Thursday Numbers

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. – Winston Churchill

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 defense bill, AmeriCorps, unemployment, sexual abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses, U.S. Space Force poll results, Aerosmith, Congressional approval ratings, Twitter & Alex Jones, July was hot, and inmates on the fire lines.


President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a $717 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes a wave of significant military increases, including servicemembers’ biggest pay boost in nearly a decade, higher troop levels and new equipment and weapons for the upcoming fiscal year. (

There’s something for everyone in this bill – even the authorization of a November military parade in Washington.


Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana has received $688,526 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund three AmeriCorps state programs.(MT Gov Press Release)

AmeriCorps is a great program.


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


That’s how many priests, clergy, and lay teachers have credible allegations against them in a long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses. (CBS Pittsburgh)

Sick bastards…


In a recent poll here at The Western Word, readers were asked, “Do you agree with the Trump Administration’s plan to create the U.S. Space Force?”

The results are in and 77% said “No” and 18% said “Yes,” and 5% were undecided.


Legendary rockers Aerosmith announced they will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency. The “Deuces Are Wild” show will kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater at MGM Grand. Aerosmith announced a total of 18 shows during the months of April, June, and July. (CBS News)

50 years. Wow.


Americans’ approval of the job the U.S. Congress is doing remains mired at 17% in August. Congressional approval has been relatively stable since January, fluctuating between 15% and 20% during that time. (Gallup)

What can we say – they suck at their jobs…


Twitter Inc has banned U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from tweeting for seven days, saying one of his tweets violated its rules against abusive behavior. (Reuters)

I’m not too worried about what Alex Jones Tweets; it’s what his followers believe that bothers me…


July 2018 was the planet’s third-warmest such month since reliable measurements began in 1880, with a global average surface temperature of 1.4°F warmer than the 20th century average — this means the top 3 warmest Julys have occurred in 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively. (Axios)


Inmates part of a volunteer firefighting program run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), are being paid $2 a day, and $1 an hour when fighting an active fire. They also earn time off their sentences. (CNBC)

Hey Montana…



4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Remember those annual joint exercises with SoKor that tRump canx because he didn’t want to upset NoKor saying they were too expensive at $14million? The price for his lame-ass parade, inspired by one he attended in Paris, was estimated at $12million. Now the estimate is $92million. All of the de-nuke deal with NoKor is a big nothingburger and parade is just a sop to his thin-skinned ego..

    The NDAA was named for Sen. John McCain. tRump made sure to continue insulting a former POW by omitting his name from the signing ceremony. He also called our troops unpatriotic for accepting the pay increase. Some of them will continue to be eligible for Food Stamps.


    • Doug – like I said, there is something for everyone in the bill. Thanks, -JmB

  2. I wonder where President Trump is getting all the money for military increases and corporate tax cuts. Maybe he’s taking a page from Manafort’s playbook.

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