Thursday Numbers

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. – Robert H. Schuller

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 Powerball jackpot, an interesting business proposal, Greg Gianforte, Steve Bullock, TWW poll, unemployment, privately funded congressional trips, a big concert, U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Facebook shares, veterans, Cleveland Cavaliers, Pittsburgh Penguins/Washington Capitals, sleep, and much more!


That’s the estimated Powerball jackpot ($415 million) for Saturday’s drawing. (

Start dreaming…


I always enjoy receiving emails from someone I don’t know about an “interesting business proposal.” Someone named Cecilia Chan sent me the following email:

I have an interesting business proposal for you that will be of immense benefit to both of us. Although this may be hard for you to believe, we stand to gain $27,500,000.00 million USD between us in a matter of days. Please grant me the benefit of doubt and contact if interested for more details.

Is this a great country or what?


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


Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, has contributed nearly $272,000 to his own campaign according to the Associated Press.

Take The Western Word Poll:



That’s how much Montana Governor Steve Bullock and his wife, Lisa, reportedly gave to charity in the past 10 years. (Lee Newspapers)


My friends at LegiStorm reported this week that Republicans in Congress took nearly three times as many privately funded trips as Democrats did in the first quarter of this year. Of the 533 trips taken in the first quarter for a total of $858,002, Republicans and their staffs took 390 for $616,985. That’s 73 percent of the total trips taken and 72 percent of the total money spent.

Nice work if you can get it…


It was announced Tuesday that the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who will perform during a three-day concert in the Southern California desert where the annual Coachella music festival is held. (AP)

Tickets go on sale May 9. A three-day pass costs $399; single-day tickets will sell for $199. Reserved-seating packages are available for $699 to $1,599. The AP also reported that for a bit more than $5,000, people can purchase a three-night stay at a high-end hotel, passes to the shows, shuttle service to and from the venue, meals, and perks.

Hell yeah!


Former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett of Utah has died. He was 82. (NBC)

Rest in peace, Senator Bennett.

Bennett lost a 2010 primary election because of the extreme members of the Republican Party, although he was more conservative than most. Bennett earned a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 84, a National Right to Life rating of 100, a Family Research Council rating of 88, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce rating of 100, an Americans for Tax Reform rating of 90, and he was rated by National Journal as the GOP caucus’s 23rd most conservative senator. (Newsweek)


Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946, which makes him 69 years old. (Source)


Hillary Clinton was born October 26, 1947, which makes her 68 years old. (Source)


That’s the number of Facebook shares my column about my former boss Conrad Burns received when it appeared in the Great Falls Tribune. Burns passed away last week.

You can read it HERE.


I wrote about this yesterday. The sad news is that in 2015 there were 50 Montana veterans who committed suicide.

Not nearly enough is being done to help veterans.


The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers set a new record by hitting 25 three-pointers in an NBA game Wednesday night.(USAToday)

Very few probably witnessed the record because the game was a rout with Cleveland winning 123-98 over the Atlanta Hawks.

The hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals was much more exciting. The Pens won in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead.(USAToday)


According to my Fitbit weekly progress report, that was my average nightly sleep duration (4 hours and 26 minutes) for last week.

When I was younger (and before Fitbit) I bet it was closer to 4 hours per night. Sleep is overrated!


There once were 17 candidates running for President on the Republican side. Can you name them? For the names, click HERE.

Now there’s just one person left on the Republican side, Donald Trump…


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6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

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  2. I still read you every day but have just been too busy to engage…who would have thought the GOP nominee would be decided before the Dems?

    And on a side note, the average concert ticket now costs $76.20 and for the Stones it’s average ticket price is $178.44! So based on the line-up, $399 would be a great deal!

  3. Holy cow! $399 for a 3 day pass. I saw the Stones in Maryland when I worked in the Pentagon for $4 in 1982 (everything was $4 through the Pentagon for a private box. Saw the NHL All-\Star game and the Police among others). Saw Neil Young for under $20 and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) for under $30. My how times change.

    • Rick – Thanks. It is pretty incredible how much concerts cost these days. I believe in 1976-77 I saw REO Speedwagon and a bunch of other acts at Royals Stadium in Kansas City for about $20. That concert called “Summer Jam” lasted for about 12 hours. Good times. -JmB

  4. 1-The Mad Hatter, Alice…no wait…Donner, Cupid…no wait, Humpty…shoot, give up!

    • Barry – I missed you, my friend. Welcome back and thanks! -JmB

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