Thursday Numbers

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. – Hal Borland

Welcome to October and “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 Powerball & Michigan, Ben Carson’s fundraising, NFL & penalties, Twitter, former President Jimmy Carter, Montana Legislature, Planned Parenthood, Tony Stewart, unemployment, and much more!


One ticket sold in Michigan is the winner of last night’s $310.5 million Powerball lottery. (Source)

That’s a life changer…


That’s about how much ($20 million) Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson raised for his campaign in the past three months. (Source)

Carson and I have something in common – we won’t be the President of the United States.


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


That’s how many penalties were accepted in the NFL through the first three weeks; the highest total in league history. (Source)

It’s ruining the flow of the game.


Twitter may do away with the 140 character limit. (Source)

Noooooo – Please don’t make it like Facebook…


Former President Jimmy Carter turns 91 years old today. (Source)

I used to be able to do pretty good impersonations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush…


In Wednesday’s Great Falls Tribune, the Editorial Board thanked and said they appreciated the work of 2015 Montana Legislature. The Tribune also asked readers in their “Question of the Day” if they thought the 2015 Montana Legislature did a good job and 60% answered “No.”

While it’s nice that people “serve” and it’s even a little patriotic, they do get paid to do the job. Unfortunately, Montana’s Legislature often resembles a circus more than a legislature.


According to a NBC/WSJ poll that’s the percentage of Americans who rate Planned Parenthood positively, which is a higher positive rating than Presidential candidates Trump, Bush, Fiorina, Carson, Clinton, Biden, Sanders, etc. (Source)

The NBC/WSJ poll also found that 61 percent of Americans oppose eliminating funding to Planned Parenthood for health services and family planning purposes.


That’s how many years NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will have raced in the Sprint Cup series when he retires after the 2016 season. (Source)

NASCAR is going down the toilet – I’m not surprised Jeff Gordon and Stewart are getting out of it.


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