Thursday Numbers

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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 National debt, Montana Cash lottery, unemployment, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, Oprah vs Donald poll, Most Admired Woman, House Republicans, former Montana House majority leader Michael Lange, The Western Word is 13, U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Montana Highway Patrol, and much more!


That’s the current U.S. National Debt as of this morning. (Debt Clock)

In case you are keeping score at home, that’s $20 trillion…


That’s the jackpot for the Montana Cash Lottery. (MT Lottery)

Since the jackpot starts at $40,000 and grows $10,000 each week when there is not a winner, this one has gone a long time without a winner.


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


Former Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio (R-AZ), announced that he is running for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Arpaio is 85 years old. (Source)

Arpaio is really getting to the age where buying green bananas is living on the edge.


According to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey, 48% of Likely U.S. Voters would opt for Oprah Winfrey, while 38% would choose Donald Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided. (Rasmussen)

But the election is not today…


Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R), age 44, acknowledged Wednesday night that he was unfaithful to his wife “a few years ago” before being elected. (WaPo)

The self-proclaimed “family man” screws up…


According to Gallup Polling, Oprah Winfrey has been in the top 10 of Gallup’s “Most Admired Woman” list every year since 1988 (30 years). While Winfrey has never won the No. 1 spot outright, she came close in 2007, when 16% of Americans named her as the woman they most admired, with Hillary Clinton edging her out by two percentage points. In the time since her popular show went off the air in 2011, an average of 5% of Americans have named her as the woman they most admire.

Oprah has sent conservatives into a tizzy.


That’s at least how many Republican seats in the House will be open in November due to retirements. (WaPo)

It looks like the House and the Senate may flip to Democrat control.


That’s how many years Federal prosecutors are recommending that former Montana House majority leader Michael David Lange be sentenced in prison for operating a drug trafficking ring that brought large volumes of methamphetamine into the state. (AP)



That’s how long The Western Word has been in existence. Read my column HERE.

Thanks to all my readers – you are loved!


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) just became a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. (PR)

That makes five committees in which the senator is a member – Commerce, Veterans’ Affairs, Appropriations, Banking, and Indian Affairs. All are important to Montana. The Banking committee is always good for several million dollars in campaign donations.


That’s how many Montana Highway Patrol cars were in accidents in the past month. (AP)

Let’s be careful out there…