Thursday Numbers

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

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 and sometimes I am actually serious.

This week’s topics include the debt limit, unemployment, James Holmes, Statements of Candidacy for 2016 presidential candidates, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Guinness World Records book, best burritos in America, myths about wine, WDBJ-TV, and much more.

18,100,000,000,000

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted this week that the United States will likely hit the $18.1 trillion debt limit around mid-November or early December. (Source)

I guess that means our country’s credit card is maxed out just in time for the holidays…

271,000

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

3,318

On Wednesday a Colorado Judge sentenced Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes to the maximum – 12 consecutive life terms without parole plus 3,318 years. (Source)

Maybe I’m going out on a limb here, but I think Holmes will die in prison.

891

As of this morning, 891 people have filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) with the FEC to register as a 2016 presidential candidate. The list includes notables such as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and other not so notable people like “Deez Nuts” and “Deez W. Nuts.” (Source)

Is this a great country or what?

72

That’s the age of Vice President Joe Biden. He was born on November 20, 1942. (Source)

This week CNN reported that Biden revealed to members of the Democratic National Committee Wednesday that he is assessing whether he has “the emotional fuel” to run for the White House.

If he is talking like that, then he will probably not run.

69

That’s the age of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. He was born on June 14, 1946. (Source)

67

That’s the age of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She was born on October 26, 1947. (Source)

62

That’s the age of Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush. He was born on February 11, 1953. (Source)

60

The Guinness World Records book turns 60 years old today. (Source)

33

You can thank me later – here are the places to get the 33 best burritos in America.

Eating establishments from Denver, Salt Lake, Seattle, and Portland made the list and look to be the closest to Montana.

26

As of this morning, there are 26 active wildfires burning in Montana. (Source)

12

Courtesy of Thrillist, here are 12 Myths About Wine Busted by a Sommelier.

Yes, it’s OK to drink boxed wine…

2

Two employees of WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, (reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward) were murdered on live television Wednesday morning. Another person was wounded. (Source)

Please keep their families, friends, and co-workers in your prayers.

 

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