Thursday Numbers

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Isaac Asimov

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 American Health Care Act and Montana, VA shortfall, Powerball, Glacier National Park, unemployment, Army, Mayweather/McGregor, Donald Trump, bank robber, Virginia shooting, LeBron James, Flint Michigan, Federal Reserve, and much more!


The Great Falls Tribune reports that if the American Health Care Act is enacted, Montana’s Medicaid program would lose $4.8 billion in federal funding and more than 70,000 adults enrolled through the recent Medicaid expansion would lose coverage by 2026, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and conducted by Manatt Health, looks at the U.S. House-passed AHCA and its impact on health care coverage and the state budget.

Members of Congress should work together to make healthcare better for all.


The Department of Veterans Affairs will have a shortfall of one billion dollars in the Choice program. That program pays for care outside the VA. (AP)

When will the politicians understand that the VA needs a good housecleaning?


One ticket sold at the Marietta Liquor & Deli in Menifee, California, won the $447.8 million Powerball jackpot. The cash prize would be $279.1 million. (AP)


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


This past month was Glacier National Park’s second-busiest May on record after an estimated 177,256 people visited the park. (AP)

Last year almost 3 million people visited the park.


The U.S. Army turned 242 years old yesterday (June 14). (


The Hill reported that the office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) received a threatening email with the subject line “One down, 216 to go…,” shortly after a shooter opened fire on GOP lawmakers who were at a congressional baseball practice.

With the current vacancies in the House, 217 members would be a majority.

Although it’s shameful, emails and phone calls containing threats are not new in Congressional offices.


Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top-selling fighters in the world. They will fight at 154 lbs. (AP)

Mayweather should win this boxing match easily.


President Donald J. Trump turned 71 yesterday (June 14). (


A 70-year-old man, Lawrence John Ripple, said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife. He blamed his actions on depression. (AP)

The judge gave him probation…


That’s the age of James T. Hodgkinson who shot several people at a congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning near Washington, D.C. Hodgkinson was shot and killed by police. (AP)

We must stop the violence and hate in politics.

Prayers to all those harmed in this senseless act.


LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has appeared in eight NBA Finals. He has won three and lost five.

Michael Jordan appeared in six finals. He won six…


Reuters reported that six current and former Michigan and Flint officials were criminally charged on Wednesday for their roles in the city’s water crisis that was linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that caused at least 12 deaths, the state’s attorney general said. Five of the officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from their roles in handling the crisis.


The Federal Reserve raises key interest rate by 0.25 percentage point to 1-1.25 percent. (Fox News)


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