Thursday Numbers

I love sarcasm. It’s like punching people in the face with words. – Unknown

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 Mega Millions jackpot, the Davidson family, unemployment, Turnberry golf resort, Troy Downing, Kilauea volcano, Supreme Court, NFL Training camps, Trump & Russia, Kansas City Royals & Boston Red Sox, Congressional Pig Book, Blockbuster video, and much more!


That’s the jackpot ($422 million) for the Mega Millions drawing this Friday night. (



The Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees approved naming the Great Falls High School auditorium “The Davidson Family Auditorium at Great Falls High School” after Ian and Nancy Davidson announced they would donate up to $1.8 million to the auditorium’s renovation. (KRTV)

Ian and Nancy Davidson are nice people. Thank you.


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


That’s how much it cost taxpayers to house the President and his staff at Trump’s Scottish Turnberry golf resort last weekend. (


That’s the fine former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing will pay after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor hunting violations as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Sounds like a pretty good deal.


Lava from the Kilauea volcano has added nearly 700 acres to Hawaii’s Big Island (CBS)

Hot property for sale…


A majority of Americans, 53%, approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing, the highest rating since 2009 and a slight improvement from September’s 49%. (Gallup)

Maybe they have a high approval rating because they are not on TV every night trying to spin lies and get reelected.


The NFL Training camps are beginning for all 32 NFL teams this month (July 11-27).

Check out your team’s report date HERE.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 27% of Likely U.S. Voters say the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia are their biggest concern among the problems facing the nation, up from 22% in October but in line with how voters felt a year ago. (Rasmussen)

The recent actions of the President toward Russia should worry us even more.


At the All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals are 27-68, which is the worst record in Major League Baseball. The Boston Red Sox have the best record at 68-30. (ESPN)


Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2018 Congressional Pig Book, the 26th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending. (

I remember when members of Congress felt that being included in this book was an honor and that it showed they had clout and that they brought home the bacon.

The national debt today is over $21.2 trillion. Two years before the first “Pig Book” (1990) the national debt was about $3.1 trillion. So is the “Pig Book” helping much?


That’s how many Blockbuster video stores are left in the United States. The last one is in Bend, Oregon. Blockbuster was once the largest video rental chain in the U.S., with close to 9,000 stores worldwide. At one point, it’s estimated a new store opened every 17 hours. (CBS)

At its peak in 2004, Blockbuster employed 84,300 people worldwide, including about 58,500 in the United States and about 25,800 in other countries, and had 9,094 stores in total, with more than 4,500 of these in the US. (Wiki)