Thursday Numbers

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. – Plato

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 lottery, unemployment, snow, Christie Brinkley, presidential approval rating, attorney general, Steve Daines, Congressional job approval, University of Montana, Saturday Night Live, Oliver North, naturalization ceremonies, and much more!


That’s the estimated jackpot ($285 million) for the next Powerball Lottery drawing. (Powerball)

You might be able to buy a cabinet seat with that much money…


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


St. Mary (Glacier County, MT) reported a total of 64″ of snow during the 4-day period beginning February 3 and ending February 7. (KRTV)

I think we’ve had enough snow for one season…


Christie Brinkley is returning to the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at age 63 and this time she’s appearing with her two daughters. (USA Today)

You go girl….


Rasmussen is reporting that President Donald J. Trump has a 53% approval rating. Reuters is reporting he has an approval rating of 50.1% this week. Gallup has Trump at 42%.

Does anyone really believe polls these days…


U.S. Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (R-Ala.) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next Attorney General of the United States. No Republicans went against Sessions in the 52-47 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to back Sessions. (

I hope he is independent in his duties as Attorney General…


About 30 people visited U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ Missoula office on Wednesday to read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King regarding Jeff Sessions. (Missoulian)

I’m sure the staff enjoyed the visit…


Congressional job approval jumped to 28% this month from 19% in January. This is the largest month-to-month increase since a 12-percentage-point rise between January 2009, when former President Barack Obama was first inaugurated, and February 2009. (Gallup)

Just 28%. Wow.


The University of Montana (UM) continues to see its enrollment drop. The Missoulian reports that UM has seen a 24% drop in enrollment since 2010. (Missoulian)

That’s pretty bad…


Saturday Night Live is seeing their highest ratings in 22 years. (

The Trump administration is the gift that keeps on giving…


Foothills Community Christian School in Great Falls is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and has invited Oliver North to visit as keynote speaker for the 2017 Spring Banquet which is being held on April 11. (GF Tribune)


Montana typically has 12 naturalization ceremonies a year, but a spike in applicants required the addition of two extra ceremonies in Butte and in Missoula. (Montana Standard)

Congrats to all the new citizens!


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