Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge! The weekend is in sight – but I am not so sure about summer.

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 NALC food drive, Hot Lotto, barrels of oil, John Walsh, Steve Daines, unemployment, Amazon Fire, Brian Schweitzer, polls and more polls, DUI, Lucy Li, jury duty, Kansas City Royals, Public Service Commissioners, U.S. Patent Office, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and much more!


That’s how many (72.5 million) pounds of food was collected during the National Associated of Letter Carriers (NALC) food drive on May 10. (Source)

Great job – we need to take care of our own!


That’s the jackpot amount for the “Hot Lotto Sizzler” game that can be played in Montana.

The last time someone won “Hot Lotto Sizzler” was in October 2013, which means it is not that hot, and certainly not a sizzler.


North Dakota officially produces one million barrels of crude oil per day. (Source)

So, gas prices will be dropping significantly, right? Bueller? Bueller…


That is the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That is a decrease of 6,000 from the week before.


According to a press release from the Walsh for Senate campaign, the 6,000 member Montana Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed John Walsh for U.S. Senate.


The Walsh for Montana team has a new website up called “Dishonest Daines” in which they contend, “Daines worked for Procter & Gamble for six years in Hong Kong and mainland China help to start factories there while the company closed U.S. plants and fired 4,000 American workers.”

I wonder if Steve Daines received free Charmin while working at Proctor & Gamble…


That’s the price of the new Amazon “Fire” smartphone. It will be available July 25. (Source)


Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer says he would bet $100 that Mitt Romney isn’t running for President in 2016. (Source)

In national politics, Schweitzer is like Cousin Eddie from the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. I’d love to hear Schweitzer say, “I don’t know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper…it does just fine by itself, huh?”


Gallup reported earlier this week, “Sixty-six percent of Americans in the first half of June are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them, in line with attitudes since mid-March.”

That’s not good news for Republicans…


That’s President Obama’s overall approval rating (41%) in the recently released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. (Source)

Before my friends on the right start popping corks, there are other poll results. Read on…


That’s the percentage of people (38%) who have a favorable view of Democrats in the recently released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. (Source)


That’s the percentage of people (29%) who have a favorable view of the GOP in the recently released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. (Source)


That’s the percentage of people (22%) who have a favorable view of the Tea Party in the recently released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. (Source)


“It took a Billings jury 16 minutes to find Edwin Cuch guilty of his 14th drunken driving offense.” (Source)

Somebody should ask the judges for DUIs #3 through #13 why Edwin Cuch was allowed to freely roam the streets of Montana.


Republican National Committee (RNC) Co-Chairman Sharon Day is in Billings this morning (Thursday) to launch the 14 in ‘14 RNC Women’s Initiative.

It’s convention time for the Montana GOP this weekend in Billings!  Party on…


Lucy Li is eleven years old…and playing in the women’s U.S. Open golf tournament. She is the youngest player ever to qualify for it. (Source)


The Kansas City Royals have won 10 games in a row. They are leading the American League Central, and it’s been over a decade since they have led their division this late in the season.

Good for Kansas City and Royals fans everywhere.


A judge in northwestern Montana threatened fines and required letters of apology from nine people who failed to show up when they were called for jury duty this month. (Source)

The justice system in Montana has many problems – a few jurors not showing up is not a big deal. It happens all the time.


According to Gallup, “As the Republican-led House of Representatives launches the eighth congressional investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack against American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, fewer than one in five Americans say they are following the story “very closely.”

It’s all about politics and the next election now – facts and truth have left the building…


Gallup released a new poll this morning that shows, “Americans’ confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013.”

Members of Congress may need counseling…


The Associated Press reported “Montana utility regulators on Tuesday approved a NorthWestern Energy request to boost electricity rates by 6.44 percent starting July 1 so the company can recover $32 million in underestimated supply costs.”

All five of the Montana Public Service Commissioners are Republicans. I am shocked because I thought Republicans were against raising fees, rates, or taxes.

Thankfully my commissioner, Travis Kavulla, voted against it.


CNN Money reports that the “U.S. Patent Office has canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans.”

It’s time to change the name…


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney held his last press briefing Wednesday ending a three year run as the 29th Press Secretary. (Source)

He did very well in a tough job…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. You are completely wrong on your comment regarding the jury no-shows. By the time any litigation comes to a jury trial, tremendous amounts of time, energy and resources have been expended to get a final resolution. Our system needs people from all walks of life and with all levels of experience, intelligence and education to serve as jurors, It is truly our highest calling as citizens as it makes our most fundamental right come to life. If every person of your experience and public stature takes this attitude our system will disintegrate to a jury of availability, selected by unknowns versus a good cross-section of our community.

    If this is your attitude, please affirm and defend it in your next post and I will then see if your comments are worthy of further consideration.

    • Maybe you should read my comments again – Here they are, “The justice system in Montana has many problems – a few jurors not showing up is not a big deal. It happens all the time.”
      Every time I have been called for jury duty there are people who don’t show up. If the press covered this “event” every time it happened, there would be a story every day. The court clerks should know the percentage of people who don’t show up and adjust the number of people they call for that. -JmB

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