Thursday Numbers

Happy Thursday – June is well underway and schools are starting to be dismissed for the summer.  Be careful out there!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), “Thursday Numbers” is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes with a little sarcasm).

NOTE:  By reading this column you will probably gain a great deal of knowledge not found on other websites!  You can use this information to impress your family, friends and co-workers, and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about jackpots, tacos, fundraising, voting, unemployment, the spin, diplomas, senior Olympics, France, Winnie Cooper & Marcia Brady, Prince, the NBA, the Triple Crown, debates, and much more!

205,000,000

The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball lottery drawing is $205 million.

Don’t worry – If I win, I will keep on writing…

100,000,000

Taco Bell has sold 100 million Doritos Locos Tacos in 10 weeks.

I wonder if Jon Tester has asked Taco Bell to start making their taco shells with Utz Cheese Balls

60,000,000

The President and the Democrats raised $60 million in May for his reelection.

I think all candidates running for Federal office should be required to donate 15% of the money they raise to bring down our National debt…

642,219

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, that’s how many people are registered to vote in Montana.

Freedom!  Use it or lose it! 

377,000

That’s how many initial (new) claims for unemployment were filed last week.

The new claims just keep piling up…

237,766

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, that’s how many people cast ballots in Montana’s 2012 Primary Election.

Patriots! 

105,116

That’s how many votes the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Denny Rehberg, received Tuesday in his contested primary against Dennis Teske.

40,000

If you donate $40,000 to the Obama or Romney campaigns, this story tells you what you might receive in return.

I’m thinking I would like to be an ambassador to some tropical island nation…or the Secretary of Veterans Affairs…

32,931

That’s how many votes the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Dennis Teske, received Tuesday in his contested primary against Denny Rehberg.

I am still surprised at how many votes Teske received.  In 2006 during a four-way GOP primary for U.S. Senate, Conrad Burns received 70,434 votes (72%) and the other three candidates all together received 27,759 votes.  

16,562

According to an e-mail from the Montana GOP, “In a contested primary, Denny Rehberg received 16,562 more votes than Jon Tester got in his uncontested primary.”

The spin cycle is on at the Montana GOP Headquarters…

8,000

According to this story, about 8000 diplomas used for graduation in Prince George County schools (near Washington) had the word “program” misspelled.

Now it is a collector’s item…

258

That’s how many people are competing in the Montana Senior Olympics summer games today through Saturday in Great Falls (Montana).

Sadly, my best events (operating a TV remote and the dash to the refrigerator) are not part of the competition. 

75.74

According to a press release from the Montanans for Tester campaign, “Rehberg, challenged by Terry, Mont., farmer Dennis Teske in Tuesday’s Primary Election, pulled in only 75.74% percent of votes on the GOP ballot.”

The spin cycle is also on at the Montanans for Tester campaign headquarters…

62.40

McCone County (Montana) had a voter turnout of 62.40% on Tuesday which was the best in Montana.

Congratulations!

60

That’s the age that you can now retire in France.

54

Happy birthday to American singer, songwriter, and musician, Prince Rogers Nelson!  He also goes by “Prince.”  He turns 54 today.

37

That’s the age of Danica McKellar who played Winnie Cooper on ABC’s “The Wonder Years.”  She recently filed for divorce from her husband of three years.

Besides Marcia Brady, Winnie Cooper was another one of my favs…OK, I was in love with both of them…

30 

30 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but only 11 have gone on to win the third race (the last time in 1978).

We’ll see on Saturday if “I’ll Have Another” makes it 12.

22.49

Big Horn County (Montana) had a voter turnout of 22.49% on Tuesday which was the worst in Montana.

Shameful…

21.9

According to this story, the unemployment in Greece is 21.9%.

It’s probably close to that in the USA, too.  Many folks have stopped looking and are not counted…

12

The Associated Press reports there are 12 counties in Montana that count ballots by hand.

To the non-Montanans reading this, they do have electricity in these counties – I’ve seen the hamsters on the wheel…

9.30

According to this story, a 57-year-old homeless man who tried to steal $9.30 (in coins) from a Billings dry cleaning business on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections.

Knowing how the district court judges in Montana work, if the guy had been caught driving drunk, I bet he would have received probation…

In Cascade County (MT) a drunk driver killed three people and received a lighter sentence…

3

That’s how many baseball players from Montana were taken in this week’s Major League Baseball draft.  Read the whole story HERE.

Good luck!

2

According to a press release I received from the campaign of U.S. Senator Jon Tester, there have been two debates scheduled this month between Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg.

These debates will as good as the moderator lets them be…

1

According to this story, ESPN’s Facebook page told fans that the Miami Heat were one game away from heading to the NBA Finals.  The fact is that the Heat are facing elimination tonight; they have to win two games to go to the NBA Finals.  The Celtics actually lead the series 3-2.

Go Celtics!  Everyone realizes that most of ESPN wants the Heat to be in the NBA Finals – they have invested so much in LeBron James and have not seen much payback…

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