The Wednesday Read

Quote for the Day…

The world is getting so sensitive. Soon I won’t be able to make fun of myself without offending someone. – Unknown

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

  • Matt Rosendale
  • Sheriff Jesse Slaughter
  • Mitch McConnell
  • The Western Word Poll


Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) was one of 21 Republicans to vote “Nay” on H.R. 3325.

Here’s what the bill would do:

To award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021

The bill passed the House 406-21 with four members not voting. (Source)

As I was preparing to post The Western Word, I could not find any information on why Rosendale voted this way. Maybe he does not believe there was an insurrection.

Rosendale joined members like Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Andrew Clyde in voting against the bill. (CNN)

Is this really who we want representing Montana in the U.S. House?


First-term Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter announced via Facebook Tuesday evening that he was running for re-election and that he was switching political parties. He will run for reelection as a Republican. He seemed angry with the Democrats in Cascade County and made some remarks about Antifa.

Maybe he needs to read my post from yesterday about Antifa and Fascism?

I don’t care which party Slaughter belongs to. In my opinion, the Sheriff’s race should be non-partisan.

I voted on the Democratic Party primary ballot last time to vote for Slaughter because I was unhappy with the current Sheriff at that time.

At this time, it seems the safest bet in Cascade County is to run as Republican. They have done well in the county recently. Maybe Slaughter saw the writing on the wall. It’s OK to be a Republican; just don’t be a nutjob Republican.

Will the Democrats of Cascade County find a candidate to run for Sheriff?

You can watch the Facebook post from Slaughter by clicking HERE.


I don’t care for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that much, but there’s one thing I can say is that he knows how to fight political battles.

The Hill is reporting that McConnell is throwing fuel on a simmering fire over the Supreme Court by reviving a long-running war over the judiciary heading into an election year. McConnell’s pledge on Monday that a GOP-controlled Senate would block a potential Biden nominee in 2024 comes at a critical moment for the Supreme Court.

In my humble opinion, the Democrats in the Senate don’t know how to wage a political fight. They better find the guts to fight in the next few months or they will find themselves in the minority after the midterms.

Read the complete report from The Hill by clicking HERE.


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?”

Click HERE to take the poll. Results will be posted Thursday.



12 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

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  2. To make things even worse in soiling Montana’s reputation on a national level Rosendale’s Chief of Staff was called out tonight on CNN’s Don Lemon Show by a Capital Police Officer for being very disrespectful to him today. The officer was attacked and injured in the January 6 Capital insurrection. He went to Capital today to make appointments with the 21 GOP Congressmen that voted against the Gold Medal bill yesterday to see why they opposed the bill.. He said all the Congressmen’s staff were very respectful and helpful in scheduling meetings with the Congressmen or their staff except for Rosendale’s Chief Of Staff who was rude, disrespectful and did not want the police officer there. He stated he went out of his way to be very pleasant and non-confrontational at each office. Lemon asked him how he was received in all these offices great except in the Montana Congressman’s office,which he said he couldn’t recall Rosendale’s name.Well guess it wasn’t Matt himself that did this but he certainly sets the tone of the office. I just slumped in my chair when I heard this. I hope some of the 339,169 voters that marked the ballot for Rosendale are having second thoughts.

    • Dennis – Thanks. I heard that and the Washington Post has a story. – JmB

  3. Matt apparently backs the blue only when convenient like when they are putting down racial justice protests in the steets, but not when they stand in the way of the violent and unlawful seizure of power by the radical right. It’s about all one can read into his shameful vote. How dare those officers risk their lives upholding the law while opposing MAGA “patriots” ordered to storm the Capitol by The Annointed One Trump.

    • Terry – I think Matt has some explaining to do. Thanks, JmB

      • Larry – Thanks. It would be nice if a Montana reporter would ask him about it to get him on record. – JmB

      • I’m sure he will … to the autocracy-minded ultra-right donors at his next private fundraiser. They’ll get quite a chuckle.

      • The congress persons who want to ignore the dictionary definition of insurrection because MAGAs might be charged with more serious federal crimes didn’t utter a peep last summer when A.G. Barr prodded federal prosecutors to bring sedition charges against street criminals who took advantage of racial justice demonstrations to commit violent acts against authority..

        Gosar, Taylor-Greene, Boebert, Gaetz. Gohmert, etc. … Matt is really running in some rarified company there. Even Madison Cawthorne had the good sense to vote “yea” on the measure.

        But if you want to keep milking money out of the Big Lie, guess you gotta go all in.

      • Terry – Thanks. Looks like Montana has a nut job as our Representative. -JmB

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