Thursday Numbers

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. – John Wayne

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 Powerball, Obama’s Tweet, unemployment, hate groups, sexual/violent offenders, Mayweather–McGregor, Elvis, Trump’s job approval, McCaskill’s town hall forums, MoviePass, Trump’s advisory councils, and much more!


That’s the current Powerball jackpot ($510 million). The next drawing is Saturday night! (


This Tweet by former President Barack Obama is the most-liked Tweet ever. So far, it has received 4,039,956 “Likes” and 1,536,064 Retweets.


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


The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are 917 hate groups currently operating in the United States.

Find out where they are by clicking HERE.


As of August 2016, that’s the number of sexual or violent offenders in Montana who are not compliant. (KRTV)

They need to be found and punished.


The pay-per-view price for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor super fight next Saturday Night (Aug. 26) will cost $89.95 plus $10 more for high definition.

Prediction – Mayweather will win by knockout in round four…


It was 40 years ago Wednesday that Elvis Presley died. CBS News reports that conspiracy theorists who claim the king is still alive constitute around a tenth of the U.S. population. Of those polled, 87 percent say they believe Presley is not alive.

I saw Elvis the other day. He was sitting between me and Bigfoot on the UFO…


President Donald Trump’s job approval rating in Gallup Daily tracking is at 34% for the three-day period from Friday through Sunday — by one point the lowest of his administration so far. (Gallup)

I think it will go lower…


During the August recess, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) will hold twenty-five public, in-person town hall forums across Missouri. (Press Release)

That’s what all elected officials should be doing…


MoviePass announced it would be slashing its rates to $9.95 a month. The service, which allows subscribers to see one film a day in theaters, saw such a spike in interest that its website crashed due to the traffic. (Business Insider)

Sounds like a pretty good deal.


President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is disbanding two White House advisory councils following the resignation of several members. (Roll Call)

I guess that’s what happens when you side with white nationalists…