Thursday Numbers

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line. Don’t forget it. – Joe Biden

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 individual mandate, Leonardo da Vinci, Griz scholarship money, unemployment, Brawl of the Wild, Roy Moore, Blake Shelton, U.S. Postal Service, UCLA basketball players, Malmstrom AFB, and much more!


Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to ax Obamacare’s individual mandate in their tax plan. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that, by itself, repealing the mandate would reduce federal deficits by about $338 billion over the 2018–2027 period and increase the number of uninsured people by 4 million in 2019 and 13 million in 2027. (CBO)

That is taking a step backward. Hopefully, this will not pass. We need more people getting health insurance, not fewer.


That’s how much a painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. (AP)


That’s how much the Athletics Department at the University of Montana is short in scholarship money for the 2019 fiscal year. (Missoulian)


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


This Saturday is the 117th Brawl of the Wild football game between the University of Montana and Montana State University. The game starts at noon in Bozeman. It will be televised on ROOT Sports.


That’s the age of Roy Moore who is the Republican nominee in the 2017 special election to fill the United States Senate seat in Alabama vacated by Jeff Sessions. (Wikipedia)


That’s the age of Blake Shelton, who is the “Sexiest Man Alive for 2017.” (


That’s how many years in a row the U.S. Postal Service has reported a financial loss. (PBS)

Way to keep the streak alive USPS!


That’s how many women (as of this morning) who have accused Roy Moore of sexual assault. (Reuters)


Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China apologized Wednesday before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. (AP)

I bet they will be back in time for March Madness…


Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing have once again been named the top ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) wing during the Global Strike Challenge. (KRTV)

We’re #1, we’re #1…Congrats Malmstrom!