Thursday Numbers

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. – Billy Graham

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 Powerball jackpot, unemployment, Billings Police Department, Billy Graham, assault weapons, gun laws, Trump’s job performance, Mike Patrick, U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team, Montana candidate filing, Greg Gianforte, and much more!

269,000,000

That’s the jackpot for the next Powerball lottery. (Powerball.com)

Somebody will win the jackpot…

222,000

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

138

A Billings Police Department evidence technician has been fired after drug evidence went missing from the department’s evidence storage, affecting numerous criminal cases. An initial audit determined drugs were missing from 138 cases involving 134 suspects or defendants. (AP)

Maybe they should have some checks and verifications in the evidence room.

99

U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99. (Reuters)

Well done, good and faithful servant!

67

A new independent Quinnipiac University National Poll found American voters by 67 – 29 percent favor a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

I don’t need an assault weapon. Neither do you.

66

A new independent Quinnipiac University National Poll found American voters support stricter gun laws 66 – 31 percent, the highest level of support ever measured by the poll with 50 – 44 percent support among gun owners and 62 – 35 percent support from white voters with no college degree and 58 – 38 percent support among white men.

We have to make sure the laws already on the books are enforced. Too many clues were missed in recent shootings and information was not passed on.

58

Over 58 years, the Rev. Billy Graham preached at 417 crusades in 185 countries and territories worldwide, reaching 84 million people face to face and a total of 215 million by satellite feeds. (Citizen-Times)

You can see the impressive list HERE

48

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. (Rasmussen)

Several other polls are not that good for the President…

35

ESPN announced Wednesday that longtime play-by-play broadcaster Mike Patrick has called his last game for the network, ending a career that spanned 35 years and multiple college and professional sports. (USA Today)

Patrick is a good one. ESPN is losing a lot of good people.

20

Congrats to the U.S. Women’s Olympic hockey team for beating Canada last night 3-2 and winning its first gold medal in 20 years. It took a shootout in overtime to win it. (Yahoo Sports)

It was a very exciting game.

12

This is a friendly reminder that the close of candidate filing for 2018 Primary Election here in Montana is on March 12 at 5:00 p.m. (MT SOS)

Thanks to all those who are running!

5

U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte sent a fundraising email saying, “I’ve got five liberal Democrats challenging me for re-election and the mainstream media chattering about a ‘Blue Wave’ of Democrat victory this year.”

It was looking bad for Republicans in the midterms, now it’s looking better.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Graham wasn’t all that great. He was homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic and he normalized large-scale pious grifting for personal gain.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/6-awful-details-omitted-billy-grahams-fawning-obituaries/

    • Doug – I’m sure there are a lot of anti-Christians out there like the author of that cheap cheap story, Martin Cizmar, who dislike people like Graham. Sure Graham was not perfect and many non-Christians don’t understand that part of Christianity.

      As for me, Graham brings back memories of me as a child sitting in the living room with my family watching a Billy Graham crusade on a black and white TV.

      Nobody will fill his shoes because many of the televangelists are in it for the wrong reasons. Graham’s son, Franklin, does not rank high in my book. He has too much hate in his heart. That’s something I don’t think his dad ever had.

      Thanks for your comments.

      -JmB


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