The Wednesday Read

Quote of the day:

When people throw stones at you, don’t throw them back. Collect them all and build an empire. ― Anonymous

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

  • Daines & China
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Fake News
  • One More Thing


I was taking a sip of water the other day while looking through my mail and almost lost it when I saw the new mailer from the Montana Democratic Party. The photo of Daines as an official in a boxing ring is both creepy and classic.

I think this was the third mailer from the Montana Democratic Party going after Daines. It’s going to be a fun summer and fall.


I’ve never cared for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). These people can ef up a winning campaign pretty easily. Everyone in Montana probably remembers the NRSC ad about Jon Tester’s barber back in 2006.

A new ad from the NRSC is not helping first-term Senator Steve Daines with his race against Steve Bullock.

MTN News is reporting:

A Montana engineering firm and the U.S. Senate campaign of Gov. Steve Bullock have asked TV stations to pull a GOP campaign ad accusing him of “steering” state contracts to “his brother’s firm,” calling it false and defamatory.

The ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee began airing statewide last week.

MTN also reports that Bill Bullock (the brother) sold his interest in the company in 2009 – four years before Steve Bullock became governor. The NRSC contends Bill Bullock is still on the board of directors.

When I first heard the ad, it raised suspicions. When I heard it was from the NRSC, I figured they were probably playing loose with the facts.

It’s typical for out of state groups to do a drive-by attack. Even if the ad is pulled, the damage is done.

I won’t link to the ad on this website because it should not be shown. It should be pulled by all the Montana television stations.


Sometimes friends and I talk about the massive amount of fake news that friends post on Facebook asking, “How can people be so dumb.”

I don’t normally say it that nice.

Just recently the Trump supporters posted a video that was from some doctors who are members of a group called America’s Frontline Doctors. The video promoted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that the President, his son Donald Trump Jr., and others shared a video of the event on Facebook and Twitter, prompting both companies to step in and remove the content as part of an aggressive push to keep the sites free of potentially harmful information about the virus — though not before more than 17 million people had seen one version of the video circulating on the web.

Of course, some idiots who are my Facebook friends posted it. Later in the day, several found something like this message in their posts:

I am happy to say that I have never had a Facebook post blocked because it was fake news. I check sources. I also turn in those who post fake news, hate speech, etc.

That was not the only fake news of the day. The following is from the

Right-wing personality Mark Levin tweeted out a picture on Friday of a prescription pill bottle he claims belonged to the 44th president. The tweet appears to insinuate that the drug, repeatedly touted by Trump as a cure for coronavirus, must work given its alleged use by Obama.

The prescription was from 2008 and the conspiracy theories began!

Read the whole story HERE.


So it sort of is curious: A man works for us — with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx also highly thought of. And yet, they’re highly thought of, but nobody likes me. It can only be my personality. That’s all.
– President Donald J. Trump July 28, 2020 (Source)