Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 campaign fundraising, George W. Bush & veterans, U.S. Army cuts, 40th Helicopter Squadron, unemployment, fundraiser for Bullock, music, U.S. Marines, electricity rate increase, fatal automotive accidents & Montana, and much more…


That’s how much money Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has in the bank for his reelection bid. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?


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


Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura are taking heat from some veterans for charging a veterans’ group $100,000 and $50,000 to speak at a charity fundraiser for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. This was for speeches in 2011-2012. The former President was also provided a jet at a cost of $20,000. (Source)

I can see providing the jet for Bush to use, but for him and his wife to charge the group to speak is a pretty cheap move on their part. They should give the money back – it’s not like they need more money…


The campaign of Jesse Laslovich (D), who is running for Montana State Auditor, reported raising over $100,000 for the latest fundraising quarter. They also reported that more than 700 individuals contributed to his campaign. (Source)

That’s a pretty good haul…


That’s how many troops the Army plans to cut over the next two years. (Source)

They also plan on cutting 17,000 civilian positions.


The 40th Helicopter Squadron from Malmstrom Air Force Base recorded their 408th save when they rescued an injured female hiker at approximately 5:20 a.m. on July 5th, 2015, in the Big Horn Mountain Range approximately 15 miles west of Buffalo, Wyoming. (Source)

The folks at the 40th HS do a wonderful job and get little recognition.


For $125 you can join Stephanie Schriock for dinner at the Ox Bow Ranch to support the reelection of Governor Steve Bullock & Lt. Governor Angela McLean. The event is July 18 and features live music from the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, a gourmet Montana barbecue, beer, wine, and special guest Nancy Keenan!

If you want to donate more, it is $250 per couple, or you can be a sponsor for $650 and that includes 2 tickets. You can be a host for $1,300, which includes 4 tickets.


According to, here are “The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own.”

I actually have a few of them. I’m looking forward to the list that every women should own…


The bodies of 36 U.S. Marines have been found on the remote Pacific island of Betio more than 70 years after they died in World War II. (Source)



Montana-Dakota Utilities is proposing a 21 percent electricity rate increase for residents and businesses in dozens of eastern Montana communities. (Source)

I think it’s freaking ridiculous to request that much of an increase. There’s no way the Public Service Commission should approve this.


For years 1995-2013, Montana had the fifth highest average number of fatal automotive accidents involving a driver with a B.A.C. above 0.08. (Source)

This is not good…


For years 1995-2013, Montana had the third highest average number of fatal automotive accidents involving a driver who tested positive for drugs. (Source)

This is also not good…


For years 1995-2013, Missoula County (MT) ranked first nationally for deaths related to driving under the influence of inhalants. (Source)



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5 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 170,000 – It’s a good thing they didn’t ask Bill and Hilary Clinton to speak to the vets, Then it would have been your lead number over Bullock’s bank balance!

    • Barry – Haha.

      The story did mention Bill Clinton, “A spokesperson for former President Bill Clinton said he ‘has never received’ a speaking fee for addressing a veterans’ group.” I did not see anything about Hillary.

      Thanks for your comments! -JmB

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