The Page That Counts :: Summer 2003

Amount of veterans' benefits the House Budget Committee cut in March: $28 billion over next 10 years1

Percent of veterans who will lose their only source of medical care: 502

Amount both George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein paid for the same handmade shoes from the Italian shoemaker Vito Artioli: $9753

Amount of plastic sheeting a man in Connecticut used to cover his entire house to protect against a

biological or chemical terrorist attack: 3,500 square feet4

Amount of time George W. Bush was absent without leave in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War: about 1 year5

Estimated number of American servicemembers who were killed in Vietnam in 1972, the year Bush was

missing from duty: 5376

Number of marriages that take place in the United States per day: 6,4007

Amount the average American bride and groom spend on their wedding: $22,0008

Number of divorces in the United States per day: 2,7009

Percent by which the number of divorces in the Bible Belt exceeds the national average: 5010

Average amount of time Americans spend having sex per day: 4 minutes

Average amount of time Americans save per day by using a microwave: 4 minutes11

Number of Israeli army reservists who have refused to serve in the occupied territories: more than 1,00012

Amount Israel spends on its military: $8.9 billion13

Amount of the budget, mainly from social services, Israel's cabinet voted to cut to offset a budget deficit: $1.8 billion14

Number of people who will lose their health insurance as a result of the budget cuts: 150,00015

Number of emergency foreign intelligence warrants, which includes telephone wiretapping, that Attorney General Ashcroft has personally signed since 2002: 170

Number signed in the preceding 23 years: 4716

Year that Ashcroft released his CD Gospel (Music) According to John: 199517

Number of days after Leonard Rojas' execution that the Texas Supreme Court found Rojas' lawyer

incompetent: 68

Number of times Rojas' lawyer, David K. Chapman, had handled a death-penalty case: 0

Number of times his license had been suspended from the Texas bar: 318

Average height of an American man in 1876: 5'5”

Average height of an American man today: 5'9”19

Number of inches taller a person is while sleeping at night than during the day: 1/420


1. Evan Brandt, “GOP says budget cuts won't affect veterans' programs” The Pottstown Mercury,  2. Ashley Decker, “Supporting Our Troops--Until They Need Healthcare,” 3.Chuck Shephard, “News of the Weird,”, citing Newsweek, Feb. 17, 2003 4. Chuck Shephard, “News of the Weird,”, citing USA Today, Feb. 14, 2003 5. Walter Robinson, “One-year gap in Bush's National Guard Duty,” The Boston Globe, May 23, 2000. 6. James S. Olsen, Dictionary of the Vietnam War, 1988. 7. “Facts for Features,” The U.S. Census Bureau, 8. Rebecca Mead, “You're Getting Married,” The New Yorker, April 21, 2003  9. David Crary, “Divorce Rates,” National Vital Statistics System, citing 10.“Bible Belt Leads U.S. in Divorces,” Associated Press, Nov. 12, 1999, citing National Center for Policy Analysis,  11. James Gleick, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, Pantheon Books: New York, 1999. 12. Susan Sintay, “On Courage and Resistance,” The Nation, May 5, 2003, p. 12 13. “Israel,” World Factbook 2002, 14. Barabara Plett, “Israeli cabinet backs budget cuts,” BBC News,  15. Chris Marsden, “Israel: Austerity budget makes workers pay for cost of Sharon's war,” World Socialist Web Site,, 16. Dan Eggen and Robert O'Harrow Jr., “U.S. Steps Up Secret Surveillance,” Washington Post, March 24, 2003 17. The Smoking Gun,, March 5, 2003 18. David Pastzor, “Appellate dissent backs a dead man,” Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 14, 2003 19. “Tall Facts and Trivia,” Tall Club of New York City, 20. “Weird Science Fact File,” First Science, 

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