Thursday Numbers

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. – Marilyn vos Savant

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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include personal financial documents, Megyn Kelly, emergencies, the bison calf, unemployment, Republican delegates, EgyptAir, same-sex couples, The Western Word poll, early voting offices, Trump’s judges, Juneau/Zinke debates, and much more!


The government released Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s personal financial documents filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). They showed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said revenue at his businesses grew by $190 million over the past 17 months, and he had $557 million in earned income. (AP)

Seeing his personal financial documents filed with the FEC is all well and good, but Trump really needs to release his income tax returns and stop the BS about waiting for an audit to be completed.


That’s how many people (age 18-49) watched “Megyn Kelly Presents” on Fox Tuesday night. She interviewed Donald Trump. CBS’ NCIS topped the night with a massive 17.6 million viewers and “The Voice” was watched by 8.9 million viewers on NBC. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kelly is the new star of Fox News…


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


Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery from the Great Recession, Americans’ financial conditions remain precarious as ever. (AP)


That’s the fine that Shamash Kassam of Canada paid for putting a bison calf in the back of his SUV during his visit to Yellowstone National Park. Kassam was worried that the bison calf was cold. When park officials tried to reunite the calf with its mother, the mother rejected it, and park officials then euthanized the calf. (MTN)

They should post a sign at the entrance to Yellowstone that reads, “Restricted Area: No Stupid People Allowed.”


That’s how many delegates Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump needs to clinch the Republican nomination. (AP)

It just got real.


An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early this morning. (AP)

Prayers for the families…


That’s the percentage of Americans who say that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by the law as valid. In 1996, only 27% felt that way. (Gallup)

The change is amazing.


That’s the percentage of Americans who say they have a will. (Gallup)

If there’s a will, there’s a way…


In the latest poll here at The Western Word, that’s the percentage (40%) of people who agreed with the Feds new ‘bathroom’ guidance that directed public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Another 36% felt that decision should be left up to the states. The remaining 24% was split evenly between “Do Not Care” or “Disagree” with the Feds.

You can see my column and poll HERE.


That’s how many early voting offices have been established on Montana’s American Indian reservations for the June 7 primary election. (GF Tribune)

This is a very good thing.


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump released a list of 11 judges he would consider nominating to the Supreme Court. (The Hill)

I am totally surprised that Judge Judy was not on Trump’s list…


That’s how many debates Democratic candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat Denise Juneau is proposing to have with Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke. (AP)

It was a good move for Juneau to request that one debate be held on the Flathead Indian Reservation.


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  1. No matter what these potty police bills try to do, pedophiles will still be able to use the men’s/boy’s room where the little boys are, legally. Funny how the panty police care so much about the defenseless little girls and not the defenseless little boys.

    In the meantime, cisgender women are being harassed and assaulted in Women’s rooms around the country because some chucklehead thinks they don’t look girly enough. Here is but one example:

    Something lost in the hubbub over North Carolina’s HB2 is that other parts of the bill take away powers from the cities and towns in NC. That cherished “local control” that so many seek is being denied by a new “Big Gov’t”-the actual State.

    • The presence of another man or the potential for a man to walk in any moment makes it a safer condition. It is easy to show a victims story after the drama started, but it’s just days old, one would be hard pressed to show this as a serious problem anywhere…

      Control is the process that validates the need for more government…

      • The possibility of another woman walking in then would have the same effect, correct? Nobody wants to get walked in on when they’re up to no-good.

        You are correct that this is a solution looking for a problem given that nobody (and people are shaking the trees to find examples) can show where a male deliberately dressed as a woman in order to assault a woman in the ladies room.

        Rape and child molestation statistics show that the victim knows the perpetrator in the majority of cases.

  2. 135: Stupid people don’t read signs or follow what they say…

    40: Transgender people are 0.03% of the US population and are not a problem. In fact, this whole issue of bathrooms is a solution in search of a problem. So, I don’t care if a female who identifies as a male wants to do there business in the same bathroom as me, but what concerns me is the guy who uses this as an opportunity to go into a bathroom where there are underage female children to do other business. That is a problem that doesn’t have a solution…

    • Barry – Thanks for your comments. I was joking about the sign for Yellowstone. There will always be stupid people. I have been known to “Push” on a door when it has a sign that plainly says, “Pull.”

      As for the bathroom deal and your comment about “but what concerns me is the guy who uses this as an opportunity to go into a bathroom where there are underage female children to do other business. That is a problem that doesn’t have a solution…”

      My poll was about “Public School Bathrooms” but I can understand there might be concerns about public restrooms in businesses. There are always concerns when something is different. As for the solution, we’ll find one. This is the United States of America, and I believe that we can find a solution if problems arise.

      Thanks again,


      • Guilty of the push-pull scenario!

        My mind tells me this whole issue is a manufactured distraction to keep the American people from getting answers to questions about more important issues…

      • Barry – I don’t know about the part “manufactured distraction to keep the American people from getting answers to questions about more important issues…” but I do know that there’s a whole lot of misinformation out there that creates problems. I have friends and family who read/watch only left or right leaning news stations or papers but fail to see if something has “Left” or “Right” or “Liberal” or “Conservative” in the title that it might be slanted.

        There are more important issues out there – Yes! A few months from now, we’ll probably see that this was not that big of an issue.


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