Thursday Numbers

Procrastination is totally a good thing. You always have something to do tomorrow, plus you have nothing to do today. – 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 emergency relief for farmers, Mega Millions winner, unemployment, VP in Billings, Cascade County Detention Facility, Thursday Numbers, Montana State Fair, Jennifer Lopez, Club for Growth & Sen. Tester, Impeachment, and much more!


The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would provide up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by the president’s trade war. (NY Times)

Trade wars…


That’s how much ($522 million) somebody won in the Mega Millions lottery Tuesday night. The ticket for the fifth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was purchased in Ernie’s Liquors in San Jose, California. (CBS)

The cash amount is $308,000,000.


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


That’s how many people attended an event in Billings with Vice President Mike Pence who touted the Administration’s accomplishments and pushed for the election of Matt Rosendale to U.S. Senate. (AP)

Montana Republicans can’t be happy with only 400 people showing up for the VP.


The Cascade County Detention Facility (Great Falls) has a capacity of 360. On Monday the population of the facility was 530, so the Sheriff has stopped accepting misdemeanor and nonviolent offenders. (GF Tribune)

Wondering if this is because the sheriff lost his re-election bid and he’s pissed…


This is the 355th Thursday Numbers here at The Western Word.

Please, no parades…


Tomorrow (July 27) through August 4 is the 87th Montana State Fair in Great Falls. (Montana State Fair)


Jennifer Lopez turned 49 years old this week and she took a selfie. (USA Today)


A Club for Growth ad in Montana tells viewers that U.S. Senator Jon Tester told voters back in the campaign of 2006 that he was against increasing the debt limit. The ad tells viewers that twelve years later, Tester has voted to raise the national debt limit 11 times, adding trillions of dollars to the national debt.

What goes around comes around. I know Tester and his people spread a lot of lies in 2006 and the gullible Montana media believed them.


That’s how many Republicans introduced articles of impeachment to remove Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They are accusing Rosenstein of hiding investigative information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and other alleged misconduct. (Reuters)

These 11 Republicans are dumber than a box of rocks.



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Republicans don’t give a shit about deficits except to use them as a cudgel against Democrats. Reps just increased the deficit by $1.2T (and may wind up being twice that) in the recent tax cuts for the rich. Funny how deficits have to be raised to clean up the messes that Republicans create-see the financial crisis and the Iraq War we were lied into. And to maintain the country’s financial credibility and standing in the world, That’s important too because USA! USA! USA!

    What’s really cool though is watching Republicans engage in SOCIALISM to pay $12B through a Depression Era program to bribe soybean farmers with my tax dollars to keep their votes and atone for their losses from the retaliatory Tariffs that tRump inflicted on China. And don’t think that EU deal announced yesterday will amount to a hill of (soy)beans. Whatever the EU buys will come nowhere close to equaling the sales lost to China.

    Remember how pissed the Republicans were about Obama’s GM bailout? How much did that cost? I think it was about $12B.

    P.S. Enjoy the increased cost of beers, sodas, etc that come in aluminum cans. Coke just announced they are raising prices because tRump’s tariffs on aluminum will make the cans more expensive.

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