Thursday Numbers

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. – Oscar Wilde

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 unemployment, chemistry, Gianforte, Presidential approval ratings, Montana Lottery, Great Falls City Commission candidates, Bill Cosby, Trump & immigrants, NBA Draft, and much more!


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


That’s how much former University of Montana President Royce Engstrom will earn teaching chemistry as a full professor at UM. (Missoulian)

Breaking Bad’s Walter White would be proud…


Congressman Greg Gianforte’s Washington, D.C. address is:

1419 Longworth House Office Building (HOB)
Washington, DC 20515.
Phone: (202) 225-3211

His official website can be found HERE.

This was a public service announcement from The Western Word – your favorite independent blog!


Republican Greg Gianforte, age 56, was sworn in as Montana’s lone U.S. House member yesterday. (MTN)

In honor of the day, Montana Democrats mailed an orange prisoner jumpsuit to Gianforte’s D.C. office.


According to Rasmussen polling, President Donald Trump’s approval rating is 45%.


According to Gallup polling, President Donald Trump’s approval rating is 37%.


The Montana Lottery is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this week by giving away $30,000 on Friday, June 23.

That’s awfully nice…


That’s how many candidates there are for the Great Falls (MT) City Commission. (GF Tribune)

So many choices…


ABC News reports that a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts. On a third count, only one of the jurors believed he was guilty.

I wonder if the “tiny room” caused the mistrial…


Fox News reported that President Trump, at a rally in Iowa on Wednesday night, announced that he will soon ask Congress to pass legislation banning immigrants from accessing public assistance for the first five years upon entering the U.S.


The 2017 NBA Draft is being held tonight (June 22). There are two rounds. (ESPN)

I can shoot the ball, but I can’t jump. I’ve also lost a couple steps somewhere…



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. It does matter, in that, the same people who did the polls for the elections the same ones doing the polls for his acceptance. Since they got it wrong (falsely represented the numbers) for the election, how do you trust them to tell you the real numbers now…I put the media trust level to just below Window/Door salesman…our media has stooped so low that they have to reach up to touch bottom.

    • Barry – Like I said, I am not sure about Gallup doing polls before the election. The reason why it does not matter now is that nobody really trusts the polls since the November election. In regard to your comment, “I put the media trust level to just below Window/Door salesman” does that mean Fox News, too?
      Thanks, -JmB

    • The polls got the popular vote reasonably correct. The problem was, out of about 130 million votes that were cast, a total of 77,000 votes in WI, MI and PA swung the Electoral College to the Cheeto Bandito.

      Your rightwingnut talking points are the fake news.

  2. 37 Didn’t Gallup have Hillary beating Trump by 10 points before the election? Not sure I can trust their numbers any more now then I did then…

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