Thursday Numbers…

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

DISCLAIMER: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about the “Cruise” music video, Twitter followers of CBS, unemployment, deaths in Syria, Stapleton’s goal, the Freemen standoff, an American Flag, arrested in Chicago, my Spotify playlist, the 406 area code, Top 25 Shows, Thursday Numbers milestone, partisan gridlock, Spurs/Heat, Miss Montana, VA in Montana, confidence in Congress, Internet sales tax, school levy, and much more so read on!


That’s how many views the music video “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line has received. “Baby you a song, You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise…”

Is this the anthem for the summer of 2013?


That’s how many followers CBS News in New York has on Twitter.


That is how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is a decrease of 12,000 from the week before.

If we can just get below 300,000…


The Associated Press is reporting this morning, “Syria’s spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of nearly 93,000 people but the real number is likely to be far higher, the United Nations’ human rights office said Thursday.”

That is pretty sad…


That’s how many followers KPAX (CBS) in Missoula (MT) has on Twitter.

KPAX follows me (@TheWesternWord) so they must be a pretty cool television station…


That’s how many followers KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls (MT) has on Twitter.


That’s how many followers KBZK (CBS) in Bozeman (MT) has on Twitter.


That’s how many followers KTVQ (CBS) in Billings (MT) has on Twitter.


U.S. Senate candidate Cory Stapleton (R-Mont.) sent an e-mail this week saying his campaign was “$2,143 away from our fundraising goal.”

And that goal is…


According to a story in Time Magazine, by 2017 one out of every two Americans will chose to be cremated.


On this date in 1996, “An 81-day standoff ended as 16 members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.”

I guess other “groups” have now taken their place…


That’s how many followers KXLH (CBS) in Helena (MT) has on Twitter.


That’s how many followers KXLF (CBS) in Butte (MT) has on Twitter.

KXLF follows me (@TheWesternWord) so they must be a pretty cool television station…


That’s how many followers KAJ (CBS) in Kalispell (MT) has on Twitter.


The large American Flag on display at Overlook Park in Great Falls (MT) costs $900. They go through an average of three flags per year and repair each flag about six times at a cost of $150 each time. So, it costs about $10,000 per year to fly a flag there.

On Friday, the Flag Day Ceremony starts at 8:00 a.m. at Overlook Park.


According to a story from Lee Newspapers, “Montana’s 406 area code is scheduled to run out of numbers in five years” but the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) (those merry band of Republican brothers) has “asked the Federal Communications Commission 18 months ago for a regulatory exemption” and it was granted “which is expected to extend Montana’s solo 406 area code until at least 2028.”

That means the Four next to the Oh next to the Six remains solo…


The Associated Press reports, “A homeless Chicago woman who has been arrested 396 times in the past 35 years has been ordered by a judge to get mental health and substance abuse treatment.”

I think that judge must be amazing…


That’s how many songs I have on my Spotify playlists.


This is the 100th edition of “Thursday Numbers.” It all started in July 2011 when I wanted to find some way to write about unemployment and jobs numbers each week. You can read the back editions by going to Categories on the right side of the screen, clicking on the drop down menu and scrolling down to “Thursday Numbers” and selecting it.

Don’t you think there should be an award or something for #100?


According to a poll from Gallup, “The top reason Americans who disapprove of Congress give for their view is partisan gridlock, named by 28%. Relatedly, another 21% cite Congress’ failure to accomplish anything or make decisions, and 11% say Congress puts politics ahead of the country. More policy related, 2% cite Congress’ failure to address unemployment, and 1% mention lack of action on the economy. Overall, 59% of Congress’ detractors mention at least one of these reasons, making congressional inaction the overwhelming criticism Americans express regarding the legislative body.”


The San Antonio Spurs whipped the Miami Heat by 36 points Tuesday night. The Heat beat the Spurs by 19 on Sunday night.

Let’s go Spurs!


A Rasmussen Reports poll found “Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the government’s secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes regardless of whether there is any suspicion of wrongdoing. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% are opposed to the practice. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.”

I am not too worried about it…


Here’s “The Top 25 Shows of the 2012-2013 TV Season” for you to review.

It seems every year we hear about American Idol not getting the viewers – it finished sixth. Some interesting ones were The Walking Dead coming in at 10, Duck Dynasty was 21 and The Following finished at 24.


June 14 is Flag Day. That’s tomorrow (Friday), so fly your flag!


That’s how many young ladies are competing to become the next Miss Montana.

Best of luck…


According to Gallup, “Americans’ confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, ranking the legislative body last on a list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year. This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record.”

That is incredible…


The Veterans Affairs (VA) in Montana has hired seven new mental health specialists. According to Lee Newspapers, “The seven new hires, located in Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, Havre and Fort Harrison, bring to 99 the number of full-time mental health care professionals at VA Montana.”



The Associated Press reported, “The attorneys general from three states without sales taxes (Montana, Alaska, and Oregon) are urging U.S. House representatives to oppose an Internet tax bill that has already passed the Senate.

Good. I have been against this bill since I first heard about it. U.S. Senators Max Baucus, Jon Tester, and Representative Steve Daines are against it, too.


Reuters reports, “After two days trapped in freezing cold water and breathing from an air bubble in an upturned tugboat under the ocean, Harrison Okene was sure he was going to die. Then a torch light pierced the darkness.”

Lucky man…


If your home in Great Falls, Montana, has a taxable value of $100,000, it will cost you an extra $1.01 per month to pay for the school levy.

You’ll feel better about helping children, too.

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