Thursday Numbers

Welcome to October – thanks for dropping by!

“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 the national debt, unemployment, Jimmy Carter, crazy illegal things in each state, bra cam, secret service, Tea Party, most memorable quotes, most vulnerable house and senate members, Tom Delay, minimum wage, Ebola & Missoula, Fox News apologies, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…


That is the U.S. National debt as of this morning ($17 trillion). (Source)

We just keep racking up the debt…


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)

This is a decrease from the week before and another week below 300k, which is good news.


Former President Jimmy Carter turned 90 years old yesterday (Wednesday, October 1).

I used to be able to talk like Jimmy Carter…


Click HERE for the 50 Craziest things that are illegal in each U.S. State.


Eloise Oliver had her bra outfitted with a hidden camera and in one day her “breasts were ogled at least 37 times in view of the camera.” (Source)


Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday after 30 years of service. (Source)

They should hire retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal to run the Secret Service.


Here are the 25 most memorable quotes according to USA Today.

I used one in today’s column…


About 24% of “Americans now say they are supporters of the Tea Party. This is down from 2010, but support has been fairly stable since late 2011.” (Source)

I’m no fan of the Tea Party…


Here are the 10 most vulnerable house members according to Roll Call. (Source)


Here are the 10 most vulnerable senators according to Roll Call. (Source)


It took almost nine years, but former House Majority Leader Tom Delay was found “not guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.” (Source)

Tom Delay is probably wondering, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”


That will be Montana’s minimum wage starting in January – 15 cents more than it is right now. (Source)

It’s very hard to live on $8.05 per hour…


The Associated Press reported, “There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those.”

This sounds like a good intro for a television show like The Walking Dead…


There were “four – yes, four—on-air apologies from different Fox personalities” this week. (Source)

Eric Bolling, who is co-host of The Five talk show, should have been fired for his “boobs on the ground” remark. He later apologized. By the way, Bolling never served in the military.


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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I don’t believe that anyone should be fired for making comments that express their opinions. Either on TV or a private citizen or a government employee. I am sick and tired of “political correctness” that has taken over our country. There is not one person in this country that hasn’t said something that someone else would disagree with, and for that comment you don’t like, they should lose their livelihood…seriously!

    The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees we have the freedom of speech. If you don’t like what is said, then challenge them, but get off the track of calling for them to be fired. For it is written: those without sin can throw the first stone…and no stone could be thrown…

    • Barry – Bolling’s remarks, although they were supposed to be a joke, were degrading to women and especially to those women who serve in the military. As for free speech, you can yell “fire” in a crowded theater and it’s free speech – but you still must suffer the consequences of your actions. As far as I know, Bolling suffered no consequences for his remarks except that he had to apologize. -JmB

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