Thursday Numbers

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. – William Feather

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 unemployment, photos with Michael Flynn, NFL Draft, Fox News poll, Most Beautiful Democrats running for President, Trump’s approval rating, Jon Tester & Ronny Jackson, the American Bankers Association & Tester, and much more!


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

I don’t think I have seen the claims fall below 200k. Maybe next week…


That’s how much it will cost to attend a VIP reception and have your photo taken with Gen. Mike Flynn. Flynn will be campaigning for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing on May 6 at the Billings airport. (

This is an interesting pick to bring to Montana.


Tonight (Thursday, April 26) to Saturday, April 28 is the 2018 NFL Draft. This will be the 83rd annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players for the 2018 NFL season. It will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Wikipedia)

We’re all undefeated!


A new poll from Fox News found that a majority feel confident Special Counsel Robert Mueller is treating the White House fairly (64 percent), an even larger number think it’s likely President Trump will fire Mueller before the investigation is complete (71 percent).

If Trump does fire Mueller, there will be impeachment proceedings.


There’s a list of the “50 Most Beautiful Democrats” who might be running for President in 2020. Check it out HERE. (Washington Examiner)

Hello Governor Steve Bullock – you beautiful person!


Gallup reported that President Donald Trump’s job approval rating averaged 39.1% during his fifth quarter in office, from late January through late April. His fifth-quarter ratings are modestly improved from the prior two quarters when his job approval was under 37%. However, his quarterly job approval ratings continue to trail the averages of his predecessors in the Oval Office by more than 20 percentage points. (Gallup)

He’s kind of like the crazy uncle…


The Associated Press is reporting that Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, the committee’s top Democrat, told NPR that more than 20 current and retired military personnel had complained to the committee about the President’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson. They included claims that Jackson was “repeatedly drunk” while on travel with Obama and that on overseas trips he excessively handed out prescription drugs to help travelers sleep and wake up. Tester told CNN that Jackson was known inside the White House as “the candy man” because he would hand out prescription drugs “like candy.”

This morning the White House announced that Jackson was withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary.

I’m not sure they can find anyone to adequately run the VA. Every regional office is like a little kingdom that does things their own way. It’s a freaking mess. They need to clean house instead of just firing the top person.


The American Bankers Association said Wednesday it would weigh into midterm congressional campaigns for the first time with independent expenditure TV ads, beginning with “six-figure” buys in Montana and North Carolina. The first ads will air in Montana in support of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a co-sponsor and vocal supporter of the Senate’s banking deregulation bill, and Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., a freshman member of the House Financial Services Committee. (Roll Call)

Here comes the cavalry to the rescue…



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Why would anyone pay to have their picture taken with Flynn? If I really wanted one I could just photoshop myself into his booking picture for free,

    • Rick – I guess they want to help Downing and they get a photo with someone known nationally. -JmB

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