Thursday Numbers

These times are so uncertain
There’s a yearning undefined
People filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
– “The Heart of the Matter” by Mike Campbell/Don Henley/John David Souther

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, the Cascade County (MT) courthouse, Michael Cohen, unemployment, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & Boy Scouts, Jane Fonda, Donald Trump’s job approval rating, Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, North Korea, and much more!


That’s the current Powerball Lottery jackpot. (

The next drawing is Saturday.


The Cascade County (MT) courthouse has a new copper roof valued at $4.3 million. (MTN)

It looks so shiny…


An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was paid $500,000 by a company with ties to a Russian oligarch who was hit last month with U.S. sanctions to punish Moscow for activities that included suspected meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. (Reuters)

The Cohen story is getting interesting…


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

That’s the same as last week…


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America, ending a century-old tradition deeply ingrained in the religious life of Mormon boys. (WaPo)

I wonder what they will do with all their spare time now…


Jane Fonda is 80 years old and in a recent interview said she is done dating. She put it this way, “I’m not dating anymore, but I did up until a couple of years ago,” Fonda said. “I’m 80. I’ve closed up shop down there.” (Yahoo)

Well alrighty then…


Gallup reported this week that Donald Trump’s job approval rating has been 42% in each of Gallup’s two most recent updates. While still on the low side compared with presidential ratings historically, it is an improvement from his 39% average thus far in 2018 and is his best weekly average since May 2017. (Gallup)

Things are looking up for President Trump…


This Saturday, May 12, marks the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving – the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. (GF Tribune)

Please give – for more details click HERE.


North Korea released three American prisoners and handed them over to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, clearing a major obstacle to an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Reuters)

This is a win for the Trump Administration. I heard a rumor that the President offered to give the whole state of California to North Korea for the three prisoners…


4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 3 I can’t wait for Barack and Hillary to comment about the 3AM arrival when they wake up…as far as California goes…it could have been the Rocketman and Moonbeam show!

    • Barry: Some in the media are calling it a staged or made for TV moment. I think it’s a win for Trump and will continue to think that until I find out otherwise. Thanks, JmB

    • When it was time to wake up tRump they just waved a McDonald’s cheeseburger by his nose.

      • Doug – a double quarter pounder with cheese wakes me up! -JmB

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