Thursday Numbers

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. – Paul Bryant

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 Jared & Ivanka, a Capitol Hill home, unemployment, California, Donald Trump, Jr., George H.W. Bush, Matt Rosendale realtor, abortion, Trump & North Korea, the media & the Trump Administration, REO Speedwagon, Flag Day, Jon Tester dirt farmer, and much more.


Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $82 million last year from investments and business concerns outside of their jobs as unpaid senior advisers to the president, according to financial disclosures released by the White House. (NPR)

I hope they have enough to maintain their lifestyles since they are working for free…


That’s how much U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s home in Washington, D.C. is valued according to National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). (

Of course, the NRSC wants to defeat Tester.

I’m not sure if Montana’s other senator, Steve Daines, or Congressman, Greg Gianforte, own homes in the D.C. area. A few years ago, former Senator Max Baucus was selling his “Capitol Hill home for a cool $1.2 million.” (WaPo)


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

That’s a decrease from last week.


California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year — as a controversial plan to split the Golden State into three new jurisdictions qualified Tuesday for the Nov. 6 ballot. (LA Times)

Do we really care?


That’s the cost ($100) of a VIP ticket for the Montana Republican Party Platform Convention which features Donald Trump, Jr., as the keynote speaker. (MTGOP)

The event is June 22 in Billings.


George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday, as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. In case you were wondering, Jimmy Carter is 93. Carter’s birthday is October 1. (Time)

George H.W. Bush is a patriot.


On the Republican Matt Rosendale for Montana campaign page, readers will find that Matt was instrumental in taking a five agent, one office real estate firm and growing it into a four office, 65 agent organization. He was a broker and owner. (

He does not mention it, but this was probably in Maryland. I’m sure researchers are contacting those 65 agents to find out more about Rosendale’s management style…


Gallup Polling recently reported that six in 10 U.S. adults think abortion should generally be legal in the first three months of pregnancy. However, support drops by about half, to 28%, for abortions conducted in the second three months, and by half again, to 13%, in the final three months. (Gallup)

I think everyone wants fewer abortions, but they are legal.


A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that President Donald Trump received a 51 percent approval rating for his handling of North Korea and also led the list of leaders who should take the most credit for the summit and the joint pledge. (Reuters)

It will be interesting to see how this works out. I hope it does.


Public Policy Polling found that the Trump administration continues to lose its never ending fight with the media. Recently Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed she has more credibility than the media but the public disagrees, saying by a 48/35 spread that the media has more credibility than she does. Voters say they trust CNN more than him 53/38, that they trust NBC, ABC, and CBS each more than him 53/39, that they trust the New York Times more than him 52/38, and that they trust the Washington Post more than him 51/38. (PPP)

I trust the media more than the Trump administration…


This month in 1976, R.E.O. was released and included the single, “Keep Pushin’.” This album marked the return of Kevin Cronin to the band after a 4-year hiatus.

The greatest rock band of all time…


Today is June 14, Flag Day! On August 3, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. (

My flag is flying proudly today.


On the Jon Tester’s campaign page, readers will find that Jon Tester is a third-generation Montana dirt farmer who brings his Montana values with him to the U.S. Senate. (

By the way, there are some interesting definitions of “dirt farmer” on the internet…



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. $100 gets ya VIP status at a Dotard Jr. event in Montana!?! The MTGOP must be desperate for attendees.

    • Doug -I imagine they will make a lot of money off Junior’s visit. -JmB

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