Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers and to my female readers, I wish you happy International Women’s Day!  If you are new to The Western Word, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide commentary with them.

Notice:  After reading this column, watch out!  You just might find yourself armed with more knowledge – knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It might just change your life.  Consider yourself warned…

This week I write about Kony 2012, social media comments, unemployment, the cost of defense, a special McNugget, delegate count, on the Montana ballot, losing personnel, losing advertisers, K Street lobbyists, five governors, veterans, and much more!


That’s how many views on YouTube the video Kony 2012 has received. “KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”  In short, it’s a film about “Africa’s longest-running war–a conflict where children were both the weapons and the victims.”

Watch it HERE.


According to the Associated Press, “The ten-state Republican Super Tuesday presidential contest generated more than 530,000 comments on social media over 24 hours, far outpacing any other primary or caucus night so far.”

I participated!


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 362,000 new claims for unemployment filed last week, which was an increase of 8,000 from the previous week.

The new unemployment rate will be released Friday.  I expect it to go up or, at best, stay the same.


The City of Billings spent almost $21,000 “defending itself against a lawsuit filed by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont.”  The exact amount was $20,761.60.

That information was released “in response to a records request from the campaign of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who is being challenged by Rehberg in this election year.”

That was a smart move by the Tester campaign – trying to erode support in Rehberg’s home county.  On the other hand, Tester did not carry his own home county in 2006…


According to this story, “A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay.”

I really like the McRib…


On this date in 1917, the U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.  According to the U.S. Senate, “the new Senate rule was first put to the test in 1919, when the Senate invoked cloture to end a filibuster against the Treaty of Versailles.”

And it all went downhill from there…


That’s approximately how many wolves there are in the Northern Rocky Mountains according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


That’s how many delegates the Republican Presidential Candidates need to lock up the nomination.


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According to CNN, Mitt Romney has 429 delegates.

He also owns a couple of Cadillacs…


According to CNN, Rick Santorum has 169 delegates.


That’s the number of personnel the Montana Air National Guard is scheduled to lose in 2013 according to a USAF Force Structure announcement.

Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester are on it; they wrote another letter


According to CNN, Newt Gingrich has 118 delegates.


According to CNN, Ron Paul has 67 delegates.


ABC News reports “At last count, 42 advertisers, two radio stations and two musicians have closed the door on [Rush] Limbaugh following incendiary comments he made last week about a Georgetown law student who testified before Congress in favor of having birth control covered under insurance plans.”

But Limbaugh, himself, does not see it that way.


According to the Associated Press, “A $7 million, 24-bed mental health facility for military veterans at Fort Harrison west of Helena has been sitting two-thirds empty since it opened in June.”

After reading the story, sounds like the VA needs a better recruiter to attract professionals.  It should be an easy sell if the right person is doing the selling…


According to this story, “The network of former [Senator Max] Baucus aides on K Street is extensive: At least 19 of the senator’s former staffers are currently registered as federal lobbyists, according to public records.  They represent companies in the health care and energy industries, among others, and are paid handsomely.”

Baucus casts a wide net – but can it save him in 2014…


As of this morning, 10 candidates have filed for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat (6 Democrats, 3 Republicans, and one Libertarian).

Monday is the deadline…


Five governors from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas signed a letter asking “President Barack Obama to stop the U.S. Air Force from potentially moving eight [eight C-130 Hercules] planes used in disasters to Montana.”

The Montana Air National Guard may end up with no planes at all…but wait – I bet Senators Baucus and Tester will be writing another letter… 


As of this morning, Montana has four candidates who have filed for President of the United States: Obama, Romney, Gingrich and Santorum.

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