Thursday Numbers

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If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are 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 marijuana, Pioneer League baseball, Texas executions, Jesus on federal land, Ross Perot, Obamacare, job approval ratings for Democrats/Republicans, Montana Senate poll, NFL players, counting calories, lynx, two-headed turtle, unemployment, and much more so read on…

346,000

That’s the new claims for unemployment filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It is a decrease of 9000 from the prior week.

Decreases are good…

8,000

Edwin Schmieding is a lucky man! Schmieding was “caught growing 8,000 marijuana plants at his Lenawee County farm and greenhouse in 2011.”

He received probation. Dude…

1,232

The Helena Brewers (@helenabrewers) Pioneer League baseball team has 1,232 followers on Twitter.

1,144

The Billings Mustangs (@Mustangs) Pioneer League baseball team has 1,144 followers on Twitter.

1,044

The Great Falls Voyagers (@gfvoyagers) Pioneer League baseball team has 1,044 followers on Twitter.

911

The Missoula Osprey (@ospreybaseball) Pioneer League baseball team has 911 followers on Twitter.

807

Public Policy Polling (PPP) “surveyed 807 registered [Montana] voters between June 21-23, 2013, including 340 Republican primary voters. The margin of error was +/- 3.4% statewide, and +/- 5.3% for the Republican primary.”

In the race for U.S. Senate, the polling found that Brian Schweitzer would lose to Marc Racicot 47% – 46%. Schweitzer would beat Steve Daines 48% – 45%.

I’ve said before and still believe that if Schweitzer wants this seat it is his. I don’t see Racicot running and it would be a silly move for Daines to enter the U.S. senate race.

500

According to the Associated Press, “Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.”

I wonder if it is helping to discourage crime in Texas…

88

The Great Falls Tribune asked readers, “Do you agree with the judge’s ruling that the Jesus on federal land on Big Mountain near Whitefish can stay?” 88% answered “Yes” and 22% answered, “No.”

Jesus wins Jesus wins…

83

Former Presidential candidate Ross Perot turns 83 today.

42

A new poll from Gallup found, “Americans are more negative than positive about the healthcare law’s future impact on their family and on the U.S. in general. Forty-two percent say that in the long run, the law will make their family’s healthcare situation worse; 22% say it will make it better. And almost half believe the law will make the healthcare situation in the U.S. worse; 34% say it will make it better.”

Obamacare is a tough sell…

34

“Thirty-four percent of Americans approve of the job the Democrats in Congress are doing and 26% approve of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing,” according to a new poll from Gallup.

That’s pretty bad…

27

Business Insider is reporting that 27 active NFL players have been arrested since the Super Bowl on February 3.

I think the NFL has a serious problem…

25

The fight between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks lasted just 91 seconds (Spinks was knocked out by Tyson). That happened 25 years ago today (June 27).

Mike Tyson was one of the best boxers ever…

13

According to this story, “Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence.”

That seems harsh…

10

For those counting calories, MarketWatch has “The Highest-Calorie Item at 10 Fast-Food Chains” HERE.

Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy 3/4 lb. triple patty with cheese is a beauty…

3

“A federal judge this week blocked three Montana logging projects in two national forests, saying the U.S. government did not properly examine the effects the projects might have on lynx and the threatened animal’s habitat,” the Associated Press reported.

It appears the lynx has found a friend in U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen…

2

Speaking of friends, the Associated Press reported, “A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise.”

Friends for life…

 

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One comment on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Barry Meyer says:

    500, while it is uncertain it has curtailed crime in Texas, it has assuredly worked on repeat offenders…

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