Thursday Numbers

You have to be odd to be number one. – Dr. Seuss

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 and humor.

This week’s topics include the Farm Bill, border wall funding, Stormy Daniels, unemployment, Arrowhead Stadium, world’s oldest skydiver, special counsel’s approval, Trump’s job approval, bowl games, Michael Cohen, and much more!

867,000,000,000

Congress has approved an $867 billion 10-year Farm Bill. It now awaits the President’s signature. (Reuters)

Everybody gets a new tractor or combine…

Just kidding. It’s nice to see them pass this bill – very important for our nation’s farmers and ranchers. Is it perfect? No.

5,000,000,000

President Donald Trump wants $5 billion for the southern border wall. Trump has said several times that Mexico will pay the wall. (The Hill)

Faithful readers – I need a favor! Send me $500 – Mexico will pay you back…

292,052.33

That’s how much Stormy Daniels has been ordered by a judge to pay President Donald Trump in legal fees. Trump wanted $800,000. This was in regard to a defamation case brought forth by Daniels. (Fox News)

Daniels’ attorney says they will appeal the decision.

206,000

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

142.2

That’s the Guinness World Record noise record (142.2 decibels) for outdoor stadiums and is held by Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. It was set on September 29, 2014, during a Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots. (USA Today)

The Chiefs (11-2) will need their fans to get loud tonight when they host the Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) on Thursday Night Football. Go Chiefs!

102

A 102-year-old great-grandmother, Irene O’Shea, is believed to have become the world’s oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) through the South Australian sky. (France24.com)

In the skydiving photo, it looks like she is wearing a sweater. I am not judging…

56

That’s the percentage (56%) of people in a new Fox News poll who approve of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.

The indictments and guilty pleas are stacking up…

46

That is President Donald Trump’s job approval rating (46%) according to a recent poll from Fox News. His lowest approval rating during his first two years was from October 2017 when he had 38%. His highest approval rating during his first two years was from February 2017 when he had 48%. (Fox News)

It’s amazing he has not hit 50% approval…

40

There are 40 College Football Bowl games this season – and they start on Saturday! (Forbes)

Hey, sports fans – time for new batteries for the remote, or instead maybe you should just get that new larger television! Go for it…

3

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s once-devoted lawyer and all-around fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after telling a federal judge that his “blind loyalty” to his boss led him to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds.” The judge also ordered Cohen to pay $1.39 million in restitution to the IRS, forfeit $500,000 and pay $100,000 in fines. He was ordered to report to prison March 6. (AP)

The AP added this tidbit – Cohen is the first and, so far, only member of Trump’s circle during two years of investigations to go into open court and implicate the president in a crime, though whether a president can be prosecuted under the Constitution is an open question.

 

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