Thursday Numbers

I would like to think I’ll die a heroic death, but more likely I’ll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting. – 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.

This week’s topics include the Powerball lottery, Paul Manafort, Ford Mustang, unemployment, media poll results, Richard Gere, Big Mac, Kansas City Royals & Baltimore Orioles, Kathleen Williams, Matt Rosendale, NFL pre-season, derailment, the Oscars, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? – Jean Cocteau

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Montana Legislature
  • Trump Addresses Congress
  • Navy Secretary
  • Tom Perez
  • Academy Awards
  • Daytona 500

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Monday Potpourri – The Oscars

Although there’s a chance the Federal Government may shut down later this week, and the Montana Legislature is getting ready to start the second half of the 90-day legislative session (and it seems everyone is issuing “guest opinions” about the first 45 days to the newspapers), plus the NFL scouting combine is going on, the big thing on this Monday is The Academy Awards!

Sometimes we need to be taken away from the real world and live for a few moments in the make-believe world of Hollywood! Conservatives probably hate the Oscars, because there’s just too many liberals getting media time.

So to be quite truthful, I watched The Academy Awards from the red carpet to the end when the public school children from New York’s PS 22 performed (who are probably taught by members of a teachers union).

I won’t discuss “style” in this column or who was wearing what because let me just say that my wife picks out my attire when I venture out into the public…and most of the time when I am sitting in front of this computer, I resemble a photo of Ted Kaczynski. (more…)