Thursday Numbers

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else. ― Theodore Roosevelt

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 U.S. Space Force, Dallas Mavericks & Mark Cuban, unemployment, internet speed, Kansas City Royals, United States Air Force, Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner race, WD-40, Pope Francis, The Western Word on Twitter, the Great Falls Voyagers, Jon Tester & hunting, and much more!


The U.S. Air Force estimated start-up costs for a proposed U.S. Space Force, a new military service backed by President Donald Trump will be around $13 billion in the first five years, according to a Department of Defense memo seen by Reuters. (Reuters)

There is no need for a U.S. Space Force – the Air Force can handle it. This is another dumb idea from President Trump.


The NBA’s investigation into the Dallas Mavericks confirmed allegations of widespread sexual harassment and workplace misconduct, the league announced on Wednesday. As a result, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to donate $10 million to organizations committed to combating domestic violence and supporting the professional development of women in the sports industry. (Yahoo Sports)

Cuban got off pretty easy.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 15,1969 when it was 197,000. (USDOL)


I was recently notified via snail mail by my internet service provider (Spectrum) that I was going to receive my Internet with speeds starting at 100 Mbps.

So I checked it. One speed test showed I was getting data at 109/11.5 Mbps and the other check from an independent service was 104.3/11.4 Mbps.



The Kansas City Royals, who were World Series Champions in 2015, have lost 100 games this season. There are still 10 games left in the season. (ESPN)

It’s ridiculous that management allowed the Royals to get this bad.


The United States Air Force celebrated their 71st birthday this week! (Twitter)

I was a proud member for 12 years – best job I ever had!


The results are in from the latest poll from The Western Word. I asked readers who they would be voting for in the Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner race, Bob Rosipal or Jesse Slaughter.

Here are the results:

  • Slaughter – 70%
  • Rosipal – 20%
  • Undecided – 10%

Thanks to all those who participated.


The penetrating oil WD-40 will be celebrating their 65th anniversary this Sunday (September 23). (MarketWatch)

The company made $381 million in net sales in FY 2017.

There are a lot of uses for WD-40.


Americans’ opinions of Pope Francis have become less positive this month, with 53% now holding a favorable opinion of the pontiff, down from 66% in August. However, among U.S. Roman Catholics, perceptions of Francis are unchanged. (Gallup)

Many people look at Priests these days and wonder if they have molested children. It’s a perception that will be hard to overcome.


It’s a birthday! I have been on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) for 10 years. I was one of the first to use it.

Follow me and I’ll follow you!


The Great Falls Voyagers defeated the Grand Junction Rockies 6-4 to win the Pioneer League Championship in two games. It’s the team’s first league title in seven years and the tenth all time in the history of the franchise. (KRTV)

Congrats to the Voyagers!


Those against U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s reelection point out that according to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks records reviewed by Fox News, Tester hasn’t had a hunting license in six years. He last had one in 2012 – the same year he was last on the ballot. (Fox News)

I wonder if the “researchers” checked for a license under variations of his correct name, Raymond Jon Tester. Good researchers would know this important piece of information.

The interesting thing is the President’s trophy hunter son, Donald Trump, Jr., seems to be leading the charge about Tester not having a hunting license. I’m thinking that most Montanans would rather Junior and his girlfriend stay the &^$% out of Montana politics and maybe stay out of Montana altogether.

By the way, I have not had a hunting license for over 30 years…



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