Thursday Numbers

Everyone has a hidden talent they don’t know about until the tequila is poured. – 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 the federal deficit, Tester & Blackfeet Tribe, unemployment, Inslee is out, Trump & recession, detaining migrant families, predicting death, the XFL teams, NFL Preseason, hot July, and much more!


The federal deficit is expected to balloon $809 billion more than previously thought due to legislative packages passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Wednesday. The agency increased its projections for deficits over the next decade — from $11.4 trillion to $12.2 trillion — in this updated version of its May budget forecast. (NBC)

Are the credit cards maxed out, yet?


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) announced that the Blackfeet Tribe will receive $3.9 million to fund their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. (Tester Press)

This is much-needed money for the Blackfeet Tribe!


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


Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, who made the fight against climate change the focus of his White House campaign, said on Wednesday he was withdrawing from the race for the 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential nomination. Inslee is 68 years old. (Reuters)

Inslee, 68, became the third Democrat to end his presidential bid after U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California pulled out of the primary last month followed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week. (AP)


According to a Morning Consult/Politico poll, sixty-nine percent of all voters would at least partially blame President Trump for a recession, while 19 percent said he wouldn’t be responsible at all. (Morning Consult)

The way it’s going Trump will bankrupt the country like he did several of his businesses.


The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, abolishing a previous 20-day limit. (Reuters)

I hope the courts rule against the Trump administration.


Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing have developed a new blood test that can predict whether you’ll die within the next 10 years. (Mirror)

This is great news for me; I like to plan ahead…


The XFL revealed the names and logos for its eight teams Wednesday, a long-awaited step toward its February 2020 debut. They are Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons, Tampa Bay Vipers, and the Washington Defenders. (ESPN)

The XFL is a planned professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. (Wiki)


NFL preseason week three is coming up with games Thursday through Sunday. (

Often during week 3 of the preseason, we’ll get to see the starters play longer.


The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The previous hottest month on record was July 2016. Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005—with the last five years ranking as the five hottest. (

Is it hot in here, or just me?


2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. MAKE THE FEDERAL DEFICIT GREAT, GREATER, GREATEST! Once more the 2020 Republican convention will have an empty chair on stage this time for the ghost of George Orwell. The Deficit Clock will spin in the background while euphoric GOP dups chant: “We’re in the money, come on, my honey, Let’s lend it, spend it, send it rolling along!”

    • Carole – Thanks. I seem to remember when Republicans cared about spending and deficits. Not anymore. – JmB

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