The Monday Memo: Trump’s Weekend, Cell Phone Ordinance, & Playoff Football

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. – Wayne Dyer

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Trump’s Weekend
  • G.F. Cell Phone Ordinance
  • Playoff Football

Trump’s Weekend:

Here are some briefs about President Trump’s weekend. Click on the source link to read more.

  • A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. (Reuters)

Today (Monday) is day 24 of the partial U.S. government shutdown. The longer this goes, the more Trump will own it in the eyes of the citizens. Congratulations, Mr. President!

  • President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said. (WaPo)

This worries me. It should worry us all. BTW, if you go to Google Images and search for “Russian Agent” guess who pops up?

  • The President mocked a video of Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) by saying the video would have been a “smash” if she filmed it in “Bighorn or Wounded Knee,” a reference to her Native American heritage. (The Hill)

That is not cool. It would be nice if someone would explain to Trump the history of Native Americans in this country. Maybe Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines or U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte could brief him.

  • A judge in California partially blocked a set of Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covers women’s birth control from taking effect. (Reuters)

Providing health insurance that covers women’s birth control is a good thing.

  • House Democrats have been stonewalled over the last two years when it came to subpoenas on various Trump administration dealings. But now Democrats have the majority, and Elijah Cummings plans to make the most of it. (60 Minutes)

One of the key statements in this 60 Minutes piece was this:

…part of the government is shuttered, four of President Trump’s former associates are now convicted felons, ten of his original cabinet secretaries have left, four under a cloud of scandal. And there are 17 other investigations underway. Not counting the ones that are about to begin in the new Democratic House of Representatives empowered with the legal authority to compel testimony and demand documents.

This has to be a freaking record or something…

G.F. Cell Phone Ordinance:

The Electric is reporting that a Great Falls woman (Stacie Azure) is challenging the constitutionality of the Great Falls cell phone ordinance after receiving a ticket for an alleged cell phone violation.

I applaud Ms. Azure for fighting back and I wish her the best of luck. I’ve written about it several times and even sent a letter to the editor about the asinine ordinance.

I think the Great Falls cell phone ordinance was put in place to raise revenue for the big spenders in the city and not for our safety. I think the city should devote more officers to combat drunk driving which would really improve our safety, plus it would help fight the stigma of Montana being a bunch of drunken cowboys riding around in pickup trucks drinking beer.

You can read the full story from The Electric HERE.

Playoff Football:

My Kansas City Chiefs slayed the playoff demon and won their divisional game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. Next up, the New England Patriots come to Kansas City on Sunday for the AFC Championship.

I remember when the Chiefs played in their last AFC Championship game – a January 1994 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. Joe Montana was our quarterback and Marcus Allen was our running back.

I’m thinking most of America will be pulling for the Chiefs. The Patriots are one of my favorite teams, but I have been a Chiefs fan from the beginning!

From throwing passes in my back yard in Mill Grove, Missouri, and pretending to be Len Dawson and Otis Taylor to taking my son to see Priest Holmes break the NFL touchdown record at Arrowhead in 2003, I’ve been with the Chiefs through thick and thin.

By the way, the Chiefs and I were both “established” in 1959.

I like our chances at Arrowhead with 76,000 fans screaming for a Chiefs victory!

The NFC Championship will feature the Los Angeles Rams heading to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Saints are tough at home. It helps that they play inside with about 74,000 screaming fans. No wonder it is loud. That’s not my idea of real football.

Arrowhead is the loudest outdoor football stadium.

Like I have said before, real football is played outside, on real grass, in whatever weather there is that day. Now some high school football fields have “artificial turf” which I think shows we coddle that cream puff generation too much.