning hair, Montana PSC, lobbying in Montana, unemployment, bear hunting, Thomas Jefferson, Twitter, University of Great Falls, Katherine Webb, Lindsay Lohan’s mug shots, Jon Tester, Max Baucus, F-15s, ObamaCare, Adrian Dantley, and much more!


Ohio employers are owed $860 million after being overcharged for nearly a decade by the state insurance fund for injured workers.

That will be tough on the state budget to pay back…


That’s the Powerball Jackpot for Saturday night.

You can do a lot of good with $320 million…


That is how many views the YouTube video “Burning My Hair Off” has received.

My hair is naturally curly…


According to an article in Lee Newspapers, “The [Montana] state Public Service Commission has granted a $13.2 million temporary increase in natural gas rates for NorthWestern Energy, a 5.4 percent increase for its residential customers in Montana.”

Thanks to Commissioner Travis Kavulla for voting against this increase which shows, once again, that he is actually looking out for Montanans and not the corporations…


That’s how much money has been spent lobbying in the Montana Legislature (so far) according to this news report.

Sadly, the Montana Legislature is a cheap date compared to other states…


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment which is an increase of 2,000 from the previous week.

Increases are not good…


That’s how many bear hunting licenses were sold in Montana last year.

How can Smokey the Bear survive with this many people hunting him?


On this date in 1790, Thomas Jefferson became the first Secretary of State.

After he was sworn in, Jefferson immediately boarded a plane to Israel to talk about peace in the Middle East…


There are 90 troops returning to Montana from Afghanistan on Friday.

Welcome home and thank you…


Happy 80th Anniversary to the University of Great Falls.

Great school…


That’s the percentage of low-wage workers (making $35k per year or less) who see little or no opportunity for advancement in their jobs.


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was one of the 26 Senators (and the only Democrat) who voted no on the continuing resolution (H.R. 933) that will fund the government through September 30. U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) voted yes.

It is somewhat amazing that they voted differently. Why?


That’s how many positions the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport will add if they convert from the F-16 to F-15 mission. Those F-15s may come from the Montana Air National Guard.

Montana may end up with the short end of the stick on the F-15 mission…


In New Jersey a father posted a photo of his son on Facebook holding the birthday gift he just received for his 11th birthday – what looked like a military-style assault rifle. That’s when it became interesting

Overreaction to the max…


Twitter turns seven today.

Happy Birthday Twitter!


That’s the score Katherine Webb received for her dive in ABC’s “Splash.”

I don’t know if anyone else was on the show…


Lindsay Lohan has six mug shots.

Amazingly I don’t have any mug shots…yet.


The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is three years old.

And the world has not yet ended.  Amazing…


An Ohio teenager, who killed three students in a high school cafeteria in February 2012, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was a jerk during the sentence hearing.

This is just a guess, but I think he’ll be taken down a notch or two in prison…


Former NBA star Adrian Dantley “works an hour a day at Eastern Middle School and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md” as a school crossing guard.

Sounds like he’s having fun…

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