Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers – If you are new to The Western Word, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide (sometimes with a little sarcasm) commentary with them.

NOTICE:  The Western Word is not responsible for the knowledge gained by reading this column!  You can use this knowledge to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It might be life-changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about the Dodgers, Mega Millions, Amy Winehouse, Dennis Rodman, unemployment, Spike Lee, campaign ad views, elk, Mitt’s garage, and much more!2,000,000,000

According to this story, “Magic Johnson’s Group Is Paying $2 Billion For The Dodgers Entirely In Cash.”

Cash… 

500,000,000

That’s the estimated amount ($500 million) of the next Mega Millions jackpot.  The drawing is Friday night.

I have the winning ticket, so there’s no need for you to play…

4,660,000

According to the Associated Press, “Records show Amy Winehouse left an estate worth 2.94 million pounds ($4.66 million) after her death last year.”

Since she had no will, it will go to her parents…

808,935

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, former NBA star Dennis Rodman owes “$808,935 in back child support for the 9- and 10-year-old children that he had with his third wife.”  He also owes $51,441 in back spousal support, according to the story.

Too bad Amy Winehouse did not send some cash Rodman’s way…

359,000

That’s the number of new claims for unemployment from the U.S. Department of Labor which they say is “a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 364,000.”

Still seems high to me…

240,000

Spike Lee reportedly “retweeted a tweet containing [George] Zimmerman’s purported address to his 240,000 followers.”  George Zimmerman is the man who killed Trayvon Martin.  That address tweeted by Lee was incorrect.  Reportedly, it is “actually the longtime residence of a married Florida couple, both in their 70s, who have no connection to the man who killed Trayvon Martin and are now living in fear due to erroneous reports about their connection to the shooter.”

This is shameful all around.  Spike Lee did apologize for the mistake via Twitter.

39,137

The campaign for Senator Jon Tester sent an e-mail saying, “We’ve got three days to raise $39,137 — and get to our $100,000 goal by the Saturday deadline.”

It is time for a Pink Floyd moment – “Money, it’s a gas.  Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash…”

5434

That’s how many times (as of this morning) Senator Jon Tester’s first campaign ad has been viewed on YouTube.

Not bad for the ad being less than a week old…

4174

According to a story by the Associated Press “the Northern Yellowstone elk herd is down to about 4,174 animals, a 10 percent drop from the prior year’s count.”

I bet there are some very fat wolves around Yellowstone…

1992

According to the Associated Press, on this date in 1992, Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana “a time or two” while attending Oxford University, adding, “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again.”

Bill Clinton was a hoot…

414

According to The Hill, “The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama’s 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout.”

The White House said the vote was a political gimmick…it appears they were correct…

126

According to this story, that’s how many former NFL players are suing the NFL over head injuries.

I used to ride a bike without a helmet…

47

During last Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, 47 people won $250,000 by matching 5 of the 6 numbers.  One ticket was purchased in Great Falls, Montana.

Lucky dog!

43

According to this story, “Forty-three Republican senators have written to President Barack Obama saying they will oppose any efforts by the Obama administration to limit missile defense or pursue further reductions in nuclear weapons.”

14

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission “has a total of 14 meetings scheduled around the state through the middle of May.”

These meetings seem like a waste of time.  Whichever plan the Democrat-leaning commission wants is the one that will be selected…

5.00

In an e-mail from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), I was told, “Our team is reviewing supporter records this weekend, and we noticed that you had not yet made an online contribution (your record is copied and pasted below).”  They then suggested I send them a $5.00 donation.

I wonder how much they suggest people living in poverty donate…

3.90

According to this story, “The price of an average gallon of regular gas surpassed the $3.90 mark Wednesday, moving to within a dime of the $4 threshold.”

We all should thank our elected officials for making $4 gas a reality…

4

That’s how many cars will fit into the garage of Mitt Romney’s California beach house…and the cars will have their own elevator.

Good grief…

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