Thursday Numbers

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” 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 Blackfeet Tribe, refugees, homeless in LA, ESPN layoffs, New Jersey National Guard, Pope Francis, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Johnson, Yogi Berra quotes, Marco Rubio, Montana Highway Patrol, Brian Williams, Jesus and politicians, baseball playoffs, and much more!

800,000

That’s how much grant money was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Blackfeet Tribe to remove mold and improve the safety of 16 low-income homes. (Source)

This is great news for the Blackfeet Tribe.

267,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)

100,000

The New York Times reported this week that the Obama administration will increase the number of worldwide refugees the United States accepts each year to 100,000 by 2017, a significant increase over the current annual cap of 70,000, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. (Source)

We’re the USA – we have to help, but we must ensure the folks who we allow to enter the USA are properly screened.

26,000

That’s how many homeless people live on the streets of Los Angeles. (Source)

We must take care of our own…

300

According to “The Big Lead” multiple sources inside and outside of ESPN are saying the network will be laying off “200 to 300” employees in the coming months. (Source)

I nominate Mike Tirico from Monday Night Football and most of the folks who are on NFL Countdown for layoff.

ESPN has gone down the toilet in the past few years.

90

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the leader of New Jersey’s National Guard that he has 90 days to trim down. (Source)

Now the whole country can watch Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff try to slim down…

78

Pope Francis is 78 years old.

66

Bruce Springsteen turned 66 years old Wednesday. Wowser!

64

Brad Johnson announced this week that he is running for Montana governor. Johnson is 64 years old.(Source)

50

Click HERE for the 50 greatest Yogi Berra quotes.

They will make you smile…

30

As of September 9, GOP Presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio has missed almost 30% of votes in the senate since the beginning of the year. He has missed 77 of 263 roll call votes. (Source)

I doubt many business owners would hire a person who missed work three out of every ten days.

10

The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) announced this week that it is currently accepting applications for ten new Troopers to begin training in April 2016. (Source)

For those folks from out of state, MHP officers patrol in cars, not on horseback…

7

After a seven-month suspension NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams returned to reporting the news this week, but now he is reporting breaking news on MSNBC. (Source)

Look on the bright side, at least he’s in the building and probably still making more money than most of us…

5

According to a report from Crowdpac, here are the top five elected officials in Washington who talk about “Jesus” most often: Representatives Hank Johnson, Charles Rangel, Sanford Bishop, Ed Perlmutter, and Senator Orrin Hatch (the only Republican in the “top 5”). (Source)

2

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates are the first two Major League Baseball teams to clinch playoff berths. (Source)

My Kansas City Royals are limping toward the playoffs. They will need to play better to make it past the first round…

 

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