Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” which means we are one day closer to the weekend!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” 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) just to make you smile or to make you shake your head.

This week I write about Hyundai, Montana Cash, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the USAF and Godzilla, unemployment, Turkey, the Preakness Stakes, John Conyers, Casey Kasem, Clinton v. Rove, George Brett, Joran van der Sloot, Big Sky Sampler, and much more!

240,000,000

That’s how much ($240 million) the car company Hyundai was ordered to pay in punitive damages Wednesday by a Lake County (MT) jury. That was in addition to $8.6 million in actual damages.

The case involved 19-year-old Trevor Olson and 14-year-old Tanner Olson (cousins) who “died when their 2005 Hyundai Tiburon slammed head-on into another car in 2011.” (Source)

297,000

That’s the new claims for unemployment filed last week, which is “the lowest level for initial claims since May 12, 2007.” (Source)

That is pretty great news!

40,000

The “Montana Cash” lottery game has doubled the starting jackpot to $40,000, plus it still costs only one dollar for two plays.

Is this a great country or what?

36,007

CBS News is reporting, “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens last year who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings.”

There were 193 people convicted of homicide in this group.

4,000

Rest easy – the U.S Air Force can handle an attack from Godzilla. According to this report, “The Air Force would deploy ‘4,000 Segways and slingshots’ and would need help from certain people.”

The USAF has changed some since I wore the uniform…

282

Prayers go to the people in Turkey who have lost approximately 282 workers in a mining accident. (Source)

139

This Saturday is the 139th Preakness Stakes.

Will California Chrome win?

84

That’s the age of Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.). He has been in the U.S. House since 1964. It was recently reported that he “doesn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.” (Source)

82

That’s the age of former radio personality and voice of Shaggy in the cartoon Scooby-Doo., Casey Kasem, who “has advanced Parkinson’s and can no longer speak.” (Source)

66

Hillary Clinton is 66 years old, and Karl Rove is 63.

I think Clinton can kick Rove’s butt…

61

Happy 61st birthday to baseball hall of famer George Brett, who played for the Kansas City Royals.

28

Joran van der Sloot is serving a 28 year prison sentence for murder. He has served about four years. He is also getting married on May 22. The future Mrs. Van der Sloot is five months pregnant with van der Sloot’s child. (Source)

22

Gallup polling released a poll that said only 22% of U.S. registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election. 73% say they do not.

3

By my calculation, it’s been about three months since the Great Falls Tribune ran the last “Big Sky Sampler.” OK, it was only 2 months and 23 days, but who is counting?

In case you’ve never had the opportunity to read the Big Sky Sampler, the Tribune Editorial board would select blog posts from across Montana and publish them (or parts of them) on their opinion page. It was highly entertaining…

 

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