The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

My farmer friend used his stimulus to buy baby chickens. He got his money for nothing and his chicks for free. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Reba & Kristi
  • Reefer Madness
  • Flag Day
  • Netanyahu
  • Reading Assignment


Late last month, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen issued an Attorney General’s Opinion (AGO), holding the use of “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) and so-called “antiracism” programming in many instances is discriminatory and violates federal and state law. The AGO, which carries the weight of law in Montana, was issued after a May 12 request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.

Education Week reported that as of June 10, legislators in 20 states have introduced bills that would restrict teaching critical race theory or limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism, according to an Education Week analysis. Four states have signed these bills into law.

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you believe Critical Race Theory (CRT) should be taught in public schools?”

The results will be posted later this week.


The Black Hills Pioneer reported that a Montana fundraiser for Gov. Kristi Noem hit a sour note with a country music superstar. A promotional announcement for a Sunday barbecue for the South Dakota governor, with Reba McEntire, advertised as one of two country singers scheduled to appear. That was news for McEntire.

So, Reba took to Twitter:

Last night, an invitation to a political fundraiser with my name attached was sent out without my knowledge or permission. I had and have no plans to attend this event and had told the event organizers as such.

Throughout my career, I have stated that I do not get involved in politics and that remains true today.

Good for Reba.

It was reported that the fundraiser was hosted by Mike and Sheila Ingram and the published guest list includes several prominent Montana Republicans, including Gov. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Steve Daines, and Rep. Matt Rosendale.

The Black Hills Pioneer reported that a couple can be added to the Host Committee by donating or raising $8,000 to the Noem for Governor campaign. That will include photos at 4:30 p.m. before the barbecue is served at 5:30 p.m. There are “cheaper” tickets available — $500 per person, or $1,000 per couple.

If I were going I’d buy two of the $8,000 tickets because I might want seconds at the barbecue…

Check out the story in the Black Hills Pioneer HERE.


Lee Newspapers reported on Friday that an anti-marijuana group has filed a motion to dismiss its lawsuit to overturn the ballot initiative that legalized cannabis in Montana.

I think the anti-marijuana group should turn its attention to more important things that actually harm the state, like drunk driving.

Read the full report from Lee Newspapers HERE.


This is a friendly reminder that today (June 14) is Flag Day.

President Joe Biden has designated this week (June 13-19) as Flag week. (Source)

For more information about Flag Day, click HERE.


The Associated Press (AP) reported that Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition.

It does not look like Netanyahu will be going too far. The AP reported that he said, “If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country.”

I doubt we’ve heard the last of Netanyahu.

Read the full AP story HERE. Read a report from Reuters HERE.


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  4. “Back the Blue” Rick compared the Capital riot favorably to Chappaquiddick in a tweet recently. I wonder the thought process that got him there.

    • Bill – I saw that. I don’t know his thought process – or if there is one. Thanks, JmB

  5. “Critical Race Theory” has simply become another far-right buzzword to demonize, along with “liberal”, “socialist”, “communist”, and “climate”. The white supremacists and other far-right bigots always feel threatened when teachers teach, especially when they’re teaching facts. It must be some sort of genetic predisposition to severe allergic reactions in the presence of facts. There oughta be a vaccine for that.

  6. The reading assignment story about the cost of real estate in Whitefish is interesting, because the same thing has been happening right here in Great Falls, though to a lesser extent. This despite Commissioner Tryon claiming just a few short months ago that the crime was so terrible in Great Falls that no one would want to move here so we had to launch a crime task force. Guess the out-of-staters actually moving here don’t put quite so much stock in the questionable online community rating website as our Commissioner.

    • Terry – great points. I think the first goal of the “crime task force” is to sell the citizens a public safety levy. Watch for it. Thanks, JmB

      • First or maybe 2nd, neck and neck with generating publicity for a certain commissioner.

      • Terry – very true. It’s dangerous to get between him and a camera or microphone! Lol. Thanks, JmB

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