If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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.
This week’s topics include the Discovery channel and the Duggars, health insurance and Montanans, unemployment, Tom Brady’s pool cover, the bonsai tree, the Marine Corps congressional fellow, Voting Rights Act, questions for the debate, worst moments in Presidential debates, the 24/7 sobriety program, the August recess, and much more!
That’s how much ($19 million) it cost the Discovery Channel for the cancellation of the “19 Kids & Counting” show that featured the Duggar family. (Source)
That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)
Preliminary statistics show the state of Montana saw a net increase of more than 23,000 people with health insurance as of May 2015. (Source)
It was also reported that about 151,000 Montanans currently lack health insurance so there’s a lot more work to be done.
That’s how much ($8,500) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reluctantly paid for a pool cover for his personal pool at his home. How do we know this? Many of Brady’s personal emails have been made public during the “Deflategate” investigation. (Source)
I can see why people are reluctant to release emails and text messages…
The 390-year-old bonsai tree has quite a history, including surviving the blast of the atomic bomb, Little Boy, which was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. (Source)
By the way, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on this date in 1945. (Source)
Roll Call reported yesterday that the Gunnery Sgt. Peter James Boby, who was a Marine Corps congressional fellow in the office of California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, was arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car according to court documents. (Source)
Roll Call also reported that following an arraignment, it appears Boby will be getting a new assignment off the Hill.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago today. (Source)
According to Gallup polling, here are 11 questions American people would ask the candidates during the Republican Presidential debate tonight.
I don’t care for reality television that much, but I’ll be watching…
Courtesy of National Journal, here are the 10 worst moments in Presidential debates.
My favorite was the VP debate when Adm. James Stockdale began his opening statement with the question, “Who am I? Why am I here?”
Last week the seven-member Montana Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor the Montana’s 24/7 sobriety program after it was challenged in court. (Source)
This is one of the better things Montana has done to deter drunk driving.
United States Senators are taking their annual August break and the senate will be in recess for the next five weeks. Senators will return to Washington September 8. (Source)
Is this a great country or what?