Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge! Can you believe this is the last Thursday Numbers for June?

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 sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about unemployment, a Wild Card winner, Ravalli County (MT), Daines & Toomey, Lois Lerner, Cochran & McDaniel, JFK, Iraq, oil trains, the dentist, same-sex marriage, U.S. Supreme Court, newly insured in 2014, Montana gas prices, the Kentucky senate race, a no hitter, and much more!

312,000

That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week. (Source)

260,000

A ticket sold in Miles City (MT) won the $260,000 Wild Card lottery last night. (Source)

Party time…

29,000

The Ravalli County attorney “filed a civil lawsuit Monday seeking $29,000 plus interest from (Valerie) Stamey for failing to perform her official duties” as interim county treasurer. (Source)

The lawsuit probably won’t get too far. Stamey was appointed interim treasurer by the Commissioners in September 2013, so maybe the county attorney should file a lawsuit against them, too.

24,000

The IRS was able to recover 24,000 e-mails from Lois Lerner “from the 2009 to 2011 period because she had copied in other IRS employees.” (Source)

Don’t you hate it when people use the “reply all” feature…

10,000

According to a press release from the John Walsh for Senate campaign Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey has donated $10,000 to Congressman Steve Daines. They also contend that Toomey is one of three senators who blocked the passage of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act.

6,693

According to Politico, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran beat Tea Party state Sen. Chris McDaniel by 6,693 votes in the Mississippi Republican Senate primary runoff Tuesday night. As for percentages, it was Cochran 50.9% to McDaniel’s 49.1%.

In a story published on Election Day, a Fox News reporter wrote, “Thad Cochran should be toast. And he probably is.”

Maybe the reporter was talking about a victory toast?

1963

Today in 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he declared in a speech, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). (Source)

54

That’s the percentage of Americans who oppose direct U.S. military action to help the Iraqi government fight Islamic militants. (Source)

12

The Associated Press reported this week, “Railroad records show more than a dozen volatile oil train shipments traverse Montana weekly en route to out-of-state refineries.”

If we only had a pipeline…

12

A 12-year-old French boy determined not to go to the dentist decided the best way to get out of it was to fake his own kidnapping. (Source)

10

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. National Journal reported, “We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws,” the panel wrote. “A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.”

Hopefully this will be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court soon.

9

All nine U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed that police may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.  (Source)

5

According to a new poll from Gallup, “Five percent of Americans report being newly insured in 2014. More than half of that group, or 2.8% of the total U.S. population, say they got their new insurance through the health exchanges that were open through mid-April.”

3.64

According to MontanaGasPrices.com that is the average cost for a gallon of gas in Montana as of this morning.

Welcome to summer…

3

I have been following the Kentucky senate race closely, and the latest poll shows Alison Lundergan Grimes up 3 points on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Anyone who has read this blog knows that McConnell has never been one of my favorite senators, and the GOP and the senate could do better without him. It is a long way to November, so visit alisonforkentucky.com and help her out! Watch her latest video HERE.

2

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum “pitched his second no hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year,” Wednesday. (Source)

 

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