The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. ― Bethany Hamilton

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

  • Legislative vs. Judicial
  • Donald J. Trump
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • The Western Word Poll


The tussle between the Republicans in the Montana Legislature and the Montana Supreme Court is very interesting to me. I don’t know how it will turn out, but I’m thinking the Supremes will win it in seven games.

I recently read a report from Lee Newspapers that Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, a Republican, filed a motion for the state Supreme Court to recuse itself from a case involving its own administrator, Beth McLaughlin.

Lee Newspapers also gave some background on the tussle:

Friday’s filing from the attorney general’s office is part of a case before the Supreme Court in which McLaughlin is challenging a legislative subpoena for her emails and testimony. It comes in tandem with a Republican-led investigation into alleged violations of public records retention laws and judicial bias. That stems from polls on pending legislation, which were discovered in McLaughlin’s emails.

Oh yes, the legislative branch investigating the judicial branch. That should go smoothly.

Read the full report from Lee Newspapers HERE.


Several sources, including The Hill, are reporting that former President Trump has rolled out a new tool to communicate with his supporters in lieu of platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, which banned his accounts. Trump’s platform, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” features videos from the former president and statements from his leadership PAC, which have been sent out over email for several weeks.

The Hill also reported that supporters (and interested people like me) can sign up to get notified when Trump sends out a message from his site, similar to functions on other social media platforms.

Click HERE to view Trump’s new tool.

NPR is reporting that Facebook’s independent Oversight Board on Wednesday (today) is expected to announce its biggest decision yet: whether to uphold or reverse Facebook’s indefinite ban on former President Donald Trump.

Read more about it HERE.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported a few days ago that reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN.

The Packers/Rodgers story took the NFL Draft off the front page for a few days. Now that the draft is completed, NFL fans are back to wondering about Rodgers.

The problem with all these stories is that we have not heard from Rodgers, himself. It’s the old “sources say” crap.

The rumors are flying left and right.

Rodgers has three years left on his contract – a contract that he signed. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great player, but he is getting old. Just as the Packers did to Brett Favre when they drafted Rodgers, the Packers did the same to Rodgers by drafting a young quarterback last year. Supposedly that pissed off Rodgers.

He needs to get over it. The NFL is a business.

Green Bay officials say they won’t trade him. If that’s the case and Rodgers does not want to play, he will sit, get older, and not get paid.

Some day a team with a superstar acting like a crybaby should draw a line in the sand and say honor your contract or sit. Green Bay might, but I doubt it.

Many people sign and honor their contracts (teachers, military personnel, etc.). Rodgers should follow their honorable example.


The 2021 Montana Legislative session ended April 29. This week’s poll asks, “What overall grade would you give the 2021 Montana Legislature?”

Click HERE to participate.

The results will be posted Thursday.


3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. C.T.E abounds, abides, and reason subsumes for WHAT? Accept Reason, deny Reason impossible to do both, no matter what one thinks

  2. Franco Harris had a contract. Didn’t like it. He was dumped. Whole town loved him but agreed he had a contract and should have stuck to it. He stayed in Pittsburgh and was still well loved but didn’t play football.

    • Mary – I did not know that. Good for the Steelers! Thanks, JmB

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