Thursday Numbers

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – 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 Shelter Island Estate, Greg Gianforte & Rob Quist, immigrants, President Donald Trump, unemployment, civil rights laws, Ryan Leaf, Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Manning, Stephen Colbert, special election, Robert S. Mueller III, Five Guys, and much more!


In case you wanted your own island (with a mansion), there’s Montana’s Shelter Island Estate on Flathead Lake. It’s just $29 million. Check out the video HERE.



Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte owns a stake in a French-Swiss cement company accused of making payments to the Islamic State militant group in Syria, according to financial disclosures HuffPost reviewed. He and his wife, Susan Gianforte, are listed as trustees on the account in which they own $47,066 worth of shares. (HuffPost)

Face it, folks, the party insiders picked Gianforte and Rob Quist as their candidates and they failed…


Arrests of immigrants suspected to be in the U.S. illegally soared in the early months of the Trump administration with the number of those arrested by agents rising nearly 40 percent between Jan. 22 and April 29 compared to a similar period last year. Overall, 41,300 were arrested for deportation. (AP)


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


The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes down 372 points Wednesday following the claim that President Trump asked ex-FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (Fox News)

Sell, sell, sell or buy, buy, buy!


Today is day 119 of the Trump Presidency!

The lyrics from Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” seem to fit his Presidency so far: “I’m going off the rails on a crazy train.”

Some members of Congress (Democrats and Republicans) are calling for Trump’s impeachment; I wonder if this is the earliest in a President’s term that there’s been a call for impeachment.


E:60 will air a segment about Great Falls native Ryan Leaf this Sunday, May 21st at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN. (ESPN)

It’s good to see Leaf doing well.


Gallup polling reported today that Americans are about evenly divided on whether new civil rights laws are needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say such laws are needed, while 46% say they are not. (Gallup)


Another Gallup poll found that Americans view both President Donald Trump (44%) and his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump (47%), about as favorably. However, the president is more widely known than his daughter among Americans, and also has much higher unfavorable ratings than she does, 55% vs. 36%. (Gallup)

I am not sure why this matters…


Chelsea Manning was sentenced to a 35-year prison term for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks, Ms. Manning spent about seven years in prison — already double the second-longest sentence in any leak case. She was freed 28 years early because President Barack Obama, in one of his final acts, commuted the bulk of her remaining sentence. (NY Times)


“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last week racked up its 15th consecutive ratings win over its NBC rival, statistics released Tuesday revealed. (NY Post)


Good News! Next week (just 7 days from now) is the special U.S. House election in Montana.

I think Montanans are growing tired of the commercials. If you have questions about voting in this election, click HERE.


Former FBI director, Robert S. Mueller III, was named by the Justice Department on Wednesday to be a special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. USA Today reports on seven things you need to know about Mueller.

Many folks on both sides of the aisle like the Mueller pick. That will change quickly when he finds a smoking gun or does not find the smoking gun.


Five Guys is now the favorite burger chain in the United States, according to a new poll released on Tuesday. (HuffPost)

Check out the top 10 burger chains HERE.



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