I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. – Voltaire
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 USS Montana, the toy hamster & the Fox News anchor, grants for education, veterans & healthcare, Australian wool, Iran nuclear deal, Montana’s campaign laws, the Kentucky county clerk, the 2015 NFL season, and much more!
That’s how much ($2 billion) the new 377-foot-long USS Montana, a Virginia-class submarine, is estimated to cost. (Source) U.S. Senator Jon Tester made the request to have a ship named after Montana way, way, back in 2007, which shows how much clout he actually has with the military.
I was sure it was going to be named the USS Big Sandy.
This part that I wrote about Tester requesting a ship be named after Montana may ring a bell:
Some of my fellow veterans from the Navy side said he (Tester) was only doing this to kiss up to the Navy folks in Montana over the remark he made about Congress spending money like drunken sailors.
By the way, don’t believe everything you read from the mainstream media. According to my expert research Montana’s had three ships named after it – but that was many years ago.
That’s how much ($5 million) Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance. (Source)
I heard when the toy hamster is placed on a flat surface it tilts to the right…
That’s how much Montana will receive from a grant to support college and career readiness programs in high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges. The grant will be used to establish prior learning assessments for veterans attending a school in the Montana University System; expanding the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates program in tribal communities; and building a tribal college apprenticeship program. (Source)
This will be a big help.
That’s how many veterans died while waiting for their healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs. One veteran waited 14 years. (Source)
The VA is still very screwed up.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)
That’s how many pounds of wool were taken from a sheep that was recently found in Australia. It was about half of his body weight. (Source)
That wool will make about 30 sweaters…
The Associated Press reported Wednesday morning that Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, ensuring a landmark victory for President Barack Obama over ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.
Republicans will debate this until the cows come home…
As of this morning there are 34 active wildfires in Montana. (Source)
Cooler weather and rain may be coming in the next few days, so that might help.
That’s how many people attended a public hearing on proposed changes to Montana’s campaign laws. (Source)
Maybe Montanans don’t care that much…
That’s how many times the Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been married. (Source)
Yes, I’m thinking the same thing…
Just one week from today the 2015 NFL season kicks off! The Steelers play the Patriots to get the season started next Thursday September 10. (Source)
You can leave your Super Bowl predictions in the comments or email me…