Thursday Numbers

I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes. She hugged me. -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 Great Falls parking meter rates, Trump’s three-minute meeting, John Walker Lindh, border wall completed, top movies, same-sex marriage, troops to the Middle East, unemployment, Trump’s golf outings, Mega Millions, Powerball, and much more!


That’s the Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing.(Mega Millions)

I might do some advertising if I win…


That’s the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing. (Powerball)


That’s how much ($102 million) it has cost taxpayers in extra travel and security expenses for President Donald Trump to play golf. (Huff Post)

I remember when Trump said he would not be playing golf if he was elected – which was just another lie.


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


The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. (AP)

Here’s an idea – let’s bring home the troops we have dedicated to other wars before we start a fight with Iran…


A majority of Americans (63%) continue to say same-sex marriage should be legal, on par with the 64% to 67% Gallup has recorded since 2017. (Gallup)

Times…they are a changing…


Click HERE to see the 26 movies that brought in the most domestic revenue in film history. This ranking, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, has been adjusted for inflation.

Wow, I’ve seen most of them!


The Trump administration has completed just 20 miles of border wall construction after 28 months in office, according to a report from a Homeland Security Department agency. (Daily Mail)

The Homeland Security Department report says that since January 2017, approximately 255 miles of new and updated border barriers have been funded through the traditional appropriations process and via Treasury Forfeiture Funding, of which 20 miles have been completed to date.



John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. Lindh received a 20-year prison sentence. He served roughly 17 years and five months, including two months when he was in military detention. Federal inmates who exhibit good behavior typically serve 85 percent of their sentence. (AP)

This is just a wild guess, but he might have a hard time finding a job if he lists “Taliban” on his employment application...


The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands. Trump’s angry walkout on Wednesday left behind a shattered bipartisan infrastructure effort and an escalation of tension between the president and the congressional Democrats investigating him. (AP)

Some reports say the President threw a “temper tantrum.” Nancy Pelosi is getting under his skin.


The Great Falls City Commission voted 4-1 to raise the hourly downtown parking meter rate by 50 cents to $1, over the objections of downtown business owners who argued it would drive away customers from the city’s core business district. Commissioners Owen Robinson, Mary Sheehy Moe, Bill Bronson, and Mayor Bob Kelly voted for the fee increase. Tracy Houck voted no. (GF Tribune)

Good for Houck. I would have voted “No,” also. It seems many people were against it. People don’t go downtown as much because of the stupid parking meters. The commission should try raising the revenue they say they need by significantly increasing the fines for illegal parking.



4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. “More troubling to watchdog groups than Trump’s hypocrisy, though, is the self-dealing that occurs whenever Trump travels to his own resorts. On top of the publicity value of a presidential visit, each trip also results in many thousands of taxpayer dollars flowing to Trump resorts for hotel rooms, golf carts and food and drink for Secret Service agents.

    Because Trump continues to profit from these businesses — despite a promise he made during the campaign that he would not — a portion of that taxpayer money ends up in Trump’s own pocket. The GAO report found that Mar-a-Lago received approximately $60,000 in just the four visits it studied.”

    He makes more from what he charges we the people than when he so magnanimously donates his Presidential paycheck.

    • Doug – I imagine in the future congress will pass a bill that deals with this. Thanks – JmB

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