Thursday Numbers

Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, U.S. Army, Greg Gianforte, Great Falls Public Schools, safest states, president’s job approval rating, Steve Daines & Venmo, Bob Stoops, James Comey, Scooter Gennett & home runs, Warriors & Cavaliers, and much more!

Thanks for reading!


That’s Saturday night’s estimated Powerball jackpot – $435 million! (


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


The U.S. Army is offering up to a $90,000 bonus for some soldiers who commit to additional years of service. (Fox Business)

I received a bonus for reenlisting one time. It wasn’t close to $90k.


The Guardian reported that Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who assaulted a Guardian journalist on the eve of his election to the US House of Representatives, has issued a full and unequivocal apology to the reporter and agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He also wrote an apology letter to reporter Ben Jacobs, which you can view at the end of The Guardian article.

That settlement seems pretty cheap for Gianforte.


Today marks the end of the school year for Great Falls Public Schools. It also marks the retirement of several employees, and according to a report in the Great Falls Tribune, the retirees cumulatively represent 867 years of dedication to Great Falls Public Schools.

Thank you for your service!


That’s the state of Montana’s rank as safest state in America according to WalletHub. Montana ranks 40th in bullying incidence and 49th in fatalities per 100 million miles of travel.

More data from WalletHub can be found HERE.


That’s the president’s job approval rating according to a June 7 survey by Quinnipiac University. That is his lowest approval rating so far. (Press Release)

Down, down, down, and the flames went higher…


The Associated Press reported that a judge has given Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte until June 20 to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court to face a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter.

It should be interesting to see how this turns out…


The Hill recently reported that U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) paid off a $20 bet using Venmo, which sent many readers searching Google to learn more about Venmo.


ESPN reported that Bob Stoops, the longest-tenured coach in college football, will tell the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday that he is retiring after 18 seasons, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

This is an interesting time of year to just quit…which leads many to believe there’s more to the story.


Former FBI Director James Comey will appear before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee this morning (Thursday) at 10:00 a.m. eastern time to testify about his interactions with President Donald Trump. Comey’s seven-page, 3,100-word opening statement can be viewed HERE.

It should be fun to watch!


Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds hit four home runs in one game which tied him for the Major League record and he became the 17th player to hit four home runs in one game. (AP)

That’s pretty cool.


The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers three games to zero in the NBA Finals. (ESPN)

The next game is Friday night.



4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. If reporter Jacobs had grabbed candidate Gianforte, body-slammed him to the ground and broke a personal item, what charges would Jacobs now be facing and what uproar would Republicans be creating? That is the standard to use in deciding if Gianforte is receiving justice or copping a plea and offering a pittance in restitution.

    • Carole – Thanks. I just think paying $50k seemed rather small in this day and age of multi-million dollar settlements. -JmB

  2. I wonder about your report of president’s approval rating. He continues to have high support from his voters. Very low from Democrats. Seems like he should be around high 40,’s for total population.

    • Dave – Thanks. I am not sure how much faith I have in polls these days. You may be right about the Quinnipiac University Poll. Today Gallup has him at 38% and Rasmussen has him at 46%. I imagine the truth is somewhere in the middle. -JmB

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