The Monday Memo

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Quote of the day…

I don’t like the fact that my chances of survival seem to be linked to the common sense of others. -Unknown

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

  • Rough Weekend
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Henry Kissinger
  • One More Thing


President Donald Trump did not have a very good Easter weekend.

Trump is mad at Fox News. Yes, Fox News. Trump tweeted:

Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on @FoxNews. I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press(please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation. What the hell is happening to @FoxNews. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!

I think Trump realizes that when Fox News starts criticizing him, then he is in big trouble.

Several news organizations are starting to report about the lack of preparation for the coronavirus pandemic from the Trump Administration although they knew about it a long time ago:

President Trump lashed out at The New York Times over a story it published on Saturday that reported Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar repeatedly warned the president of the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak weeks before his administration began to crack down in its response to the threat.

Several of Trump’s supporters are trying to blame different responses to the coronavirus on Dr. Anthony Fauci and don’t like it that he tells the truth, which sometimes contradicts Trump.

President Trump on Sunday reposted a tweet from a supporter who called for Anthony Fauci, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, to be fired.

Trump is jealous. A recent poll showed Fauci’s job approval was 78% and Trump’s was 46%. People admire Fauci.

Trump is looking to quickly reopen the United States to help his re-election chances. Look for him to fire anyone who disagrees with him.


Since it was the Easter weekend, I saw several folks on Facebook post fake information like this:

Facebook is saying that posting the Lord’s Prayer goes against their policies, I’m asking all Christians please post the Lord’s Prayer.

These folks probably have a better chance of getting Nancy Pelosi beaten in her next election…

I’ve never heard of it happening, but I did find several Facebook pages that are called “The Lord’s Prayer” with the actual prayer posted. Some of the pages had thousands of likes/followers.

Back in 2015 the fact-checking website Politifact asked the question, “Is Facebook planning to ban religious content? No.”


Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is 96 years old, but that has not stopped several people from posting fake quotes on Facebook from him about Donald Trump. Of course, the quotes were kind to Trump.

I saw two or three posts on my Facebook timeline this weekend. I could tell very quickly that they were false. debunks the Kissinger story HERE.


There are reports that President Donald Trump rejected a bailout for the U.S. Postal Service. Someone on Facebook offered this suggestion:

The Postal Service should just tell Trump that they’re working on a Trump Stamp. They’ll get funding immediately.


3 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. The USPS has lost at least $2.7 bln every year since 2007. The problem isn't corona; the problem is demand for mail has changed radically in 15 years while USPS hasn't. Any cash infusion must be conditioned on structural reforms that Congress has been punting on for 10+ years.— John Arnold (@JohnArnoldFndtn) April 12, 2020

    For the fiscal year ending in Sept 2006, the USPS ran a profit of $900 million.Then, in Dec 2006, Republicans mandated that the USPS pre-fund all of its retirements for the next 75 years, at a cost of $5 billion a year.When was it you said the USPS started losing money?— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 13, 2020

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