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“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 Fox News & Bin Laden, Taylor Swift, CNN, Keystone XL pipeline, unemployment, Democratic Party, sinkholes, statements from Montana politicians, GOP 2015 Calendar, U.S. Senate, YouTube, President Barack Obama, earthquake, first female president of the Montana Senate, the circus is coming, and a whole lot more!
Part 1 of Fox News Channel’s “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden” was watched by 2.697 million viewers on Tuesday. (Source)
Taylor Swift sold nearly 1.3 million copies of her new album ‘1989’ in its first week. (Source)
That’s phenomenal – and she’s only 24.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. This is an increase from the week before. (Source)
The CNN ratings for 9 p.m. (eastern) time slot Monday night were the lowest since October 1, 1991. (Source)
They should run the 30 minute CNN Headline News shows from 7p.m. to 11p.m. each night…
According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of respondents support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. That is down from 66% in March of 2013. (Source)
Building Keystone pipeline should not be an issue. It looks like it may even get a vote in the Lame Duck session!
According to Gallup polling, “After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections. The Republican Party’s favorable rating, at 42%, is essentially unchanged from 40%.”
It’s time to have an Independent party…
Here are photos of the 16 “most astonishing sinkholes which have turned up around the world.” (Source)
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has 10 prepared statements/quotes from Montana politicians. They are asking their readers to guess which Montana politician sent the quotes/statements. Check it out HERE.
Sadly, I did not see them use the silly quote, “As a (third, fourth, fifth) generation Montanan…” which could be used as an “all the above” answer.
You can “Get your Official GOP 2015 ‘Your America’ Calendar by submitting $9.00 or more to the RNC. (Source)
I wonder if the congressional work week listed on the 2015 calendar will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays…
With the Associated Press calling the Alaska senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, the Republicans picked up eight Senate seats in the 2014 elections with one (Louisiana) yet to be decided. Right now the GOP controls the senate by a 53-46 margin.
Before the election I said that I was “hoping for a Mitch McConnell loss, a Pat Roberts win, and a Mark Begich loss.” I got my wish in two out of three.
That will be the cost for a new monthly subscription for a music streaming service on YouTube. That is the promotional price. (Source)
According to a recent Pew Research poll, that is the percentage of people who believe President Obama will “accomplish a great deal” in his remaining two years. (Source)
That’s the magnitude of an earthquake that shook northwest Montana on Tuesday. (Source)
OK, we have a polar vortex AND an earthquake. Is a swarm of locusts next?
Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, is the first female president of the Montana Senate. (Source)
Congrats to Sen. Barrett and all the other new leaders.
I adoringly refer to the Montana Legislature as a three-ring circus (House, Senate, and Governor) where we’ll see plenty of clowns from both sides performing in January.
The Oakland Raiders are 0-9 this season. (Source)
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