The Monday Memo

The Western Word is coming to you, STILL coronavirus free, from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana. The bunker also serves as the worldwide headquarters for The Western Word blog!

Quote of the day…

Doing nothing is hard; you never know when you’re done. – Unknown

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

  • Stay at Home Order
  • Social Distancing Extension
  • Tom Coburn
  • Masks, Gowns, & Respirators
  • One More Thing


With Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s “Stay at Home” order going into effect on Saturday (March 28) several law enforcement agencies around the state held press conferences to tell the citizens to, you guessed it, “stay at home.”

I watched part of the “press conference” from the law enforcement folks in Great Falls. It was funny. The participants included Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki, Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen, and Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter.

The Great Falls Tribune covered it HERE.

Since the Governor’s order allows firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers as well as liquor stores to remain open, law enforcement personnel across Montana should be busy…


President Donald Trump’s press briefings would be comedy gold if it were not such a serious issue. Trump gets so pissed when a reporter quotes him. He even says he did not say what everyone has heard him say during interviews. Trump is a liar and in his life he has not had anyone hold him accountable. Now the members of the press do, and it’s great!

The Associated Press reported about Trump’s briefing yesterday:

Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

Thank God for the public health experts who got through to Trump.

Trump announced that he was extending the 15-day social distancing through April 30. That is a good thing.

We may not see schools reopen this academic year since many end their academic years in May and June.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert was on several Sunday news shows and said the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the pandemic.

In the AP story, Trump acknowledged that he may be forced to extend the guidelines again at the end of April, but expressed hope that by June 1, “we should be well on our way to recovery.”

If you follow me on Twitter @TheWesternWord you will get live commentary laced with sarcasm and humor during Trump’s press conferences.


Tom Coburn, a former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma and obstetrician, died at his home Saturday. He was 72. Coburn served in the U.S. Senate from 2005-2015 and in the U.S. House from 1995-2001. Some Democrats called Republican Coburn “Dr. No” for his fiscal conservatism.

I was reading my Facebook timeline this weekend and happened to see a commentary that was added to a Facebook group I follow called, “American News X.” It is a left-leaning group that I follow for their memes. The commentary was from a person named Thomas Clay, Jr.

Clay opens his commentary saying, “Former senator from Oklahoma Tom Coburn is dead and the world is a much better place thanks to the Grim Reaper who finally grew a pair to take out that evil bastard.”

It does not get much better. It is sickening for any human to write these things about the death of another human. Is this what politics have become?

Clay continues with, “If there was any such thing as justice in this country, Coburn’s rotting corpse would be thrown out in the Oklahoma desert so all manners of varmints could defecate his mortal coils into putrid human effluence right before an F-5 tornado cruised over him so no evidence of his existence was left.”

Clay closes with, “He was welcomed to hell by Ronald Reagan, Jerry Falwell and the great Satan himself. This is the final goodbye to Dr. No. May he rot in hell forever as we toasts to reading his obituary with infinite satisfaction.”

I left a comment on the American News X page which said, “I may not agree with some people politically, but I will never rejoice in their death. Shame on you.”

We’re better than this. Rest in Peace Senator Coburn.


There’s a shortage of medical supplies in the United States. Maybe one of the reasons we are low on medical supplies is because back in February the United States did this:

This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials. These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people.

The State Department also said in the press release that, “the United States government is announcing it is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing funds to assist China and other impacted countries, both directly and through multilateral organizations, to contain and combat the novel coronavirus.”

I’m not sure if the supplies and money helped China very much. I wish we had those supplies here for our coronavirus problem.


I saw this meme from a “Political Humor” page I follow:

Woo Hoo! A check from the President? I feel like a porn star!