The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. ― Alexandra K. Trenfor
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 Tom & Gisele, unemployment, illegal crossings, ICE raids, paint for the White House, Pizza Hut, mass killings, Curt Brockway, Bullock & Quinnipiac poll, Rod Blagojevich, and much more!
That’s the listing price for the Boston-area mansion owned by Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. (CNN)
Maybe they are downsizing.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
The number of people arrested for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border declined by approximately 20,000 in July, the second monthly decline in a row following a steep increase this spring, according to three senior Homeland Security officials and a nongovernmental official. There were about 72,000 arrests in July. (Washington Examiner)
Looking for a better life…
Federal immigration officials raided several food-processing plants in Mississippi Wednesday and arrested approximately 680 people believed to be working without authorization. (NPR)
That’s a lot of people…
That’s how many gallons of Duron “Whisper White” paint it takes to paint the White House. (Twitter)
There’s a rumor that they may put gold trim on the corners just for Trump.
Pizza Hut’s parent company plans to close about 500 of the chain’s dine-in locations as part of a company push to focus on delivery. It’s not clear which locations would close and when, but it was reported that the “lower volume” restaurants would be likely affected by the change. (KTVH)
I think the Pizza Hut pizza tastes better dining in!
Just seven months into 2019, the U.S. has experienced almost as many mass killings as occurred in all of 2018. The total number of mass killings so far this year is 23, leaving 131 people dead. There were 25 mass killings in 2018, claiming 140 lives, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, Northeastern University, and USA Today. (AP)
Copy that last paragraph and send it to your elected officials.
The 39-year-old Montana man (Curt Brockway) who was charged with assaulting a child because he did not take his hat off during the playing of the National Anthem believes he was acting on an order from President Donald Trump. The boy suffered a concussion and a fractured skull. (Missoulian)
Sadly, there are many low IQ idiots like Brockway who believe the same thing.
That’s how many Democrats have less than 1% in the recent Quinnipiac University National Poll. That includes Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads with 32%, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has 21%, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has 14%. (Quinnipiac)
It’s not looking good for Bullock…
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was considering commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying the seven years he has already served was enough time in prison. (Politico)
Amazingly, I agree with Trump – Free Blago! #FreeBlago