Thursday Numbers

It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. – Hans F. Hansen

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 NFL divisional playoff viewers, unemployment, Dow Jones, Apple Inc., fake, Dreamers, Medicaid & working, Trump & racism, net neutrality, the White House intern, 2017 Fake News Awards, National Park Service advisory board, Jon Tester & townhall meetings, and much more!


The Minnesota Vikings’ 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints had an estimated audience of 35.645 million viewers with a 19.3 rating and a 35 share, according to estimates released by Fox Sports on Monday. While viewership set new highs for this season/postseason, the broadcast was off about 27% matched against the comparable game a year ago. (USA Today)

This game was an instant classic…


The Jacksonville Jaguars stunning upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers also saw a big drop with 31 million viewers, but that number also comes with a footnote: Last year’s comparable Sunday game between the Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, which brought in 37 million viewers, was rescheduled due to bad weather to a Sunday night, an arguably more attractive start time for viewership. (

The Jaguars are surprising a lot of people…


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


The Dow closed above 26,000 for the first time Wednesday, continuing an early-year stock surge that has pushed the U.S. market to fresh records. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 322.79 points, or 1.3%, to a record 26,115.65. It closed above 26,000 for the first time in its 121 year history. (USA Today)


Apple Inc. told employees Wednesday that it’s issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law, according to people familiar with the matter. (Bloomberg)

Everybody gets stock!


Between January 20, 2017, and January 17, 2018, President Donald Trump has used the word “fake” at least 404 times in tweets and public appearances, sometimes more than once in the same sentence. (CNN)

I figured it was more than 404…


Undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, so-called “Dreamers,” should be allowed to remain in the U.S. and apply for citizenship, 79 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Another 7 percent say Dreamers should be allowed to stay but not apply for citizenship, and 11 percent say Dreamers should be required to leave the U.S. (Quinnipiac)

I agree with the 79%…


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of American Adults think that childless, able-bodied adults in their state should be required to work as a condition for receiving Medicaid. Just 22% disagree, while 14% are not sure. (Rasmussen)

I have no problem with this requirement.


New poll results from found that 44% said they believe President Donald Trump is a racist. (RollCall)

I think the 44% are correct.


Reuters reported that a group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

I was sure the Montana Attorney General, Tim Fox, was not one of those who filed a suit because he would have knocked people down to get in front of a camera to get some publicity about it.

Those states that filed suit are New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

We need net neutrality.


Wednesday marked 20 years that the Drudge Report learned about Newsweek killing a story about a White House intern carrying on a sexual affair with the President of the United States. Drudge posted the “blockbuster report” on the Drudge Report and the rest is history. (Drudge Report)

The beginning…


President Donald Trump released his 2017 Fake News Awards with 11 winners. You can see the list HERE.

Trump is treating the Presidency like a reality show…


Nine of the 12 members of the National Park Service advisory board resigned in protest this week, saying Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ignored pleas for a meeting and has “set aside” protection of the nation’s natural treasures. (USA Today)

I guess there will be openings…


U.S. Senator Jon Tester held his third “in-person” “face-to-face” townhall meeting in 2018 in Great Falls this week. (PR)

I am still wondering when U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte will hold a face-to-face townhall meeting with their constituents…