Thursday Numbers

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie

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 debt, Montana lottery, unemployment, Betty White, Sprint, Montana GOP, Debbie Reynolds, Obama & Trump, Montana Women’s Prison inmates, FBS College Football championship, national monuments, and much more!


As of this morning, that is the U.S. National Debt. (


The Montana Millionaire lottery drawing will be held today (Thursday). (MT Lottery)

Good luck!


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


That’s how much Demetrios Hrysikos has raised on his GoFundMe page (as of this morning) to protect Betty White for the rest of 2016. He says he will use the money to travel to where she is located to protect her. He is doing this since so many celebrities have died this year. If White is safe until 2017 or she refuses his protection, Hrysikos will donate the money to a theater in Spartanburg, South Carolina. (


Sprint announced Wednesday a commitment to create or bring back to America 5,000 jobs. The company anticipates these jobs will support a variety of functions across the organization including its Customer Care and Sales teams. (Press Release)


That’s how much ($1,740) the Montana GOP says candidates will have to pay to compete for the Montana Republican Party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke early next year if Zinke is confirmed as Secretary of Interior. (MTN)

It’s too bad Montana makes it difficult for independent candidates to run for office.


One day after her daughter Carrie Fisher, 60, died, Debbie Reynolds passed away at age 84. (USA Today)

Rest in peace.


Americans are most likely to name President Barack Obama as the man they admire most in 2016. Twenty-two percent mentioned Obama in response to the open-ended question. President-elect Donald Trump was second at 15%. It is Obama’s ninth consecutive win, but the seven-percentage-point margin this year is his narrowest victory yet. (Gallup)


Ten Montana Women’s Prison inmates on Wednesday were awarded certificates for successfully completing an introductory welding program, which was offered for the first time at the Women’s Prison this fall. (

I wonder if they were taught how to use a cutting torch…


This Saturday is the semi-final games for the FBS College Football championship with #4 Washington taking on #1 Alabama and #3 Ohio State taking on #2 Clemson. (ESPN)

I think Alabama and Ohio State will be in the championship…


President Barack Obama designated two new national monuments this week: Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. (WH Press release)


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5 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I bet Dems will have to pay the same $1,740 fee. It wouldn’t be ‘Democratic’ otherwise.

    The argument that the GOP needs that money for their special nominating convention is silly. Most of the bigwigs will be in Helena already for the session. The costs to the Party are minimal.

    So…where’s that money go, or should I say, into who’s pocket?

    • Barry – Keith & the Stones will live forever. He is protected by the Rock-n-Roll Gods. -JmB

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