Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another 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 free slurpees, defense cuts, births in the USA, flood damages, unemployment, frying an egg in Death Valley, Obama’s job approval, a pistol duel, mariachi musicians, All-Star game, reform ideas, “The Body Issue,” below the poverty level, Internal Revenue Service, a chicken statue, five black bears, the Dorset, Minnesota, mayor, Voices of Montana, and Sarah Palin. There’s a lot more so read on…


The Associated Press is reporting, “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned lawmakers Wednesday of severe and unacceptable effects on the U.S. military if Congress doesn’t end the automatic spending cuts projected to slice $52 billion from the defense budget for 2014.”

It’s gonna be OK…


According to this story in the Daily Mail, in the United States “since 2007 when there were a record 4,316,233 births, the number of births has been steadily declining, with 4,007,000 births in 2012 – the lowest number since 1998.”

I’m thinking it is Bush’s fault…


Montana Governor Steve Bullock estimated about $3.15 million in damages from spring floods. According to the Associated Press, the President “has signed a disaster declaration making federal money available to help the state, local and tribal governments.”

It sure is nice that Uncle Sam has our backs…


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This is an increase of 16,000 from the week before.

This is not good news…


That’s how many views the video, “Frying an egg Death Valley style” has received. The video was posted by the National Park Service.

There have been so many people trying to fry eggs in Death Valley National Park, that the National Park Service posted a note on their Facebook page telling people not to leave a mess.


The National Journal reported, “A new poll out Thursday from Quinnipiac shows that Americans making $100,000 or more disapprove of President Obama’s handling [of the economy] 57-41 percent, while Americans making $50,000 or less disapprove by a margin of 52-43 percent.”


On this date in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel near Weehawken, N.J.

Thankfully there weren’t any cable news channels back then…


UPI reports, “A group of 566 mariachi musicians gathered at California’s Rose Bowl to set a Guinness World Record with a 5-minute performance.”

It’s a party…


Today’s date is 7/11 and 7-Eleven, Inc. has big plans for their 86th birthday, like Free Small Slurpee Drinks and Dance Party! Check out the details HERE.

Find a 7-Eleven store HERE.


This Tuesday Major League Baseball’s 84th All-Star game will be played in New York at Citi Field (home of the Mets).



According to a new Gallup poll, “A majority of Americans back three political reform ideas, including 68% who favor national referenda on key issues if enough voters sign a petition to request a popular vote on the issue. Roughly six in 10 favor a shortened presidential campaign lasting five weeks in the fall of an election year and a nationwide primary election to select each party’s candidates for president.”

I’m fine with these ideas…


That’s how many photos of bodies there are in ESPN’s “The Body Issue” which you can see right HERE.

Relax. These are (very) live bodies. Enjoy…


The U.S. House wants to cut the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget by 24%.

I sure hope the IRS can still produce a few “Star Trek” and “Gilligan’s Island” videos…


According to a press release from Senator Max Baucus, he sent a letter to the President outlining his “15 top Montana energy priorities for the President to respond to as part of the Administration’s policy on climate change.”



KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls (MT) reported “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 14 percent of the Cascade County [MT] population is below the poverty level and 20 percent of children living in Cascade County are considered impoverished.”

We need to take care of our own…


This story brings back memories – “Three men from Florida were arrested after they allegedly stole a 9-foot-tall chicken statue, strapped it to their truck, and went for a joyride, police said.”

I like chicken…


The Associated Press is reporting that in Montana “State and federal wildlife officials have killed five food-conditioned black bears along the Smith River.”

I wonder if they were given the chance to surrender…


The town of Dorset, Minnesota, has a mayor who is only four years old. He likes ice cream and fishing.

I’m thinking we’d be better off if more mayors liked ice cream and fishing…


Voices of Montana radio host Aaron Flint appeared on the Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. Monday morning. While it was not a full 15 minutes of fame, he was on the show for three minutes and fifty-six seconds.

Congrats to my friend Aaron Flint – the Sean Hannity of Montana radio…


Sarah Palin has two books coming out. She also says she may run for the U.S. Senate.

I don’t believe she can win a U.S. Senate race in Alaska. She may not even be able to win a primary…



One Comment

  1. Ha- thanks for the numbers….56 seconds more than I thought I got. By the way- the TV adds 10 pounds, but the beer adds 20

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