Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly helping of knowledge!

“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 veterans, Lewis & Zinke, Walsh & Daines, unemployment, unaccounted for military personnel, Affordable Care Act & Montana, pingpong balls, gay marriage, Hillary Clinton, cheerleading, Congressional approval ratings, drunk drivers, horse racing, and much more!


That’s how much ($17.6 billion) the acting secretary of the Veterans Administration says the agency needs “in new funds over the next three years to meet growing patient demand.” (Source)

It’s well past time for Congress to overhaul the VA and allow veterans to use civilian clinics and hospitals and, at the same time, stop constructing/leasing buildings across the nation.


USA Today reports “About 636,000 veterans across the country have VA medical appointments that are at least a month past when they wanted to be seen, and 40,000 have been waiting for four months to see a doctor, the chairman of a Senate committee announced Wednesday.” (Source)

Those veterans should be sent to civilian clinics and hospitals.


That’s how much money Montana U.S. House candidate John Lewis (D) has in the bank as of July 15. (Source)

I see Lewis hosting free barbecues in the near future…


That’s the new claims for unemployment filed last week. It was a decrease from the week before. (Source)


That’s how much money Montana U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke (R) has in the bank as of July 15. (Source)

Zinke has proven he can raise money, so he should be fine…


There are 83,000 Americans who are unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. The agencies responsible for identifying and bringing home America’s war dead is a mess according to a draft report by the Pentagon Inspector General. CBS News has the story HERE.

Hopefully Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will clean up the mess.


That’s how many more Montana residents are enrolled in a health insurance plan than were before the Affordable Care Act enrollment period took place. (Source)

This is a good thing.


The Associated Press reported, “A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.” (Source) H/T – The Flint Report.


According to financial disclosure reports, Congressman Steve Daines “has personal wealth more than 125 times that of his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh.” Daines reports “his personal assets are worth between $8.9 million and $32.7 million.”

That last line alone is worth me saying “great googly moogly.”

Walsh “reported assets worth $66,000 to $165,000.” (Source)

I can see the “Daines doesn’t understand what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck” comments now. These types of comments are justified because he doesn’t. Daines comes across to me as someone who is out of touch with regular folks – kind of a snob.

Maybe Walsh should use a new slogan, “If you’re a multi-millionaire, vote for Daines. If you’re not, vote for me!”


That’s how many Americans now favor gay marriage according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1000 likely voters. (Source)


40-year-old dance instructor and mother of two Kriste Lewis is now a New Orleans Saints cheerleader. (Source)

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…


Hillary Clinton is currently the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates tested in a July 7-10 Gallup poll. (Source)

Right now I do not see anyone who can beat Clinton in the Republican or Democrat camps.


Only 15% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. That’s according to a new poll released Tuesday from Gallup. (Source)

They are terrible at their jobs. It’s like they are in a bubble and can’t hear or see what people think of them…


David Anthony Aguilar, Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for assaulting his public defender. (Source)


William Hunter from Great Falls was arrested Saturday evening on suspicion of his seventh DUI. (Source)

Being free and able to get a seventh DUI seems absurd.


Aaron Kent Holsinger, from Livingston, Montana, was on probation for a 2001 fatal drunken driving crash in which received a 20 year sentence for negligent homicide. All but six months of that sentence was suspended. Holsinger was arrested for aggravated DUI in Park County in mid-April and has pleaded not guilty. (Source)

Maybe he should have been in jail instead of out roaming our streets?


There will be four days of horse racing in Great Falls (MT) again this year: July 19-20 and July 26-27. Post time is 1:00. More information can be found HERE.



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  1. IMHO, the class warfare card you are attempting to play pitting Walsh against Daines, has little appeal these days… especially using it against a person who rose from very humble beginnings and has achieved a measure of success from hard work. To claim someone doesn’t know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck or is out of touch with regular folk, rings more as a shallow hyperbolic stump speech tag line rather than anything meaningful when the history of that person’s life is not disclosed.

    • Craig – Thanks for commenting. Being richer than most everyone you represent is one of those angles that is fair game in politics. Daines has painted himself one way, Walsh and the democrats will try to paint him the other. As for me, I’ve voted for millionaires running for elective office and non-millionaires running for elective office. -JmB

      • Jackie, thanks for writing. I expect party politicos, especially desperate ones, to use bullspit political tactics to arrest a negative trend. After reading your blog for years, I did not expect to see you carrying water for them. I look forward to your usual substantive and informative posts on a variety of issues.

      • Craig – Stay tuned, next time I will probably be accused of carrying water for the other guy! -JmB

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