Thursday Numbers

I never learned from a man who agreed with me. – Robert A. Heinlein

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’s topics include our national debt, the war against coal, American Pie, astronauts, unemployment, the stock market, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Montana Legislature & the vote to adjourn, cheapest beer in baseball, the Montana VA, Geno Auriemma and UConn, Brian Williams, John McCain, Mike Krzyzewski & Duke, and congrats to Sarah Thomas!

Buckle up – your free dose of knowledge awaits!


As of this morning, this is our national debt ($18 trillion). That’s about $56,700 per citizen.  (Source)


National Journal reports that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is providing the Sierra Club a major cash infusion—$30 million—as the big green group wages war against coal-fired power, the largest industrial source of carbon emissions. He gave $50 million in 2011. (Source)


Don McLean’s manuscript for the song American Pie went up for auction at Christie’s on Tuesday and sold for $1.2 million. (Source)

One of my favorite American Pie videos can be seen HERE.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was an increase from the week before. (Source)


On this date in 1959, NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. (Source)

A great movie about the first astronauts is The Right Stuff.


USA Today is reporting that a survey released Thursday found that 52% of those polled said they weren’t currently investing in the stock market.


A few minutes after losing the vote in the Montana House of Representatives to blast the Medicaid expansion bill (Senate Bill 405) to the floor yesterday, 40 members of the House voted to take their toys and go home. In other words, they voted to quit. At 3:16 p.m. Republican Rep Forrest Mandeville made the motion to adjourn. It failed by a 60-40 vote.  (Source)

Yesterday was a crazy day in the Montana Legislature – it was a circus.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 counts against him in the Boston Marathon bombing. The jury now must decide if the 21-year-old should be executed. (Source)

Readers – Which sentence would you pick? Executing him (after several years of appeals) or lock him in solitary confinement 23 hours per day for the rest of his life.


The Los Angeles Dodgers sell the cheapest beer in baseball at $.28 an ounce. The Boston Red Sox sell the priciest beer at $.65 per ounce. (Source)

Take plenty of money when you head out to the ol’ ball game…


The Associated Press (AP) is reporting this morning that one in 20 patients at the Fort Harrison VA hospital in Helena must wait a month or longer to receive care — nearly twice the national rate. The AP also reported that the data suggest there has been little progress — and even some steps backward — at Fort Harrison, the state’s largest VA facility.

Shame on the Montana VA.


Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma won his 10th NCAA national championship Tuesday night. (Source)

This is very impressive.


Do you remember NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams? Here are seven things we learned from Vanity Fair’s exposé on Brian Williams. (Source)

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain


U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced that he is running for a sixth term in 2016. McCain will be 80 years old by Election Day 2016. (Source)


Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 5th NCAA championship against Wisconsin Monday night. (Source)

The officiating in the two semifinal games and in the championship game left a lot to be desired.


Congrats to NFL’s 1st Female Official, Sarah Thomas! (Source)

I miss football!


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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 40 – I think the all the people in Montana deserve access to medical care
    30 – Not a big fan of the death penalty, but in this case, I wold say yes…
    6 – Probably has nothing better to do!
    5 – Terrible is was!
    1 – She should be very good for the NFL

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