Welcome to Thursday Numbers! Hang in there, the weekend is in sight!
If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this 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 the Powerball jackpot, NASCAR, unemployment, Ndamukong Suh, the new Corvette, alligator hunting, my 2000th column, A Day on the Farm, beer at NFL games, government shutdown blame, drunken horseback riding, Obamacare support, Congressional approval ratings, Saturday Night Live, Jurassic Park 4, recall election, and much more so be sure to read on!
That’s the Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing ($317 million).
Your chances of winning are better if you play…
NASCAR fined Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) $300,000 and docked his teams some points for their attempt “to manipulate the outcome of the race.”
NASCAR is like pro wrestling on wheels. Until they decide to park the cars and drivers who break rules for a few races, blatant rule breaking will continue.
By the way, NASCAR should allow Jeff Gordon in the Chase for the Championship; he was screwed over by MWR. Maybe Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports screwed him over, too.
That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor it is “a decrease of 31,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 323,000.”
Is this good news? It’s been a long time since new claims fell below 300,000, but the Associated Press tweeted “US unemployment benefit applications fall to 292,000, mostly because of technical glitches.”
OK, my parade is being rained on…
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is being fined $100,000 for an illegal block that happened in the first game of the season. He is appealing.
He has a reputation…
That’s how much it will cost to own a Chevy Corvette Stingray. According to Bloomberg news, “Pricing starts at $53,000 for the base and $63,800 for the top-line model with a sports performance package.”
For $5000 per person, supporters of U.S. Senator David Vitter could go alligator hunting in Louisiana.
On Saturday I posted the 2000th column here at The Western Word. It all started on January 10, 2005.
So thank you for reading this blog and, please, no parades…
It’s back, so mark your calendars – A Day on the Farm with Jon & Sharla Tester! “Join us for an afternoon of family fun, barbecue, Montana brews, and music, all as a special benefit to help elect Montana Democrats.”
It’s “$75 per person, kids free.” Unlike Sen. Vitter’s fundraiser (above), you will probably see a tractor instead of alligators…
If you attend a Detroit Lions game, beer will cost you 67 cents per ounce – the highest in the NFL this season. The Carolina Panthers charge just 27 cents per ounce, which is the lowest.
Helpful hint: As you get older you will find that beer just makes you have to go to the restroom more…and you end up missing a lot of the game…
If there’s a government shutdown, 51% of those polled in a CNN/ORC International survey would blame Republicans.
Our government is pretty messed up…
According to this story, “University of Colorado police have arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.”
He was traveling by horseback from Colorado to Utah because he lost his license…
According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, only 39% favor all or most of the provisions in Obamacare, down from 51% in January.
Uh-oh…the Tea Party Republicans will be smelling blood in the water when they read this poll.
A new poll from Gallup tells us that “Americans’ approval of Congress up to 19% in September” from 14% the month before.
The poll was taken September 5-8 when Congress was on their month-long summer recess and could do no damage…
The 39th season on Saturday Night Live premieres September 29 on NBC and there will be five new cast members.
It’s still a great show!
Are you ready for this? There will be a Jurassic Park 4, but it will be called Jurassic World. Mark your calendars; the release date is set for June 12, 2015. That’s 2015.
The Associated Press reported, “Two Democratic (Colorado) state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association.”
That was an interesting vote…