Thursday Numbers

Today, I saw that my ironing board cover was wrinkled. I laughed at the irony. Then I laughed again because irony has the word iron in it. – (Someecards)

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include United Teachers Los Angeles, unemployment, Iowa Republican Steve King, job approval rating differences, The Western Word AFC/NFC Championship polls, the border wall poll, most valuable toys from your childhood, Bob Costas, James Harden, Netflix, and much more.


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


That’s how many members of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) are out on strike in Los Angeles. The union includes not only teachers, but also nurses, counselors, and librarians. About 400 substitutes and 2,000 credentialed district staff will be spread out to fill in for these teachers. (LA Times)

Best of luck to United Teachers.


The U.S. House voted 424-1 to approve a resolution expressing its disapproval of white nationalism. The vote comes after recent comments on the subject made to the New York Times by Iowa Republican Steve King. The lone “no” vote was from Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush, who said the resolution didn’t go far enough. Mr. King was among the “yes” votes, saying he agreed with the language in the resolution. (CSPAN)

It was nice to see the U.S. House of Representatives agree so strongly about something…


The average 79-percentage-point difference between Republicans’ and Democrats’ job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his second year in office is the largest Gallup has measured in any presidential year to date. The prior record of 77 points was recorded in President Barack Obama’s eighth year in office. (Gallup)

The country seems to be more polarized than ever…


In The Western Word AFC Championship poll, currently, 66% of the readers think the Chiefs will beat the Patriots. The poll will be open until Friday morning.

Go Chiefs!


A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the majority of Americans (58%) continue to oppose substantially expanding the border wall, while 40% favor the proposal. (Pew)

Both sides are dug in on this issue. The moderates from both parties need to come to the rescue and pass a bill and override a veto if they need to.


In The Western Word NFC Championship poll, currently, 56% of the readers think the Saints will beat the Rams. The poll will be open until Friday morning.


Click HERE to see the 40 most valuable toys from your childhood.

By the way, Barbie and I are the same age, but apparently, vintage Barbie is worth more…


Bob Costas has left NBC Sports after 40 years. Costas, 66, started with NBC in 1979. (AP)

I love listening to Costas announce baseball games and he will still be doing that with the MLB Network. His baseball knowledge is second to none.


Houston Rockets guard James Harden has scored at least 30 points in 18 straight games and has reached 40 in nine of the last 12. (AP)

Back in my day, we would call Harden a ball hog.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are in fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings.


CNN Business is reporting that Netflix is raising prices in the United States as the streaming service invests heavily in new programs. All three of the company’s plans will increase in price by $1-$2. The standard $11 plan, for example, will increase to $13 per month. The price hikes will be applied to all existing members over the next few months. New members will be charged the new price immediately. Its $8 plan will go up to $9 and its $14 plan will go up to $16 a month. (CNN Business)

It’s still a great bargain…



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