A fool and his money are soon elected. – Will Rogers
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 sarcasm.
This week’s topics include unemployment, Greg Gianforte, Bar-S Foods, the oldest American, Hillary and our guns, Mike Pence, support for police officers, Ted Cruz, the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention, and much more!
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDoL)
If the Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, is elected he promises to give his salary to a special manufacturing scholarship for veterans and low-income Montanans. (Great Falls Tribune)
The current salary for the Montana Governor is $108,167 a year.
The Bar-S Foods Company, a major U.S. manufacturer of lunch meat, bacon, sausage and hot dogs, has announced the voluntary recall of nearly 200 tons of hot dogs and corn dogs because of concerns they could be contaminated with the potentially deadly Listeria bacteria. (Great Falls Tribune)
I wonder what 200 tons of hot dogs and corn dogs would look like…
That’s the age of the oldest American, Adele Dunlap, who resides in New Jersey. (USA Today)
Chris Cox, the top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, told USA Today Wednesday that Hillary Clinton wants to take away peoples’ guns, and when she says that is not her goal, “It’s another lie from Hillary Clinton.” Cox said, “We know with 100 percent certainty that Hillary Clinton will be an unmitigated disaster when it comes to the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
I am still waiting for Barack Obama to take my guns. Since it’s getting close to the end of his Presidency, it should happen any day now, right?
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence is 57 years old. (Source)
An eight-year-old Great Falls girl wanted to show her support for police officers, so on Wednesday Julianna Graef visited the Police Department. She read a letter of appreciation to the officers and brought them cookies. (KRTV)
We need more of this in our country…
A few minutes after U.S. Senator Ted Cruz made an ass of himself at the Republican National Convention, his senate campaign sent a fundraising email asking supporters to stand with him by making an immediate donation of $5, $10, $25, or whatever they could afford.
Cruz did unite the convention last night because most people there were booing him off the stage…
Today is the final day of the four-day 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Democratic National Convention starts Monday, July 25, and runs through July 28. It is being held in Philadelphia.