Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – thanks for stopping by!

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 Facebook, Apple iPhones, mill levy, Governor Steve Bullock, Mariah Carey, Great Falls visitor center, coffee pot problems, IRS, Presidential sushi, Chicago Cubs, Jodie Foster, Obama’s job approval rating, 2014 Senators Classic Committee, Icebreaker, Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, clemency, earthquake, Russian bombers, unemployment, and much more!


That’s how many (1.276 billion) monthly active users there are on Facebook. (Source)

Instead of watching soap operas, I read posts on Facebook…


Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones in the fiscal quarter two of 2014. They also sold 16.3 million iPads and 4.1 million Macs. (Source)

I’m a rebel; I use a Blackberry…


That’s the mill levy request for Great Falls (MT) Public Schools. More information about what it will be used for can be found HERE.

I will be supporting the levy. I urge other Great Falls residents to support our children, too.


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week which is an increase of 24,000 from the previous week. (Source)

Increases are not good…


The Governor of Montana and his wife made $145,000 last year and “paid just over $23,000 in state and federal income taxes.” (Source)

Is this a great country or what?


That’s how much it is costing singer Mariah Carey to book the first class section of a British Airways flight from New York to France for the Cannes Film Festival next month.

I think I’d just rent a jet…


According to the Great Falls Tribune, “The city of Great Falls operates the [visitor] center at a cost of more than $60,000 per year, and in its upcoming budget the city proposes not to spend any money on the center.”

I can think of some things/positions to cut so they can fund the visitor center…


That’s how much a jury ordered a man to pay to his former co-worker whose coffee pot he admitted to spiking with his own urine.

Now we have another thing to worry about…


This is post #2,200 here at The Western Word. Whoop, whoop!

A big thanks goes to all my readers! 


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paid 1,150 employees bonuses although they owed back taxes. (Source)

Maybe they can locate them to make them pay…


President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined at a famous Tokyo sushi restaurant called Sukiyabashi Jiro, where multiple courses of sushi will run $300 per person.

I like sushi…


The Chicago Cubs celebrated 100 years of Wrigley Field on Wednesday. They invited several stars from the past, except Sammy Sosa.


Jodie Foster is 51 and she married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. (Source)

Congrats – my favorite Foster movie is “Contact.”


According to Gallup, “President Barack Obama’s job approval rating averaged 42.4% during his 21st quarter in office, a slight improvement from 41.2% in the prior quarter, but still one of his lowest quarterly averages as president.”

In comparison, George W. Bush was 38.5% and Richard Nixon was 26.1% during the same time in their presidencies. Bill Clinton was 63.3%.


The 35th annual Icebreaker Road Race is this Sunday in Great Falls, Montana. More info can be found HERE.


Bradley Edward Manning, who is currently serving 35 years for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has legally changed his name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Good luck with that…


There are 19 GOP candidates who are members of 2014 Senators Classic Committee. It includes Rep. Steve Daines who is running for U.S. Senate in Montana. It’s one of those joint fundraising committees, which can raise $96,200 per donor. This has come about since the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision.

Those on the left should not fret, they can do the same thing…


If you’ve been in federal prison for 10 years or longer and you’ve been a good prisoner, you should apply for clemency according to the Justice Department. (Source)


That was the magnitude of an earthquake near Lincoln, Montana. It happened Wednesday morning. (Source)


Two Russian bombers flew close to UK airspace and they were chased away by an RAF jet fighter. (Source)

Seems as though we’re back in the Cold War, and I thought I helped win that darn thing…


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  1. Jack, one mild criticism: if someone votes AGAINST the levy, it does not mean that he doesn’t support the kids or public education.

    • Dave –

      Thanks for your comment. I don’t think I said that in this post, but I did say that I would be supporting it, and that “I urge other Great Falls residents to support our children, too.”

      There are many ways to support kids and public education besides supporting the mill levy.


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