Thursday Numbers

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. – Harry S Truman

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 Melania Trump, unemployment, taxes, Walmart, John Parker, Ivanka Trump, Congressional job approval, six-man football, President Donald Trump, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and much more!


U.S. first lady Melania Trump has accepted an apology and about $2.9 million in damages from the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper for reporting rumors about her time as a model. (AP)


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


That’s the average tax refund. (WalletHub)

Check out more 2017 Tax facts from WalletHub HERE.


That’s the percentage of U.S. consumers who shopped at one of Walmart’s 4,700 stores or on its website in 2016, according to NPD Group’s Checkout Tracking Service. (NBC)


The Montana Senate on Monday overwhelmingly voted to confirm former Cascade County Attorney John Parker as judge of the Eighth Judicial District in Cascade County. The vote was 48-2. (GF Tribune)

I would have voted “No” on the Parker confirmation.


First daughter Ivanka Trump is the most popular adviser among White House staff, according to a new poll. A Morning Consult/Politico poll published Wednesday found that 46 percent of voters have a favorable view of Ivanka Trump. (The Hill)


That’s the cost (35 cents) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect $100 in federal revenue. (WalletHub)

Check out more 2017 Tax facts from WalletHub HERE.


Congressional job approval declined to 20% in April, eight points lower than the seven-year high reached in February after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.(Gallup)

Citizens believed things would change and soon found out they won’t.


The new television channel VICELAND aired a show about six-man football in Montana and the towns of Highwood and Geraldine. I happened to catch the show “Rivals: Montana 6 Man” and it was a very good.

You can watch the show HERE.


President Donald Trump on Wednesday flipped to new positions on four different policy issues, backing off of several campaign promises. In an interview and a press conference, Trump either shifted or completely reversed positions on matters of foreign and economic policy, including how to handle China and the future of the Federal Reserve chairwoman. (The Hill)

I’m not sure that any of his supporters care…


The Boston Celtics are the number 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Golden State Warriors are the number 1 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. (ESPN)

The playoffs begin on Saturday.



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. In regards to John Parker: What I don’t think people are aware of is the number of cases Judge Parker must recuse himself from as a result of his prior position. This creates issues for court staff and on some level, the public.

    • Rick – Thanks. You are correct. I just don’t think Parker was that great of a county attorney and I don’t think he will be a good judge. People lost faith in the county attorney’s office under his tenure. If anyone in Cascade County is considering running for judge, now would be the time to get ready. -JmB

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