Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, this is my weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm.

NOTICE: 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 election coverage, Karl Rove, unemployment, Diane Sawyer, late registration, Stairway to Heaven, electoral votes, projected majorities in the 113th Congress, Montana’s voter turnout, idiot sign, and much more!


According to this story, “66.8 million people watched election coverage Tuesday night — down from 71.5 million in ‘08.”

I watched CNN for most of the night, but I did watch Fox News for a few minutes when Karl Rove was arguing about calling Ohio for Obama.


According to this story, “With the assistance of a few powerful Republican friends, (Karl) Rove helped to secure an estimated $300 million for Republican candidates, hoping to help turn the White House over to Romney and control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans.”

But, “Obama held the White House and in nine of the 10 Senate races where Rove’s groups spent the most money, the Democratic candidate won.”



According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “In the week ending November 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 355,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 363,000.”

In other words, 355,000 people filed new claims for unemployment last week. Maybe the Department of Labor should hire me to write their press releases…


That’s how many views the “Diane Sawyer appears drunk or really tired” video has received (as of this morning). Watch it HERE.

By the way, Diane, I think the Obama campaign adding the exclamation point to “Forward!” probably won it for the President…


According to the Great Falls Tribune, “Montana’s late registration of 19,928 voters for the 2012 presidential election — including almost 8,000 who registered Tuesday— set a record and was one factor in long lines and late returns that were reported on election night across the state, according to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.”

If Montana is going to allow late registration, then the state better provide the resources to make it go smoothly…


In 1971, the album “Led Zeppelin IV” was released. The song, “Stairway to Heaven” was on the album. Here’s the song.


According to CNN, President Obama currently has 303 electoral votes. Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is still undecided.



In the 113th Congress (which starts in January), CNN projects Republicans will have 233 seats to the Democrats’ 194 seats. Eight seats are undecided.

It’s time to compromise…


According to CNN, Mitt Romney currently has 206 electoral votes. Florida, with 29 electoral votes, is still undecided.



The Great Falls Tribune asked the question, “Did long lines discourage you from voting?” 89% of the 225 people responding said “Yes” and 11% said “No.”

If you are going to consolidate polling locations, the process should go smoothly with very little waiting. The state should also publicize and promote voting by mail more. Since there is late registration in Montana, the state should provide more resources to make the process go smoothly.


With about 94% of the votes counted here in Montana, Carter County has the best percentage of voter turnout in the state with 83.63% (as of this morning).



Happy 63rd birthday to Bonnie Raitt! Enjoy this “Something To Talk About” video!


With about 94% of the votes counted here in Montana, Big Horn County has the lowest percentage of voter turnout in the state with 55.06% (as of this morning).


In the 113th Congress (which starts in January), CNN projects the Democrats will be the majority party in the U.S. Senate with 53 Senators. There will be 45 Republicans and 2 Independents.

It’s time to compromise…


That’s the number of political e-mails I received on Tuesday (Election Day).

It’s already getting lonely around here…


According to the Associated Press, “A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: ‘Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.’”

Nice, very nice…



  1. I heard that Florida finished the hand count and proclaimed Al Gore the winner! Happy Thursday and it is time to compromise…

    • Barry – Good one. Thanks! -Jack

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