Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!”

It was 13 years ago today that the United States was attacked. May God bless those we lost and their families and friends. May we never forget.

“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 Hot Lotto, unemployment, the President’s speech, closed primaries, a tray of beer, protecting us from terrorism, congressional approval ratings, Adam Sanchez Jr., Ryan Leaf, Enterovirus D68, and much more!

Your free dose of knowledge awaits…


A couple in Minnesota won the $11.7 million Hot Lotto jackpot. (Source) The Hot Lotto jackpot was last won in October 2013.

I won’t mention the Hot Lotto game again for awhile…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)

It’s difficult to get these numbers to stay below 300,000…


That’s how many words were in President Barack Obama’s speech last night which was about his strategy to destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. (Source)

We need to work together to protect the USA…


Some in the Montana Republican Party want voters to register with a political party to be able to vote in primary elections. Earlier this week the Great Falls Tribune asked readers, “Should voters be required to register with a political party in order to participate in that party’s primary elections?” The results were posted Wednesday with 80% saying “No” and 20% saying “Yes.”

Hopefully the Montana Republicans will take that into consideration…


Oliver Struempfel managed to lift 27 large glasses each containing one litre of beer and he carried them a distance of 40m. (Source)

I am glad he did not spill them…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “By a 23-percentage-point margin, Americans say Republicans are the party best able to protect the U.S. from terrorism and military threats, the largest GOP advantage to date. Republicans also have the edge on keeping the nation prosperous.”

Maybe it’s because the Republicans have more guns…and drones…and bunkers…


According to the Great Falls Tribune, “Adam Sanchez Jr., accused of killing Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn during a high-speed chase last month, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in Montana State Prison for guilty pleas made in connection with another case involving an armed robbery and chase in November 2013.”

Sanchez should have never been free to commit other crimes.


According from a new poll from Gallup, “With less than two months to go before the midterm congressional elections, 14% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job. This rating is one of the lowest Gallup has measured in the fall before a midterm election since 1974.”

There’s nothing much you can add to that…


Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to five years for violating terms of his probation. According to the Associated Press Leaf, “won’t have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he’s served in Montana.”

Hopefully Leaf will turn his life around after he serves his time.


The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday “The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has confirmed one case of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Montana involving a child under age 10 from Yellowstone County.”

Wash your hands often!


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