Thursday Numbers

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them. ― Harold J. Smith

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 millionaires, unemployment, best #Montana Tweets, 116th Congress, Trump’s Cabinet meeting, Nancy Pelosi, Corey Stapleton, NFL domination, partial federal government shutdown, human composting, and much more!


A ticket sold in New York was the only Mega Millions jackpot winner on January 1, winning $425 million. Six other tickets missed the jackpot but won $1 million each. Another ticket won $4 million because they played the Megaplier option. (Mega Millions)

That’s a great way to start 2019…


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


The Great Falls Tribune has published the “Best #Montana Tweets of 2018.” Check them out by clicking HERE.

As normal, @TheWesternWord did not make the list. I guess I neeed to work on my humor.


Today (January 3, 2019) is the beginning of the 116th Congress. The Republicans control the U.S. Senate and the White House. The Democrats control the U.S. House. (Ballotpedia)

This should be interesting…


During a rambling 95-minute Cabinet meeting Wednesday, President Donald Trump criticized the strategy of American military leaders in Afghanistan, adding, “I think I would have been a good general, but who knows?” (TIME)

I think Trump would have been a lot like General George Armstrong Custer…


That’s the age of Nancy Pelosi, who most believe will be elected Speaker of the House today. (Wikipedia)

That should increase the fundraising for the Republicans…


On Wednesday 51-year-old Corey Stapleton, who is currently the Montana Secretary of State, announced he was running for governor. Lee Newspapers reported that Stapleton’s bid was first announced on Facebook, then through an email sent out by an employee at the Secretary of State’s Office, using a state email address and on Secretary of State letterhead.

That’s probably *illegal, but it seems Stapleton likes to bend the rules. Nonetheless, why even announce that way if there could be a problem.

*I am not a lawyer and I don’t even play one on TV…


The NFL dominated television viewership, claiming 46 of the top 50 telecasts during the regular season. The most-viewed game of the campaign was the Week 12 matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys on Thanksgiving, which drew 30.5 million viewers. (


The partial federal government shutdown is 13 days old today. It started on December 22. This is the third shutdown of Trump’s Presidency. (Reuters)

People will start getting pissed when they don’t get paid…


Television ratings for the NFL rose 5% from 2017 to 2018, the league announced Wednesday. (

My favorite sport to watch is football. I also played the game. The NFL does a great job marketing their product.


When Americans die, most are buried or cremated. Washington could soon become the first state to allow another option: human composting. “People from all over the state who wrote to me are very excited about the prospect of becoming a tree or having a different alternative for themselves,” said state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat, who is sponsoring a bill in Washington’s Legislature to expand the options for disposing of human remains. (NBC)

Fellow readers may not know this about me, but I was born in the Midwest when a summer storm rolled through and lightning struck a giant oak tree in my parents’ backyard. Out I walked.

So yes, becoming a tree after being composted would be cool…kind of like back to my roots!



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. In 2 years Trump has increased the debt by $2 Trillion to $22 Trillion, an increase of 10%.

    Republicans says they are the fiscally prudent party. HAH!


    • Doug – The sad thing is that nobody really cares anymore about it. Thanks, -JmB

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