Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the latest edition of “Thursday Numbers” where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide commentary with them – with nothing being off limits.

By reading this column, you may just find yourself armed with more knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It’s been known to change lives…

Today I look at the numbers dealing with redistricting, balancing a budget, comic books, unemployment, Mount Suribachi, taxes, posing nude, concerts, U.S. House candidates, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, and much much more!

3,500,000

According to this story, a man’s comic book collection recently sold for $3.5 million.

Now I wish I would have collected comic books when I was a child…

351,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week – the same as the week before.

We really need to get below 300,000…

1982

That’s the year that Ronald Smith killed two men in Montana.  Smith is on death row and has exhausted all legal appeals.  His only hope is leniency from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer which would be life in prison.

30 years is way too long for the court case and appeals.  Way too long…

1945

On this date in 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag.

Salute!

106

According to this story, “Oil prices hovered above $106 a barrel Wednesday in Asia amid concern that conflict over Iran’s nuclear program could lead to global crude supply disruptions.”

The rising cost of gasoline (get ready for a wild prediction) will be a campaign issue…

49.5

According to this story, “The percentage of people who do not pay federal income taxes, and who are not claimed as dependents by someone who does pay them, jumped from 14.8 percent in 1984 to 49.5 percent in 2009.”

I guess I am in the wrong half…

44

That’s the age of Kate Walsh of “Private Practice” fame.  By the way, she recently posed nude for “Shape” magazine.

Yowzer…

30

That’s how many concerts REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent are performing together this summer during “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour which starts May 1 in Texas.

Please schedule a show close to or in Montana…

22

That’s the height (in inches) of a 72 year old Nepalese man.  He just might be the world’s shortest man.

20

There have been 20 Republican primary Presidential debates.  Yawn…

8

According to this article, “Eight Democratic senators have given their “full support” to a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that could force more disclosure regarding political ads.”

The eight senators include Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who is running for re-election this year.  

6

As of this morning, six people have filed for Montana’s U.S. House seat (5 Democrats, 1 Republican).

Is this a great country or what?

5

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission set a public hearing schedule where five statewide re-districting plans will be presented at the regional public hearings starting next month.  It looks like about 19 meetings are scheduled.

The public hearings are basically a “dog and pony show” (and a waste of money) because this commission is controlled by the Democrats.  Whatever plan those three members like (Hint: It’s the Communities Plan) will be the plan selected – and that’s the way it is.

4

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum commented about Mitt Romney saying he balanced the budget for four years when he was the Governor of Massachusetts, “Yes, you balanced the budget for four years, off a constitutional requirement to balance the budget for four years.  No great shakes,” said Santorum.  “I’d like to see it federally.  But don’t go around bragging about something you have to do.  Michael Dukakis balanced the budget for 10 years.  Does that make him qualified to be president of the United States?”

True – It’s not a big thing when there’s a constitutional requirement to balance the budget (like in Montana).  

1

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) is airing her first TV ads of her re-election campaign.

McCaskill is on my Most Vulnerable Senators up for re-election list…

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