Thursday Numbers

Your relentless posts on Facebook have not changed my political views. It has, however, completely changed how I feel about you. – (Someecards)

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 Muslims in the USA, monitoring Cruz, unemployment, anti-Trump commercials, Medicaid expansion, best movies, ISIS, Joe Garagiola, Clinton vs. Trump, Tester & computers, Bullock’s slippery slope, retry the Campbell case, plus much more!


The Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. (Source)

Republican Presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said, “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” (NPR)

Cruz is not the sharpest knife in the drawer…


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


An Associated Press review of political ads tracked by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group found 68 different anti-Trump commercials have been shown some 40,000 times across the country on broadcast television. (AP)

Most of the anti-Trump ads are from Republicans, and will help Democrats greatly if Trump is the nominee.


That’s how many previously uninsured Montanans have enrolled for health coverage from the state’s Medicaid expansion program. (AP)

This is wonderful news.


The website Pretty Famous shows viewers which movie was the best on the year they were born. It starts in 1916. Click HERE. Enjoy!


The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks. (AP)


Former Major League Baseball player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola died at age 90 on Wednesday.(AP)

He was one of the great ones – and he told some amazing stories from the broadcast booth.


The Hill reported that 69.5 will be the average age of the Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Election Day 2016. The 2016 presidential race is shaping up to be the oldest match-up in the country’s history.

This might be called the nursing home election…


U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced this week a donation of 25 computers to five rural schools across Montana. This is through the United States Senate’s Computers for Schools Program.

There have been several computers donated to schools across Montana through this worthwhile program over the years. 


That’s how many plane trips Montana Governor Steve Bullock said he would reimburse the state for because after the official business was completed, he held a campaign event. Then he flew back to Helena. (AP)

It’s now a slippery slope.

I said earlier that if there’s an official event and a campaign event afterward there’s no problem, but Bullock tried to be nice and now it’s bitten him in the ass. This will be an issue for the remainder of the campaign because Bullock’s team let it be an issue and the Republicans pounced on it.


The state of Montana has decided to retry the case of Joseph Campbell, the man accused in the 2013 deliberate homicide of a neighbor Timothy Newman over access to public land. The first trial lasted 14 days. A mistrial was declared March 4 after a jury was deadlocked after nearly 13 hours. (GF Tribune)

I’ve never liked the idea of retrying a case because the prosecution could not get a conviction. The state, in this case, the Attorney General’s Office, has unlimited money. They should only get one chance to convict. It’s very expensive to defend yourself in court – especially for murder charges.


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  1. 38,000 is good news! I’m disappointed that Senator Bob Keenan (R-Bigfork) has submitted a draft request to Repeal Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act. The 2017 legislative session is already shaping up to be another doozy.

    • HighPoint – Thanks for the warning! The legislature will have a circus atmosphere which will include several clowns. -JmB

  2. 400 – One can only imagine how many ISIS/ISIL fighters are already inside our borders waiting for their chance…

    • Barry – I agree. It will be hard to stop them. -JmB

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