O’ beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They’re beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie
— Bruce Hornsby/Don Henley “The End of the Innocence”
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, Rudy Giuliani, false or misleading claims, Montana’s campaign contribution limits, “Stand for the Second,” Braveheart, National Day of Prayer, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer & CNN, beer consumption, NASCAR viewership, Nobel Peace Prize, North Korea prisoners, and the Philadelphia Starbucks.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
President Donald Trump repaid his attorney Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election for her silence about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006, the president’s new lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, said Wednesday night. (NBC News)
Lord help us…
In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day. (WaPo)
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
2,700 and 180
Montana’s campaign contribution limits will stay in place for the June 5 primary elections after a federal appeals court decided against revisiting the issue. That means donors this year can give no more than $180 per election to candidates in legislative, Public Service Commission or other state races. Donors to U.S House and Senate candidates are capped at $2,700 per election under federal limits. (AP)
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Students across the U.S. participated in a school walkout Wednesday to support gun ownership. The walkout was organized by New Mexico student Will Riley. More than 200 of his classmates walked out with him. Riley said in the days before the walkout that about 300 schools planned to participate. The movement was called “Stand for the Second,” aiming to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights. Walkouts were also reported in schools in Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New York and North Carolina. (AP)
This is a good spot for a Braveheart quote:
Yes! Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!!!
Today, Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. It is the 30th annual observance since President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer, and the 67th observance since the day was first created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. (NationalDayofPrayer.org)
It never hurts to pray for our country and our leaders.
CNN has exhibited a fetish for the Stormy Daniels story, particularly for her Trump-smacking lawyer, Michael Avenatti. In less than two months (from March 7 to April 30), Avenatti has been a guest on CNN a total of 59 times – an average of more than once per day. (NewsBusters)
That’s Montana’s annual per capita consumption of gallons of beer (39.4 gallons) which makes Montana #2 in the nation for beer consumption. (USA Today)
Go Montana…you drunken bastards!
The first six [NASCAR] Cup races this year, including the Daytona 500, drew a total of 31.07 million on TV. The first six Cup races in 2016 drew 43.13 million. That is a 28 percent drop. (Forbes)
There’s a commercial what seems to be every five minutes and they change the rules often – that’s probably two reasons people stopped watching and attending races.
A group of 18 House Republicans has formally nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. (The Hill)
This should be a joke, but it’s not…
The release of three US nationals currently detained in North Korea is “imminent,” according to an official with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations. (CNN)
This is a good thing.
Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. (AP)
Good for them…