The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Be sure to bring up politics at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s going to save you money on Christmas gifts. Follow me for more holiday tips. – iFunny

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Rittenhouse
  • MHSA Football Championships
  • One More Thing


The University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats both made the FCS football playoffs. They both earned first-round byes and will next play on December 3 & 4. (Source)

This week’s poll question asks, “Which team will go further in the FCS Playoffs?”

The results will be released later this week.


As you probably know, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday on all charges in the shootings that killed two men and injured a third during last year’s violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse argued that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him.

I’ve read a lot of comments this past few days – from the social media lawyers to opinions in several newspapers. The folks on the right are happy that he was acquitted. Those on the left are unhappy.

It’s just another thing that polarized our country.

I’m somewhere in the middle. I thought he would be found guilty on the gun charge, but that was dropped. When I heard the judge would allow some lesser charges to be considered, I thought the jury would go for one of those. So, I was surprised when he was found not guilty on all charges. I won’t lose any sleep over it.

I do think that Rittenhouse was good on the witness stand. The prosecution seemed to screw up several times. Those two things won it for him – plus he stuck with the self-defense line and never wavered.

That self-defense line will not always work, but it did for him.

Rittenhouse will appear on the Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” this evening (Monday). (Source) I guess Fox News had a camera follow him around and now they get the scoop.

I wonder how long will it be before Rittenhouse is invited to Montana to speak at a GOP dinner? He’ll be a great ticket for the conservatives and Second Amendment folks. He can make a gold mine on the rubber chicken circuit.

After the verdict was announced I read a comment from someone who said, “We are truly living in the wild, wild west these days.”

True, very true.

Pro-Tip: You better stock up your bunker…


The annual “Brawl of the Wild” football game between Montana and Montana State happens around the same time each year (third Saturday of November). It’s been going on since 1897 so that Saturday in November is kind of their day.

So why does the Montana High School Association need to schedule state football championships on the same date?

The “AA” football championship was Friday night, but all other classes (A, B, 8 player, and Class C six player) all held their championships on Saturday at 1:00 pm. (Source)

I suggest, once again, that MHSA move the championships to Friday. It would be nice if they were all held in the same location. Fans could make a day of it and allow everyone to watch or attend the “Brawl of the Wild” on Saturday.

Maybe that is too much common sense?


I Tweeted the following on Friday after listening to some conservative talk radio shows based in Montana:

Sometimes I catch some conservative MT talk radio programs on the way to the store.
The questions remind me of Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on SNL: “Remember when you played with the Beatles? That was awesome.”
No tough questions.

You can watch the Saturday Night Live clip HERE.