Thursday Numbers

Hello Thursday!  It is now officially OK to start daydreaming about the weekend!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), my Thursday Numbers column is where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news and provide commentary (often with just a touch of sarcasm).

NOTICE:  By reading this column, you will probably gain an untold amount of knowledge!  This information will probably impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – consider yourself warned…

This week I write about Obama and Romney fundraising, Crossroads GPS, attack money in Montana, Christie and Booker, miles in Montana, important historical dates, sending in the clowns, candidates on my ballots, a little bit of Monica in my life, Greek yogurt, low ratings for Piers, and a bite with Mitt!  There’s a lot more so read on…

43,600,000

The Associated Press reported, “President Barack Obama raised a combined $43.6 million in April for his campaign and the Democratic Party as he faces a unifying Republican effort around Mitt Romney for the White House.”

Impressive amount!  Just imagine all the folks who can be hired to work on his campaign with this money…

40,100,000

The Associated Press reported, “Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and his party raised a combined $40.1 million in April.”

Mitt Romney probably called this spare change and fired someone…

25,000,000

According to Roll Call, “Crossroads GPS will launch a massive $25 million issue ad campaign on Thursday to run for the next four weeks, kicking off its largest buy this year in these 10 targeted states.”  Those ten states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

I imagine this group has some other plans for Montana, Missouri, and other states that have vulnerable Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2012…

2,108,621

In an e-mail to reporters and bloggers, Aaron Murphy, Communications Director for U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s Campaign writes, “By our latest count, Dennis Rehberg’s out-of-state special interests have so far spent $2,108,621 specifically attacking Jon Tester in radio in TV ads.”

November seems so far away…

370,000

That is how many new claims for unemployment compensation were filed last week.  You can read the U.S. Department of Labor’s press release HERE.

I don’t think too many elected officials really care about the unemployed…

248,760

That’s how many views (as of this morning) the YouTube video titled, “Don’t Worry, We’ve Got This” featuring New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker has received.  Watch it HERE.

80,000

In a lengthy e-mail (albeit one with many photos) the Ken Miller for Governor campaign says, “You know that Bill and I have traveled more than 80,000 miles across Montana so that I can meet YOU, not just ask you for money so that I can run attack ads against my opponents.  I’m the people’s candidate, the Conservative candidate–and I will be the people’s Governor, the Conservative Governor who has the courage to lead Montana—all of you—to a prosperous place together, as a free state.”

Miller should bring Sarah to Montana to campaign for him…

2,500

Brock Lowrance, the Campaign Manager for the Rick Hill for Governor Campaign, sent me an e-mail and writes, “Right now we are $2500 away from meeting our budget for television ads in these final two weeks of the election.  Can you help us keep our ad running strong in homes across Montana?”

I thought maybe Lowrance was raising money to buy his boss a different colored shirt…

1996

On this date in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed “Megan’s Law,” a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in.  Source: Associated Press Today in History.

A good law…

1973

On this date in 1973, “the Senate began hearings into the Watergate scandal.”  Source: Associated Press Today in History.

Yes, I remember those hearings…

1954

On this date in 1954, “the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.”  Source: Associated Press Today in History.

The knowledge you gain by reading this column is immeasurable…

1,000

CBS in Chicago reports, “A group of clowns plans on taking part in protests in Chicago during this weekend’s NATO Summit.”  Additionally, “The group will be armed with 1,000 whipped cream pies…”

Send in the clowns…

55

According to a story by Reuters, “Law enforcement and homeland security personnel face an average of 55 daily encounters with “known or suspected terrorists” named on government watchlists, officials told Reuters.”

It’s still a dangerous world…

50

According to an e-mail from her campaign, I can help Montana State Auditor Monica Lindeen celebrate her 50th birthday at fundraisers in Helena or in Billings.

Happy Birthday, Monica…I think your supporters should play Mambo #5 (A little bit of Monica in my life) at your party! 

42

The Associated Press reported, “President Obama has awarded an Army soldier the Medal of Honor 42 years after the rifleman was killed during a Vietnam-era clash in Cambodia.”

Salute…

38

On the official Primary Election Ballot (Republican Party) that I received where I live, there are 38 candidates listed.

Choices, choices…

37

That’s how many blue sapphires are on the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring that was unveiled Wednesday.

The players will have something expensive to pawn when their playing days are over…

32

On the official Primary Election Ballot (Democratic Party) that I received where I live, there are 32 candidates listed.

Choices, choices…

18

According to this story, “A tractor-trailer crash in upstate New York has sent 18 tons of Greek yogurt spilling alongside a highway.”

Sticky mess…they should have handed out spoons to clean it up…

15

It was not a good Tuesday night for CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.  According to this story, “CNN Hits Lowest Primetime Demo Rating at 9 PM In 15 Years” which was, “the lowest 9 PM weekday demo rating for CNN since at least 1997.”

CNN is the station I turn to when there are some big events – especially outside of the United States…

5

According to Roll Call, “The Senate defeated five budget proposals offered by Republicans today, as the GOP sought to hammer Democrats for not producing a budget resolution this year and for not putting one on the Senate floor in the previous two years.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “Democrats would have to break a filibuster to declare the sky blue or the Earth round.”

These days about all they agree on is adjournment for recess…

3

In an e-mail, Ann Romney tells me that by donating $3.00, I can be entered in a drawing to grab a bite with Mitt.

I think the Obama campaign did this gimmick first…

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