Thursday Numbers

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. – Benjamin Franklin

Here you go – 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 Verizon, Rep. Aaron Schock, Montana Department of Revenue, the Montana Legislature, Andy Reid, the Eagles, Scott Walker & Liz Mair, Butte America, Lindsey Vonn, zeros in numbers, unemployment, the Iditarod, and much more!


Verizon failed to notify officials that 911 services were down in nine California counties for over six hours and they were fined $3.4 million. According to reports, Verizon did notify officials, but after the problem was resolved. (Source)

Looks like some cell phone bills will be going up…


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

This was a slight increase from the week before…


Republican Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock resigned Tuesday after it was discovered that he “billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold that Chevrolet Tahoe in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer.” (Source)

That was the final nail. A salute goes to POLITICO for their work on this.


The Montana Department of Revenue has blocked 529 fraudulent tax returns seeking nearly $583,000 in refunds. (Source)

The refunds average $405.


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid turns 57 today.

I miss football…


There is a bill in the Montana Legislature to give state employees a 50-cent-per-hour pay raise in each of the next two years. Overall it will cost the state $42.5 million to pay for the raises and an increase in the state’s contribution toward employees’ insurance premiums. (Source)

They could cut legislators’ pay and not offer insurance to them to help pay for this…


Tickets go on sale Saturday for the June 2 Eagles concert in Billings. Ticket prices are from $49.50 to $169.50. (Source)

This will be a great concert.


That’s about how many tweets a Scott Walker aide fired off after resigning following just one day on the job. According to Business Insider, Liz Mair, (@LizMair) who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy of some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics said were insulting to Iowans.

I don’t know Liz Mair, but I kind of like her style. I do know about Iowa. I lived there. It’s an awful place to live. If they didn’t have the caucuses, nobody would ever visit that God-forsaken state.


That’s how many people were arrested in Butte, Montana, on St. Patrick’s Day. This is about the same number of arrests as last year. (Source)

Butte America!


American skier Lindsey Vonn captured her seventh downhill title and 18th crystal globe which are both records for women this week. (Source)

Vonn does not get enough credit for how much she has accomplished…


I saw the “Pro-Tip” on the Montana Cowgirl twitter feed and have this to add: For those writing about the Montana Legislature, there are six zeros in a million, nine zeros in a billion and 12 zeros in a trillion. Click HERE for a handy guide.

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. – Everett Dirksen


That’s Montana’s unemployment rate for January. (Source)

Is this a great state or what…


Congrats to Darby (MT) musher Jessie Royer for her fourth-place finish in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Source)

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