Thursday Numbers

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

Here you go – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week I write about food stamps, unemployment, the treason petition, Hillary’s deleted emails, tickets for Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the Montana GOP Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner, letter to Iran & Steve Daines, firearm owners, government is the problem, guns on campuses & keggers, preschool programs, and much more!


According to a report from “there were 46,252,064 Americans on food stamps.” This is based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

I doubt there are very many people who want to actually be on food stamps, but would rather have a job or a job that paid them enough to make ends meet.


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. This is a decrease from the week before. (Source)

Decreases are good!


As of this morning, that is how many signatures a petition on has that is “calling for charges to be filed against the 47 senators who sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran, possibly in violation of the Logan Act.” (Source) Senator Steve Daines of Montana signed the letter.

The petition states, “This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.”


The New York Times and several other news outlets reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “turned over some 30,490 emails to the State Department in December, nearly two years after leaving office. But she said she had deleted nearly 32,000 others.” (Source)

Email-gate has been fun to watch –it’s given me a few laughs. Of course Republicans are trying to say email-gate is the worst thing ever, while some Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon because they want someone like Elizabeth Warren to run for President. We’ll see if Hillary survives this, or if she even wants to face this for the next two years.


The tickets for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight will range from $1,500 to $7,500. (Source)

This should be a good fight.


That’s how much it will cost to attend the “MTGOP Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner” this Saturday in Helena. (Source)

It costs $50 for the ticket and $3.49 for a fee, which might turn some GOP members off because some in the GOP ranks have called fees another name for taxes. We know how the GOP hates taxes.


That’s how many senators signed a letter to the leaders of Iran about a nuclear deal. Senator Steve Daines of Montana signed the letter. His reason for signing the letter can be read HERE.

There are too many class presidents…


“According to the latest General Social Survey, 32 percent of Americans either own a firearm themselves or live with someone who does, which ties a record low set in 2010.”

If you’re a criminal, the odds are in your favor that the house you are breaking into does not have a gun.  So, do you feel lucky…


Gallup polling reported, “Americans continue to name the government (18%) as the most important U.S. problem, a distinction it has had for the past four months.”

Congrats Government!


To make keggers and classes much more interesting on Montana college campuses the (Montana) House Judiciary Committee “voted 11-10 Wednesday to pass and send to the House floor for debate a bill to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns on state university campuses.” (Source)

Go ahead and shake your head. I am.


After a GOP-led budget panel rejected Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s $37 million proposal for public preschool programs in Montana the Associated Press reported “Montana is one of only six states without any state investment in preschool programs.”


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5 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Doug, it was a sarcastic comment, along the lines of how Mike presents his comments. Although I forgot to put “just kidding”! But I do have stats on how many guns are sold in the US and based on those stats, more than 32% own a gun!

    • Do those stats show a breakdown by number owned by individuals? Guns sold doesn’t tell you how many people own 1 gun vs 8 or 10.

      • What the stats say is that in the last 30 years, not including 2013 and 2014, is that an annual estimated average of 4,100,000 guns were produced in the US over that time period. That is comprehensive of all gun types made. That equals 123,000,000 new guns produced and does not account for used guns already in the marketplace and guns produced outside the US that are here. Even the US government does not know how many guns are in the hands of individuals and where those guns are right now. It would be a stretch to say that only 32% of the population own all those guns. Sure there are people who own more than 10 guns and and those who own none. If I take the circle of people that I know, more than 50% of them own guns or have owned guns. I can also say that the gun industry does not count the purchase of guns or where they are in the process of being sold. The only data that I know that is accurate and available is production data.

  2. 18,150,531,510,687 Our National Debt!

    500,000,000 Amount our National Debt increase every day

    32 Based on the number of guns sold per year in the US, 32% represents the number of people who admitted they have a gun, the other 30% that have a gun…lied!

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