Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read “Thursday Numbers!” By the way, just two weeks from today we celebrate Thanksgiving!

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Stillwater Mining, unemployment, Obamacare numbers, buyout proposal, Chiefs/Broncos, 666, a gorilla, Daines tweets, Todd Christensen, lowest approval rating ever, Preparing for the Race, and much more so read on!


The Associated Press (AP) reports “Stillwater Mining Co. is reporting a net loss of $201.5 million for the latest quarter after slashing the value of its copper reserve in Argentina.”

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is the Chairman of the Board for Stillwater Mining Company.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, that’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week – a decrease from the week before.


According to a Fox News alert, the “Obama administration says a total of 106,185 people selected a health plan through the ObamaCare exchanges in the first month, a number that falls short of expectations amid widespread website failures.” These numbers include the state (79,391) and federal (26,794) exchanges.

The 26,794 people who enrolled through the Feds should be given certificates of recognition.


Yellowstone County Treasurer Max Lenington’s “$90,000 buyout proposal” was rejected by the Yellowstone County Commissioners. Lenington was caught sending emails on his government computer in which he “used derogatory terms for black people and homosexuals.”

Lenington has certainly made a name for himself – he should peacefully retire before someone figures out how they can fire him and take his retirement completely away for misconduct.


That’s the combined winning percentage (.944) of the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs and 8-1 Denver Broncos. They play Sunday night. Yahoo! Sports reports, “Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, the combined winning percentage of the 9-0 Chiefs and 8-1 Broncos is the highest for a game this late in the season.”

Go Chiefs!


According to this story, “A Kentucky student refused to run in a cross-country race after being assigned ‘666’ as her race number.”

Sometimes you just have to make a stand…


The ol’ gorilla did it excuse? “A Spokane, Wash., woman who wound up with a totaled car, a broken collarbone and a $550 ticket blames her post-Halloween crash on a person in a gorilla suit who she says jumped in front of her car.”

Maybe it was a real gorilla?


On Wednesday, Congressman Steve Daines (R-Mont.) proudly tweeted “Only 212 Montanans have been able to purchase insurance through #Obamacare.”

The Democrats and Republicans should work together to make the program better.


Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen died of complications from surgery on Wednesday. He was only 57.

He was a great tight end, and I enjoyed his work after football as an analyst for NBC. Rest In Peace.


Gallup reported, “Americans’ views of the 2010 healthcare law have worsened in recent weeks, with 40% approving and 55% disapproving of it. For most of the past year, Americans have been divided on the law, usually tilting slightly toward disapproval. The now 15-percentage-point gap between disapproval and approval is the largest Gallup has measured in the past year.”

The mess with the website and with the broken promise of “if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it” has hurt the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans are smelling blood in the water, so don’t look for them to help make the program better.


According to Gallup, “Americans’ approval of the way Congress is handling its job has dropped to 9%, the lowest in Gallup’s 39-year history of asking the question. The previous low point was 10%, registered twice in 2012.”

Congratulations to the boys and girls in Congress!


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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 40 – Should have been 55. This is the opportunity for the Republicans to offer solutions to fix the law and gain a significant advantage going into 2014 and quite possibly 2016 elections.They will have to come together as a party to make that happen. I would not be shocked to see the GOP let the Dems “swing in the wind” based on their “my way or the highway” attitude when only Dems created this law without letting the GOP be involved. The “you can keep your Insurance” bills in play by the Dems now is a hoax, they will never be able to force the insurance companies to reinstate those plans now. The Dems are in serious trouble politically.

    There are now a higher percentage of people against the ACA then voted for Obama in the last election. The election where Barack stated he has a mandate from the people to enforce ACA.

    The sad part is that none of the politicians will be harmed financially to the extent of how it will affect the middle class!

    • Barry – Thanks. I still hold out hope that some of the Dems and Reps in the middle will come together to make Obamacare stronger and better for all. -JmB

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