Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by – we just about have another year under our belts – Congratulations!  Did you actually believe you would be around this long?

If you are new to Thursday Numbers, this is where I take a look at the numbers behind the news and provide some commentary with them – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Be aware:  This information can be used to amaze your friends, family, and co-workers – and you may even be cooler to them after sharing this information!

Today I add some Iowa Caucus flavor to Thursday Numbers.  I also write about bowl games, the Conservation Reserve Program, vacations, room rates, Jack Abramoff, a recall, an old monkey, a crocodile, and much more!


There are 35 College Football Bowl Games.  The total payout for the teams participating, according to this article, is $281.8 million.

I still want playoffs…


The United States has about 30 million acres of land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Montana has about 2.5 million acres according to this article.

Many of the folks love those checks…


That’s the estimated cost of the 17-day Hawaiian vacation for President Obama, his family, staff and security in Kailua, Oahu.

I did not take a vacation this year…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week – an increase from the week before.

That’s still a lot of people…


That’s how much it reportedly cost for a room (per night) at the “Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii” where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is staying during the holidays.

I did not take a vacation this year…


That’s how many followers I have on Twitter – you should really be following @TheWesternWord.

I would really like to obtain 500 followers before 2012…


That’s how many pages there are in the book “Capitol Punishment” by Jack Abramoff.

It was an interesting read from Abramoff’s perspective.  After reading the media reports and hearing his opponent’s ads during the 2006 election, I was amazed that Conrad Burns wasn’t mentioned on every page…


There are 99 counties in the State of Iowa and the Iowa Caucuses take place on January 3.  Here’s a primer on the Iowa Caucuses.

I’ve heard that Ron Paul has volunteers from all over (even Montana) heading to Iowa for the caucus.  Here’s an article about the rules for being a Ron Paul volunteer.

When I was a child, I lived in Iowa for a year…it seemed like about 10 years…


H.R. 1540 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012) passed the U.S. Senate 86-13 (one not voting) on December 15.  Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester voted Yea.  According to this article, “Montanans have announced the launch of recall campaigns against Senators Max Baucus and Jonathan Tester, who voted for the bill.”

Interesting – but they better get the names correct for their recall – it’s Raymond Jon Tester.


That’s how old a chimpanzee said to have performed in the “Tarzan” films of the 1930s, was when he died at the age of 80.  Maybe not…



That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Perry.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum.


That’s the age of GOP Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman.


President Barack Obama is 50 years old.


According to the Associated Press, “A giant [16 feet long] saltwater crocodile with an apparent appetite for appliances charged at a group of Australian reptile park workers on Wednesday before stealing their lawnmower and dragging it back to his pool.”

Watch the video HERE.


In the 2008 Iowa Caucus, eventual GOP nominee John McCain finished in a tie for third with Fred Thompson.  They received 13% of the vote.  McCain was behind Huckabee and Romney.

Just goes to show…