Thursday Numbers

Welcome – if this is your first time visiting The Western Word, “Thursday Numbers” 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.

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This week I write about unemployment, airport boarding numbers, the count including provisional ballots, iPad minis, the Rescue Mission, Kansas City Chiefs, the Cat/Griz meeting, Pelosi and Russert, Veterans, Christmas, and Shania arrives in Vegas!

There’s a lot more so read on…439,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this is an increase of 78,000 from the week before.

This is not good news since the holidays are coming…

38,834

According to the Montana Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division, that’s the 2012 (so far) boarding numbers that the Bozeman airport reported to lead Montana and edge out Billings, which had 38,361 boardings. Missoula had 28,039, Kalispell had 18,573, and Great Falls had 15,061.

It’s pretty incredible that Missoula and Billings more than doubled the Great Falls numbers…

18,200

That’s the lead that Jon Tester has over Denny Rehberg in Montana’s U.S. Senate race after the provisional ballots were counted. The State Board of Canvassers will meet for an audit of some random precincts and contests on November 14. Then on November 27 they will meet to canvass and certify the General Election results.

By the way, Tester beat Conrad Burns by 3,562 votes in 2006…

7,510

That’s the lead that Steve Bullock has over Rick Hill in the Montana Governor’s race after the provisional ballots were counted. The State Board of Canvassers will meet for an audit of some random precincts and contests on November 14. Then on November 27 they will meet to canvass and certify the General Election results.

According to a press release from the Bullock/Walsh campaign, they are “looking for Montana’s best and brightest to join us. Please send along resumes or recommendations to govelect@mt.gov.”

4000

According to this story, “Two thieves looted nearly 4,000 brand new iPad minis from a John F. Kennedy Airport cargo building.”

Stolen just in time for Christmas…

2,500

According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, the Great Falls Rescue Mission will serve “more than 2,500 meals this holiday season.” They are in need of donations – read the story HERE.

Please give to your local food bank and/or rescue mission this holiday season…

2,264

That’s the lead that Denise Juneau has over Sandy Welch in the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction race, after the provisional ballots were counted. That comes out to a 0.48% lead. The State Board of Canvassers will meet for an audit of some random precincts and contests on November 14. Then on November 27 they will meet to canvass and certify the General Election results.

It will be pretty hard for Welch to overcome that many votes in a recount, but if she has the money stranger things have happened…

494.51

The Kansas City Chiefs took their first lead in regulation this season during the first quarter of their Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. To be exact, the Chiefs had not held a lead for 494 minutes and 51 seconds.

By the way, they lost to the Steelers in overtime…

112

This Saturday will be the 112th meeting between the Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats. Montana leads 70-36-5.

72

According to a story in The Daily Caller, “Reporter Luke Russert of NBC asked the 72-year-old (Nancy) Pelosi if she’s keeping younger talent from rising by staying in the leadership position.”

Pelosi said, “Let’s for a moment honor it as legitimate question, although it’s quite offensive that you don’t realize that I guess.”

Poor Luke got spanked…

60

That is the age of former CIA Director David Petraeus…

40

That’s how many days there are until Christmas…

13

According to a poll from Gallup that released on Monday, “about 13% of U.S. adults overall are veterans, including 24% of men and 2% of women. Veteran status among men is highly related to age, moving above the majority level for those aged 65 and older. By contrast, 12% of men aged 25 to 34 are veterans.”

The most important and rewarding job I ever held was serving my country in the military…

2

According to a story from the Associated Press, “Country music star Shania Twain arrived on horseback Wednesday for a two-year headline gig at Caesars Palace, parading up the Las Vegas Strip with a herd of 40 horses.”

We’ll close out this column with one of Twain’s greatest hits, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” Enjoy!