Thursday Numbers

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. – Charlotte Whitton

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 Erin Andrews, SPAM, unemployment, Steve Bullock, Greg Gianforte, Jesse Laslovich, the Great Wall of China, Matt Rosendale, Stand Against Violence, Fear and Hate Day of Action, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, contested Montana state legislative seats, Rafael Edward Cruz, GOP Presidential debate, Republicans who won’t support Trump, Ben Carson, and much more!

16,800,000

A computer science professor said a conservative estimate is that at least 16.8 million people have viewed online some of the secretly shot footage of sportscaster Erin Andrews. The video showed Andrews nude in her hotel room.

Andrews has filed a $75 million lawsuit against the man who illegally shot the videos, Michael David Barrett. The suit also includes West End Hotel Partners, which is the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, and Windsor Capital Group, which manages the hotel where the videos were shot. (AP)

She deserves every penny…

12,500,000

Every so often I like to share the emails in my SPAM box…

Mr. Musa Ali from the Bank of Africa (BOA) told me that he has the opportunity of transferring left over funds ($12.5 million) from one of his bank clients who died along with his entire family in a plane crash. He added that he wanted me to treat this affair as both urgent, top-secret and confidential.

Psst – let’s keep it between us!

All I have to do is send him some personal information and in about 14 days the money will arrive! Is this cool or what?

278,000

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

180,000

Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) added more than $180,000 to his campaign war chest and has more than $1 million in the bank. (AP)

It’s nice to see that everyone will have enough money to get their message out…

173,000

Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte raised about $173,000 in the first two months of the year in his bid to oust Bullock. (AP)

The big thing everyone wants to know is how much of his own money will Gianforte put in this race.That’s always a question when a millionaire runs for public office. 

23,000

In the Montana State Auditor race, Democrat Jesse Laslovich has raised more than $23,000 during the first two months of the year. (AP)

There are some well-known people running for statewide offices this year. It should be fun to watch.

13,170

That’s the length (13,170 miles) of the Great Wall of China. (Source)

The Great Wall of China is significantly longer than the proposed “Great Wall of the USA” or “Great Wall of Trump.”

2,345

That’s how much money State Senator Matt Rosendale has raised in his race for Montana State Auditor. (AP)

I’m sure Rosendale will have plenty of money – I can’t wait to see him shoot down a drone again!

1,500

Applause to the more than 1,500 people who participated in the “Stand Against Violence, Fear and Hate Day of Action” events across Montana Tuesday in response to the recent anti-Muslim and anti-refugee activity in Montana. (GF Tribune)

The anti-Muslim and anti-refugee folks in Montana are paranoid about nothing.

68

68-year-old Mitt Romney plans to give a major address Thursday about the state of the current presidential race that has consumed the GOP with chaos. (WaPo) In other words, Romney does not like that Donald Trump is winning the GOP Presidential race.

Maybe Romney will talk about the art of losing two presidential races.

Trump responded to the news of Romney’s speech with this Tweet:

Looks like two-time failed candidate Mitt Romney is going to be telling Republicans how to get elected. Not a good messenger!

Romney was pretty excited to get Trump’s endorsement during the last Presidential election and had great things to say about Trump. (YouTube)

52

As of Monday, 52 of 125 Montana state legislative seats up for election will be contested — with nearly half pitting a Republican against another Republican. Meanwhile, filings with the Secretary of State’s Office show only eight primary matchups between Democrats. (AP)

The Montana Republicans sure know how to form the old circular firing squad. I guess it’s a purity thing. One of these days the Montana Republicans might require candidates to complete a DNA test…

45

Rafael Edward Cruz, also known as “Ted” Cruz was born 45 years ago (December 22, 1970) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Source)

I don’t see Ted Cruz becoming our President, but it looks like he may be the GOP’s answer to Trump.

22

The Hill has a list of 22 Republicans who won’t support Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee. (The Hill)

This has been fun to watch. Many folks believe the Republicans are getting what they deserve.If the Republican establishment screws over Trump, he will just run as a third-party candidate and Hillary Clinton will waltz into the White House.

11

Tonight is the 11th GOP Presidential debate. It is on the Fox News Channel.

This is one of the last chances for the establishment Republicans that run Fox News to beat up on Donald Trump. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio will be swinging for the fences while going after Trump, as will the Fox News moderators.

Trump is winning support from voters because he speaks against the Super PACs and the establishment Republicans who are controlled by big money.

I will be Tweeting (@TheWesternWord) about the debate until about 8:00 p.m. when I switch over to the History Channel and watch The Vikings, which should have less blood and gore than the debate…

8

That’s how many delegates Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson has won this election season. Carson is not participating in the next GOP debate and told supporters: “I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.”

Back on October 1, 2015, I wrote that Carson and I have something in common – we won’t be the President of the United States.

Looks like I was right…

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