Thursday Numbers

If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer. – Yogi Berra

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 Michigan State University, Powerball Lottery, unemployment, Trump’s ethics disclosures, Michael Avenatti & interviews, Indianapolis 500, satisfaction, “Top Gun,” Armed Forces Day, Billings’ bad boys, Special Counsel, the NBA Draft lottery, and much more!


Michigan State University has agreed in principle to pay $500 million to settle claims by hundreds of women and girls who say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar abused them. (NPR)

I see an increase in tuition on the horizon…


That’s the current Powerball Lottery jackpot! (

The next drawing is Saturday…


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

That’s an increase from last week…

100,001 and 250,000

President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that he repaid his attorney Michael Cohen for a payment of at least$100,001 made to a “third party” in 2016, according to ethics disclosures signed by the president that were released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday. The payment made by Cohen was between $100,001 and $250,000 and there was no interest incurred, the report said. (Reuters)

Just imagine how much fun we would have if Trump released his tax returns…


In the past ten weeks, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, has been interviewed a staggering 147 times on broadcast and cable news shows. (Newsbusters)

Avenatti has become a thorn in the side of Trump…


The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018. (

Go Danica…


Thirty-seven percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country today, up from 29% in April. Gallup has not measured a higher level of satisfaction since a 39% reading in late September 2005, although 37% were also satisfied right before the November 2016 election, and 36% were satisfied in February 2018 after the State of the Union address. (Gallup)

Is this a great country or what?


On May 16, 1986, (32 years ago) the movie “Top Gun” was released. (Wikipedia)

The sequel is due to be released in July 2019.


Armed Forces Day is this Saturday, May 19. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’ armed forces. (

Thanks to all those who are serving!


The names of three Billings police officers who were disciplined earlier this year for having sex while on duty, or on city property, were released Tuesday. The names of the officers are Paul LaMantia, Matthew Edwards, and Clint Anglin. LaMantia has resigned from the police force. (Billings Gazette)

Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
When they come for you?


Today (May 17, 2018) marks one year since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller took over an investigation that was first opened by since-fired FBI Director James Comey in July 2016, during the campaign. (CNN)

According to CNN, 22 people and companies have been charged. There have been 75 criminal charges brought forth so far, with 5 guilty pleas, and 1 person has been sentenced.


The Phoenix Suns’ most important victory of the year came Tuesday, as the franchise won the first pick in the 2018 NBA draft lottery. The Sacramento Kings will select second, and the Atlanta Hawks will go third. (ESPN)



6 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 850,000
    “China, the world’s biggest soybean importer, almost tripled purchases from Russia amid a trade dispute with the U.S., the biggest producer.

    Russia sold about 850,000 metric tons of soybeans to China from the start of the 12-month season in July through mid-May, according to Russia’s agriculture agency Rosselkhoznadzor. That’s more than during any season before and compares with about 340,000 tons sold during all of the previous period, Chinese customs data show.

    China has already canceled several shipments from the U.S. in anticipation of tariffs on the country’s products. While Brazil is expected to take much of that market share, Russia is also benefiting.”

    Who will all those soybean farmers in the mid-west vote for now?

    So much winning.

    • Doug – Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see if the folks stick with Trump over this. – JmB

  2. $8,000,000: that is the amount of money that was mysteriously given to lawyer Michael Avenatti to defend the Porn Star.

    • Barry – Interesting, thanks. Seems like the person is getting their money’s worth. -JmB

    • I read the article in the Conservative Tribune on this and even that acknowledges that we don’t know the details involved. Your comment is a bit of a stretch at this point Barry.

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