Thursday Numbers

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. – Bernard Williams

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 Montana’s budget shortfall, unemployment, hot dogs, back to school expenses, Hurricane Harvey’s rain, Trump’s job approval, Montana’s major wildfires, Congressional job approval, Devil’s Tower UFO Rendezvous, and much more!


Montana will face a $227 million budget shortfall within two years unless state government agencies cut their spending by another 10 percent. (AP)

Montana Democrats say it is the Montana Republicans’ fault; Montana Republicans say it is the Montana Democrats’ fault. The fact is both sides share the blame. They should stop the blame game and work together on the problem.


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


That’s how many hot dogs are eaten every second between Memorial Day and Labor Day according to WalletHub.

Wow. Just wow.


That’s the average child’s back to school expenses. (WalletHub)

Of course, your child is above average…


That’s how many inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey was recorded in Cedar Bayou, Texas, marking a new continental U.S. record, the National Weather Service said. (CBS)


Good news for the President! Gallup reports that President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has stabilized, registering 34% or 35% in each Gallup Daily tracking three-day rolling average since Aug. 20, including 35% in the latest update based on Aug. 27-29 interviewing.

I guess he found his base of support – these are the people who would vote for him if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue…


That’s the number of major wildfires currently burning in Montana. (KRTV)

We need rain – lots of slow and steady rain.


The latest Fox News poll finds that just 15 percent of voters approve of the job Congress is doing, while about five times as many, 74 percent, disapprove. (Fox News)

One problem is they actually do little to resemble anything close to doing a job.


Mark your calendars – September 14-16th, 2017, will be the First Annual Devil’s Tower UFO Rendezvous! (KOTA TV)

How cool is that? The truth is out there!