Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another great edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is 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).

PLEASE NOTE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about debt, immigration reform, unemployment, Democratic and Republican Twitter followers, 564th missile squadron, Montana Democratic Party convention, Pioneer Baseball League, prescription drug use, F-15s, political party unfavorable ratings, Tony Soprano, Game 7, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, and much more!


The Washington Times is reporting, “A financial report issued by state auditors finds that the state of California is in the red by an unsustainable $127.2 billion.”

California is in a whole lot of trouble, but the United States Federal Government is in a little deeper debt than that, although the Feds can print money…


The National Journal reports, “By 2023, the United States will add 10.4 million people to its population if immigration reform passes the Senate in its current form, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.”

Is there enough room?


This morning the U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that 354,000 people filed new claims for unemployment which was an increase of 18,000 from the week before.

It seems these unemployment numbers get more attention during election season.


That’s how many followers the National Democratic Party (@TheDemocrats) has on Twitter.


That’s how many followers the Republican National Committee (@GOP) has on Twitter.


In a story talking about President Barack Obama calling for a one-third reduction in deployed strategic nuclear weapons, the Great Falls Tribune is reporting today “The 564th Missile Squadron was deactivated in 2006, but the elimination of the sites is required by the New START Treaty.”

The fact is the 564th Missile Squadron started “deactivation” in July 2007 and it was “inactivated” in August 2008.


The 2013 Montana Democratic Party Rules & Officers Convention is coming up July 12/13 in Lewistown. Full registration and all meals will cost you $125, and advance registration closes June 28.

This has been a public service announcement from The Western Word…


The Pioneer Baseball League season begins today. The teams play a 76 game schedule.


CBS reports “Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.”

It’s one big party here in America…


When the last F-15 leaves the Montana Air National Guard, that transition will mark the “end of 66 years of flying fighter aircraft in Great Falls.”

Darn shame…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “a majority of Americans (53%) see the Republican Party unfavorably, up slightly from 50% in November. Forty-eight percent see the Democratic Party unfavorably, an increase from 43% in November.”

I think it is time for an “Independent” Party…


James Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano on the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday. He was 51.

He will be missed. Rest In Peace.


The Associated Press reported, “The first of 20 F-15 fighter jets assigned to the Montana Air National Guard has left Great Falls for Fresno, California, as the 120th Fighter Wing begins changing its mission.”

You can read my “Fresno Won” column HERE.


The Associated Press reported this week “Four central Pennsylvania residents said they used only a rope and a flashlight during a wild chase to rescue a young bear whose head had been stuck in a plastic jar for at least 11 days.”

It was a Winnie-the-Pooh moment. My beagle got her head stuck in a popcorn bag once. I think she thought she was in dog heaven for a few minutes…


There are eight teams in the Pioneer Baseball League. They are The Billings Mustangs, Great Falls Voyagers, Helena Brewers, Missoula Osprey, Casper Ghosts, Idaho Falls Chukars, Ogden Raptors, and Orem Owlz.

Those are some interesting team names…


Game 7 of the NBA Finals is tonight (Thursday).

Go Spurs!


CBS and the Associated Press are reporting, “The Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a U.S. soldier (U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl) held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.”

We need to bring Bergdahl home; it’s been long enough…

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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Not very slick to infer that people taking one or more medications are “partying it up.” I suppose you would get rid of reasonable insurance coverage for prescription medications because it’s all just for fun

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