Thursday Numbers

One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening. – Franklin P. Jones

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, Steve Bullock, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport Director, Great Falls Public School District’s food truck, troops in Afghanistan, Ryan Zinke, Hillary Clinton, The Ark Encounter, veterans & suicide, vulnerable House members, Oscar Pistorius, and much more!


That’s the jackpot ($508 million) for the next Mega Millions drawing Friday night. (

Hello America!


The Steve Bullock for Montana Governor campaign claims that is “the number of mailers the Koch-aligned Americans for Prosperity has pledged to blast across Montana attacking Steve before August 15.”

Looks like the mailers will be coming to a mailbox near you…


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


That’s the new base salary for Great Falls International Airport Director John Faulkner. He also gets a $5,000 performance bonus. (GF Tribune)

It’s good to see that the Airport Board finally has some members who appreciate hard work. Since they can afford to give a “performance bonus” they should give an hour or so free parking to active duty military personnel and their dependents.


The Great Falls Public School District’s food truck is expecting to exceed its goal of serving 10,000 kids over the course of the summer. Since the program started in mid-June, the food truck serves, on average, 230 kids daily. (KFBB)

This is a great program and much-needed. Applause to Great Falls Public Schools.


That’s how many troops President Obama will leave in Afghanistan when he leaves office in January. (The Hill)


That’s how many people voted “No” in the Great Falls Tribune question of the day for July 5 which asked, “Do you agree with Ryan Zinke’s vote in favor of legislation that transfers management of four million acres of national forests to state-appointed committees?”

About 600 people voted.


That’s how many people voted “Yes” in the Great Falls Tribune question of the day for July 6 which asked, “Do you think there was enough evidence to charge Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server?”

About 230 people voted.


CBS News reports that Noah hunkered down for 40 days and 40 nights, and visiting “The Ark Encounter” a new theme park in central Kentucky will run you $40 dollars.

Visit the “The Ark Encounter” website HERE.


An average of 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014. (USA Today)

We can do better that this.


Here is Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable U.S. House members.


That’s how many years Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius received from a South African judge for his girlfriend’s murder.

Pistorius had previously been found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was overturned after he served a year. According to the BBC, he is legally obliged to serve half of his new term before being eligible for parole.


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