Thursday Numbers

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S Truman

It’s the last day of June – summer just got real!

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 Mega Millions, Andrew Luck, preparedness funding, campaign funding, unemployment, beer, American airstrike, drunkest cities, Barry Beach, most patriotic states, Michael Phelps, and much more!


That’s the jackpot ($415 million) for the next Mega Millions drawing Friday night.(MegaMillions)

Time to dream…


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck signed a six-year $140 million contract this week. $87 million of that contract is guaranteed. (ESPN)


U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced that state and local agencies across Montana will receive a total of $7.9 million in preparedness funding from the Department of Homeland Security. (Tester) (Daines)


The Associated Press reported this week that Montana Governor Steve Bullock has more than $1.4 million to spend in his re-election campaign, while his Republican challenger, Greg Gianforte, has about $133,000 left after spending heavily in the first months of the governor’s race. (AP)

I think both candidates will have plenty of money…


Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, has, so far, loaned his campaign “close to half a million dollars.” (MTPR)


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


That’s about how many bottles of beer were stolen from SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. The beer was found, but every bottle will have to be destroyed because SweetWater can’t guarantee what happened to the cases of beer once it left the Atlanta dock. (AP)

Right now tears are rolling down my cheeks…


An American airstrike killed roughly 250 ISIS militants outside Fallujah, Iraq Wednesday. (Fox News)



Congrats to the 20 “Drunkest Cities in America” – Hello Missoula! (24/7 Wall St)


Barry Beach sexually propositioned a 12-year-old girl about two months after he was granted clemency for a murder conviction that kept him in prison for three decades, the girl’s mother said Wednesday. (Billings Gazette)

Could he be this stupid???


A new report from my friends at WalletHub says that Montana is the seventh most patriotic state. They also reported that Montana has the second most veterans per capita and the third most Peace Corps volunteers per capita. (WalletHub)

Way to go Montana! See how your state ranks by clicking HERE.


Michael Phelps became the first U.S. male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night. (ESPN)

There are a lot of concerns about the upcoming Olympics…

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Reading the article in the Bozeman paper it says the girl had walked away from the youth facility she was at AND that she is in state custody and not her mother’s for whatever reasons. There’s something fishy about this story.

    • Doug – I think you are right – there’s something fishy. Someone does need to talk to Beach about staying out of situations like that. – JmB

  2. 268,000 – and a real problem still exists under this administration, it’s not as rosy as the POTUS says…imagine how large that number would be if people no longer eligible could still get benefits…

    20 – Seems like a lot are college towns!

    • Anon – You’re right about the unemployment numbers. Many folks just quit looking and their benefits stopped. I was one of them for a couple of years until I could just retire from the feds. Thanks for your comments. -JmB

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