Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!”

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about websites, nail polish, Amanda Curtis, Steve Daines, median household income, unemployment, Snallygaster beer festival, Elmo, Thursday Numbers, 1984 music, Sears, Gallup polls, Facebook, rudest drivers., educated towns, poverty rate, Jameis Winston, and much more!

Prepare yourself – your free dose of knowledge awaits…

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Trust in Mass Media: Not So Much

Happy Constitution Day! We are so lucky to live in the United States of America!

You can learn more about Constitution Day HERE.

Most folks learned about the constitution in school and know at least a couple amendments. Many people know about the freedom of speech and freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms.

Today Gallup released a new poll about the media.  It should cause those in that arena some concerns.

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Campaign 2014: Potpourri

Happy Tuesday! It’s a potpourri of political news!

Today I write about John Lewis and the Montana GOP, my prediction that Amanda Curtis won’t run out of money for gas, Harry Reid’s glass being half-full about Montana, and a new Gallup poll finds we dislike their representative.

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SCOTUS Poll: A Nation Divided

Today would have been a good day to write about World Cup soccer because I watched (and dozed off) during the match between Germany and Argentina yesterday. I kind of like soccer the same way I like Olympic swimming and gymnastics. Once these events are over, I normally don’t pay too much attention to them until the next Olympics.

So thanks World Cup for killing some time for me this summer, but the World Cup column will have to wait – maybe forever.

Many people don’t pay too much attention to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) until June of each year when they release their decisions. Then we forget about them unless a high-profile case is heard.

Gallup recently released the results of their SCOTUS poll that was conducted the second week of July. Gallup reported, “Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving.”

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The Sunday Message

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Back in 1957 Gallup conducted a poll that asked people if they thought religion could answer most of today’s problems or if it was old fashioned and out of date.

Back then, 82% said that religion could answer most of today’s problems and only 7% said it was out of date.

On Friday, Gallup released their 2014 data on the same question and reported “Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date.”

By the way, Religion is defined as “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.”

People still believe strongly in God. In 2011, a Gallup poll found that 92% believed in God.

Over the years we’ve seen religion take a lot of negative hits. For some it was deserved. But the big picture is that when someone involved in religion does something wrong it hurts all those who are involved in religion. We have to remember that even though a person is a priest, pastor, reverend, or a worker in a church, they are just a person and they sin.

The person delivering the message today at church will probably let you down at some point in your life. The religious organization in which you belong will probably let you down at some point.

Therefore it is important to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”


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Politics 2014: Iraq

Iraq is falling apart right before our eyes. Almost everyone in Washington has an opinion about what we should do. Most of those giving their opinions on what we as a country should do in Iraq are letting politics play a big role in their opinions.

So Iraq is also going to be a great political tool to use to win elections in November – and probably for the races of 2016. I bet most political consultants did not have Iraq on the radar for the summer of 2014.

People like South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are already saying if we don’t do something to stop the group called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) it could lead to another 9/11.  Graham is being bold mostly because he just won a primary election and has little competition in November.

Then there’s Iran – some folks believe we should work with them to help Iraq. We may not have a choice.

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Gallup: Little Confidence in Newspapers, TV News

Back in April we witnessed the media during one of its worst times when, right after the Boston Marathon bombings, we saw headlines on April 17 like, “Official: Suspect in Custody in Boston Bombings” and “Suspect Nabbed in Boston Marathon Bombing.”

Neither headline was true. In the rush to be first, they failed in one major area: Being accurate. The suspect was actually “nabbed” two days later.

Now we find a new poll from Gallup telling us “Americans’ confidence in newspapers fell slightly to 23% this year.” Confidence peaked for newspapers back in 1979 at 51%.

If you believe in television news, guess what – the confidence in television news is also sitting at 23%. It peaked at 46% back in 1993, according to Gallup.

So, as Gallup puts it, “Fewer than one in four Americans confident in newspapers, TV news.”

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