Thursday Numbers

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

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 Montana’s budget, Papa John’s, unemployment, lifetime pass, walking alone at night, U.S. coal production, family members on campaign payroll, teams that have not won a World Series, Marsy’s Law, Houston Astros, fall back, and much more!


A deal on fixing the state’s $227 million shortage in the state budget could materialize in coming days and a special session could follow shortly after, the governor’s budget director said Wednesday. They plan on using a combination of budget cuts, temporary tax increases and moving funds around. (Lee Newspapers)

Hopefully, they will work together to fix the problem and not act like spoiled children when they get to Helena.


The net worth of John Schnatter, founder and CEO of pizza chain Papa John’s, fell $70 million in less than 24 hours after the company released its third-quarter financial report on Tuesday afternoon. Schnatter blames part of the downturn on the National Football League, which has faced turbulence amid widespread national anthem protests in the past year. (Forbes)

I always heard the second million is easier to make than the first million…


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


Senate Bill 521 would make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a cost of $80 to any veteran who was separated from military service under conditions other than dishonorable if the veteran provides specified proof of that status.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is a sponsor of the bill.


Three in 10 Americans are afraid to walk alone at night in an area within a mile of where they live. This ties the lowest level of concern since Gallup first asked this question in 1965 and is substantially below the high point of 48% recorded in 1982. (Gallup)

Be careful out there…


That’s how many members of Congress have paid family members from their campaign accounts so far this year, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data through the end of September. (The Hill)

Nice work if you can get it…


Fox News reports that U.S. coal production jumped nearly 8 percent in the past year, a far cry from the more than 30 percent decline in production over the past decade.

This is good news for those people still in the coal industry…


With the Astros finally winning a World Series title, there are now seven teams that have never won a World Series. Check out the list HERE from USA Today.


Montana’s high court struck down the voter-approved victim’s rights law, called Marsy’s Law, as unconstitutional on Wednesday, in a split 5-2 opinion that said voters should have been able to consider the multiple aspects of the law individually. More than 65 percent of voters backed the law in an initiative last November. (AP)

That is a shame.


The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to three in the 2017 World Series. This is the Astros first World Series title. (USA Today)

Game seven was a letdown. #HoustonStrong


Don’t forget to get up at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday morning to set your clock back one hour.

This was a public service message from The Western Word!



3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Schnatter’s problem, using racial dogwhistles as an excuse is just one, is that his pizzas are crap. Pizza Hut neener neenered him that their numbers are doing just fine.

  2. Marsy’s Law was a terribly written, poorly conceived law. Montana law already has provisions within it that protects victims. All this law really did was create a heavy financial and time burden on already overworked offices throughout the state. Good riddance to bad law.

    • Rick – I heard lots of complaints about it from people who were tasked with following it. I believe it will be back on the ballot. Maybe they will get it right next time. – JmB

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