Thursday Numbers

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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 defrauding Medicare & Tricare, Mega Millions, Daines & Payment in Lieu of Taxes, unemployment, same-sex marriages, sex assaults on campus, Weyerhaeuser, Doolittle Raiders, Montana roadway deaths, U.S. House sit-in, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Scum), top landowners in Montana, Daines & press releases, and much more!


CBS News reported that a $900 million theft of taxpayer money was revealed Wednesday by the Justice Department, which charged 300 people with defrauding Medicare and other government health care programs, including those for veterans. Federal prosecutors allege Tricare, the health insurance for active duty military and their families, was hit for nearly $185 million.

Shame on these people – especially those who ripped off Tricare…


That’s the estimated Mega Millions jackpot ($363 million) for Friday’s drawing. (


According to a press release from U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has allocated $30,285,246 in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds to Montana’s rural counties.

You can see the county by county breakdown of payments by clicking HERE.


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


A new Gallup survey estimates that 123,000 same-sex marriages have taken place across the U.S. in the year since the Supreme Court ruling that legalized such unions nationwide. (AP)

And the world did not end…


Federal investigators are looking at 195 colleges and universities for improperly handling sex assaults on campus. (CBS)

There’s a big problem with sexual assaults on college campuses that is, sadly, just starting to be noticed.


That’s how many jobs will be lost when Weyerhaeuser closes its lumber and plywood mill in Columbia Falls (MT) later this summer. (Missoulian)

The congressional delegation and the governor need to step up and do something for these people and for the community…


David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the fabled Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula hospital. He was 94. (Missoulian)

Now there’s only one Doolittle Raider left. God bless them all and thank you.


The Great Falls Tribune’s Phil Drake tweeted that there have been 75 roadway deaths in Montana this year as of Tuesday, up 12 percent from 67 in 2015, 22 of those deaths not wearing a seat belt, MHP says.

Wear your seatbelt and don’t drink and drive. Please be careful out there!


I asked my readers in a poll yesterday, “Should the Montana Legislature change the name of Columbus Day?”

55% answered Yes, 25% answered they did not care, and 20% answered, No.


Democrats in the U.S. House waged a sit-in on the House floor that at last count had lasted about 19 hours. They held the protest in an attempt to hold a vote on gun control legislation. No vote was held and the House adjourned for the Fourth of July recess early this morning. (AP)

It’s not about the second amendment – it’s about terrorists and people on no-fly lists not being able to purchase guns…


Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) wheeled himself into a federal prison in Minnesota on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that he sexually abused at least four boys while a high school wrestling coach in Illinois. (AP)

Hastert is scum…he’s also Inmate No. 47991-424.


Who are the top 10 landowners in Montana? Great Falls Tribune reporters Kristen Inbody and David Murray have the details HERE.

The top 10 own slightly more land in Montana than I do…


U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) sent five press releases yesterday (June 22). Daines issued statements/press releases about fracking, PILT payments, Weyerhaeuser mill closure, severe weather, and standing up for civil liberties.

It was a busy day for the Daines press team. Thanks for keeping Montanans informed…


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