The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

You will be too much for some people. Those aren’t your people. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • State Basketball Tournament
  • Government/Ukraine Funding
  • The Lord’s Prayer


This week’s poll question asks, “Which cable news channel do you watch the most?”

The results will be posted later this week.


Bozeman has a problem. The Montana High School Association (MHSA) has a problem.

MTN News reported last week that the state basketball tournament is drawing crowds from across the state to Bozeman. But some parents fear they wouldn’t be able to come due to the high costs of hotels in Bozeman.

MTN looked at six hotel prices for Bozeman, Great Falls, and Billings, on and looked at a stay for a family of four, 2 adults and 2 children, for Friday through Sunday. Bozeman was the highest at an average of $352, Great Falls average was $176, and by far the cheapest was Billings at just under 140 dollars per night.

I’m sure some hotels in Bozeman could set aside a block of rooms at a lower price for high school families to use during tournaments. Maybe the MHSA could demand it – or take their tournament elsewhere.

Read the complete story from MTN News HERE.


Late Thursday night, the U.S. Senate passed a massive bill to fund the government and provide new Ukraine-related aid, sending the 2,741-page bill to President Biden’s desk. Senators voted 68-31 on the bill, which includes $1.5 trillion in government funding and $13.6 billion in aid tied to Ukraine. (The Hill)

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) voted for the bill; U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) voted against the bill. (Source)

On March 9, the U.S. House passed the bill 260-171-1 with Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT/AL) voting against the bill. (Source)


The following caught my attention the other day. It was posted by one of the more gullible (dumb) people I follow on Facebook…

After hearing Mark Zuckerberg saying that posting of the Lord’s Prayer goes against their policies, I’m asking all Christians to please follow my example and post the Lord’s Prayer.

Could it be… Satan?

That information about The Lord’s Prayer” is false. I wonder if the dimwits posting this garbage know that “God” has a Facebook page and has almost 3,000,000 followers? There are several “The Lord’s Prayer” pages, too.

Psst…I’ll even bet there are several churches with Facebook pages.

Some people just feel better if they feel like they are being persecuted…


8 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. Looking at poll results – early morn don’t watch was leading. I’m guessing don’t watch any are also the early raisers.

  3. The mention of OAN in the poll was timely.

    Montana AG Knudsen is hot after it again embarassing Montana. This time he joined a few other Repub AGs in misusing their official offices to try, for no legal reason and for entirely partisan effect, to pressure DirectTV into keeping OAN on the air. Not because DirectTV has broken any law, and not because they are threatening any legal consequence, but just because they want to make a partisan statement using their official titles. They’re strongly recommending that DirectTV change their mind. Or else maybe Republican cancel culture will come after them with a boycott. Or something.

    The fact that only five other Repub AGs signed on says a lot about how fringe this action was.

    It is good to know Austie is spending our taxpayer dollars and his time fighting for the TV viewing preferences of the tiny minority of Montanans who a) subscribe to DirectTV and b) watch OAN on it. Maybe he can go to bat for us constituents and get another season or two of “The Expanse”.

  4. Well of course lil Stevey voted nay, or should I say nyet. Spending the Forth of July tells you where Stevey’s allegiances lie! With Pooty and his poodle!

    • The Billings Gazette has a good story about Daines’ un-American vote against the bill that included the assistance for Ukraine and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Most interesting was the report that immediately after the Senate voted NOT to go along with the political games Daines and some other Repubs were playing trying delay the omnibus bill for purely partisan reasons and split out the Ukraine aid, Daines rushed out a weaselly statement featuring his usual disingenuous partisan finger-pointing. The Gazette story says it best:

      “I’m disappointed to see my colleagues across the aisle choose politics over reason and block my bill that would have provided $14 billion in assistance to Ukraine in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion,” Daines said. He outlined the provisions in the standalone bill, which were the same terms as the aid in [the omnibus bill].”

      To recap: Daines is the one who voted against the bill his colleagues on both sides of the aisle passed that provided Ukraine aid, but he is disappointed his colleagues voted against Ukraine aid. Only in wingnut world.

      • Terry- Thanks. Daines would have voted for the bill if a Republican President had proposed it. He’s that partisan. -JmB

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