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). Be advised –  people have been known to gain a vast amount of knowledge by reading “Thursday Numbers.”

This week I write about the cost of raising a child, unemployment, Duck Dynasty, Great Falls Public Schools, Woodstock, Egypt, Social Security, Jesse Jackson Jr., same-sex marriage and the military, Malmstrom AFB, Dirk Adams for Senate, Newt Gingrich speaks, and much more!


The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 320,000 people filed new claims for unemployment, which is “a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 335,000.”

Decreases are good…


That’s how much on average it will cost to raise a child from birth to age 18 in the United States according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the story from CBS MoneyWatch HERE.


The 9 adults and 11 children on the show “Duck Dynasty” will spilt $200,000 per episode this season. That is “four times as much as they were earning previously.”

That was a nice pay raise…


That’s how much extra pay ($6,507) former Great Falls Public Schools superintendent Cheryl Crawley sought for longevity and experience. The school board denied the request by a 7-0 vote.

Although the school board was correct in denying the request, in reading and hearing about Crawley’s request, some folks seem to have a problem with people making six-figure salaries…


On this date (Aug. 15) in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York. (Source)

Now that was a party…


The Associated Press is reporting this morning that 525 people have been killed in Egypt during the recent protests.

Pray for Egypt…


Yesterday (August 14) was the 78th Anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.

A very good program…


The Chicago Tribune reported. “Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced today to 30 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for misspending about $750,000 in campaign funds.”

See ya…


In regards to Malmstrom AFB failing a Nuclear Surety Inspection, and according to the Associated Press, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski, “said his command’s inspector general has conducted 14 such inspections since early 2010 with just two failures — both involving the 341st wing [at Malmstrom AFB, Montana]. The first was in February 2010. The second was this week. The 341st also failed a safety and security inspection in 2008.”

That’s really not good no matter how they spin it


NBC News reported this week that military “service members who are stationed in one of the 37 states where same-sex marriage is illegal will be offered up to 10 days of leave so they can travel to one of the 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, that grant same-sex marriage licenses.”

Times have changed…


Lee Newspapers reported that Dirk Adams, 62, a “Wilsall-area rancher and political unknown” said he was running for the open U.S. Senate seat. He is the first Democrat to announce.

Will there be others?


CNN reported “Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing ‘zero’ alternatives to President Obama’s health care reform law.”

Gingrich is correct…