Thursday Numbers

We’ve finally made it to Thursday – Congratulations!  Thursday Numbers is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes with a little sarcasm.

NOTE: If you read this column you will probably gain knowledge not found on other websites! You may be able to use this information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. The information might even be life changing – so consider yourself warned…

This week I write about net worth, campaign advertising buys, unemployment, expanding a VA clinic, the Farm Bill, battle of the sexes, Sophia, unpaid work requirement, the Nelsons, optimism, home sales, jobs plan, Fast and Furious, Citizen Petitions, and a NASCAR baby! There’s a lot more so read on!


That’s the net worth ($66 billion) of Bill Gates according to Forbes, which makes him the richest man in America. It’s Gates’ 19th year at the top of the list.

I did not make the list…


On Wednesday Lee Newspapers reported, “A national Republican committee has bought more than $580,000 worth of television and radio advertising as part an independent expenditure effort in support of Tim Fox for attorney general.”

But that won’t buy him a personality…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment compensation last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That is a decrease of 3000 from the prior week.

This is still not a great jobs report…


The Billings (Montana) Veterans Affairs clinic is expanding and the groundbreaking is scheduled for October 19. According to this story, “Sen. Jon Tester announced groundbreaking for the new facility, that will provide outpatient surgery and specialty services to an estimated 11,000 veterans in Montana, and about 10,000 veterans from neighboring Wyoming.”

This is good news for Montana and Wyoming veterans…


According to this report, the 2008 Farm Bill is likely to expire at the end of this month and “House leaders are unlikely to schedule a vote this week on legislation to extend the 2008 farm law.”

Election year politics hurts another group – an important group…


On this date in 1973, the “battle of the sexes” took place on the tennis court in the Houston Astrodome. Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.


Happy 78th birthday to Sophia Loren.


According to a story in the New York Times, “The state’s chief judge on Wednesday announced the details of a new rule — the first of its kind in the nation — requiring law students to perform 50 hours of unpaid work as a condition of practicing in New York.”

I commend the judge for doing this.

Also, writing about lawyers would not be complete without a lawyer joke – Question: What did the lawyer name his daughter? Answer: Sue

I’ll be here all week…


With just 47 days until Election Day 2012, Democrats will be sure to remind voters that Mitt Romney says he “doesn’t worry about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes.” According to a new poll from Gallup, “Americans have a more negative than positive immediate reaction to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments, secretly caught on video, about the 47% of Americans whom he said are Obama supporters and dependent on the government.”

The number “47” may just be the number of the campaign…


Singers Gunnar Nelson and Matthew Nelson of the band Nelson turn 45 today!

For your enjoyment, take a few minutes to watch the music video “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection.”


According to a new poll from NBC and the Wall Street Journal, “Forty-two percent of voters also believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months, which is a 6-point jump from August, and a 15-point rise from July.”

Optimism is good for the President’s reelection chances not to mention others running for reelection…


U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky recently sent a four-page letter (not at taxpayer expense) on behalf the National Pro-Life Alliance saying, “For 39 years, nine unelected men and women on the Supreme Court have played God with innocent human life.”

Also enclosed were Citizen Petitions to “Reverse Roe v. Wade” to sign and send to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Max Baucus, Senator Jon Tester, and Congressman Denny Rehberg. They also enclosed a request for contributions.

It’s funny that Mitch McConnell, who is from Kentucky, did not support Rand Paul until Paul beat McConnell’s choice…


An Inspector General report on “Operation Fast and Furious” has lead to two DOJ officials being ousted with 14 others facing disciplinary action.

The GOP is probably unhappy they did not “get” Attorney General Eric Holder or the President. I imagine they will keep trying…


The National Association of Realtors reports “Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 7.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million in August from 4.47 million in July, and are 9.3 percent higher than the 4.41 million-unit level in August 2011.”

This is good news for politicians running for re-election…


Montana Democrats released a six-part jobs plan yesterday according to the Associated Press.

The only thing standing in the way is the Republicans…


According to this story, “A New Hampshire woman and her baby are doing fine after the woman gave birth in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway parking lot.” And there’s another happy ending! “Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens has awarded the baby two tickets to NASCAR races for the rest of her life.”

That baby will now grow up thinking the last four words of the National Anthem are “Gentlemen start your engines!”



  1. One thing is for sure. Too many people are dependent on govt. Any step to lessen that and to bring that to attention is a good step. Interesting you didn’t bring up the past video clips from Obama praising redistribution for collectivist good or his diatribes on social justice. Seems to me a president that panders and promises more handouts is more dangerous than a president that wants us to controll our destinies and be free of the govt.

    • Ryan – As always thanks for your comments. I think the redistribution issue that was said by Obama years ago (and has been brought up before) is not as big an issue as what Romney said about the 47% during this campaign season. Romney comes across as someone who is on top of the mountain and pulls up the rope and leaves the others – the less fortunate – behind. This latest mess probably cost Romney the election, but we’ll see. He has lost the enthusiasm from his base of support.

      Sure it would be great if no one was dependent on the government – like states, other countries, and our citizens.

      Thanks again,


  2. Your column today is one of your best!!!

    • Thank you. -Jack

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