Thursday Numbers

The reward of suffering is experience. – 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 forest fires, Mega Millions, unemployment, the stock market, Minuteman III, heat, Tom Brady, new presidential polls, Matt Rosendale, first vacay, older people, kidneys, and much more!


That’s the jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions lottery!


The state of Montana is spending $1.5 million per day to fight forest fires. (AP)

Prayers for those fighting the fires…


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


The Dow climbed above the 22,000 mark for the first time on Wednesday, closing at 22,016.24. (Fox Business)



A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test reentry vehicle Aug. 2, 2017, at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg AFB, California. The ICBM’s reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. (

That reminds me of the old Air Force saying: The Air Force will deliver a Minuteman missile to your front door within 30 minutes, or your next one is free…


On 23 of the 31 days in the month of July, it was 90 degrees or above in Great Falls, MT. (GF Tribune)

It was so hot for a few days that the local chickens were laying hard-boiled eggs…


That’s the percentage of people in a new Quinnipiac University National Poll who believe President Donald J. Trump is not honest. (Quinnipiac)

I think the President is finding out that when he says something, people are listening.


Happy 40th birthday, Tom Brady!



That’s the approval rating for President Donald J. Trump according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll. (Quinnipiac)

That is pretty bad. I think he can turn it around by buying everyone a pony…


U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale (R) issued a press release announcing that “more than 30 elected officials from across Montana” have endorsed his campaign in the first two days after he announced.

His website is


That is the length (17 days) of the upcoming vacation for President Donald Trump. It begins Friday and it is a 17-day getaway to his private golf club in central New Jersey. (AP)

I think I remember Trump complaining about Barack Obama taking vacations…


The Associated Press reported in an analysis of federal statistics that Montana ranks fourth in the nation for the ratio of older workers killed on the job.

Hey, fellow old people – be careful out there!


I have two kidneys. I have learned a lot about how kidneys function in the past two weeks.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers while I was away!



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