Thursday Numbers

Welcome to Thursday Numbers!

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 Obama’s fake Twitter followers, the Rainbow gathering, unemployment, Cuban travelers, Walking for the Fallen, Chuck Todd, Nixon/Kennedy debate, the great pumpkin, the McEverything, Sports Illustrated’s Twitter 100, Olivia Newton-John, Jon Sonju, the Tea Party, the wacko bird, Kurt Russell, the beagle, stamps, and Breaking Bad.

19,500,000

According to this report, President Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, but 19.5 million of his “Twitter followers are accounts that don’t correspond to real people.” This makes him “the undisputed [political] king of the fake followers.”

Number two is Vice President Joe Biden; number three is first lady Michelle Obama.

Ouch…

My Twitter followers are not fake – in fact they are the greatest followers in the world!!

573,361

That’s “the total cost for the U.S. Forest Service relating to the Rainbow gathering” in southwestern Montana this year that was attended by about 10,000 people.

Sounds like fun times were had by all…

305,000

That’s the number of new claims for unemployment according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

136,332

As of this morning, that’s how many signatures are on a petition to get NBC News to apologize for their Political Director’s statement. Political Director Chuck Todd said, “it’s not the media’s job to correct Republican misinformation about the Affordable Care Act” and it ticked off some progressives/liberals.

Chuck Todd is one of the better political reporters on television.

183,000

The Associated Press is reporting, “Cuban authorities say nearly 183,000 islanders have traveled overseas since a migratory reform law took effect earlier this year.”

Freedom is a wonderful thing…

3,000

Marine Corp veteran Chuck Lewis of Ronan, Montana, completed the “Walking for the Fallen” trip yesterday arriving at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. He started in Everett, Washington, and his trip covered more than 3,000 miles.

I salute Chuck Lewis!

1960

On this date in 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates took place in Chicago between Republican Richard M. Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy.

Politicians and television – it’s been downhill since….

1,168

That’s the size (1,168 pounds) of a pumpkin grown in Shelby, Montana. It’s a state record.

140.33

UPI reports “A Wisconsin blogger said it cost him $140.33 to purchase one of each sandwich offered by McDonald’s and then assemble them into ‘the McEverything.’”

He also ordered a Diet Coke with the meal, so his total bill was $141.33.

Bloggers are really cool people…

100

Check out Sports Illustrated’s Twitter 100 in sports HERE.

99

Audrey Crabtree of Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduated from high school Monday. She is 99.

It’s never too late to get an education…

65

Happy birthday to Olivia Newton-John, she turns 65 today.

37

State Sen. Jon Sonju, R-Kalispell, 37 years old, is “all in” the U.S. House race. Well, he’s “all in” if U.S. Rep. Steve Daines runs for the open U.S. Senate seat. Sonju recently partnered with Rick Hill and they lost the Governor/Lt. Governor race to Steve Bullock/John Walsh.

It seems there are a lot of people waiting for “King” Daines to make a move.

Ironically, Sonju reportedly hired Erik Iverson who was “a key adviser to the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Denny Rehberg, who lost a close race to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.”

Not to dwell on loses, but Iverson was also a “key advisor” (or something) to U.S. Senator Conrad Burns who lost an even closer race to Jon Tester in 2006.

Maybe Sonju and Iverson think they are due for a win…

22

A new poll from Gallup found “Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today’s 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.”

This poll made me smile…

21:19

Sen. Ted Cruz spoke from the senate floor for 21 hours and 19 minutes. It was not a filibuster.

Wacko bird…

Sadly, this is time we’ll never get back.

7

Kurt Russell will co-star in Fast and Furious 7.

This is information you can use as an ice breaker…

5

Here are the five dog breeds that bark the most, with the beagle topping the list.

I own a beagle and she received a treat tonight for making the list! #Winning

3

The U.S. Postal Service will raise the price of stamps by three cents, to 49 cents. They need help to close the $20 billion budget gap.

I’m thinking a three-cent increase will probably fall a little short in closing the budget gap.

1

This Sunday is the series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad.

I’m sad to see it end. It’s a great show that I happened to start watching from the very beginning.

Please don’t die Walt!

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