The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Matt Rosendale’s financial disclosure, Jon Tester’s cosmopolitan castle, unemployment, Paul Manafort & his ostrich jacket, Steve Daines & town hall meetings, Barack Obama, USA & North Korea, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Tester & earmarks, and Miracle Treat Day!
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale’s financial disclosure forms show he has a ranch in Glendive, 200 acres in Great Falls and an additional 40 building lots in Great Falls valued at between $8 million and $32 million. He holds mortgages for between $1 million and a little over $5 million. (Lee Newspapers)
Kind of reminds me of the show, Green Acres…
U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s “Cosmopolitan Castle” in Washington, D.C., actually cost $756,000, not one million dollars as portrayed in his opponent’s campaign ad. (Lee Newspapers)
A man has got to have a place to lay his head…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, owns a $15,000 ostrich jacket. He is currently on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud. (WaPo)
“That should be what he has to wear in jail,” Jimmy Kimmel joked in his Tuesday night show. “That should be his only article of clothing. Just sitting in a cell dressed up like Big Bird, waiting for the trial to start.” (WaPo)
The Montana Post reported last week that it has been over 848 days since U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) held an in-person town hall meeting with his Montana constituents.
Maybe someone will develop a “Daines Clock” to keep track of how long he has been dodging voters…
Former U.S. President Barack Obama dipped into November’s midterm election fight for the first time on Wednesday, endorsing 81 Democrats in 14 states with a focus on young, diverse candidates and lower-level races. (Reuters)
Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the return of the remains of 55 Americans presumed dead from the Korean War was a sign of “tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Pence spoke at a ceremony at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base to mark the arrival of the remains on U.S. soil and the beginning of long process to identify them. (Fox News)
This is a good thing. I hope more remains are returned to bring closure for the families.
Rush Limbaugh has been on the air nationally for 30 years. (RushLimbaugh.com)
Limbaugh is always good for a laugh...
Today is day three of the tax evasion and bank fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The high-powered political consultant is facing 18 counts and a maximum 305-year prison sentence if the Eastern Virginia jury finds him guilty. (Roll Call)
I am betting if he is found guilty he will receive a pardon from the President.
Senate Reform Fund is running an ad in the Montana Senate race featuring candidate Jon Tester in 2006 being holier than thou about earmarks saying, “Quite frankly, I don’t support earmarks, period.”
The Senate Reform Fund says that Tester “then voted nine times to keep earmarks.”
I guess what goes around comes around...
Today is Miracle Treat Day – On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating DQ® U.S. locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. On Thursday, Aug. 2*, stop by your nearest participating location to enjoy a Blizzard Treat that not only tastes good, it does good. (miracletreatday.com)
*Miracle Treat Day in Canada will be held on Thursday, August 9.