Thursday Numbers

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. – George S. Patton

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Bernie Sanders & fundraising, Jon Tester & water, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, unemployment, the Internal Revenue Service, “Live In It To Win It,” influenza, wealth list of Presidential candidates, eggs, top three threats, and much more!

5,600,000

The campaign of Bernie Sanders claims they raised $5.6 million in the first 21 hours after his win in New Hampshire on Tuesday. (HuffPost)

Bernie has momentum…feel the Bern…

3,000,000

U.S. Senator Jon Tester Senator announced this week that Montana will receive nearly $3 million in Army Corps of Engineers grants for water projects. (Tester Press)

Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting…

1,770,000

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) that’s the number (1.77 million) of drunk driving attempts prevented by an ignition interlock device in the United States.

Every state should require ignition interlocks for anyone who seeks driving privileges after a drunk driving offense.

464,000

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was hacked again. According to the IRS, they identified unauthorized attempts involving approximately 464,000 unique SSNs, of which 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully access an E-file PIN.

Maybe all Americans should get free lifetime credit monitoring from the Federal Government…

269,000

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

339

That’s how many hours the winner spent in a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Express pickup truck during the “Live In It To Win It’ contest in Great Falls. Josh Green spent 339 hours in the truck – more than 14 days – and was declared the winner on Tuesday. (MTN)

I hope they clean/detail the truck a little before they present it to Green…

95

Montana health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are down 95 percent from the same period last year. (AP)

Let’s be careful out there…

80

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), on average, a drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before a first arrest.

20

Forbes put together the definitive wealth list of the 20 top Republican and Democratic 2016 presidential candidates. See the list HERE.

Bet you can’t guess who is the wealthiest…

9

It’s always interesting what I find when I am out for my daily walk, Yesterday I found an 18 pack egg carton with nine eggs. They looked to be in good condition. Depending on your level of optimism, the carton was half full or half empty…

Eggs

One friend told me they hoped I would find some bacon today…

3

Gallup reports that U.S. adults rank cyberterrorism (73%) along with international terrorism (79%) and development of nuclear weapons by Iran (75%) as the highest of a dozen potential threats.

It’s always something…

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