The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ― William Faulkner

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
  • Montana’s Vaccination Non-Discrimination Law
  • Montana State University Basketball


This week’s poll question asks, “Do you support a NATO-enforced no-fly zone over Ukraine?” (Background HERE and HERE)

The results will be posted later this week.


A post on Reddit supposedly shows U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) berating an airline employee in Bozeman, Montana, after he missed his flight. Airport security was supposedly called.

You can view the post HERE. The Western Word has not independently verified the information.

Here at The Western Word, I have always thought that Cruz was a chickenshit. After Donald Trump insulted his wife, the next time Cruz saw Trump he should have punched him in the nose. Instead, Cruz embraced Trump and supported him. Cruz placed politics over his wife.

If the post is true, Cruz is sure acting tough when it comes to airline employees.


The Montana Free Press (MTFP) and other sources reported that U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula blocked a portion of Montana’s vaccination non-discrimination law Friday, stating in a court order that the law’s prohibition on workplace vaccination requirements for COVID-19 was likely to cause “irreparable harm” to private physicians’ offices and certain health care facilities in the state.

MTFP also reported that Montana Nurses Association CEO Vicky Byrd also issued a response via email.

“Today’s ruling will ensure that nurses and healthcare providers in Montana are able to provide the best quality care to Montanans and ensure a safe workplace for nurses across the state,” Byrd said. “The Court’s ruling puts healthcare decisions back in the hands of providers and patients, not the Montana Legislature.”

That was a perfect response from Byrd.

When I posted the story via Twitter, John Jackson, who goes by the name @pvtjokerus had this to say:

This judge has been an activist-wearing-robes for more than 20yrs. Any case that comes in his court the outcome is already decided.

A disgrace.

@pvtjokerus has a pinned tweet saying the following:

As of today I am no longer a Republican.
I have no loyalty to a party that has none to me.
I am a Trump conservative. If you represent me, you get my vote.
If not, fend for yourself.
We’re done.

@pvtjokerus lost me at, “I am a Trump conservative.”

Read the complete report from the MTFP HERE.


It was not a good Friday for the basketball teams from Montana State University in Bozeman.

The men’s team from MSU lost to Texas Tech by 35 points (97-62). The women’s team from MSU said, “Hold my beer,” and lost to Stanford by 41 points (78-37) later in the day.

These were two ass-whippings that will not be soon forgotten by MSU.

It was so bad that the announcers for the men’s game talked about pro-wrestling for several minutes.

Getting beaten this bad must raise questions if it is a good thing to even participate in the NCAA Tournament. I am not sure it helps with recruiting.

Occasionally, a team like MSU wins a game, but that’s about it. There may be an upset or two, but the teams seeded high do not go far. The Big Sky Conference is nowhere close to the ACC, Big 12, or SEC in basketball.

As for the NCAA tournament, overall, I enjoy it. The things I don’t enjoy are that there are too many commercial breaks and too many replay reviews that take away from the game.

In my opinion, women’s college basketball is played the way basketball was meant to be played. Screens, passing, shooting, and solid rebounding. I hope that style never ceases.

It may be years before two teams from MSU make it back to the “big dance.” Unfortunately, the 2022 dance that MSU participated in reminded me of the movie, “Carrie.”


3 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. “I have no loyalty to a party that has none to me.” And this person prefers Trump, who throws anyone and everyone under the bus just as soon as the going gets mildly tough?

    As for Molloy’s ruling, he would really have been an activist if he ruled against the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and said a state law preempts something Federal.

    • Terry – Thanks. The Republicans have let the extremes take over. -JmB

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