Thursday Numbers

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. – W. Clement Stone

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 the House spending bill, Powerball, U.S. House race, NY Times digital subscriptions, unemployment, bills to sign, campaign volunteers, Obamacare repeal vote, Isaiah Thomas, first 100 days poll, Montana Legislature poll, Minuteman III missile launch, #MayThe4th, FBI translator and the terrorist, and much more!


The U.S. House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Wednesday. The vote was 309-118. Fifteen Democrats and 103 Republicans voted against it. The bill now goes to the senate for consideration. (

The funny thing is that nobody actually knows what is in the bill, but both sides can claim victory…


That’s the jackpot ($147 million) for the next Powerball lottery drawing Saturday night.

Good luck!


MTN News reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced Wednesday it will spend $400,000 on television advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts to help Democratic candidate Rob Quist.

On the Republican side, MTN News reported that the Congressional Leadership Fund on Wednesday started running a new TV [ad] bashing Quist, and said it has now spent $2 million on TV ads criticizing the Democratic candidate.

The ads are getting a little old.


The New York Times added 308,000 net digital-only news subscriptions — the most of any quarter in its history — helping to propel an 11 percent increase in circulation revenue. (NY Times)

Congrats! Digital seems to be the way forward for newspapers…


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


Apparently, that is how many bills are awaiting Governor Steve Bullock’s consideration from the 2017 Montana Legislature. The Associated Press reported that House Speaker Austin Knudsen waited until the session was over to send the bills to the governor as “political payback.”

That’s pretty childish, but we’ve come to expect childish things when the legislature is in session.


The Montana Republican Party needs 100 more conservatives in Montana to sign-up as volunteers to knock on doors and make phone calls on Saturday, May 6, to help Republican Greg Gianforte win the special election to replace Ryan Zinke. (MT GOP)

Everyone, especially younger people, should volunteer to help a candidate of their choice at least once…


There are reports that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote again today to repeal Obamacare. Back in January, Reuters reported that in the past few years, the House has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter Obamacare.

Supposedly the full text of the bill has not been released, nor has it been scored by the Congressional Budget Office. That sounds like what the Democrats did when they passed Obamacare…

If the House Republicans do pass the bill today, it goes to the senate. It will be tough for it to pass the senate.


That’s how many points Isaiah Thomas scored to help the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 129-119 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead.(FiveThirtyEight)

Thomas is 5-foot-9 and the shortest player in the NBA.


That’s the percentage of people who gave the President Donald Trump an “F” for his first 100 days in office according to a recent poll here at The Western Word. Another 20% gave him a “B” and 16% gave him an “A.”

See the final results HERE.


That’s the percentage of people who gave the 2017 Montana Legislature an “F” in a recent poll here at The Western Word. Another 29% gave them a “D” and 16% gave them an “A.”

See the final results HERE.

The Republican-controlled Legislature raised taxes and fees and did not pass an infrastructure bill.


A Minuteman III missile blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday and traveled some 4,200 miles and went down near a Pacific Ocean atoll that is part of the Marshall Islands and features a US military ballistic missile test site.(Yahoo)

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched the unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.(AFGSC)

Relax folks; tests like this are done several times per year.


May the 4th be with you today. Happy Star Wars day! #MayThe4th


FBI translator Daniela Greene went rogue and married a terrorist who was part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). She served two years for lying to the FBI. (CBS News)

This story might make a good book or movie…



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. “Supposedly the full text of the bill has not been released, nor has it been scored by the Congressional Budget Office. That sounds like what the Democrats did when they passed Obamacare…”

    That’s some excellent snark. Too bad some of your GOoPer readers will believe it.

    • Doug – Yes, but the fact is the way Obamacare and Trumpcare was passed is why the approval ratings for Congress are so low. They need to work together. -JmB

      • Obamacare proposed-9-17-09
        Passed House-10-8-09
        Passed Senate-12-24-09
        Signed into law-3-23-10
        During the course of that there were 79 hearings, 181 witnesses and 121 amendments. Regular CBO scores

        Under GOoPer control the process has not even been close to that this time. In fact, Rand Paul made great sport of trying to find Trumpcare 1.0 because Paul Ryan kept it out of sight from non-members.

        Next stop-the Senate, where Trumpcare 3.0 will be rendered unrecognizable from its current form.

        I can hardly wait for the analysis of how horrid the House version truly is and how many gifts are buried in it to seduce R opponents.

      • Doug – should be fun to watch. Maybe one of these days they will work together. Thanks, -JmB

  2. In regards to the 16% who gave the legislature an A grade, who knew that there were that many legislators and their families reading and voting here?

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