Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers – just one more day and the weekend is here!

If you are new to The Western Word, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide (sometimes sarcastic) commentary with them.

Notice:  After reading this column, you will need to be careful!  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 good-paying jobs, a jackpot, unemployment, The Godfather, the State Dinner, candidates, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dee Snider, Bret Michaels, Afghanistan, gunshot wounds, lottery pools, Blago, and a lot more so be sure to read on!

109,000,000,000

The U.S. Senate passed a $109 billion highway bill on Wednesday.  It now has to pass the House and be signed by the President.

U.S. Senator Max Baucus brought back the “good-paying jobs” phrase (at least twice) in his press release touting the bill’s passage in the senate.

Now Baucus can go back into hibernation until it’s time to run for re-election…

200,000,000

That’s the jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions lottery drawing.

Your chances of winning increase if you play…

351,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week.

These are NEW claims.  The last four weeks moving average was 355,750 new claims.

1972

On this date in 1972, “The Godfather,” starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.

Great movie!

439

According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, total candidate filings (including withdrawn filings) for 2012 was 439.

About half of them will go home losers…

362

That’s how many guests attended at a black-tie state dinner in Washington on Wednesday night that President Obama hosted for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

I was not invited…

325

That’s how many people filed to run for the Montana Legislature this season.

I can confidently say that the circus will continue in Helena for another session…

79

Happy Birthday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Born in 1933, Ginsburg turns 79 years old today.  She is the oldest Justice.

Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony M. Kennedy were born in March and July of 1936, respectively.

57

Dee Snider of the rock band Twisted Sister is 57 today!

The song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” made it to #21 on the charts in the United States.  The song was released in 1984.

50

According to a new Gallup Poll, “Fifty percent of Americans say the United States should speed up withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, while 24% prefer sticking to the current timetable to leave by the end of 2014, and 21% say the U.S. should stay as long as it takes to accomplish its goals.”

I wrote about this subject yesterday in my “Wednesday Potpourri” column…

49

Bret Michaels of the rock band Poison is 49 today!

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was Poison’s only #1 hit in the United States.  The song was released in 1988.

44

According to this story, “A woman in China has been living with a thermometer inside her lung — for an incredible 44 years.”

14

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich departed this morning for Federal prison in Colorado to start his 14 year sentence.

I thought his sentence was too harsh and the court cases wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. 

6

(Editor note: Hatch has served 6 terms, not seven as previously listed) That’s how many terms Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has served in the U.S. Senate.  His political future is on the line today with the GOP caucuses in Utah as the Tea Party wants to oust him like they did Senator Bob Bennett two years ago.

Besides being a big test for Hatch, it’s even a bigger test for the Tea Party, as most folks believe the party is growing weaker…

5

According to this story, five construction workers in New Jersey, vindicated by a jury, must wait before learning exactly how much they’ll share of a $38.5 million Mega Millions jackpot that a co-worker who was part of their lottery pool claimed as his own in 2009.

A good way to end a friendship is to join a lottery pool with co-workers…

2

This is funny no matter what you say, “A rural Redfield [Iowa] man is being treated for two gunshot wounds after an attempt to shoot a raccoon caught in a live trap backfired.”  You really need to read the story HERE.

More proof that people from Iowa are dumber than a box of rocks…

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Actually Hatch is running for his seventh term this year, he has only served 6. But the rest of your info seems accurate…

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