Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – where knowledge is power!

In case you’re new around here, “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 sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about Fifty Shades of Grey & Russell Wilson and Lolo Jones, Affordable Care Act, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport, protecting the disabled & elderly, Obama’s favorable rating, Google Street View images, hiding bottles of beer, Jeb Bush, drunk driving, our most important problems, fourth graders, and much more!

94,400,000

From Friday through Monday, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey took in around $94.4 million. (Source)

Seattle QB Russell Wilson thinks it’s a great movie; Olympic athlete Lolo Jones does not.

11,400,000

That’s the number of Americans (11.4 million) who have signed up for private health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Source)

Congress needs to work with the President to make the ACA even better.

283,000

That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. That is a decrease from the week before. (Source)

Hopefully it will stay below 300k for awhile…

193,000

That’s about how many passenger boardings there were in 2014 at the Great Falls (MT) International Airport. (Source)

The airport director and the board are doing such a great job that I am gushing with pride…

54,000

That’s the number of Montanans who have signed up for private health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Source)

This is good news.

20,000

In Montana there’s a new law that says if you swindle the elderly and disabled you could be fined from $5,000 to $20,000 and get from 10 years to 20 years in jail. (Source)

You might get your butt kicked, too, because Montana’s elderly are pretty tough…

51

That’s President Barack Obama’s most-recent favorable rating (51%) according to Gallup.

With Congress having an approval rating of about 20%, the advantage is with Obama…

30

Here are the “30 Most Bizzare Images Ever Caught By Google Street View.”

It takes a little while to get through the slideshow, but they are interesting…

24

That’s how many bottles of beer a fan tried to sneak into a Turkish soccer game. How do we know this? He was caught! (Source)

21

Jeb Bush is trying to separate himself from his father/brother and telling people he is his own man, but he’s getting help from 21 people who worked for his father and/or brother. (Source)

Right now Jeb Bush is not an exciting candidate. I’m yawning here. The big question is can he make himself exciting and motivate people to support him.

17

Gallup polling recently asked people, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” They report that “Dissatisfaction with government (17%) and the economy (16%) continue to rank as the most commonly named issues.” (Source)

Healthcare, unemployment/jobs, and terrorism were the next three issues mentioned.

Maybe they should pass this report around to members of the Montana Legislature…

10

Although he graduated from an impaired driving treatment court, Ray Alan Roma, 54, was sentenced to four years in prison for his 10th DUI conviction. (Source)

The way Montana judges allow drunk drivers to get off with a slap on the wrist, I wonder if he graduated with honors…

4

According to USA Today, “President Obama will announce Thursday that the National Park Service will give all fourth graders and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full year.” (Source)

Is this a great country or what?

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