Thursday Numbers

Things don’t have to change the world to be important. – Steve Jobs

Welcome to the “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 Powerball lottery, unemployment, gonorrhea & Montana, Montana Republican Party, candidate filing, graduation rate, State of the Union speech, U.S. House, Republican Presidential debate, Nick Saban, Pro Picks contest, and much more!


Besides the jackpot of $1.6 billion, the Wednesday night Powerball lottery will pay out $273,869,273 in non-jackpot prize money. (

Is this a great country or what?


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


The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services recorded 833 cases of gonorrhea last year, up from around 433 in 2014. (Billings Gazette)

Ouch. Maybe the new state of Montana tourism motto should be “Got Penicillin?”


The Montana Republican Party claims that nearly 200 Montana workers had their good-paying jobs eliminated in the last two weeks because of the devastating impact of Obama’s job-killing energy agenda. (MT GOP)

Since Obama is not running for office again, maybe the Montana GOP should devote more time to attacking Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders…


That’s Montana’s graduation rate, which is the highest since the state began counting such information in 2000. Montana’s dropout rate has been cut by more than a third since 2009. (

This is great news – good job!


That’s how many days candidates have to file for office in Montana starting today (Jan. 14) with the last day being March 14. (

Thanks to all the people who are running for elective office.


That was the length of President Obama’s latest State of the Union speech – his shortest State of the Union speech. (The American Presidency Project)

I thought it was pretty good. NBC’s Luke Russert tweeted during the speech that Obama should say, “America is awesome” just to see if (Speaker Paul) Ryan claps or changes his expression.


That’s how much time is allotted for most votes in the U.S. House, but due to the laziness of many members, the votes stretch on past the allotted 15 minutes. Sometimes the votes last up to 30 minutes. To make a point that showing up on time to vote is important, Speaker Paul Ryan ended a vote after the allotted 15 minutes. About 130 lawmakers missed it. (The Hill)

The vote was later vacated. I wonder who missed it.


The Fox Business Network will televise the latest Republican Presidential debate tonight from South Carolina. Only seven candidates are in the main debate: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Since many people do not get the Fox Business Channel, click HERE to find out how to watch the debate.


Alabama head football coach Nick Saban won his fifth national championship Monday night when Alabama beat Clemson. Saban is one behind the great Paul “Bear” Bryant. (ESPN)

The Monday night game between Alabama and Clemson was one of the great ones…


That’s how many winning tickets were sold in the $1.6 billion Powerball lottery. They were sold in Florida, Tennessee, and California. (AP)

Is this a great country or what?


Last week I finished first in the Great Falls Tribune’s “Pro Picks” football contest. That free Stageline pizza is going to taste really good…

Yes, I am spiking the ball. Go Chiefs!


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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. ~675: Prisoners in Gitmo when Obama took office.
    ~250: Goopers who did everything they could to obstruct Obama’s pledge to close Gitmo.
    93: Prisoners at Gitmo
    34: Prisoners cleared for release awaiting placement.

    • Doug – Good info. Thank you.
      I think Obama will clear them out before the end of this term.
      I have mentioned before that they should allow any remaining prisoners to be placed at Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility in Hardin, MT.


  2. 200: I followed the link to the press release. Talk about living in a fantasy. No mention of Arch Coal Company filing for bankruptcy this week or the trend away from coal as a power source. Also no mention that the very people talking about not buying electricity produced from coal also have ownership shares in Colstrip. Supply and demand seem to escape them.

  3. 273,869,273: As long as they can make the payout, unlike Illinois which gave a previous winner an IOU!
    200: They will in due time, which is coming up soon!
    86: Awesome!
    1: That will be a good game! Good luck, Mike

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