Thursday Numbers

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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 Obamacare, an “historic” agreement, unemployment, cold weather, missing brains, Jeff Bridges, best photos of 2014, the Beretta, funny people, musicians, bad people, immigration, top news searches, donations from Association PACs, Jason Priest, Philadelphia 76ers, and much more!

765,000

That’s how many people signed up for Obamacare in the past two weeks during the new enrollment period. (Source)

Is this a great country or what?

297,000

That is how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)

67,000

Montana’s Congressional delegation agreed to add 67,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in an “historic Montana lands bills agreement.” The bill has to pass the House/Senate and be signed by the President. (Source)

It never hurts to have more wilderness – it also never hurts for the Montana delegation to work together.

175

This is “Thursday Numbers” column number 175.

Wowser…thanks for reading! 

110

This year (2014) is the coldest year Chicago has seen in 110 years. (Source)

Congrats Chicago! 

100

The University of Texas at Austin has lost track of about 100 jars of brains. (Source)

Now I am starting to understand Texas politics a little better…

65

Actor Jeff Bridges turns 65 years old today.

57

Here are the best photos of the year for 2014 from Reuters.

30

CNNMoney reported this week, “After about 30 years of using the Italian-made Beretta as the primary sidearm pistol for the U.S. military, the Pentagon is seeking a new gun contract.”

25

Here are “25 UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL PORTRAITS OF THE FUNNIEST PEOPLE ON EARTH” (Source)

17

That’s how many states (including Montana) are suing over the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration. (Source)

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox never seems to miss an opportunity to get a little media attention and shore up his base of supporters – it’s all about his next election.

It would be nice if members of congress would come together and pass an immigration bill. Many folks believe the bill (S. 744) passed in the Senate by a 68 – 32 vote in June would pass in the House if given a vote.

13

Watch out – here are 13 signs you are bad person.

11

Here are 11 musicians who were booed off stage.

10

Here are Yahoo’s top 10 news searches of 2014.

10

Here are the 10 Association PACs that gave the most money to candidates and political parties. (Source)

4

The Billings Gazette reported, “Former (Montana) state Sen. Jason Priest pleaded guilty late Wednesday afternoon to four misdemeanor charges in an assault case involving his daughter and wife.”

Wow, he got off very easy.

2

Two young Wisconsin boys decided their Christmas lists needed to get to Santa quickly so they dialed 911 for help.

1

The Philadelphia 76ers basketball team won their first game last night – their record is 1-17. (Source)

 

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