The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Ironing boards are surfboards that gave up their dreams and got a boring job. Don’t be an ironing board. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Matt Rosendale
  • Gaetz/Greene & Trump/O’Reilly
  • Reading Assignments
  • One More Thing


The Associated Press (AP) announced last week that a third Democrat had announced a run for Montana’s new U.S. House seat. Those Democrats running include Monica Tranel, Laurie Bishop, and Cora Neumann.

Click on the names (above) to visit their websites. I’m sure there will be more candidates in the future.

This week’s poll question asks, “Who is your favorite Democratic U.S. House candidate so far?”

Results will be posted later this week.


U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) is very far to the right in my book and several of his votes in the U.S. House are head-scratchers. I did not vote for him, and I hope when the lines are drawn for the new districts, he is not in my area.

Nonetheless, Rosendale publishes a very good newsletter to let his constituents learn about his travels and the issues that he is working on. Congrats to his staff for their work on it.

You can see the latest newsletter by clicking HERE. I subscribe to it not because I am a supporter, but because I am interested in the issues affecting Montana. Every Montanan should subscribe. Sure, it has some propaganda, but that is normal these days.

Other elected officials and those wishing to represent Montana should take notice of Rosendale’s newsletter.


The Hill is reporting that Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) held a protest on Saturday after a third California venue canceled plans to host one of their “America First” rallies.

Vanity Fair is reporting that it “Looks like no one wants to see the Donald Trump-Bill O’Reilly arena tour.” Ouch.

Those two articles made me smile.

Check out The Hill article HERE. Check out the Vanity Fair article HERE.


Here are some articles that I think you will find interesting…

Gazette opinion: Daines’ engagement with local officials on crime is encouraging

Transgender people sue over law on birth certificate changes

Wyoming bar sold T-shirts about shooting LGBT people

U.S. judge rules DACA program illegal, suspends new applications

How Tucker Carlson became the voice of White grievance


Does anyone know the date and time in August for Trump’s inauguration?


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  4. Matt’s opposition to Olympians using their spotlight to make political statements is the same “shut up and stay in your lane!” cancel culture conservatives regularly attempt to enforce, whether it is athletes kneeling or the pope speaking out on some political topic or corporations taking a stand or celebrities making statements, or whatever. The do not want anyone else to be able to exercise their 1st Amendment rights and get a message out from a big public soapbox. Yet they insist they have absolute rights to get out their own hateful, divisive and dangerous rhetoric using the big soapboxes of privately owned Internet businesses.

    • Terry – you are correct. Like I said I don’t agree with him on much, but it’s nice to see an elected official communicate with his/her constituents. Thanks, JmB

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