True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. – Kurt Vonnegut
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 Lottery, a fence, unemployment, HUD furniture, for judicial economy, armed teachers poll, is Trump a racist poll, 2018 elections, satisfaction with the government, Hope Hicks, AR-15 and church, Tester & Trump, the dentist, and much more!
That’s the jackpot for the next Powerball Lottery drawing on Saturday night. (Powerball)
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. government has awarded a Montana-based company (Barnard Construction Co. Inc.) a contract worth more than $73 million to design and build replacement fencing along 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico.
Fencing? You can’t Make America Great Again with fencing…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
An employee with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wrote in a complaint that “$5000 will not even buy a decent chair” for incoming Secretary Ben Carson.
The Washington Post reported that Helen Foster, then HUD’s chief administration officer, wrote in her complaint that shortly before President Trump’s inauguration, Acting Secretary Craig Clemmensen told her that Carson’s wife, Candy, wanted Carson’s office upgraded. Foster told him the department could not spend more than $5,000 on decorating the office without congressional approval, Foster wrote in her complaint. Clemmensen reportedly responded saying, “$5000 will not even buy a decent chair.”
I have a decent chair I will sell to Ben Carson for a few hundred dollars – it’s my blogger’s chair – from it I write stories that change the world!
The Great Falls Tribune reported that about two months after he was convicted of rape, Juan “J.R.” Rodriguez is charged with violating another woman’s restraining order against him 95 times. Prosecutors allege Rodriguez actually violated the restraining order 1,024 times in just more than a month. He was charged with just 95 counts for “judicial economy.”
I wonder if “judicial economy” is a code word for laziness on behalf of the judge and prosecution.
This is the 335th Thursday Numbers column! How cool is that?
Thanks for reading!
In a poll from The Western Word that asked, “Do you think we should allow qualified and trained teachers to be armed in our public schools,” 75% said “No.”
Thanks for taking part in the poll.
A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 57% said they think President Donald J. Trump is racist. (AP)
I think he is…
Two Democrats won state legislative contests on Tuesday night, flipping the seats from Republican hands and marking the 38th and 39th legislative flips since President Trump’s inauguration. Democrats have now also flipped six this year alone. (Daily Beast)
Watch out 2018…
38 & 34
Gallup Polling reports that more than one year into Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans’ satisfaction with their national government shows no signs of improving. About a third of U.S. adults (34%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with the size and power of the federal government, down six percentage points from 2017 but on par with most readings since 2011. Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with “our system of government and how well it works,” essentially unchanged from 2017 and much lower than it was between 2001 and 2008.
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks resigned Wednesday. CBS News reports that Hicks is roughly the 18th official to depart the Trump Administration. (CBS)
That is a few more than have been indicted…
Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes. The church, which has a worldwide following, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons. (AP)
There’s a church for everyone…
President Donald Trump signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s 13th bill into law. This one will result in improved phone service across rural Montana. (Press Release)
It will be hard for his opponents to say he has not worked with the Trump Administration.
A new study finds that six in 10 American adults are too scared to visit the dentist. (Study Finds)
I am not too scared to visit the dentist; it’s just the enormous bill I have to pay afterward that scares me.