Thursday Numbers

And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? – Chuck Noland (Cast Away)

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first time visitor, this 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 the National Defense Authorization Act, Montana campaign fundraising, health insurance, Murdoch tweets, airfares, Olbermann, unemployment, game day signs, U.S. Supreme Court, NFL, and much more!


That’s the cost ($612 billion) of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 70-27. President Obama has threatened to veto it because it breaks spending caps. (Source)

Both Montana senators (Jon Tester and Steve Daines) voted for the bill, which is good news. I hope they vote to override a veto if the President does veto it.

By the way, U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio missed this vote.


That’s how much Montana Governor Steve Bullock has in the bank to spend on his 2016 reelection campaign. (Source)


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


The campaign of Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte reported that he raised a record $255,000 in the first six weeks of his potential bid for Montana Governor. Gianforte launched his exploratory campaign for Governor in August.(Source)

I am not sure what record they were referring to in their press release, but I bet you can do a lot of “exploring” with that amount of money.

By the way, check my column on Friday about Gianforte’s new employee…


That’s how much money state District Judge Dirk Sandefur has in his campaign account for justice of the Montana Supreme Court. His only announced opponent at this time, Kristen Juras, reported having $22,300 in her campaign account.(Source)

It’s too bad that judges and people wanting to be judges in Montana have to be politicians. It taints the office.


According to a Tweet from the White House, “For the first time on record, more than 90% of Americans have health insurance.”

And the Obama haters say, “But…but…but…”


Rupert Murdoch is 84 years old and in case you did not know he is the founder of the Fox News Channel. Murdoch tweeted his admiration for Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson this week:

Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else.

It’s nice to know where most of Murdoch’s employees get their hatred toward Obama…

Murdoch did apologize this morning via Twitter.


Norwegian Air announced they will soon have $69 flights to Europe. (Source)

I don’t believe Norwegian Air flies out of Montana – but that’s just a wild guess…


One of my favorite political and sports commentators is Keith Olbermann, who is 56 years old. There are rumors that he may be heading back to MSNBC which is great news.

The world of cable news will be much better if Olbermann comes back to MSNBC just in time for the 2016 elections.


You can see 33 of the Funniest Fan Game Day Signs Ever HERE.


Here are six upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases that could change history.

Rolling Stone reports that many liberals are nervous about the upcoming Supreme Court term – and they should be.

Maybe the conservatives will win one this term?


There’s only one team left in the NFL that hasn’t won a game. Take a guess which team and then click HERE for the answer.

They play the Kansas City Chiefs this season, so there’s a good chance they will win that game.

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8 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. The only difference between the Onion and the Washington Examiner is the Onion is intentionally funny. Factually, they are about the same.

    • Barry – Thanks for your comments. I don’t read the Washington Examiner but to each his own. Like I have written several times, I would like to see all elected officials work together to make Obamacare (or our healthcare) better for all. It could be so much better – but I’m tired of hearing the first words be “repeal” instead of “make it better.” Most of the time the people saying it already have healthcare or they are rich enough to afford any rate. -JmB

      • Mike, it is just a bad law that was shoved down the throats of the American people. It has hurt business and those in the individual marketplace. And it failed to help those it was intended to help. I can’t be fixed because it is so entwined in. Just look at the 30%-40% increases needed for insurers to break even just here in Montana…no one actually read the law until after it was passed…the only viable solution is to make it a single payer system, which is just what the Democrats wanted in the first place but knew they couldn’t pull that much wool over our eyes at one time…

      • Barry: I will always believe they can make it better. They just need to work together for a change. -JmB

  2. 612,000,000,000 is too much for NDAA and 18,400,839,350,679,999 for USND can go as high as he wants…

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