Thursday Numbers

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Memorial Day, Steve Bullock, unemployment, Ryan Zinke, Trump in Billings, Crow Reservation, Spelling Bee, veterans, Hillary Clinton & Colin Powell & emails, alcohol compliance check, National Wine Day, bathrooms & locker rooms, plus much more!


According to “Memorial Day 2016 By The Numbers” from WalletHub, 1.3 million armed services members have lost their lives in conflict. (WalletHub)

Reminder: Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our military.


Governor Steve Bullock announced Wednesday $459,638 in grants to help businesses in eleven Montana communities. (


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


According to a journalist named Derek Willis, that’s the cost of a “Campaign Vehicle Purchase” by the (Ryan) Zinke for Congress campaign. (@DerekWillis)

I like to review campaign reports to see who is on the payroll and see where the money is being spent. 


If that many people attend today’s rally in Billings for Donald Trump, then that would tie the attendance record for political events at RimRock Auto Arena, which was set by former President Ronald Reagan on Aug. 11, 1982. (Billings Gazette)

Some city in Montana should build a larger indoor arena to attract major events – if you build it they will come…


The largest reservation in Montana, the Crow Reservation has multiple sections where dogs roam free in violation of leash laws. A rough estimate by volunteers put the stray dog population at more than 300. (Billings Gazette)

Spay and neuter your pets…


According to “Memorial Day 2016 By The Numbers” from WalletHub, 97 members of the 114th Congress have served in the U.S. military. (WalletHub)

Things would be much better if more members of Congress had military experience.


Today is the final day of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee! (USA Today)

I was pretty good at spelling until middle school…


According to a new comprehensive survey completed by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), 85 percent of respondents feel the general public does not understand the contributions of women in the military. Further, a majority of women (64 percent) feel their advancement in the military has been limited by past restrictions placed on women serving in combat. (IAVA Press)


The Associated Press reported that’s the number of pages in the Inspector General (IG) report that found Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.

It was also reported that she did not meet with the IG to answer questions.

For those on the right, this is good news.

The AP reported that the audit did note that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had also exclusively used a private email account, though it did not name any other prior secretaries who had done so.

Does that mean Clinton will be charged with a crime? I doubt it. The Clinton team will be using Colin Powell’s name a lot when answering questions about using private email for her official duties.


The Great Falls Police Department recently conducted an alcohol compliance check of 36 businesses. Of the 36 businesses checked, 34 passed — a success rate of 94%. (MTN News)

This check is done by having an underage person try to buy alcohol. One of these days they will probably start doing cellphone compliance checks to make a buck or two…


Since yesterday was National Wine Day, click HERE to see 12 funny wine GIFs to help you celebrate.

I like wine…


Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. (AP)

I don’t believe the states will win…


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