Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it. – Lyndon B. Johnson
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 the Montana Legislature, gun sales, unemployment, Chicago, 2016 & The Western Word, Montana Child & Family Services, Megyn Kelly, Marsy’s Law, Marine Corps, anniversary, lottery, and much more!
That’s how much ($120 million) Republicans want to cut in state agency spending to balance the budget. (AP)
Get your popcorn ready because this battle will be interesting…
Just released FBI background check numbers, which roughly equate gun sales, totaled some 27,538,673, four million more than in 2015 and nearly double the number in President Obama’s first year. (Washington Examiner)
Obama is running out of time to take our guns – so it should be any day now. Be alert and hold on!
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
The Chicago Police Department said in a statement Sunday that in 2016 there were 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims in the city. (CBS)
That’s how many columns were posted here at The Western Word in 2016.
We just keep chugging along spreading the independent viewpoint all across the fruited plains!
The Western Word had 22% more visitors in 2016 compared to 2015.
Thanks for reading!
That’s how many children died in Montana after their abuse was reported to Child and Family Services. (AP)
This is terrible news. More needs to be done.
After 12 years at Fox News, Megyn Kelly is headed to NBC News.(NY Times)
NBC should put her on MSNBC up against Bill O’Reilly…
On January 10, The Western Word will be 12 years old!
Due to the cold weather, there will not be a parade…
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled 5-0 that a voter-approved constitutional initiative known as Marsy’s Law will take effect July 1. (AP)
The Marine Corps will make history today (Thursday) when the first three female infantry Marines join their unit at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (WTSP.com)
Hundreds of thousands of lottery players who were allegedly cheated by an insider’s long-running scheme to rig jackpots should be reimbursed for their losing tickets, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday that seeks class action certification. A security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association is charged with installing software on lotteries’ random number generators that allowed him to predict winning numbers on three days of the year. (AP)
I probably missed out on winning a few million dollars because of this.