Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers” – the first one for June!

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 make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Daines, John Walsh, voter turnout, KPAX TV, Belmont Stakes, God, Smokey Bear, Super Bowl, Brad Johnson, Judge G. Todd Baugh, unemployment, Julia Collins, Montana Republican Party, Ryan Zinke, Ravalli County, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, first debate, relatives, and much more!


That’s the bid ($2 billion) put forth by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. (Source)


That is the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week. (Source)


As of this morning, that is how many votes Representative Steve Daines received in the Republican U.S. Senate three-way primary. He received 83% of the vote, which was pretty good. (Source)

So what does this mean for the General Election? Nothing.


KPAX TV channel 8 in Missoula, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting today (June 5) in 1970. (Source)

Congrats to KPAX.


This is Thursday Numbers column number 150.


The 146th Belmont Stakes, which is the third and final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, is this Saturday. California Chrome will be trying to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown. Post time is 6:52 p.m. eastern time. (Source)


According to a new poll from Gallup, “Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally” and “about half of Americans continue to say the Bible is the inspired word of God, not to be taken literally — meaning a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God.”

God’s not dead…


Smokey Bear is turning 70. Wow. See the video HERE.


That was the “voter turnout” percentage for Wibaux County, Montana, in Tuesday’s primary election. It looks like they were tops in Montana. (Source)


U.S. Senator John Walsh received 64% of the vote Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. It was three-way contest. (Source)

Overall I was impressed with the margin of the Walsh victory. Some were saying he would not win the race.


For the first time since the fourth Super Bowl, no Roman numerals will be affixed to the 50th Super Bowl. (Source)

I find it difficult to count in Roman numerals until the number 159, then it just CLIX.


Republican Brad Johnson received 49% of the vote to win the Republican nomination for Public Service Commission (PSC) District 5. (Source)

Brad Johnson is one of the good guys. I wish him well.


That’s the statewide voter turnout for Montana’s primary election on Tuesday (33%). (Source)


The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a 31-day suspension and public censure for District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings, who during a sentencing said a 14-year-old rape victim appeared older than her chronological age. (Source)

What an embarrassment Baugh has been to Montana…


That was the “voter turnout” percentage for Richland County, Montana, in Tuesday’s primary election. It looks like Richland was the lowest in Montana. (Source)

Gallatin County (Bozeman) came in at 23.94% which is terrible. Gallatin County is Representative Steve Daines’ home county.


Julia Collins won 20 straight games on Jeopardy and $428,100. She is the winningest female contestant and second in consecutive wins to Ken Jennings who won 74. (Source)


It was about 12 hours after Republican Ryan Zinke won the nomination for the U.S. House that I received a statement congratulating him for his victory from the Montana Republican Party.

Maybe the folks at GOP headquarters had to obtain approval from Rick Hill and Ken Miller?


The Miami Heat are in the NBA finals for the fourth year in a row – and I have cheered against them every year.

Go Spurs!


At approximately 8:43 p.m. Tuesday night the Associated Press posted the story saying Steve Daines had won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Montana. Three minutes later, at approximately 8:46 p.m. Tuesday night, I received a statement from the Montana Republican Party congratulating Daines for his victory.


According to the Associated Press, “Voters in Ravalli County ousted two members of the county commission and resoundingly rejected an attempt by the suspended county treasurer to remain in office.”

Voters must trust you…


According to an e-mail from the Walsh campaign, the first General Election debate between Senator John Walsh, Representative Steve Daines, and Libertarian Roger Roots will take place June 14 in Butte America.

And the fun begins…


That’s the number of relatives I have who work for elected officials, candidates, political groups, political parties, and political action committees. I am not employed by any of these groups or people, either.

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