Thursday Numbers

It’s Thursday. That means tomorrow is Friday.

“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 and sometimes sarcasm.

This week I write about the 2016 presidential election, abortions, networks/cable news and the State of the Union (SOTU) speech, Tweets during the SOTU, unemployment, jury duty in Aurora, Roe vs. Wade, public school dropout age, deflated footballs, minimum wage, lowest average gas prices, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…


The Washington, D.C., newspaper “The Hill” has a story predicting, “The 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, according to top fundraisers and bundlers who are already predicting it will more than double the 2012 campaign’s price tag.”

Wow…I can’t wait.


According to, that is how many abortions (approximately) have been performed since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. (Source)


That’s how many viewers (7.3 million) watched CBS during the State of Union. NBC was second with 5.3 million, and ABC had 4.7 million viewers. (Source)


Fox News won the cable news coverage of the State of Union with 3.5 million viewers. CNN was second with 2.5 million and MSNBC was third. CNN did beat Fox News in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic. (Source)

I watched C-SPAN – I can make up my own mind…


That’s how many Tweets (2.6 million) related to the State of the Union were sent on Tuesday night. (Source)

I sent a few! You should follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord


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

We just can’t seem to stay below 300,000…


That’s how many people were called for jury duty in the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting trial. (Source)


On Jan. 22, 1973, (42 years ago today) the Supreme Court handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Source)

I subscribe to the words “walk a mile in their shoes,” but I also believe that abortion should never be as common as popping an aspirin to get rid of a headache. My vote has never been cast because a candidate is pro-life or pro-choice.


There’s a bill in the Montana legislature to raise the public school dropout age from 16 to 18. (Source)

Be cool, stay in school…


ESPN reported that, “The NFL has found that 11 of the New England Patriots’ 12 game balls were inflated significantly below the NFL’s requirements.” (Source)

I think the Patriots stopped by my house…

Deflated Football





A bill in the Montana legislature would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The current minimum wage is $8.05 per hour. (Source)


That’s the average regular gas price ($1.757 per gallon) in Missouri – the lowest in the nation as of this morning. Montana has an average of $1.99 per gallon. (Source)

I need a road trip…

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1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 57,762,169

    I wonder how many new great minds were lost, like a new Gandhi or Einstien or Lincoln or da Vinci or Martin Luther King Jr or Kennedy,…that didn’t get a breath or chance to improve our world..

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