Thursday Numbers

An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep. ― Alexander the Great

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, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include an expensive troll storm, Storm Area 51, unemployment, The Ranch at Rock Creek, Security Forces, Impeachment, Un-American Tweets, Apollo 11, 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, CBS Evening News, and much more!

14,000,000

The Associated Press (AP) reported this week that the publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay the victim of an internet trolling campaign over $14 million and remove all posts that encouraged his readers to contact the Montana real estate agent, a magistrate judge recommended on Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch called The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin’s behavior reprehensible and atrocious in telling his internet followers to unleash a “troll storm” on Tanya Gersh, her husband and her 12-year-old son in 2016. (AP)

Hate can be expensive…

1,600,000

That’s how many people have indicated they are going to the “Storm Area 51 They Can’t Stop All of Us” event on September 20, 2019. (Facebook)

Sounds like a fun event…until they shoot you for trespassing.

216,000

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

3,600

The most expensive hotel in the United States can be found in the western state of Montana, according to a new survey by Luxury-Hotels.com. According to the survey’ findings, The Ranch at Rock Creek, a 5-star ‘dude’ ranch situated just outside the town of Philipsburg, emerged as the priciest US accommodation option. To stay in this property over the summer, guests can expect to pay at least $3,600 per night. (Montana Standard)

341

Malmstrom Air Force Base welcomed a new commander for the 341st Security Forces Group Wednesday morning during a Change of Command ceremony. Colonel Frank Reyes is now the commander of the 341st Security Forces Group, which is the largest security group in the Air Force. The group is comprised of 1500 Airmen and Department of Defense Civilians. (KRTV)

Security Forces have the most important job in the Air Force!

332-95

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 332-95 to kill the first articles of impeachment brought forward under the new Democratic majority, showing off a deep divide among Democrats on whether to go forward with an effort to unseat President Donald J. Trump. (The Hill)

If you’re keeping score at home, Montana’s only member of the U.S. House, Greg Gianforte, voted to kill (table) the articles of impeachment.

59

A USA Today/Ipsos poll found the 59% of those polled thought President Donald Trump’s tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American.” Worth noting is that 54% of Independents felt the remarks were “un-American.” (USA Today)

Sadly, at a rally in North Carolina Wednesday night the crowd started chanting, “send her back” in reference to the four minority congresswomen. This is a shameful display. (Yahoo)

11

50 years ago this week (in 1969), Apollo 11 launched on July 16 and landed on the moon July 20. On July 21, Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin was the second. Apollo 11 returned to earth on July 24. (Smithsonian)

It’s a well-kept secret, but I was the one taking the pictures on the moon. I was very young… (Just kidding)

9/11

Comedian Jon Stewart on Wednesday strongly condemned Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) after he and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) objected to legislation to extend the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, saying that Paul’s “virtue signaling” was “outrageous.” (The Hill)

The U.S. House passed the bill 402-12.

Stewart is right. It’s outrageous that they decided to fight this spending when they vote to spend money like drunken sailors most of the time.

3

CBS’s heavily promoted debut Monday of Norah O’Donnell as the new anchor and managing editor of the network’s flagship CBS Evening News failed to end CBS’s long run in third place behind ABC’s World News Tonight and the NBC Nightly News. In fact, ratings data compiled by Nielsen show O’Donnell’s first night actually delivered lower ratings than the anchor she replaced, Jeff Glor. (Forbes)

I think O’Donnell will do a great job if given the time. The network evening news needs anchors who have been there for a long time and have built trust with viewers.

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