Thursday Numbers

And just like that it’s Thursday – and your weekly dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you are a first-time visitor, “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 the Federal government spending bill, the Montana delegation fails, expanding preschool, political donations, Google Earth, CIA Torture Report, gun rights, groundbreaking albums, musicians, military pay, unemployment, and much more!


That’s the amount of the spending bill ($1.1 trillion) to fund the government until October 2015. (Source)


That’s how much ($20 million) that Montana counties will lose in the new spending bill that funds the Federal government. This is because the Secure Rural Schools program was not funded. (Source)

U.S. Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh as well as Congressman Steve Daines failed Montana.


Montana will receive a “$10 million Federal grant to expand preschool programs for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.” (Source)

This is a good thing.


The omnibus spending bill now before congress if passed and signed into law would increase the amount an individual can contribute to a political party from $32,400 per year to $324,000 per year. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?


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


That’s how many pages are in the omnibus spending bill that is now before congress. (Source)

Hardly any member of congress will take time to read it.


Big brother is watching you! Officials in Cascade County (MT) have discovered Google Earth and found 109 violations where buildings have been constructed without permits. (Source)

Pro Tip: Underground bunkers are harder to detect.


Here at The Western Word I asked, “Should the so-called ‘CIA Torture Report’ be released to the public” and 65% of those who answered the question said “Yes.”

Thanks to all who voted!


A new Pew Research Center survey found that “52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.” (Source)

Pew reports that this is “the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control.”


Courtesy of Rolling Stone magazine, here are “The 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time”

How many do you own?


Here are 15 famous musicians who served in the military.


Here are the top ten highest-paid musicians of 2014.

That is an interesting list…


The government spending bill now before congress if passed and signed into law would give military service members a 1 percent pay increase next year. Yes, ONE PERCENT. The bill would also freeze the pay for generals and flag officers. (Source)

Wow, talk about generosity. At least Congress made sure donors could give more to the political parties, but they once again failed to give military members an adequate pay raise.

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  1. How ironic and at the same time sad, that Montana would fund 4 year olds going to school to get a head start but not refund Secure Rural Schools for this year. I guess the rural schools are fine now! Do you remember anything from when your were four? I don’t either…it wont be long before Montanans have to pick up the tab for the 4 year olds too!

    We also eclipsed the $18,000,000,000,000 mark of our National Debt and raked in a record $3,100,000,000,000 in tax revenue but failed to pay down the debt.

    If we are only averaging 200,000 new jobs per month according to the Democrats, how can 294,000 new claims for unemployment benefits be a good thing? Maybe you should capture the net….only 94,000 new unemployment claims this month…sounds better already!

    1%, you should be happy with that, I haven’t had a raise in 6 years.

    What are the odds KC can beat Oakland this time around?

    • Thanks Barry. The pre-school funding was through a competitive grant I believe. The rural schools funding was yearly. As for the Chiefs, I can’t figure them out and I doubt Raider fans can figure their team out either. The Chiefs have lost three in a row so we need a win big time. -JmB

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