Thursday Numbers

And just like that it’s Thursday – and your weekly dose of knowledge awaits!

In case 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 the national debt, the Bullock campaign, female lawmakers, veterans in Congress, Elvis, Montana Legislature, John Thune, unemployment, independent voters, coldest cities, John Boehner, Sarah Laszloffy, Charlie Hebdo, baseball Hall of Fame, and much more.

18,082,480,907,100

Since this is the first “Thursday Numbers” of 2015, and we’re starting a new year and a new congress, with the Republicans in control of the U.S. House and Senate, I think it is fitting to list the U.S. National Debt. As of this morning it was over $18 trillion. (Source)

That’s about $56,000 per citizen. Ouch.

320,000

Governor Steve Bullock’s (D) campaign has raised $320,000 and has about $273,000 in the bank. (Source)

Who will run against Bullock?

294,000

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

104

That’s how many female lawmakers will be serving in the 114th Congress. There are 535 members of Congress. (Source)

This is a record, but more women are needed.

98

There are 98 members of the 114th Congress who have served in the military. (Source)

We need more veterans in Congress.

80

According to the Washington Post, “the new Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent Christian.” (Source)

80

Elvis Presley was born 80 years ago today in Tupelo, Mississippi. (Jan. 8, 1935)

64

The 64th Montana Legislature convened on Monday. (Source)

Many people head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of a “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

Wait and see…

54

U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota turned 54 yesterday. Happy birthday, Senator!

Thune is my favorite GOP Senator…

43

According to Gallup, “An average 43% of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014, establishing a new high in Gallup telephone poll trends back to 1988.” (Source)

Gallup also found that “In terms of national identification with the two major parties, Democrats continued to hold a modest edge over Republicans, 30% to 26%.”

Since independents are the majority, shouldn’t it be easier for independents to run for public office in places like Montana? Maybe the legislature will get right on that…

25

Here is the list of the 25 Coldest Cities in America!

Congrats to Great Falls, Montana, for making the list. Great Falls probably has the worst snow removal of all those cities…

24

John Boehner, R-Ohio, was elected Speaker of the House with 216 votes, although 24 Republicans voted for someone else while one voted present. According to one report, “it was the largest rebellion by a party against its incumbent speaker since the Civil War.”

I have never been overly impressed with Boehner’s leadership or his tan…

23

Montana State Rep. Sarah Laszloffy (R) is the 23-year-old chairwoman of the House Education Committee. According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, Laszloffy received her education “from home schooling and private schools.”

While Rep. Laszloffy might be a great person with a bright future in politics, I don’t think being chairwoman of the House Education Committee is the best fit for her.

12

That’s how many people were killed in a terrorist attack at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo which is in Paris, France. (Source)

My prayers for those killed, their friends and family.

5

According to Reuters, “A Florida man is accused of bringing his 5-month-old son to a home burglary attempt, during which he set the baby down so that he could pull a knife on the homeowner.”

Sometimes you can’t fix stupid…

4

There will be four new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF). (Source)

Roger Clemens should be in the HOF. So should Pete Rose. There are others who belong there, too. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (these are the people who vote for the players) are a joke.

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Not a fan of Rose at all but he definitely belongs in the Hall. In light of your support of Clemens, what about Bonds, McGwire, Palmeiro, etc? Happy New Year!

    • Rick – I would have no problem with Bonds and maybe McGwire. Palmeiro did fail a drug test. The whole steroids area in MLB is kind of gray. Some players never failed a sanctioned MLB steroid test, but were implicated by other players, like Jose Canseco. Some confessed without ever failing a test. -JmB

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