Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about Powerball, tons of quarters, SNAP program, Sen. Jon Tester and Citizens United, unemployment, Wal-Mart, President Richard Nixon, cosponsors, Montana: “We can talk about this,” A-Rod, Taco Bell, marijuana, worst governors, a massive blob, Bob Filner, furlough days, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, and much more!


Three tickets will share in the $425 million Powerball Jackpot. Four tickets also won $2 million in the Match 5 Winners Power Play, and thirty-four tickets matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball. They won $1 million each.


The Associated Press reported, “An Illinois businessman outraged by a court order that he return more than $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 wreck that killed his teenage son wanted to pay the money back in pennies in protest, only to recognize that wasn’t feasible. So, Roger Herrin settled on quarters — four tons of them.”


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week, which was an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure.


Lee Newspapers is reporting that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “More than 130,000 Montanans will see reductions in food assistance Nov. 1 when a temporary increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] ends.” They also report, “Last month, the average SNAP benefit per Montana recipient was $124 a month, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services said.”

Meanwhile, Congress is on vacation…


In an e-mail from his campaign, U.S. Senator Jon Tester says he has signed up 15,000 to his “grassroots movement to put an end to Citizens United” but he wants to get 20,000.

It never hurts to add more names and e-mail addresses to the ol’ campaign database either…


According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor, “Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has entered into a corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to improve safety and health conditions in all 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores under federal jurisdiction.”


On this date (August 8) in 1974, President Richard Nixon “announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.” His one sentence letter read, “I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States.” (Source)


The researchers at National Journal did some checking and found out that Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona “has attached his signature as a cosponsor to a whopping 435 bills or amendments.” He leads the House in cosponsorships. In the Senate, it’s Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who “leads the list with 248 cosponsorships.”

Some people want to be friends with everyone…


That’s how many views (as of this morning) the YouTube video “Montana: ‘We can talk about this’” has received. The video is from the group, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”

We should not only talk about it, we should be doing more…


ESPN reported that the “Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.”

I predict the suspension will be cut significantly to at least one year.


That’s how many restaurants Taco Bell will be using to test waffle tacos.

I could be a lab rat for the testing…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “Thirty-eight percent of Americans admit to having tried marijuana, compared with 34% in 1999 and 33% in 1985.”



Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named 18 of the worst governors in America. Check out the report HERE.


“A 15-ton massive blob of food fat and baby wipes, dubbed Britain’s largest-ever ‘fatberg,’ has been removed from a London sewer.”


That’s how many women have accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment according to THIS STORY in Politico.

How is he still in office?

6 reported, “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday the Pentagon would reduce civilian employee furlough days from 11 down to six after five weeks of sequester-forced belt-tightening.”

That’s not as bad as once expected…


Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger told the Associated Press, “that he would only serve one term in the Senate” if he was elected.

He also added, “The Republican Party has been invaded by the tea party. They want to defund government. It has been invaded by libertarians who don’t want government.”