Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” 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.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers.

This week I write about the debt limit, top movies, disabled workers, unemployment, petitions, gun buyback, drunken driving, healthiest state, Pro Bowl, search committee, minimum wage, counting on Daines, and much more!

16,400,000,000,000

The Washington Post reports “The U.S. government will hit the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit on Monday and turn to “extraordinary measures” to continue borrowing, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, beginning a countdown until Congress either passes legislation to allow for more borrowing or the government defaults on its debt.”

It is long past time to cut up the credit cards…

623,000,000

According to the Associated Press, “Disney’s ‘The Avengers’ with $623 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide” was the top movie of 2012. “The Dark Knight Rises” was second.

8,827,795

As of December 2012, that’s how many disabled workers are collecting Social Security disability benefits (a new record).

350,000

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 350,000 people filed new claims for unemployment last week, which was “a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 362,000.”

263,762

That’s how many signatures the White House “We the People” petition has (of this morning) to “Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.”

I’m for that…

81,148

That’s how many signatures the White House “We the People” petition to “Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment” has received as of this morning.

Piers Morgan has had his 15 minutes of fame…

8,000

On Wednesday the City of Los Angeles held its gun buyback program. According to CBS News, “since 2009, Los Angeles has collected 8,000 guns at buybacks, a period in which violent crime in the city has dropped by 33 percent.”

The Federal Government should have a nation-wide gun buyback program…

55

55-year-old Donald Blood III of Marlboro, Massachusetts, was charged with drunken driving after “driving onto the lawn of the historic home in Dorset (Vermont) once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

30

According to this story, “Washington (D.C.) police are investigating whether NBC’s David Gregory broke the law by holding up what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on Sunday’s Meet the Press after the network apparently got conflicting opinions about whether it would be legal for him to do so.”

29

The Billings Gazette reports that Montana is the 29th healthiest state for 2012 which is down three spots from 2011. Vermont is the healthiest. Louisiana and Mississippi tied for 49th.

I thought I was feeling less healthy than 2011…

13

Former Kansas City Chiefs (and current Atlanta Falcons) Tight End Tony Gonzalez was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl.

9

The Associated Press reports, “U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has named a nine-person search committee to recommend replacements for federal judges Richard Cebull and Sam Haddon.”

I hope they select someone who can tell a good clean joke…

7.80

The minimum wage in Montana will increase to $7.80 per hour in January.

4

KRTV (CBS) reports “U.S. Representative-elect Steve Daines (R-MT) has hired Chester native Jason Thielman as his chief of staff. Daines has also hired Darin Thacker as legislative director, Alee Lockman as his communications director, and Zach Lahn as his state director.”

The hopes, the dreams, and the aspirations of the Montana Republicans are counting on Daines, now the top Republican in the state, and his four key staffers to lead the Party to the Promised Land…

 

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