Thursday Numbers

Happy Halloween! Before you get a sugar high from all the candy, please take a few minutes to read the newest edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If this is your first time reading “Thursday Numbers,” this is the column 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 a scary car, illegal immigrants, unemployment, the Rosendale for Congress video, David Ortiz, the Red Sox, replacing your member of congress, the death penalty, Obama’s approval rating, violent crimes rising, the Republican Party, Social Security benefits, coldest cities, Kansas City Chiefs, Steve Daines, Kathleen Sebelius & Marsha Marsha Marsha Blackburn, and the third-most beer-loving state!

There’s a lot more so read on…


That’s how many people have seen this car commercial – which is such a great invention that they have called it “scary.” Watch it – it’s only 21 seconds – and make sure the sound is turned up to hear the engine:


According to this story, that’s how many illegal immigrants were removed from the United States in fiscal year 2013, which is the lowest number since 2007.

Those on the right will say the President wants the illegal immigrants to stay in the USA so they can vote for Democrats…


The U.S. Department of Labor reports, “In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised figure of 350,000.”

In other words, 340,00 people filed new claims for unemployment last week.


That’s how many views the video from Matt Rosendale for Congress has received as of this morning. The Daily Beast noticed the video and commented, “A Montana rancher running for Congress may have left his roots behind but not his heavy Maryland accent.”

I thought it was a North Dakota accent…


Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz hit .688 in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Red Sox won their third World Series in past 10 years last night.

It was a pretty good series…


According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Sixty-three percent of voters want to replace their own member of Congress, which is the highest percentage ever recorded on this question that dates back to 1992.”

I’m for that…


According to a new poll from Gallup, “Sixty percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support Gallup has measured since November 1972, when 57% were in favor.”

We’re gonna need a bigger prison…


That’s the approval rating of President Barack Obama according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. It’s a new low for the President.

Luckily for him he does not have to run again…


A new Gallup poll found that “…violent crimes in the U.S. increasing for the second consecutive year. Victimizations per thousand rose from 19 in 2010 to 23 in 2011 and 26 in 2012.”

The pro-gun supporters can use this data to promote their cause…


According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “The public’s view of the Republican Party has reached another all-time low in the survey, with 22 percent seeing the GOP in a positive light and 53 percent viewing it negatively.”



Social Security benefits go up 1.5% next year, which means the average increase will be $19 per month.

Don’t spend it all in one place…


According to The Daily Beast, Butte (MT) is the 10th coldest city in America. Fairbanks, Alaska came in first. Bozeman (MT) came in at 13, and Great Falls (MT) came in at number 22.

Congratulations…I think.


My Kansas City Chiefs are 8-0 this season and the last unbeaten team in the NFL. Yes, I m surprised as I picked the Chiefs to finish 8-8.

I’m wondering when this streak will end, because for good luck I am wearing the same underwear since the first win this season…


Is it trick or treat Steve Daines? Readers may already know this, but on his official U.S. House website, Representative Steve Daines contends he is a fifth-generation Montanan, but several sources report he was actually born in Van Nuys, California.

California? That’s like picante sauce being made in New York City! The Tea Party in Montana may start looking for a pure Montanan to run for Senate or House.

Seriously, politicians should not be ashamed of where they were born…


That’s how long (3.5 hours) the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, testified in front of the House Commerce Committee yesterday. Sebelius calmly answered their questions, took responsibility, and apologized for the problems, several times. She was loyal to the President, and if the Republicans are awarded a pound of flesh for Obamacare and the website problems, it will probably be hers.

The Republican members of the committee let their frustration of not being able to derail Obamacare get the best of them during the hearing, interrupting Sebelius and raising their voices. Rep. Marsha Blackburn was overly aggressive and rude. She never let Sebelius have time to answer her questions.


According to the website, “The Street,” Montana is the third-most beer-loving state. (H/T James @ Flathead Memo)

I’ll drink to that! #1 is North Dakota.