Thursday Numbers

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. – Ron White

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 Powerball, unemployment, Jon Tester, Border Patrol & ICE, Steve Daines, Michael Lange, life expectancy, Donald Trump & media, NASCAR, Earth-size planets, DUIs, and much more!


A ticket sold in Indiana won the $435 million Powerball Lottery jackpot Wednesday night (


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


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced Wednesday that he is introducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act to protect 79,000 of acres of public land. (Press Release)

Applause to Tester and all those who worked together to make this possible.


The Trump administration announced plans to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. (AP)


That’s approximately how many words were in the speech that U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) delivered to the Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday. (Helena IR)


Federal prosecutors say former Montana House Majority Leader Michael Lange distributed over 500 grams of meth, at least 1.1 pounds, between April and October 2016. Lange pleaded not guilty. (AP)

Meth – not even once…


Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places. (Reuters)

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car. – Will Rogers


A recent Quinnipiac University poll asked participants if the media or President Donald Trump “tell you the truth about important issues.”

The survey said that 52% of voters trust the media, with only 37% saying they trusted Trump more. (USA Today)


Since 2005, NASCAR’s television viewership is down 45%, according to an analysis of Nielsen ratings by SportsBusiness Daily, a trade publication. (Source) There are also fewer people in the stands – admission is down by 30%. (CBS News)

I used to watch NASCAR races, but it seems NASCAR became more and more like pro wrestling. Often it appeared like they made up the rules during the race. I have not watched a whole race for several years.


For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. (AP)

I wonder if one of the planets is “Ork.” In case you don’t remember that is where Mork came from.


Robert John Eklund of Helena has been charged with his fifth DUI. Eklund, 65 years old, was arrested on Monday after officers say he crashed his vehicle into the rear of another vehicle at Bozeman Drive and Montana Avenue. (MTN)

Eklund should be put away for a long time.


Robia Jane Bedoni, 44, of Billings was arrested twice in about 12 hours for suspected DUIs, both times with a teen in the passenger seat. She was charged with felony criminal endangerment, as well as misdemeanor DUI, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance. (Billings Gazette)


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I have Dish Network, cable is not an option. Half the NASCAR races are on the FS1 and NBCSports channels. Those are Tier 2 channels. I don’t need 75 channels of more crap to get the 4 or 5 channels I’d only watch on weekends. I’d been watching racing for nigh on 50 years, until 2 years ago, when viewing access hit the outside wall…hard.

    • Doug: That’s too bad. With viewership and attendance down, it may be available on basic cable/tier 1 on Dish soon. -JmB

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