Thursday Numbers

Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they are behind you for a reason. ― Pravinee Hurbungs

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 the Walmart, Montana Cash lottery, unemployment, Larry Nassar, Super Bowl, Justice Department, sanctuary cities, White House personnel, Mueller investigation, Jon Tester, most educated states, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, Steve Daines, Baseball Hall of Fame, Elton John, Tammy Duckworth, and much more!

3,800,000

That is how much ($3.8 million) Walmart will give in pay increases and bonuses to 3,340 of its Montana workers as part of its plan to raise its starting hourly wage nationwide to $11. (GF Tribune)

Good for the Walmart employees!

420,000

The Montana Cash lottery jackpot is $420,000 which is a new record. The next drawing is Saturday night. (Montana Lottery)

233,000

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

175

In a sexual abuse scandal that has reverberated across the American sports scene, former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young gymnasts and other athletes. (LA Times)

Nassar is already serving 60 years for child pornography.

52

It’s great that each Super Bowl is given a Roman numeral so that once a year we can reacquaint ourselves with this numeric system! This year is Super Bowl LII, which is #52.

The Super Bowl will be played Sunday, February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The game begins at 6:30 eastern time, which is 4:30 here in God’s country. For more information, click HERE.

23

The Justice Department on Wednesday threatened to subpoena 23 jurisdictions if they don’t turn over information about their “sanctuary” policies — triggering a backlash from mayors across the country who pulled out of a White House meeting. (Fox News)

The Justice Department is spending time and money on all the wrong things.

20

Fox News reported this week that more than 20 White House personnel have voluntarily given interviews to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s actions during the 2016 election. (Fox News)

There’s a campaign from Republicans to discredit Mueller.

18

The Montana Republican Party has been sending a fundraising email telling recipients that Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s approval rating has dropped 18 points in the last quarter of 2017.

The Morning Consult poll they cite showed Tester with a 47% approve and 40% disapprove rating.

16

Montana ranks the 16th most educated state according to WalletHub, a personal finance website. Massachusetts was ranked first and Mississippi was ranked last. (WalletHub)

Montana ranked 49th for university quality. Ouch.

10

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards is planning to step down from her role as president after more than a decade at the helm, according to two sources familiar with the matter. (BuzzFeed News)

Planned Parenthood provides valuable healthcare to millions of Americans.

9

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that nine-year-old Danielle (Dani) Highley from Deer Lodge, one of the 24,000 Montana children who will benefit from the six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will be his guest at this year’s State of the Union Address. This is the longest reauthorization in the program’s history. (PR)

Some might call this a political stunt…

4

The Baseball Hall of Fame has added four members: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman. (ESPN)

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds deserve to be in the HOF.

3

Elton John announced his retirement from touring — with a world tour that’s expected to last three years and touch down in Los Angeles early next year. The tour is being called, the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. (LA Times)

I’ve seen Sir Elton John twice in concert – great show!

1

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will make history when she becomes the first sitting senator in history to give birth later this year. Duckworth is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was a helicopter pilot in the Iraq War. She was the first female double amputee from the war after suffering severe combat wounds when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down. After retiring from the Army, she was elected to Congress in 2013. (CNN)

I have always been impressed with Duckworth. Patriot.

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