Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” which always means we are one day closer to the weekend!

By the way, there are no lines or secret lists…

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 sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or send me nasty e-mails.

This week I write about General Motors, disability, Jasmine Eskew, Steve Daines, VA, Malmstrom AFB, oldest living man, Gregg Jarrett, Tara the famous feline, unemployed, Tea Party, Benghazi, the search for extraterrestrial life, Montana’s first national VA cemetery, and much more!


That’s approximately how many General Motors (GM) vehicles (13.8 million) have been recalled this year.

Are there any GM products still on the road?


The “total number of disability beneficiaries in the United States rose from 10,981,423 in March to 10,996,447 in April” which is a new all-time record. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?


That is the number of new claims for unemployment for last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

We just can’t seem to stay under 300,000.


Jasmine Eskew, who was found guilty of assaulting her infant child, was sentenced by District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections. According to KRTV, “Eskew was given credit for 613 days already served.”

Prayers go to the Eskew family.

For those who feel the need to bitch and gripe about Judge Sandefur and Cascade County Attorney John Parker’s work on this or other cases:  they are both up for re-election this November – don’t re-elect them.


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 VA Management Accountability Act (HR 4031) by a vote of 390-33. If passed by the senate and signed by the President the bill would make it easier for the head of the Veterans Affairs Department to fire and demote senior executives.

Congressman Steve Daines (R-Mont) voted for the bill. He was also a co-sponsor.


The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB in Montana “failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon, according to an internal Air Force review obtained by The Associated Press.”

The USAF should have released this information long ago – the drip, drip, drip of information is harming the military…


At 111 years old, Dr. Alexander Imich of New York City has been crowned the new world’s oldest living man, according to Guinness World Records. The world’s oldest living person and oldest woman, Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan is 116 years old. (Source)

I will not break that record…


Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett, age 59, “was arrested Wednesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and charged with interfering with a peace officer, a misdemeanor, according to an airport spokesman.” (Source)

Wait until O’Reilly gets hold of him…


According to a Harris poll, 47% of unemployed have ‘completely given up’ looking for a job.

Welcome to the club, folks. Helpful hint: You won’t get rich blogging…


On May 20, the California cat that saved her young owner during a dog attack, and became an Internet star in the process, will now be starring in a different role – minor league baseball pitcher. Tara the famous feline will toss out the first pitch at the Bakersfield Blaze game! (Source)

Can I get a meow!


“Today, just 15 percent of Americans say they are supporters of the tea party movement – the lowest since CBS News began asking about the tea party in February 2010.” (Source)

Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out…


The Associated Press reported, “A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother’s ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child.”


Reuters reported, “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday named the five Democrats who will participate in the select committee established by House Speaker John Boehner to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.”

They are Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Adam Smith of Washington, Adam Schiff of California, Linda Sanchez of California, and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.


The Great Falls Tribune reported, “Four same-sex couples have sued the state of Montana in federal court challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.”

This will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court…


The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee—led by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, since 2013—has held 15 hearings on space exploration alone, at least three of which have involved the search for extraterrestrial life. (Source)

The truth is out there…


Montana’s first national VA cemetery will be dedicated Monday in Yellowstone County. (Source)

Congrats to all those who made it possible.


In Tuesday’s Republican primaries, tea party-backed candidates were shut out against more established members of the GOP. (Source)

Have no fear Tea Party people; Montana and Wyoming still have primaries coming up…


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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 326,000 & 47: As long as this administration is taking an unfriendly position against business, those numbers will continue, maybe even get worse. Government does not create jobs, business does, I mean small business does. Right now, there is no reason for them to change their current situation.

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