Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of knowledge!

Have a wonderful Independence Day – and remember we are `Merica – so let’s do it right!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly 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 fireworks, World Cup, the USA in 1776 & 2014, American Crossroads, Veterans Administration, unemployment, Declaration of Independence, Benefis Health System, Liberty, Civil Rights Act, worst president, Air Force Global Strike Command, Yahoo Contributor Network, parking at Walmart, Mitt Romney, Fox News, a new four-star admiral, and much more!


That’s the value ($203.6 million) of fireworks imported from China in 2013, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($213.8 million). (Source)



“An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States soccer team in the World Cup on U.S. television.” (Source)


The state of Montana will give Verizon Wireless more $11 million back as part of the settlement of two disputes with the Department of Revenue. (Source)

I think everyone in Montana should get a free Verizon smart phone…


That’s the estimated number (2.5 million) of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776. Our nation’s estimated population for July 4, 2014 is 318.4 million. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?


That’s how much money ($1.68 million) American Crossroads plans to spend in Montana to help Steve Daines win the U.S. Senate race against John Walsh. (Source)

That may be a good thing for Walsh. According to the Sunlight Foundation, in 2012 only 1.29% of $103,595,960 spent by American Crossroads in the general election ended in the desired result (meaning their candidate won).


That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which is an increase from the week before.

It’s tough to get these numbers below 300,000.


On this date in 1930, Congress created the Veterans Administration. (Source)

Hopefully they’ve cleared all the appointments from the first few years…


The Declaration of Independence has 1,458 words with the signatures. (Source)

Back then they worked together for the good of the country…


The Great Falls Tribune reported, “Benefis Health System was named one of the ‘Top 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare’ for 2014 by Becker’s Hospital Review.”

Congrats to Benefis. I happened to be a patient at Benefis a few months ago, so I asked if Amy Watson of “HealthBreak” fame could be my nurse. I was told she was not available…


According to my friends at the Census Bureau, “Fifty-nine places contain the word ‘liberty’ in the name. Pennsylvania, with 11, has more of these places than any other state. Of the 59 places nationwide containing ‘liberty’ in the name, four are counties: Liberty County, Ga. (65,471), Liberty County, Fla. (8,276), Liberty County, Mont. (2,392), and Liberty County, Texas (76,571).”


The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies. (Source)


50 years ago yesterday President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

We should all remember the sacrifices of those who helped make the Civil Rights Act a reality – people like Viola Liuzzo. See her story HERE.


A new Quinnipiac University Poll found that 33% named President Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. George W. Bush came in second with 28%.

Maybe now the 47 percent have actually called Mitt Romney to apologize…


According to a press release from the Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs office, “In an effort to bridge the gap between young operators and leadership, Air Force Global Strike Command, through 20th Air Force, established an assistant director of operations position at each missile wing.”

That seems like a waste of personnel.


That’s how many saves USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard had in the USA v. Belgium FIFA World Cup soccer match on Tuesday. (Source)

Howard became famous for his outstanding play.


A 12-year-old Florida boy took a school bus and drove it 14 miles to Walmart. He was caught when he had problems parking it in the Walmart parking lot. (Source)

I think we’ve all had problems parking in the Walmart parking lot…


After nine years the Yahoo Contributor Network is closing down. I’ve written over 40 articles for Yahoo U.S. News and Yahoo Voices over the last few years.

I am going to miss it – but that means I have time to write for your organization!


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent.

This is good news, although “In June, 2.0 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force” which means they “were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.”


Mitt Romney says he will not run for President a third time. (Source)

And the crowd goes wild…


According to an article from WebProNews, “For the second time in her show’s existence, Megyn Kelly has surpassed Bill O’Reilly in the cable news wars, bringing in 413,000 viewers in the 25-54 age demographic compared to O’Reilly’s 402,000.”

I have been “clean” from Fox News for several years now. It took an intervention. It’s a process…


Michelle Howard is the first female to be named a four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy’s history. (Source)



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