Thursday Numbers

Thanks for taking time out of your holiday schedule to read “Thursday Numbers.” It’s hard to believe that this is the last “Thursday Numbers” for 2013.

If this is your first time, 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 unemployment, “boys do not hit girls,” “do nothing congress,” Peyton Manning, weekly church attendance, dumbest tweets of 2013, most memorable quotes, top five Obamacare controversies, and much more!


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That was a decrease from the week before.

Since Congress did not extend unemployment benefits, several people will cease being counted as unemployed and disappear from the unemployment data.


Besides six months in the county jail and a $3,800 fine, State District Judge G. Todd Baugh ordered Pacer Anthony Ferguson to write, “boys do not hit girls” 5,000 times.

Yes, it’s the same Judge Baugh who said a 14-year-old rape victim was “older than her chronological age.”


The Associated Press reported this week, “Some 539 Montanans will lose their federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits starting Saturday after Congress failed to renew the program, Montana Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy said.”

That’s cold-hearted…


A CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday finds “that nearly three-quarters of the public say that this has been a ‘do-nothing’ Congress.” CNN calls it “The worst Congress ever.”

Amen to that.


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.

Manning is 37 years old.


Here are the 50 dumbest tweets of 2013.

One of my favorites: “Damn. Lil Wayne in a comma?” Someone responded, “Nah. He was in an apostrophe. He was high.”

Lord help us…


Gallup Polling reports, “Nearly four in 10 Americans (39%) report that they attended religious services in the past seven days. Americans’ report of their weekly church attendance has varied over the years, but it is close now to where it was in 1940 and 1950.”

The news must be devastating to the churches that have changed to bring in more people. Nothing much has changed since the 1950s, although churches have changed a lot to cater to people.


Here are the 13 most memorable quotes of the year from The Hill.


Here are the top five Obamacare controversies for 2013.


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