Thursday Numbers

People who can’t communicate think everything is an argument. – Unknown

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 Trump’s taxes, unemployment, illegal immigrants, KC Royals’ Ned Yost, Piranha – It’s What’s for Dinner, Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, White House Press credentials, Denver & magic mushrooms, and much more!


A New York Times investigation revealed that Donald Trump lost $1.17 billion between 1985 and 1994, an amount calculated from 10 years of his tax information obtained by The Times. (NY Times)

I guess being in the red, like our Federal government, is normal for “The Donald.”


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


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already released 168,000 illegal immigrant family members into the U.S. this fiscal year, and the number is likely to surge as the border situation deteriorates, a top deportation official told Congress on Wednesday. (Washington Times)

We do need a better system. We need Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve this problem.


More than 1,000 guns were found Wednesday in a home in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood Holmby Hills. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and LA Police Department officers served a search warrant in an investigation of someone suspected of manufacturing and selling illegal firearms. (CNN)

I’m sure a few Montanans have more guns than that…


Ned Yost reached 700 wins as the skipper for the Kansas City Royals with Tuesday night’s 12-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (

Overall with the Royals, Yost has 700 wins and 760 losses. If you combine his total career as a manager, Yost is 1157/1262 for a winning percentage of .478. Out of 16 years as a manager, Yost has had five winning seasons. Yost did guide the Royals to the World Series twice, winning it in 2015. (

It’s time for the Royals and Yost to part ways. He will always be liked by KC fans for getting the Royals to the World Series.


Virgilio Martinez, chef-owner of Central restaurant in Peru says he was stopped as he brought 40 frozen, vacuum-sealed piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport. He planned on using them during the LA food festival. (AP)

Piranha – It’s What’s for Dinner…


This Saturday (May 11) is 27th Annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. (NALC.Org)

This is a great program – please donate!


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes that for the past 21 years, he has had the high privilege of holding a White House press pass, a magical ticket that gives the bearer a front-row seat to history. But no more. The White House eliminated most briefings and severely restricted access to official events. And this week came the coup de grace: After covering four presidents, Milbank received an email informing him that Trump’s press office had revoked his White House credential. (WaPo)

In his column, Milbank said, “…there’s something wrong with a president having the power to decide which journalists can cover him.”

Amen to that.


Voters narrowly made Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms.” (AP)

Hello Denver!



2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I don’t know that citing the ultra-conservative Moonie Times is your best bet since it’s run by the family of the Sun Myung Moon religious cult. If ICE has released these people then they aren’t here illegally. Rather, they are lawful applicants for asylum under International law who have been released under their own recognizance for a hearing on their application at a later date.

    “Immigration restrictionists have often repeated a bold and erroneous claim: that there is a serious problem of asylum seekers who come to the U.S. border and disappear once released from detention. But both fact-checkers and independent studies show this is not true. In reality, the vast majority of asylum seekers diligently attend all of their immigration court hearings.

    Given that studies consistently show a high appearance rate for asylum seekers, why do some people keep getting this wrong? Boiled down to its simplest answer: the only government measurement on failures to appear in court has been unreliable for years.”

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