Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read “Thursday Numbers.” If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.
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This week I write about debate viewers, no-limit donations, salaries, unemployment, Binders Full Of Women Likes, McJordan barbecue sauce, Newsweek, birthdays, the Corette power plant explained, an increase in violent crimes, sexy Halloween costumes, and much more!
According to Nielsen Wire, “An estimated 65.6 million people tuned in to watch the second debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16.”
The first debate was Big Bird; the latest one is “Binders Full Of Women.” I’m looking forward to number three!
The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Montana Republican Party “dumped $500,000 into Rick Hill’s campaign” for Montana Governor during the time (six days) when the state had no contribution limits. Hill’s opponent, Steve Bullock, claims “That’s a criminal violation of Montana law under Montana Code Annotated §13-35-103.” Bullock also filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices.
I figured someone would try this while there were no limits. We’ll see if it is actually breaking the law. The negative publicity surrounding this donation may harm the Hill campaign…
The President makes $400,000 per year, but what are the salaries of the other members of the Government? Check out the video HERE.
I still think they should be paid the same amount as Social Security recipients…
That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor which is “an increase of 46,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 342,000.”
That’s how many “Likes” the Facebook page “Binders Full Of Women” has as of this morning. The page was started on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney used the phrase during the debate on Tuesday saying that when he “became governor of Massachusetts, he asked women’s groups for potential appointees and received ‘whole binders full of women’ who were qualified.”
The Associated Press also reported that the Montana Republican Party donated $32,000 to attorney general candidate Tim Fox during the time when the state had no contribution limits.
Team Fox announced yesterday that the campaign plans “to post all donors online within 24 hours of receiving a contribution.” I suggest they list their donors with the last name being alphabetized. The current list is posted with the first name of the donor alphabetized. C’Mon man….
The Associated Press reports, “A man who used to own McDonald’s restaurants in North Dakota is about $10,000 richer after selling a 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce to a buyer in Chicago.”
I like KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce…
After 80 years in print, Newsweek will go to an all-digital format next year.
Happy 74th birthday to Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island…
So this is the tale of our castaways…
Both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will be giving their best one-liners tonight at the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner which is a white-tie gala held at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The event is organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York to benefit needy children.
Did you hear the one about…
Happy 62nd birthday to Pam Dawber of Mork and Mindy fame…
That’s how many jobs the Corette power plant in Billings may lose if it closes in 2015. The issue has been talked about in the U.S. Senate race between challenger Denny Rehberg and the incumbent Senator Jon Tester.
Lee Newspaper’s reporter Mike Dennison has the rest of the story about the politics surrounding the Corette power plant HERE.
According to a story from the Associated Press, “Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade.”
If you are planning ahead and need ideas, here are 10 sexy Halloween costumes!
Catwoman – Me-ow!