Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else. – Will Rogers
Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of 2016! Are you stoked?
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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Greg Gianforte, Governor Steve Bullock, Baseball Hall of Fame, George & Barbara Bush, criminal background checks, Obamacare, NFL playoffs, gun deaths, and much more!
Nobody won the $500,000,000 Powerball jackpot last night (Wednesday), and now the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is $675 million. (Source)
You could buy most of the politicians in Washington if you won that jackpot…
MTN News reported that Greg Gianforte, who is exploring a run for Montana Governor reported raising $315,000 during the final three months of last year and ended the year with a balance of slightly more than that amount, at $333,000.
You can do a lot of exploring around Montana with $333,000 while staying at some pretty nice hotels…
That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)
MTN News reported that Governor Steve Bullock raised about $220,000 during the last three months of last year, pushing his year-end campaign fund balance to $911,000.
Bullock may need a lot more than that if Gianforte stops exploring and decides to run.
According to a report from the White House, there were more than 20,000 children under 18 killed by firearms over the last decade. (Source)
If we could stop a few of these deaths by taking a minute or two and filling out a piece of paper, wouldn’t it be worth it?
That’s the percentage of votes Ken Griffey, Jr., received for election to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) – the highest percentage of votes ever. (Source)
Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds should all be the HOF.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary yesterday (Jan. 6). (Source)
According to those who answered the Great Falls Tribune’s question of the day for Wednesday, that’s the percentage who believe unlicensed gun sellers should not have to run criminal background checks on gun purchasers. (Source)
My Wednesday column about this issue generated a lot of views. Thanks to all who stopped by!
With their vote yesterday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voted 62 times to repeal Obamacare. It has zero chance of being signed into law by President Obama, so these votes are a waste of our time and taxpayer money.
After that vote, I sent this Tweet which is a quote from Albert Einstein:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Republicans have never passed any legislation to replace it. That should make us all angry. If the Republicans and Democrats would work together, they could make Obamacare better for all.
That’s how many teams made the NFL playoffs which start this Saturday. (Source)
Go Chiefs – Please win at least one playoff game…
The Violence Policy Center claims that Montana ranks fifth highest in terms of overall gun deaths among states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership. (Source)
The pro-gun groups disagreed with the report. Surprise! They probably alerted their members to send them more money because Obama was coming to take their guns…
That’s the inmate population of the Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility in Hardin, Montana. The most inmates they have had at one time is 250. The jail will reportedly hold 460. (Source)
Back in 2009, there was talk and I wrote about placing detainees from Guantanamo in the facility. That would be a great place for them!