Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday! 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.

This week I write about legal fees, unemployment, partying like it’s 2012, checks in the wall, bulletproof backpacks, Bork, polls, Boehner, bowl games, the Ready or Not Report, Chairwoman Mikulski, and much more!


According to the Boston Globe, “A federal judge said today that he would award more than $700,000 in legal fees to the team of lawyers who represented Michelle Kosilek, the convicted murderer who sued the state for a sex change operation to treat her gender identity disorder.”


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week – an increase of 17,000 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That is not a very good report…


Reuters is reporting that “A Cold War-era bunker designed to save Soviet leaders from a nuclear attack will host a 24-hour party for Russians willing to pay $1,000 for a ticket to escape the apocalypse, which, according to New Age prophesies, could come on Friday.”



A worshipper found an envelope at Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Wednesday with 507 checks in the amount of about $1 million each.

Amen to that…


For $300, parents can purchase a bulletproof backpack for their children.



Robert H. Bork who was a former solicitor general, federal judge and in 1987 he was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Reagan, died Wednesday at age 85. The U.S. Senate rejected Bork’s confirmation 58-42.

That was when the confirmation process in the Senate started to become nasty.


According to a poll from Gallup, 53% believe increasing the police presence at schools would be a very effective way to prevent mass shootings at schools. 50% said increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment would be very effective. Also, Gallup reported, “Americans rate the potential effectiveness of a ban on assault and semi-automatic guns as fourth on a list of six actions.”


Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a 52-second response Wednesday to President Obama’s ideas about the fiscal cliff.

Many people are starting to wonder why Boehner is the speaker…


There are 35 College Football bowl games this bowl season – are you ready? Two have already been played and just about every day from today through January 7 we will have games.

Is this a great country or what?


The Associated Press reported, “Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where militants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11.”

I imagine there will be more resignations…


Two states, Montana and Kansas, scored lowest in the 10th annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report.

I guess for Montana and Kansas the answer is “not.”


Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will become the first woman to chair the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. Mikulski has been a senator since 1987. Before that she served five terms as a U.S. Representative.

Congratulations Senator!