The Monday Memo

Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose. –Irish Proverb

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • The Vaseline Complaint
  • 2019 Congressional District Census
  • Let it Snow…
  • One More Thing


On Friday Lee Newspapers posted a story about the Montana Legislature and jars of Vaseline being left on legislators desks after “a contentious vote on one of the most controversial bills of the 2019 legislative session.”

The jars of Vaseline upset a few legislators with Lee reporting that “one of those targeted said was overtly threatening, sexual and meant to intimidate or influence votes.”

Some legislators filed a complaint.

When we elect clowns, we should expect a circus. Just about every session of the Montana legislature we have a circus atmosphere where a few make the rest look like asses.

I think the jars of vaseline were funny.

Jokes were things we used to tell or do to each other before people became offended by everything.


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle (BDC) reported over the weekend that a Census look-a-like paid for by a Republican organization landed in Gallatin County mailboxes recently, spurring state officials to remind Montanans that the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t solicit donations.

I think I received something like that around the time of the 2010 Census.

It would be nice if mailers looking like an official census document or using the word “census” in them were outlawed by Congress. It’s hard enough to get a complete count of people for the decennial census, without people thinking they have to send money back with their completed forms.

The BDC said that the form was sent by the Republican National Committee. We already know the Republicans and President Trump don’t want a complete count of people living in the USA.

By the way, Census Day 2020 is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.


It snowed at my house. A lot.

The National Weather Service in Great Falls is reporting that as of 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening Great Falls received 19.3” of snow. That was a lot less than places like Browning that had 48 inches. We did not lose power or any limbs off our trees. We spent the day watching football. I am hoping that the snow will melt away quickly and let us enjoy some fall weather.


A Florida middle school teacher has been reassigned after an online quiz question for students referred to President Trump as an “idiot.” (Fox News)

Here is the question:

45th Pres; 2017; Republican; Real Estate businessman; Idiot

The possible answers were:

  • Donald Trump
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Richard Nixon
  • Jimmy Carter

Why do they make quizzes so easy these days?



2 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. Vaseline funny? I can’t read the article – paywall. What was the legislation about? Why Vaseline.

    • The legislation was supposedly Medicare expansion. I guess the Vaseline was to show those voting for it would get screwed. It’s funny because people are so sensitive.

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