Thursday Numbers

Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it. –Unknown

Hello August – you’re looking hot!

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 & Harris, unemployment, DUI in Montana, Louise Signore, top NFL players, Joe Biden, Trump & racism, Woodstock 50, creationist view, military awards revoked, Pro Football Hall of Famers, Hall of Fame Game, and much more!


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


That’s how much Donald Trump donated to Kamala Harris’ attorney general re-election campaign back in 2011.(Fox News)



That’s how many Driving Under the Influence (DUI) citations were issued by the Montana Highway Patrol in 2018. Montana has consistently ranked among the worst states for per-capita DUI deaths. Since 2011, more than 850 people have died on Montana roads because of drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. (MHP Release)

Please don’t drink and drive!


That’s the age of Louise Signore from the Bronx. She says the reason for her longevity is that she never married! (CBS)



NFL players have ranked the top 100 players heading into the 2019 season. Click HERE for the list. (

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is ranked fourth.


That’s the age of former Vice President Joe Biden. During the debate Wednesday night he seemed very old during some of the back and forth.(Wiki)

Nevertheless, Biden would be better than Trump.


That’s the percentage of people who think President Donald Trump is a racist. 45% do not think he is a racist. (Quinnipiac)

I agree with the 51%.


Woodstock 50 is officially canceled. Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won’t take place in August. (AP)



That’s the percent of U.S. adults who ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years. However, more Americans continue to think that humans evolved over millions of years — either with God’s guidance (33%) or, increasingly, without God’s involvement at all (22%). (Gallup)


That’s how many military awards – seven Navy Achievement Medals and three letters of commendation – recently given to military prosecutors for their work on the Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher case were revoked. The move coincided with tweets from President Donald Trump repeating his support for Gallagher and directing Spencer to rescind awards that were “ridiculously given” to prosecutors who, according to Trump, “lost the case” against Gallagher. (Reuters)

These were not high awards…


That’s how many people will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday (Aug. 3). The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame include cornerback Champ Bailey, contributor Pay Bowlen, contributor Gil Brandt, tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Ty Law, center Kevin Mawae, safety Ed Reed, and safety Johnny Robinson. (

Three of the players (Gonzalez, Law, and Robinson) played for the Kansas City Chiefs during part of their careers.


The first NFL preseason game is tonight (Thursday)! The Hall of Fame Game kicks off the 2019 pre-season with the Broncos and the Falcons meet. The game is on NBC and starts at 6:00 p.m. Montana time. (

Football is back!