Thursday Numbers

Just one more day until the weekend – I know you can do it!  Hold on!

Almost every Thursday I take a look at some of the numbers behind the news and I call it “Thursday Numbers.”  It is one of the most-read columns every week.

Today in Thursday numbers I take a look at a blogger who is not a journalist, unemployment, I say Happy Birthday to a couple of ladies, I mention Tester’s big speech in NYC tonight, I remember a Beatle, I write about a shameful and sickening discovery, and much much more – so read on!

2,500,000

According to the Associated Press, “A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a Montana woman sued for defamation was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, a decision with implications for bloggers around the country.”

“The ruling opened the way for a jury to award $2.5 million…”

The judge is way off base in his ruling in my humble opinion…

381,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which was a nine month low.

We’ll see how these numbers stack up in mid-January after the temporary holiday hiring is over…

90,000

According to the Associated Press, “Officials managing the Flathead National Forest have received more than 90,000 comments as they consider whether to renew a lease for a 25-square-foot parcel of federal land on Big Mountain that has been home to a statue of Jesus since 1955.”

Jesus is cool…do you know Jesus??

25,000

According to the Montana GOP, Montana’s U.S. Senator Jon Tester is scheduled to headline the environmentalist League of Conservation Voters’ “black-tie fundraising gala in New York City” Thursday night and “wealthy liberals will shell out as much as $25,000 for the privilege of hearing our junior Senator speak.”

Tester’s actions the past few years just seem to contradict everything he stood for in 2006…

1980

On this date in 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman. Lennon was 40.

That was a sad day for our country and the world…

274

According to the Washington Post, “The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.”

This is shameful and sickening.  The military folks involved should be court-martialed.  The civilian folks should be fired.

58

Happy Birthday to actress Kim Basinger.  She turns 58 today.

I wonder if former husband Alec Baldwin will send her a card…

47

Happy Birthday to actress Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives” fame.  She turns 47 years old today.

29

Barry Beach was freed from prison (awaiting a new trial) after 29 years in prison.

I’ve followed the Barry Beach story for many years, and I believe he is not guilty.  You can read all of my columns about Beach by clicking on “Categories” on the right side of the screen and then selecting “Barry Beach.”

18

According to the Associated Press, “Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who survived a perilous raft journey that killed his mother and became a symbol of troubled relations between the United States and Cuba, is now an adult.”

Elian turned 18 on Tuesday…

14

That’s how many years in prison former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich received for being convicted of corruption.

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) really wasted a lot of our money on this case – just like they have on major league baseball players and steroids…  

6

As of this morning and without the help of a television/newspaper or from campaign or taxpayer funding, I only need six followers to make it to 500 followers on Twitter…

I will announce my 500th follower on Twitter and pop a balloon, blow a whistle, and have a glass of wine in celebration of this monumental event…so follow me for the excitement!