Thursday Numbers

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

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 Montana budget, postal service, unemployment, Montana Democrats & Greg Gianforte, 40th Helicopter Squadron, 112th day, survivalist, Peyton Manning, Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump, Jr., & Montana, Comey & Trump, Rob Quist’s barn, and much more!


Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a two-year, $10.3 billion budget bill this week. (AP)

Now we’re talking real money…


The postal service on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss of $562 million. (AP)

They may try to raise stamp prices again, so it’s time to stock up on forever stamps! They should also close a bunch of post offices.


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


The Montana Democrats claim that this is the amount in campaign donations Brad Huempfner and his family donated to Greg Gianforte and Republicans. Huempfner appears in one of Gianforte’s campaign commercials about public stream access.

The Montana Democrats contend, “that’s the price you have to pay to fish near Gianforte’s mansion off Manley road” and they point out that is much more than the $29 most Montanans pay to fish anywhere else in Montana.

This spring would be pretty boring if not for the special House election…


A UH-1N Iroquois crew assigned to the 40th Helicopter Squadron (HS) at Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls, Montana, rescued an injured male in the Little Belt Mountains near Wheatland, Montana, May 7 at approximately 11:15 a.m. The rescue marked the 417th save for the 40th HS. (Malmstrom Press)

The 40th HS provides a valuable service. Salute!


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Today is day 112 of the Trump Presidency!

There’s an old saying that may fit what we’ve witnessed in the first 112 days of the Trump Presidency: I’ve been to three county fairs, a turkey shoot, and witnessed a one-legged ass-kicking contest and I have not seen anything like this.


A 23-year-old woman who went missing last week while hiking in a Montana wilderness area south of Glacier National Park has been found alive, along with her dog. (AP)



The Indianapolis Colts will retire Peyton Manning’s number 18 and unveil his statue this upcoming season. (Yahoo Sports)

I like Manning better now since he is retired…


Russian President Vladimir Putin scored six goals and had five assists in a hockey match. He also told CBS News he had nothing to do with FBI Director James Comey’s firing by President Donald Trump. (The Guardian)

Putin would have really freaked people out if he would have said, “Comrade Trump did exactly as we ordered when he fired Director Comey. Our plan is progressing very well.”


Donald J. Trump, Jr., will be making four stops in Montana today (May 11) to campaign for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte. He will be campaigning in Helena, Butte, Sidney, and Great Falls.(Source)

Prairie Dogs – take cover!


In his letter firing FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump wrote, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” (CNN)

That sentence is really weird, but I guess Trump needed to make sure the world knew that he was not under investigation.


U.S. House candidate Rob Quist owns a barn with three apartments, but according to Lee Newspapers, state property tax records don’t indicate the Quists are being taxed for the three apartments. (Lee Newspapers)

I imagine Quist and his family will be glad when this campaign is over. It’s like his campaign takes one step forward and then bad news knocks them two steps back.



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug; Thanks. Good info. Remember, I am just a blogger in a bunker. -JmB

  1. I am wondering if Quist will after no doubt loses will be able to get a musical gig at all. Nothing people hate more is a tax dodger that claims can’t work that somehow forgets had extra $50,000 under the matttress

    • Dayton – Good point. Maybe Quist can ask Willie Nelson for pointers…-JmB

  2. The answer to “What will Trump Jr. shoot this time?”
    Considering the way things are going in Washington, Trump Jr. may shoot Gianforte in his political foot.

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