Thursday Numbers

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. – Walter Winchell

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 urinals at Target, unemployment, Bullock/Gianforte & Twitter, Trump delegates, the Bar Exam in Montana, Thursday Numbers number, Cruz/Fiorina reactions, Montana Public Service Commission, Fiorina’s delegate, and much more!

14,000

That’s how many times a Facebook post has been shared that says Target installed urinals in a women’s restroom in California.

The post has been rated as “Pants on Fire” false by Politifact of California.

Sadly, there are still some idiots out there who seem to think that whatever they read on the internet must be true – many of those people believe that President Obama is a Muslim and/or he wasn’t born in the USA.

These are also some of the same people who want to rent my underground bunker and eat all my MREs before the Feds start their attacks…

257,000

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

977

That’s how many followers Democrat Steve Bullock (@BullockForMT) has on his Twitter campaign account. Bullock is the current Governor of Montana and running for a second term.

814

That’s how many followers Republican Greg Gianforte (@GregforMontana) has on his Twitter campaign account. Gianforte is running for Governor of Montana.

Bullock and Gianforte need some serious help with social media.

287

That’s how many delegates Donald Trump needs to get to 1,237. (TheHill.com)

There are 503 delegates remaining for the Republicans.

266

That’s the proposed score for passing the Uniform Bar Examination (Bar Exam) in Montana. The Associated Press reported that University of Montana Law School Dean Paul Kirgis proposed the change earlier this year, saying the percentage of the school’s graduates passing the bar on the first try fell from 88 percent prior to 2013 to below 70 percent in the past two years. Graduates now need 270 to pass the Bar.

I heard you don’t even need to pass the Bar to work for Cascade County Attorney John Parker…(Source)

There are many more lawyer jokes I could insert here, but I won’t. You can put your favorite lawyer joke in the comments section or send them to me via email.

I think the University of Montana Law School should prepare their students better…

244

This is “Thursday Numbers” column 244. The first “Thursday Numbers” column was posted back on June 9, 2011. In that column, I wrote that 427,000 people filed new claims for unemployment.

I don’t think I’ve missed posting the unemployment numbers since then. I think it’s important to notice that behind the unemployment “numbers,” are people who are hurting and struggling.

27

Here are “The 27 funniest reactions to Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina for VP.”

My favorite, “BREAKING: Current Loser Picks Former Loser As Running Mate In Competition They’ve Both Already Lost”

15

That’s how many months former House speaker Dennis Hastert will spend in federal prison for a hush money scheme. In court, Hastert admitted to abusing underage boys during his years as a high school teacher and wrestling coach. (RollCall.com)

Prosecutors said Hastert molested at least four boys during his time as a wrestling coach in Yorkville, Ill., years before he served in public office.

3

From the cold-hearted bastards department…

The Montana Public Service Commission is considering changing the administrative rules governing when utilities can shut off electric service for non-payment during the winter, including shortening the five-month moratorium to three months so customers can’t accrue overwhelming overdue bills. (Associated Press)

Yes, people game the system. So what? The utility companies gouge the rest of us enough to make up for it. The PSC is supposed to look out for the consumers – even the ones who can’t pay their bills.

Leave it the way it is.

1

Republican candidate for President, Ted Cruz, picked former candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate yesterday. Fiorina brings 1 delegate to the race that she won back in Iowa. (Politico)

Cruz could not find anyone willing to be his running mate named “Mary” as in “Hail Mary.”

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