Thursday Numbers

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find. ― Auliq Ice

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 Academy Awards, Dallas Cowboys, unemployment, TWW Senate & House poll results, Lucky Every Day Cash, NCAA men’s Tournament Selection Show, senior officials leaving the White House, turnover rate among White House senior staff, Houston Rockets, Trails, Tales, and Journeys, and much more!


ABC News reported that television viewers could barely stifle a yawn for Hollywood’s biggest night, with the Academy Awards plunging to a record-low viewership of 26.5 million people. The Nielsen company said that’s a 20 percent drop from the 33 million who watched the 2017 show, which was also hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. (ABC News)

I watched the last 30 minutes or so. It was pretty boring.


Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones has reimbursed the NFL for more than $2 million in legal fees, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

How ‘bout those Cowboys?


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


The Montana Lottery is bringing back their Lucky Every Day Cash Giveaway! Every day between March 5 and March 16, they will be conducting special Player’s Club drawings exclusively for Lucky for Life players and giving away $1,000 every weekday to one lucky player. On March 16 – the day before the luckiest day of all – they are drawing two additional $5,000 prizes and one $10,000 grand prize! (MT Lottery)


CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced on Tuesday a format tweak for the NCAA men’s Tournament Selection Show which will air Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. ET, on TBS. The show will be broadcast with a live studio audience, and every team in the field — all 68 — will be revealed within the first 10 minutes of the start of the show. (CBS Sports)

I think I like the old way better…


A poll here at The Western Word asked, “Who will win the Montana At-Large U.S. House primary for the Democrats?” The candidates are John Heenan, Grant Kier, Lynda Moss, Jared Pettinato, and Kathleen Williams. (TWW)

The final results (rounded up):

Heenan – 43%
Kier – 33%
Pettinato – 14%
Moss – 9%
Williams – 2%

Thanks to all those who participated.


A poll here at The Western Word asked, “Who will win the Montana U.S. Senate primary for the Republicans?” The candidates are Troy Downing, Russ Fagg, Albert Olszewski, and Matt Rosendale. (TWW)

The final results (rounded up):

Olszewski – 41%
Downing – 31%
Fagg – 17%
Rosendale – 12%

Thanks to all those who participated.


CNN is reporting that 35 senior officials have left the Trump White House so far. CNN also notes that the list would be an even longer if it included people like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Preet Bharara — all holdovers from a past administration who have left or been fired by Trump.) (CNN)

Abandon ship…abandon ship!


The turnover rate among White House senior staff under President Donald Trump was 34 percent in 2017, versus first-year turnover rates of 9 percent under former President Barack Obama, 6 percent under President George W. Bush and 11 percent under President Bill Clinton, according to Cowen & Co analyst Chris Krueger. (Reuters)

This entry was for Trump supporters who want comparisons…


That’s how many games the NBA’s Houston Rockets have won in a row. This is the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. (ESPN)

I think the Warriors can beat them…


It was six years ago that I published my first book. “Trails, Tales, and Journeys” (Kindle Edition). You can still purchase this book and my other books by visiting my Author Page HERE.

Thanks for your support!


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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. What was the number of ‘votes’ cast in your two most recent polls? I think that’s important information to include when posting poll results.

    I think it’s important to remember that polls like these have a low level of reliability because there is no participation methodology and thus its participants are self-selected. This makes it easy to send out a mass e-mail or tweet to supporters of candidates to deluge a poll to favor their candidate.

    Since Olszewski is from my neck of the woods. I’ll just mention that the Flathead’s favorite son (more like geezer) is a fringe crack-pot teabagger type and an unremitting vagina meddler.

    There’s not a one of the rightwingnuts that truly believes in personal freedom if you’re a woman, LGBT or a person of color.

    Have you heard the Iowa PAC’s latest ad supporting the Maryland millionaire? It’s a laughable and histrionic warning about political correctness complete with a woman with a posh Biritish voice intoning “significant, long-term lasting damage” with absolutely no context as to what she was really talking about or who she was. She could have just as easily been speaking about anthropogenic climate change or the lack of an assault weapons ban.

    • ANON: Thanks for your comments. I use percentages for my polls publicly, but will say there were several hundred votes in both the senate and house polls. As for the “low level of reliability,” I agree. It’s which candidate can encourage and motivate their supporters to vote. The poll also uses cookies so to vote more than once, they would have to work for it. It was fun the watch the views stack up as one candidate would take the lead and then a few hours later another candidate would mount an offensive and take the lead. Do I think the winner will win in June? I don’t know.

      I have not seen Iowa PAC’s latest ad supporting the Maryland millionaire.

      Thanks for your comments and come back and visit again.


      • Dang it. Forgot to re-enter my name before commenting after doing my periodic cache clean-up.

        Rosendale ad is only on radio, afaik. Runs during business hours on KZMN, which is available online.

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