The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Vampires are real. Every day I meet at least one person who sucks the life out of me. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • The People’s House Rally
  • MSU Bobcats
  • Daines Misses Votes


This week’s poll question asks, “Do you like or dislike self-checkouts?”

The results will be released later this week.


The far rightwing publication, “Montana Daily Gazette” recently announced that a rally would be held on January 6 at noon in Helena, Montana, at the capitol.

Here is part of their announcement:

“The Peoples’. Ammon Bundy will be on Montana Gazette Radio on the 14th of January. Patriots will be at the Capitol, for a peaceful protest, at noon on January 6th.
Follow the law. Respect the house.
No need for unauthorized tourism. It’s just time to pray and seek God’s face. We will honor the Jan 6 patriot murdered by capitol police and many political prisoners who are still in jail or house arrest without being charged with a crime.”

If anyone is reading this that believes the attack on our nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6 was justified, let me tell you that you are full of shit.

Unlike other blogs, I provide links to the stuff with which I disagree. Click HERE to read the announcement from the Montana Daily Gazette.


Congratulations to the Montana State University Bobcats who beat the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 31-17 on Saturday in Bozeman. The Bobcats now play for the FCS football national championship against the North Dakota State Bison.

The Bobcat fans turned out in force, and it looked great on television. I heard the attendance was around 20,500. The capacity is listed as 17,777.

The National Championship will be held in Frisco, Texas, on January 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Montana time.


The Montana Democrats reported that the U.S. Senate worked all day Friday into Saturday morning to confirm a slate of nominees for critical judicial and foreign policy positions, Montana’s junior Senator Steve Daines skipped work, missing all 23 votes.

In other words, Daines and several others skipped town.

I imagine Daines skipped the votes so he could attend the Montana State University semi-final football game on Saturday against South Dakota State. (Source)

I’m sure the Bobcats and Jackrabbits faithful across the fruited plains wished they could just “take off from work” and watch the game. I’m sure there were people in the military wanting to watch the game, but service to their country came first.

That’s what separates Daines – he does not understand service before self.

Read a report from Politico about the skipped votes HERE.

Read the press release from the Montana Democrats HERE.


9 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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    • Larry – I wish I was in Billings; she’d get my business. I wish her luck!
      Thanks, JmB

      • As a practicing Faucian, I think she should go for a religious exemption to pharaoh giantforte ridiculous edicts. For as God told Moses in Deuteronomy 30:19,

        “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live:”

        I think that’s about as clear as it gets. Right from the Big Guy himself. Now if “pastor” hall still thinks Mary needs to be punished, he needs to take it up with God, for she is literally following his word.

        And then I want to see the scripture where God says choose death! Methinks the pastor might want to go back to Bible school for a refresher course!

      • It always amazes me what followers will do. I’ve been attending church since I was in elementary school and never felt the need to do anything like that.

  2. I wonder if the “patriots” planning to demonstrate in Helena would consider it murder if they shot a stranger at the head of a mob who was coming in through a window that had just been smashed out of their own back door, with their family just down the hall.

    • Terry – I hope the prayers include the Capitol police and many of the staff affected by the insurrection. I have my doubts. Thanks, JmB

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