Thursday Numbers

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.David Bailey

Here you go – keep reading…

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 the C.M. Russell Museum, Montana Millionaire trial, unemployment, the Powder River Training Complex, CodeRED exercise, the carpool lane, the ISIS “Hit List,” my brackets, State Rep. “Recon” Randy Pinocci, the Top 10 Community Colleges, Ronda Rousey & Jimmy Fallon, Rockin’ the Rivers, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash. There’s a lot more so read on…


That’s the amount raised ($7.8 million) last week by the C.M. Russell Museum during Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana. (Source)

Congrats to the Russell museum.


The Associated Press reported that a trial is scheduled next year in the case of a convenience store employee who was sued by a regular customer who said they had a verbal agreement to split any prizes they won on three Montana Millionaire tickets sold on Dec. 23. You guessed it, one of the tickets won a million dollars.

These people do know that trials and lawyers cost money, right?


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


The Federal Aviation Administration approved the plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex over the North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. According to the Associated Press, the move roughly quadruples the training airspace to span across almost 35,000 square miles, making it the largest over the continental U.S.

This was wonderful news.


That’s how many calls were made in Cascade County (MT) during a test of the new CodeRED emergency notification service. It took about 20 minutes. (Source)

This is a very good thing. According to the Great Falls Tribune, residents should register if they have unlisted phone numbers, have changed their phone numbers recently, use cell phones exclusively or have VoIP cell service, such as through Vonage or Charter. You can register HERE.


A man was fined $124 for driving in the carpool lane and using a cardboard cutout of the actor who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” from the Dos Equis beer ads as his passenger. (Source)

He should have used “Otto the auto-pilot” from the movie Airplane! to help him.


That’s how many U.S. airmen, sailors, soldiers and Marines had their personal information and photos posted on a purported ISIS “Hit List.” That list included six members from Minot AFB in North Dakota. (Source)

My prayers go out for these brave men and women…


On one of my ESPN Men’s basketball brackets I am picking the winners at a 97.2 pace. That’s pretty good until you look at my ranking, which puts me in 329,625 place. On the GF Tribune bracket challenge I am somewhat better, ranking (locally) 16 out of 173.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance…


Freshman Montana State Representative Randy Pinocci complained (see below #16) about working 16 hour days and (according to his calculations) claimed he was making $5 an hour.

It was discovered and reported over at the Intelligent Discontent blog that between February 9th and March 3rd, Pinocci posted at least 25 times his “achievements” playing Soldiers Inc. on Facebook. Some of these “achievements” took place during the day when the Legislature was in session.

Maybe these games will prepare him for when the United Nations launches an attack…


Freshman Montana State Representative Randy Pinocci has had a tough session. He recently told a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune, “I don’t know any state employee who makes the wages I make, $5 an hour for 16-hour days.” Actually, legislators make $82 a day and $109 per diem.

I think “Recon” Randy should be given a little cheese with his “whine.”


Here are the “Top 10 Community Colleges in America.”

Congrats to one of my alma maters, North Central Missouri College, for making the list!


There were 10 Republicans who voted against honoring golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Yes, Jack Nicklaus. (Source)



It took UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey six seconds to get The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon to tap out after she applied an arm bar. (Source)


Montana’s premier 3-day rock festival, Rockin’ the Rivers, has announced their lineup for the August 7-9 event. Click HERE to see the lineup!


Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left an Alabama prison early Thursday morning after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on furs, vacations and other luxury items. He will serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house. (Source)

Readers may remember that Jackson had used some of those campaign funds to purchase two mounted elk heads from a Montana taxidermist. (Source)


It is being reported today that one pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 jet that crashed during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Düsseldorf, Germany this week left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in. (Source)

The plane may have been crashed deliberately.


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