Thursday Numbers

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. – Robert A. Heinlein

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 debt, Clinton & Sanders, the Billings escapee, unemployment, Kansas, Trump, Bill Kristol, Major League Baseball, Zinke & Vietnam veterans, the big alligator, Gianforte & Robinson, Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris, special session, Bullock & Cooney, Obama & Hiroshima, and much more!


That’s our U.S. national debt ($19.2 trillion). That’s about $60,000 per citizen. (Debt Clock)

I try to put the national debt numbers in this column every few weeks to shine a light on it…


Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has $42 million in the bank as she gets ready to take on rival Bernie Sanders in the final primaries of 2016.(USA Today)

The race between Clinton/Sanders in California will be interesting as will the primary in Montana.


At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27, Montana Women’s Prison inmate Christina Becker, DOC # 3013318, escaped from the Billings correctional facility. (

Becker was working in the garden when she escaped. Officials told The Western Word, “If you see Becker, lettuce know.”


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


That’s about how many residents of Kansas are in limbo after officials demand proof they’re American. (Reuters)

I was born in Missouri and many of us don’t care for Kansas, so this is funny – like Kansas and football in the same sentence funny. 


USA Today conducted an analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits. (USA Today)

Great googly moogly…


That’s how many retweets Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s Tweet received in which he teased his followers with this piece of information:

Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.

CNN reported:

Bill Kristol’s white knight independent presidential candidate is a fellow conservative writer with no national name recognition: David French.

Oh, Billy…


So far this Major League Baseball season, the Chicago Cubs have the best record (36-15) and a winning percentage of .706. (ESPN)

My team, the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, are leading the American League Central by two games…


More than 200 Vietnam veterans were honored and welcomed home during a ceremony hosted by Rep. Ryan Zinke at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. (GF Tribune)

This is a good thing. It will interesting to find out how many Vietnam veterans take part in the ceremony in Montana.


The big alligator filmed on a golf course in Florida is real – and it’s about 16 feet long.(

I’ve also heard it is 14 or 15 feet in length, but nobody seems to want to get close enough to measure it…


Republican candidate for Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, along with his running mate, Lesley Robinson, recently announced a cross state swing in the week leading up to next week’s primary election. The tour will take Gianforte and Robinson to 15 different communities across Montana, beginning on Wednesday, June 1, and ending on Monday, June 6.

Windshield time! Next week is going to be fun! Don’t forget to vote! 


Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have split after dating for about 15 months. (USA Today)

I can’t wait for the song…


Ten Republicans filed paperwork on Tuesday seeking a special session to fix flawed campaign finance laws. (Lee Newspapers)

It does not appear that it will happen, but the ten Republicans received some publicity.


Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, Democrats running for Governor/Lt. Governor, will be crisscrossing Montana this weekend opening five field offices and rallying supporters. They will be opening field offices in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Butte, and Helena.

Additional offices will be opened in Missoula and Kalispell in the near future. (Bullock Press)

Pro-Tip: Offer free food and drinks at the field office openings.


On 27 May 2016, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan since the end of World War II. While some media outlets painted the historic visit as another stop on Obama’s “apology tour,” the president did not actually apologize. (

Just because you read it on the internet…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug – Haha. Good deal – I don’t know where she will turn-up. -JmB

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