Thursday Numbers

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

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 defense spending, unemployment, Steve Daines, GOP healthcare bill, Rob Quist & Greg Gianforte poll results, Tim Fox & Jon Tester, Great Falls casinos, Trump tweets, Jon Huntsman, Illegal crossings, Tony Romo, Congressional job approval, drunk driving, electric vehicle charging stations, Tim Tebow, and much more!


The U.S. House voted decisively Wednesday 371-48 to approve a $578 billion spending bill that keeps the U.S. armed forces operating through September and sets the stage for substantial increases to the Pentagon’s budget advocated by President Donald Trump. (AP)

The bill now heads to the Senate.


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


According to the U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ staff and reported by MTN News, that’s how many people listened to his tele-town hall meeting Wednesday night. Daines took questions for about an hour and a half.

I wonder how many tele-town hall meetings need to be completed before it counts as one in-person town hall meeting…


That’s how many pages are in the new GOP healthcare bill, which is considerably less than the Obamacare bill (Affordable Care Act). The Affordable Care Act with its related rules and regulations comes in at 22,702 pages. (Daily Caller)

I heard the reason why they made the new bill smaller is so President Trump could hold it in his tiny hands…


The Western Word asked readers, “Who do you want to be the next U.S. Representative for Montana?” Rob Quist was picked by 81% of those participating, and 15% picked Greg Gianforte.

Thanks to all those who participated!


Republicans in Montana and in Washington, D.C., are now courting the state’s attorney general, Tim Fox, to step up and run against U.S. Senator Jon Tester next year. Fox is a popular incumbent who won re-election with 67 percent of the vote last year. (AP)

Cold hard fact: Fox can’t beat Tester.


A report from Jan. 10, 2017, Great Falls zoning commission notes that “there are currently 63 casinos licensed within the City of Great Falls…” (GF Tribune)

I think there are way too many casinos in Great Falls. It’s embarrassing how many there are on 10th Avenue South. I’ve never been in a casino in Great Falls that I wanted to come back and visit again.


That’s the percent of people in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll who said that President Trump should tweet less.(

Don’t stop Mr. President – keep tweeting – you make mornings exciting again (MMEA)!


Jon Huntsman has accepted President Donald Trump’s offer to be the next ambassador to Russia.(CNN) Huntsman is 56.

Huntsman is a good man – lots of experience. Good pick!


Illegal crossings at the U.S. southern border have declined about 40% in the first two months of the year according to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. (USA Today)


ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo, the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, on Thursday. Romo will turn 37 in April.

Romo seems to have the reputation of being injured a lot lately…


Congressional job approval declined slightly from 28% in February to 24% in March. The March rating is still higher than in any month from June 2011 through January 2017. (Gallup)

After the debates on the health care bill, the approval ratings will probably drop like a rock.


A 66-year-old man, Ronald Martin Watne, was charged with his seventh count of driving under the influence after allegedly hitting another vehicle and then driving away in Missoula. (Missoulian)

The Attorney General for Montana should hand out awards for the most DUIs – it seems Montana is very acceptable of people who drive drunk.


Through the American Health Care Act, introduced by House Republicans on Monday as a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, states would be allowed to kick high-dollar lottery winners from their Medicaid rolls. The provisions take up around six pages of the legislation. (U.S. News)


Including the Montana At-Large seat, there are five current vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives. (

When you go to Ryan Zinke’s U.S. House website, you get this website. When you click on the Montana At-Large link, you get this information.


The city of Missoula and NorthWestern Energy are introducing two electric vehicle charging stations at the city’s Park Place parking structure at 201 E. Front St. (ABC/Fox MT)

I wonder how long their extension cords are…


Tim Tebow went 0-3 with two strikeouts in his debut with the New York Mets on Wednesday. (ESPN)

Tebow will be just fine whether he makes the team or not.



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Donald J. Trump

    Jon Huntsman called to see me. I said no, he gave away our country to China! @JonHuntsman
    5:33 PM – 8 Feb 2012

    Trump’s already selling this country out with his and his henchmen’s Russian connections, so I guess Huntsman is the man for job. Trump thinks he has the necessary prior experience.
    0-The number of members of the press accompanying Tillerson on his first official overseas mission, to Asia, where N Korea is playing Asteroids with their missiles.

    • Doug – it could be since Huntsman did such a good job with China he wants him to give away our country to Russia as well. Seriously, I think Huntsman is a good pick. Trump needs to surround himself with experienced people. Thanks, -JmB

      • Generally, I like Jon Huntsman. But how can you surround yourself with experienced when you ship them out of the country? It’s the people who currently surround Hair Furor that are a YUGE part of the problem, beyond the boy-king himself.

  2. Cold hard fact, eh? What a joke.

    Mind letting the rest of us use your crystal ball?

    • Greg – No joking – barring any big scandal I don’t think Tim Fox can be competitive against Jon Tester. My “crystal ball” is watching Tester and his team over the past 10 or so years. Fox might have more of a chance if he holds off and runs for Governor 2020. -JmB

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