Thursday Numbers

Finally – January ends today! Congrats on making it!

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.

Please note that if you read this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Then again, when they find out you spend your time reading blogs they may not be that impressed…

This week I write about unemployment, Senator Menendez, McDonalds in Moscow, KC and the Sunshine Band, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Glacier National Park, State of the State speech, the 14 MPH speed limit, Armed Services, Secretary of Defense, lunch money, Blackberry 10, the Super Bowl, and much more!


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment – which was an increase of 38,000 from the week before.

These numbers are not that good…


U.S. Senator Robert Menendez “reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 in recent months” for a couple trips he took on the donor’s plane to the Dominican Republic.

Was this just a silly error by Menendez?


The longest serving Secretary of Defense (SecDef), Robert McNamara, served 2,595 days. Donald Rumsfeld served a total of 2,585 days during the two times he was SecDef.


On this date in 1990, McDonald’s opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow!

I think more quarter pounders with cheese would help with international relations…


Happy birthday to KC of KC and the Sunshine Band! Time to watch “That’s the way I like it.”


According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “Every 53 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (9,878 people in total in 2011).”


Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s “State of the State” speech yesterday lasted 45 minutes.



Glacier National Park will keep the 33 red tourist buses operating.

It should not even be debated…


That’s how many members there are on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services which will be considering the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense today.

Ironically, many of these 26 members never served in the military…


When confirmed, Chuck Hagel will be the 24th Secretary of Defense.


Aspen, Colorado, city officials are considering a 14 MPH speed limit in one residential neighborhood.



That’s the tax rate in California for top earners and, according to this story, some people are considering moving so they won’t have to pay the high state taxes.

It sure is tough to be rich…


The new Blackberry 10 was unveiled yesterday!

I can’t wait to get it in a few years…


According to this story, “The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.”

Wow – $250 million.


Former NFL player Charles Haley is the only player in NFL history to have been on five Super Bowl-winning teams.

That’s your piece of trivia to amaze your friends during the big game…


The first Super Bowl was between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs with the Packers winning 35-10. It was held Jan. 15, 1967 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

And it gets bigger and bigger…