Thursday Numbers

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the first second “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 fundraising for Clinton & Trump, unemployment, Political Practices & Dan Kennedy, Panthers & Broncos, cell phone violations, Oracle & Bozeman, Star Trek, Affordable Care Act, favorable ratings, newest iPhones, and much more!


That’s how much money ($143 million) Hillary Clinton raised in August. (Reuters)

That is slightly more than I made from advertising here at The Western Word.


That’s how much money ($90 million) Donald Trump raised in August. (Reuters)

Is this a great country or what?


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


Former Republican Montana state Representative Dan Kennedy of Billings has agreed to pay $19,599 to the state to settle allegations that he took illegal corporate contributions from a dark-money organization not required to disclose its donors or spending. (AP)

I think Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl is doing a fine job…


The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos played in the last Super Bowl and will open the 2016 season tonight with a rematch. The last time that happened was 1970 when the season began with a Super Bowl rematch pitting Kansas City and Minnesota. (LA Times)

Are you ready for some football??? Merica!


That’s how much ($115) it will cost you in Great Falls (MT) if you are caught driving while using a cell phone (first offense).

You can still eat a hamburger, fries, and drink a soda while driving…


Computer technology corporation Oracle told Bozeman (MT) employees Wednesday that more than 100 positions were being moved to San Antonio, Texas. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)



The Dallas Morning News broke a 75-year tradition on Wednesday and endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time since FDR (1941). (NY Daily News)



September 8, 2016, (today) marks the 50th anniversary of the first season of Star Trek. (

I liked Mork and Mindy…


That’s the percentage of Americans who support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). 51% disapprove of it. (Gallup)

It would be great if Democrats and Republicans worked together to make it better for all.


That’s Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating according to a new poll from Gallup.


That’s Donald Trump’s favorable rating according to a new poll from Gallup.


Yesterday Apple announced its newest iPhones, the 7 and 7 plus, which are water and dust resistant. (Associated Press)

I have a Blackberry…


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9 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. If only there was a way to encourage in-state business owners to continue to be in-state business owners.

  2. My Obamacare plan sucks.

    We pay $7 a month for it out of pocket. That includes $493 in subsidies. So it’s a $500 monthly plan. For that we get a $10,000 deductible, meaning we pay that much until insurance covers anything.

    I call it cancer and major car wreck insurance, as that’s about all it’s good for – huge costs.

    If I wanted to get a plan with say, oh…maybe a $1,000 deductible, we’d have to pay closer to that $500 a month out of pocket. Unless I or my wife got another job, that’s just not possible.

    So…how is Obamacare working for anyone besides big insurance companies and the medical companies?

    It’s certainly not working for families like ours, and I’m sure we’re not alone.

    That’s why most people don’t like it.

    • Greg – Your comments about Obamacare are exactly why Congress should sit down and work to make it better for all. Thanks, -JmB

      • We both know full-well that they won’t, and the reason is simple – the insurance companies pay off our representatives with bribes in the form of campaign contributions. Tester, Daines, and Zinke all take ’em.

        Until this taint of corruption is gone, and everyone that engaged in it, nothing will change.

      • The insurance companies were directly in involved in the creation of Obamacare and it was crafted by Congress (well only by the Democrats) behind closed doors! The cost of the program is based on the income of the insured…that is just wrong.

        Mike, it would be an interesting poll to see how many of your followers get their insurance through ACA or employer based…food for thought.

      • Barry – For some reason your comment was placed in SPAM. Sorry about that. Thanks for the idea for a poll. -JmB

    • Greg, consider yourself lucky. I was self employed my entire life and paid anywhere from $800-$1,200. a month for a $10,000. deductible individual policy. This was over 5 years ago. The $500. a month out of pocket for a lower deductible looks pretty good to me. I agree the insurance companies and medical companies are coming out winners but I think you’re coming out a winner too and perhaps don’t even realize it!! It is definitely better than before Obamacare especially for those with individual plans.

  3. 44: Of the 44% that support Obamacare or ACA, I would bet that 80% of the 44% are not getting insurance through Obamacare…otherwise, the opposed number wold be higher

    7: And I thought Hillary had the last Blackberry, well the last 13 of them anyway!

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