Thursday Numbers

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. – Leo Buscaglia

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 Trump & aircraft carriers, Trump & nuclear, unemployment, General Mills, prison guard, Ichiro Suzuki & Pete Rose, terror watch list & guns, snakes in Montana, Lewis and Clark County coroner’s office, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy & the filibuster, Custer County MT & rape, deer & dogs in Helena, and much more…


Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump told an audience yesterday, “Every time you turn on one of those aircraft carriers, it costs you probably a million bucks.” (YouTube)

Now the Navy is probably scrambling to see how much it costs to “turn on” an aircraft carrier because someone from the press wants to know.

Trump’s statement reminds me of my first car. It stayed in the driveway a lot because I did not have money for gas. Every time I “turned on” my car it cost me what seemed to be a million bucks for gas…

During the same speech, Trump said, “Our nuclear is old. Putin’s is tippy-top, from what I hear. We’ve got to be careful.” (Raw Story)

My nuclear is getting old, too, Donald. Someone said there are pills for that…


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


That’s how much ($20,000) General Mills is donating to 70 communities around the world as part of their 150th anniversary celebration. The Great Falls Community Food Bank received one of the $20,000 donations. (KRTV)

Thanks to General Mills for the donation. I remember when General Mills was a Lieutenant…


That’s how much ($6,500) a Montana State prison guard made selling drugs and tobacco to inmates.(AP)

Great work if you can get it…


Miami Marlins baseball player Ichiro Suzuki doubled in the ninth inning Wednesday off San Diego Padres reliever Fernando Rodney for his 4,257th hit spanning the Japanese and North American major leagues, surpassing Pete Rose’s record total in Major League Baseball. Those 4,257 hits by Suzuki also include 1,278 hits from Japan’s Pacific League. (ESPN)

Pete Rose is still the hit king. Rose should also be in the Hall of Fame.


“Last year, 244 people on the terror watch list tried to purchase guns; 244 suspected terrorists walked into gun shops and attempted to purchase a firearm; 223 were able to get the firearm. Only 21 went empty-handed.” –U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.

Politifact rates that statement as “Mostly True” although the statement is accurate it needs clarification and additional information. (Politifact)


Between 2010 and June 14 of this year, 77 people were bitten by venomous snakes in Montana. (GF Tribune)

Great Falls Tribune reporter Karl Puckett has a great story about snakes – with a video. Read/watch the story HERE.


The Helena Independent Record reported that an agreement between the state of Montana, Lewis and Clark County and its coroner’s office is giving Coroner M.E. “Mickey” Nelson 45 days to complete 51 death certificates dating back to 2011.

They are being way too nice to Nelson. Although he is an elected official and worked there for many years, there are avenues to handle the situation and provide adequate service to the taxpayers – many who are facing hardships because the coroner failed to do his job.

Note to self: Don’t die in Lewis and Clark County…


That’s about how many hours U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) filibustered in the U.S. Senate because of congressional inaction on gun violence. (AP)

On Monday, I wrote that I don’t need an assault rifle to defend myself. You don’t either.

People on the terror watch list should not be able to buy weapons.


David Dey, 22 years old, admitted he had sex with a 12-year-old girl on multiple occasions. He was sentenced in Custer County District Court to 25 years in prison with 15 of those years suspended, plus credit for the close to eight months he’s been in jail. (MTN)

The mother of the 12-year-old said it was a light sentence and that her daughter has received death threats and has been bullied on social media.

Way to go Custer County – you’re making Montana proud – NOT!

It was also reported by MTN that Dey did not have a criminal record and had a learning disability. “(Psychiatric professionals) testified that Dey was a lower-functioning individual,” said Wyatt Glade, the Custer County attorney. “The judge received a psychological report that said Dey had cognitive limitations.”

So…let’s give him a light sentence so he can get out sooner. Meanwhile, the Custer County attorney and other people in law enforcement should get off their butts and go after the folks harassing and bullying the 12-year-old girl.


That’s how many dogs were killed in Helena by deer that were protecting newborn fawns. (AP)


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