There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. ― Soren Kierkegaard
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 and humor.
This week’s topics include Rep. Devin Nunes & CNN, guns everywhere, George Zimmerman, food stamps, unemployment claims, Obamacare, new citizens, most popular baby names, legal scholars, Bengals, and much more!
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN in federal court on Tuesday in which he is seeking $435,350,000 in damages. (USA Today)
Good luck with that…
New federal data shows that there are 422.9 million firearms in circulation, or about 1.2 guns for every person in the country. (Washington Examiner)
I have more than 1.2 guns in my bunker – which is the world headquarters of The Western Word.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, is suing Martin’s family, prosecutors and others involved in the case he claims rested on false evidence, according to a copy of the suit sent to the media Wednesday. Zimmerman is seeking $100 million. (Miami Herald)
That’s how many people will lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP after the Trump administration formalized work requirements for recipients of food stamps. (NBC News)
The new rules take effect on April 1, which ironically is April Fool’s Day.
In the week ending November 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 213,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 227,000 to 228,000. (DOL.gov)
Thursday’s data is released at 6:30 a.m. Mountain time, well after this column is published. Click HERE to see Thursday’s unemployment data.
Americans continue to give the Affordable Care Act a split decision, with 50% telling Gallup they approve of the healthcare law brought about by President Barack Obama, and 48% saying they disapprove. (Gallup)
They could fix the weak parts of the ACA and make it better.
America the Beautiful welcomed 25 new citizens this week in a naturalization ceremony in Butte. The new citizens came from Germany, Canada, and even Burkina Faso, Africa. One native of Ireland had been living in the U.S. for almost 50 years before getting his citizenship. (MTN News)
Welcome to the club! Merica!
Here are the most popular baby names of 2019 for boys and girls! (CBS)
I’ll bet Muhammad coming in at #10 for boys is freaking out some of the right-wingers…
Four legal scholars testified for 8.5 hours on Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the impeachment of the President. (Seattle Times)
It was kind of boring…
The NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals won their first game of the season last week. They are now 1-11 and have the worst record in the NFL. (ESPN)
There are five teams with league-best 10-2 records. By the way, my Chiefs beat the Raiders 40-9 last week.