Thursday Numbers

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 National Parks, unemployment, NFL schedule, Veterans Choice Program & Jon Tester, #Happy420, University of Montana, Elsie Arntzen, University of California, Berkeley, & Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Patriots at the White House, Jason Chaffetz quits, best pro players by the numbers, and much more!


The record attendance at America’s national parks in 2016 generated an estimated $34.9 billion for the U.S. economy, including $547.8 million in Montana, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. (Flathead Beacon)


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


Great News – The 2017 NFL regular-season schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET tonight (Thursday) as part of a two-hour long 2017 NFL Schedule Release special. (

We’re going to the Super Bowl!!!!


On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed into law U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan legislation to begin to improve the Veterans Choice Program (S. 544).(Press Release)

It would be great if they could work on health care in a bipartisan way like they did this bill for veterans.


Happy 4/20 day to you! If you don’t know the significance of 4/20, click HERE. #Happy420


Lee Newspapers reported that the University of Montana is hammering out options to offer buyouts or early retirement to 80 to 100 employees, primarily longtime faculty, a state higher education official confirmed Wednesday.

Tough times for the Griz…


Montana’s superintendent of public instruction, Elsie Arntzen, is paying a Billings consultant, Patrick H. Beddow, $90 an hour to advise her on issues before the state Land Board, according to the state salary website. (AP)

This is why we can’t have nice things…


The University of California, Berkeley, has called off the planned April 27 speech by Ann Coulter citing security concerns. Coulter says she will be speaking there.

I like to listen to people I disagree with; I think it makes me a better person…


Statement From 21st Century Fox Regarding Bill O’Reilly:

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”

I guess the spin did stop there…


President Donald Trump hosted the five-time champion New England Patriots at the White House yesterday. (AP)

Patriots in the White House…


Republican Jason E. Chaffetz announced that he is not running for reelection in 2018. Chaffetz is the U.S. representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district and was first elected in 2008. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Chaffetz is Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. I imagine he wants to get out of town before investigations into the Trump administration begin…


Here is a list of the top pro athletes by number, from 00-99.(GF Tribune)

I picked other players for some of the numbers. How about you?



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug – Interesting. Thanks. I wonder how many of them voted which makes no difference, but would be nice to know. -JmB

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