Thursday Numbers

Welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, 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 valuable NBA teams, the New York Yankees, abortions, Roger Goodell, Verizon data, plowing streets, dissatisfaction with the government, missile launch facilities, Roe vs. Wade, the actual unemployment rate, new claims for unemployment, the Secretary of the Air Force, food stamps, Super Bowl, the McDonnells, Sean Hannity, the worst states in highway safety, plus a lot more so read on!


The NBA’s New York Knicks are worth $1.4 billion making them the NBA’s most valuable team according to Forbes. Coming in second was the Los Angeles Lakers at $1.35 billion.

The Knicks last won a championship in 1973.


The New York Yankees have signed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka for $155 million over seven years.

I can pitch…


According to, that’s how many abortions have been performed in the United States since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.


According to several reports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $29.5 million per year.

All that money and you get to go to any game you want – for free! 


The U.S. Department of Labor reports that’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which was an increase from the week before.


That’s how many times local and federal law-enforcement officials demanded data on Verizon customers last year. National Journal has the story HERE.

At least the government drones haven’t found me yet…


That’s how many miles of residential streets there are in Billings, Montana. When it snows, these streets are not plowed, although they expect residents to have their sidewalks cleared in a timely manner.

Maybe they have relatives who work for the city of Great Falls public works department – they don’t plow most residential streets in Great Falls, either. They also expect sidewalks to be cleared of snow in a timely manner (except for my neighbor).

Officials fail to realize there would be fewer accidents if the roads were plowed and then sanded. There would also be fewer accidents if all intersections had yield or stop signs.


According to Gallup, “Sixty-five percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation’s system of government and how well it works, the highest percentage in Gallup’s trend since 2001. Dissatisfaction is up five points since last year, and has edged above the previous high from 2012 (64%).”

Just 65%?


KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls reported, “Malmstrom Air Force Base has begun the initial phase of permanently eliminating 50 deactivated missile launch facilities in north-central Montana. It was also reported, “The 50 missile launch facilities were part of the 564th Missile Squadron that was deactivated in 2008.”

It’s official – Senators Max Baucus, Jon Tester, and Congressman Steve Daines can place the loss of these facilities and missiles on their résumés.


Forty-one years ago yesterday (Jan. 22, 1973) the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

People have been trying to overturn it since…


A Wall Street advisor says “the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.”

I can believe that…


Deborah Lee James is the 23rd secretary of the Air Force. She visited Malmstrom AFB this week.

After reading several reports about her visit, Secretary James seemed to make it out of Montana without answering any tough questions from Montana’s press. Maybe the Air Force should invite bloggers to their little press conferences…


According to which is based on a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013.”

We need to take care of our own…


ESPN’s NFL Nation Confidential conducted an anonymous survey of more than 320 players around the league. They asked the players which player they would like to see in the Super Bowl who had not been there yet. 18% said they would like to see Adrian Peterson in the Super Bowl, coming in second was Tony Gonzalez.

I’d like to see the Kansas City Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl once more before I die…


Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen are facing a 14-count indictment. They are charged with “illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.”


Radio and television host Sean Hannity may be leaving New York because the current governor, Andrew Cuomo, does not care for extreme conservatives. Hannity said he was tired of paying “their 10-percent state tax” and that he may move to Texas or Florida and that he is “leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”

It might be a good idea for Hannity to take some time off and go fishing – his arguments are getting a little stale.


According to a story in Lee Newspapers, “The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, a Washington, D.C., group, released its report this week showing Montana has passed only five of the 15 laws promoted by the group.”

That makes Montana one of the worst states in highway safety behind Mississippi and South Dakota.

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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 20 – We certainly do need to take care of our own. And in order to do that , we need to create an environment where business will hire again. Then those people can get off welfare, unemployment and food stamps and lead productive lives as opposed to losing their ability or desire to work and live off the rest of us…

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