Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. – Mark Twain
Welcome to the
first second “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 fundraising for Clinton & Trump, unemployment, Political Practices & Dan Kennedy, Panthers & Broncos, cell phone violations, Oracle & Bozeman, Star Trek, Affordable Care Act, favorable ratings, newest iPhones, and much more!
That’s how much money ($143 million) Hillary Clinton raised in August. (Reuters)
That is slightly more than I made from advertising here at The Western Word.
That’s how much money ($90 million) Donald Trump raised in August. (Reuters)
Is this a great country or what?
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
Former Republican Montana state Representative Dan Kennedy of Billings has agreed to pay $19,599 to the state to settle allegations that he took illegal corporate contributions from a dark-money organization not required to disclose its donors or spending. (AP)
I think Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl is doing a fine job…
The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos played in the last Super Bowl and will open the 2016 season tonight with a rematch. The last time that happened was 1970 when the season began with a Super Bowl rematch pitting Kansas City and Minnesota. (LA Times)
Are you ready for some football??? Merica!
That’s how much ($115) it will cost you in Great Falls (MT) if you are caught driving while using a cell phone (first offense).
You can still eat a hamburger, fries, and drink a soda while driving…
Computer technology corporation Oracle told Bozeman (MT) employees Wednesday that more than 100 positions were being moved to San Antonio, Texas. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
The Dallas Morning News broke a 75-year tradition on Wednesday and endorsed a Democrat for president for the first time since FDR (1941). (NY Daily News)
September 8, 2016, (today) marks the 50th anniversary of the first season of Star Trek. (jstor.org)
I liked Mork and Mindy…
That’s the percentage of Americans who support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). 51% disapprove of it. (Gallup)
It would be great if Democrats and Republicans worked together to make it better for all.
That’s Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating according to a new poll from Gallup.
That’s Donald Trump’s favorable rating according to a new poll from Gallup.
Yesterday Apple announced its newest iPhones, the 7 and 7 plus, which are water and dust resistant. (Associated Press)
I have a Blackberry…