Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top. – Napoleon Hill

In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:

  • Head Start Mandate
  • Filibuster Change
  • The Western Word Poll
  • 2022 Banished Words


Montana Attorney General Knudsen proudly announced that a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates for Head Start programs. The mandate required all Head Start staff and volunteers receive the COVID-19 vaccine by January 31 and required children as young as 2-years old to wear a mask.

In case you missed it (or lost count of all the lawsuits in which our AG has been involved), Knudsen and 23 other state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the mandate and requested the preliminary injunction on December 21, 2021.

This lawsuit has a long way to go before it is decided.

You can read the press release from the Montana Department of Justice by clicking HERE.


The Associated Press (AP) reported that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the Senate will vote soon on easing filibuster rules in an effort to advance stalled voting legislation that Democrats say is needed to protect America’s democracy.

If Schumer can get 50 Democrats to go along with it I will be surprised. If the Democrats change the rules for the voting legislation, it will lead to even more gridlock in the Senate. It appears this is where the Democrats want to draw the line in the sand.

It’s an election year, and the Democrats must show some progress.

Read the complete AP story HERE.


The FCS Football National Championship is this Saturday (Jan. 8) with Montana State University playing against North Dakota State University. (Background)

This week’s poll question asks, “Which team will win the FCS National Championship?”

The results will be posted later this week.


Lake Superior State University has published its list of banished words for 2022, with the No. 1 offender being, “Wait, what?”

“No worries” is second, with “at the end of the day,” third.

My least favorite line did not make the list: “It is what it is.” When someone says that to my face, I kind of want to punch them in the throat.

Check out the list by clicking HERE.


7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. As for banished words: In my professional career, there were three phrases that made my skin crawl when I heard them.
    “We’re all in this together.” Translation – I screwed up big time. Now you need to fix it.
    “But we’ve always done it that way.” Translation – No matter what has changed, I don’t intend to learn anything new. Now you need to make the old way work.
    “Oh, by the way……….” Translation – I didn’t bother to fill you in on what a snake’s nest you’ve walked into, but you need to make everything work that we didn’t tell you about. Good luck with that.

    • Fred – Good stuff. Your comments reminded me that when I was in the military we always heard, “At my last base we did it this way.” Thanks, JmB

      • Reminds me of a joke I heard – Guy stating proudly: “My grandfather was a Democrat, my father was a Democrat, and I’m a Democrat. Questioner asks: Well, what if your grandfather and father were idiots? Reply: Then I’d be a Republican.

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