Thursday Numbers

Thursday – just two more days and we’ve made it to the weekend – so hold on!

Welcome!  If this is your first time visiting The Western Word (TWW), my Thursday Numbers column is where I take a look at the numbers mentioned in the news and provide commentary (often with just a touch of sarcasm).

TAKE NOTE:  You will probably gain an untold amount of knowledge by reading this column!  This information will probably impress your family, friends and co-workers and it might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about C-130s, Bible App downloads, a toe lawsuit, unemployment, Post Offices, Mother’s Day, campaign ad views, polls, U2 and U-2, BRAC, cheap cigarettes, Leaf, Twins, and much more!

75,000,000

According to the opinion of Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant they claim that moving the eight C-130s from Fort Worth, Texas, to Great Falls, Montana, has an estimated cost “as high as $75 million or more.”

It’s not looking too good for Montana in regards to the C-130s being based here…but this issue is a long way from being decided…

50,000,000

According to YouVersion their Bible App has been installed on 50 Million mobile devices.

I have it and use it for a daily Bible reading program – it’s very easy to use…

2,200,000

A Bozeman man filed a “$2.2 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Helena on Tuesday” against “five Montana State Prison employees for physical and mental trauma he said he suffered after getting his foot caught in a grain auger at the prison dairy in December.”  It was also reported, “He broke the big toe on his left foot and said he still has trouble walking.”

I wonder how much two broken big toes are worth…

367,000

The U.S. Department of Labor reports, “In the week ending May 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 367,000…”

Every week about that many people join the ranks of the unemployed – many more are not counted. 

3,700

The Associated Press reports, “The Postal Service on Wednesday abandoned its plan to close 3,700 post offices around the country, including 80 in Montana.”

Meanwhile, the Postal Service is going bankrupt…but politicians can take credit for keeping their state’s Post Offices open…

1908

According to this article on this date, “The first official Mother’s Day celebration took place on May 10, 1908, at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

Mother’s Day is Sunday – do something nice for your mom that day…

1,399

As of this morning, that’s how many views (on YouTube) the Montanans for Tester campaign’s newest ad titled “Unprecedented Ethics & Accountability” (posted May 7) has received.

1,000

The Associated Press reported, “Republican candidate for governor Neil Livingstone is promising that, if elected, he won’t take a salary until the state gets 1,000 new jobs — a figure that could be reached in just two months if the economy keeps growing as it is now.”

Livingstone did manage to get Lee Newspapers and the Associated Press to report about his campaign promise…

819

As of this morning, that’s how many views (on YouTube) the Montanans for Rehberg campaign ad titled “Honest” (posted May 9) has received.

60

Who is the most likeable, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?  A recent Gallup poll found that by a 60% to 31% advantage, registered voters “say Barack Obama, rather than Mitt Romney, is the more likable of the two presidential candidates.”

Obama is just cooler than Romney…

52

Bono (U2) turns 52 years old today.  Happy birthday!  Enjoy “Beautiful Day” from U2.

By the way, at an undisclosed location several years ago I provided security for the U-2 spy plane.  This really has nothing to do with Bono…

50

According to a poll released this week by Gallup, “Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages — down slightly from 53% last year…”

With the President coming out in support of gay marriage on Wednesday, this issue took the forefront of the 2012 Presidential campaign.  Just about anyone else running for office in 2012 will have to comment on the issue.

44

The Hill reports “The House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment in the Defense authorization bill that prohibits new rounds of the Base Realignment Closure Commission (BRAC) by a vote of 44 to 18, with 14 Democrats joining Republicans to support it, and 5 GOP members opposed.”

They just can’t seem to do anything to save money.  Congress needs to close bases in the USA and overseas…

32

Another poll released by Gallup tells us, “Thirty-two percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. workforce were underemployed in April, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment.”

The results also found “Underemployment in April was 14.0% among those aged 30 to 49, 13.6% among those aged 50 to 64, and 12.7% among those 65 or older.”

More proof that it’s tough out there…

12

“Police say a New York man who refused to pay a $12 taxi fare was carrying more than $5,000 when the cabbie drove him around looking for cheap cigarettes.”  Read the whole story HERE.

Cheap cigarettes must be pretty expensive…

9

MSNBC reports, “A Texas elementary school is correcting a spelling mistake made when it changed its name nearly nine years ago.”

Maybe they should just leave it alone…

8

That’s how many victories that Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Minnesota Twins have so far this season – the worst record in MLB.  The Twins record is 8-22 for a .267 winning average.

Other teams will enjoy playing the Twins this year…

5

The Great Falls Tribune reported yesterday that ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf pled “guilty to felony drug possession and burglary charges as part of a plea agreement that recommends a five-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections.”

Leaf has hit bottom.  I am praying that he gets the help he desperately needs…

4

In my on-going report of how many pieces of campaign literature I receive, on Wednesday four campaign flyers hit my mailbox.  This included new information from Laurie McKinnon, who is running for the Montana Supreme Court.  Here’s her information:

 

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