Thursday Numbers

When I checked my weather app this morning, it said it was minus 32 here at the world headquarters of The Western Word in Great Falls, Montana. That was not counting wind chill.

We made it to February – now if we can just make it to spring and get through this cold weather! By the way, Major League Baseball’s spring training starts soon!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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 ObamaCare, the winter Olympics, unemployment, Seattle Seahawks, CVS, Jason Priest & Montana DOJ, Steve Daines’ job interview, The Biggest Loser, the Montana National Guard, graduation rate, Tom Brokaw, the farm bill, Denver Broncos, barefoot driver, Montana At- Large, and much more!


The Associated Press reported “Several million (2.3 million) American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation’s workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.”


That’s approximately how many people showed up Wednesday to watch the parade in Seattle for the Seahawks.

I don’t think Denver had a parade…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


According to this story, “CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care.”

I’m fine with it as long as they still sell wine in boxes…


Republican Montana state senator Jason Priest posted $1,500 bond and “pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he pushed his wife and then fought a police officer who tried to arrest him.”

Yesterday we found out that the “state Department of Justice will take over the case.” The local county attorney said it was because “all of the parties involved are familiar” and “to avoid any possible appearance of impropriety or favoritism.”

For those not familiar with Montana’s state department of justice, it is currently run by Republicans…


That’s how many views on YouTube the new campaign ad from current Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines has received as of this morning. The ad is titled, “Job Interview.”

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being great and one being terrible, I’ll give the ad a six.


According to Yahoo TV, “Rachel Frederickson, a 24-year-old voiceover artist who began Season 15 of ‘The Biggest Loser’ weighing 260 pounds, lost 155 pounds — 59.62 percent of her body weight — to become this season’s champ and add $250,000 to her bank account.”

I think I found some of those pounds…


About 150 members of the Montana National Guard are back in the United States after their deployment to the Middle East.

Welcome home and thank you!


That’s how many events are being held in 15 disciplines in the Winter Olympics. The Olympics start February 7 and end February 23.

I can’t wait to watch the Olympics on KBGF in Great Falls over their poor analog signal…


That’s how many nations are competing in the Winter Olympics.


That’s the 2012-2013 school year graduation rate in Montana – the third year in a row it has risen.



Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw turns 74 today.


The “farm bill” passed the U.S. Senate 68-32.

I can’t wait to see all the new farms…


Gallup reported that 51% disapprove of the Affordable Care Act with 41% approving of the law.


The Denver Broncos hold the record for the worst loss in Super Bowl history – a 45 point loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV in January 1990. Last Sunday, the Broncos suffered the third worst loss in Super Bowl history – losing by 35 points to the Seattle Seahawks.

In fact, the Broncos own three of the five worst losses in Super Bowl history.


According to the Associated Press, “A woman (Judy Lynn Hayman) who escaped from a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago while serving time for attempted larceny was found living under an alias in San Diego, police said Tuesday.”

The most interesting part was “When she escaped, Hayman was about halfway through a minimum sentence of 1 1/2 years for attempting to steal clothes from a Detroit-area store.” That’s 1.5 years.

Law enforcement officials in Michigan are like a dog looking for a bone…


Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has played in 23 playoff games. He has won 11 and lost 12.

Manning is a great regular season quarterback…


CBS in San Francisco reports “…when he was born in August, Sammisano became the biggest newborn baby on record in California, weighing in at a whopping 16 pounds, 1.7 ounces.”



CBS won the rights to televise eight Thursday night early season NFL games in 2014. The games will also be simulcast on the NFL Network.


The Billings Gazette reports, “Barefoot driver charged with DUI No. 6.”


The Denver Broncos lost their fifth Super Bowl on Sunday – the most in NFL history.

I always enjoy watching the Broncos lose…


As of this morning, three people have filed for U.S. House (at-large) in Montana (all Republicans): Corey Stapleton, Matt Rosendale, and Elsie Arntzen.

I am one of the few people not filing for the U.S. House seat. I’m kinda hoping Governor Bullock appoints me to fill the remainder of Max Baucus’ term in the U.S. Senate.

I have skills…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. And most of the Asst AGs who do the prosecutions at the DOJ are Democrats. But why get bogged down in the facts?

    Anyway, Conrad Burns passed you over for promotion to State Director way back when you actually had a real job. Why would Bullock appoint you to anything?

    • Thanks for stopping by and giving me the “facts” George! In regard to Bullock “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…” -JmB

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