Thursday Numbers

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“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly 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 fundraising, unemployment, Bieber, Rimrock Auto Group, Initiative 174, Andrew Tahmooressi, Mötley Crüe, Arlo Guthrie, Wyoming, Hobby Lobby legislation, Malmstrom AFB nuke officers, drunk driving, and much more!


The Associated Press reported, “U.S. Sen. John Walsh has raised nearly $900,000 since mid-May as he seeks to fight off a challenge by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines in November’s election.”

The Daines campaign was still counting the money…


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week. It was a decrease from the week before, which is good news. (Source)


That’s how much Justin Bieber must pay in restitution “for damage caused to his former neighbor’s mansion by eggs he threw.” (Source)

I wonder if they threw toilet paper on the neighbor’s trees…


That’s how many “Likes” the Facebook page “Boycott Rimrock Auto Group” has (as of this morning). The “About” section of the page says, “Boycott Subaru, Mercedes Benz, Cadillac, GMC, VW, AutoTrim Design & CarNu and Rimrock Auto Group. Showing support for Montana’s medical marijuana patients.”


Initiative 174 won’t make the November ballot because they could not gather enough signatures. The initiative was being proposed to overturn Montana’s medical marijuana law. (Source)

This is good news in my humble opinion…


That’s how many days Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been in a Mexican jail. He finally received his day in court yesterday and he is remaining in jail.

He is in a Mexican jail because when he was living in San Diego for PTSD treatment he reportedly missed a turn when he was headed to a meeting with some friends and ended up in Mexico. He had three guns in his vehicle when he was stopped by Mexican officials.

This should be an easy fix for the Obama Administration.


One of my favorite rock groups, Mötley Crüe, is kicking off a final 72 show North American tour that runs through November. (Source)

My favorite song from the Crüe is “Home Sweet Home.”


Folk singer Arlo Guthrie turns 67 today. My favorite song: “City of New Orleans.”


On this date in 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.


Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to reverse the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision which exempted some employers from having to provide insurance coverage for contraception. According to The Hill, “The Senate bill has 35 Democratic co-sponsors in addition to lead sponsors Murray and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.).” Montana’s two U.S. Senators are co-sponsors of the bill.

This is an attempt by the Democrats to fire up the base ahead of the November elections…


That’s how many officers at Malmstrom AFB received Article 15s (non-judicial punishment) for their roles in the cheating scandal. (Source)

It will be a long time before the Air Force nuclear forces regain the trust and confidence of the American people…


Robert Lee Brooks, age 66, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Billings (MT) court to DUI number nine. (Source)

I will ask, once again, “Why is this person even free to get DUI number nine?”


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Hi Mike,

    I enjoy your columns. I would like to share them with my 1900 or so friends on Facebook. Do you have a Facebook page containing your columns?



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    • Thanks for your comments Bob. I do not have a Facebook page dedicated to The Western Word. Sorry. You may subscribe to my columns on the right hand side of the the page and you can paste the links to my column in your Facebook page.

      Thanks for reading,


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