Thursday Numbers

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the National Debt, Muslims United for San Bernardino, unemployment, Every Child Achieves Act, Elizabeth Quinby, college football bowl games, Golden State Warriors, the Affordable Care Act & Great Falls, Hellgate High School, Carolina Panthers, and much more!


That’s the National Debt for the United States (as of this morning). That’s $18 trillion. The “Debt Clock” has a feature that lets you select today’s date in the past or in the future and see what the debt was or is projected to be.

I selected 2008. According to the clock, the debt in 2008 on this date was $10,900,000,000,000. That’s $10 trillion.

I remember U.S Senator Jon Tester saying in 2007 that Washington was spending money like drunken sailors. I guess the sailor never sobered up…


That’s the number of people who applied for unemployment last week. (Source)


Muslims United for San Bernardino raised over $170,000 (as of this morning) for the families of the San Bernardino shooting victims. (Source)

Good job and thank you!


The vote in the U.S. Senate to replace the “No Child Left Behind Act” with “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” was 85-12. Montana’s junior Senator, Steve Daines, was one of the 12 senators to vote against the Act.

In looking over the Senate Roll Call vote list, the 12 Republican senators who voted against the Act are the far-right extreme members of the Republican Party.


Congratulations to Great Falls orchestra teacher Elizabeth Quinby on being selected as one of the 50 most influential music educators in the country. (Source)

Quinby teaches orchestra at North Middle School. Great Falls schools have great music programs.


There are 40 college football bowl games this season and three teams that have losing records will be playing in a bowl game. (Source)

No, the losing teams will not be playing in the “Toilet Bowl.”


The NBA’s Golden State Warriors are 23-0 and the only undefeated team in the NBA. (Source)


According to the Montana Television Network (MTN), Great Falls is one of 20 cities across the country being challenged to sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

A press release from the White House states the victorious community gets bragging rights, a healthier community, and a visit from President Obama to celebrate their success in helping ensure every American has health coverage.

That’s pretty cool – Go Great Falls!


Officials at Missoula Hellgate High School accidently released via email 16 pages of confidential information about students to 28 recipients who attended a meeting about a football program. Once the error was discovered, administrators asked the 28 recipients to delete the file. (Source)

I wonder if this “accident” will end up in court.


The NFL’s Carolina Panthers are 12-0 and the only undefeated team in the NFL. (Source)


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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Senator Steve Daines says he voted against the Every Child Achieves bill because it doesn’t go far enough in giving the states control over education. Guess I can take away from this vote that a partisan solution or a first step in his mind is worthy of his vote. Looking down the road I don’t have much hope for him to change his extreme views. Sad he is so focused on the far right agenda and not what is good for Montana.

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