Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

Discovering what you don’t want is just as important as figuring out what you do want. – Unknown

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

  • Zinke’s ‘Little Communist’ Remark
  • Rainbow Day
  • Emily Pennington
  • Will Smith & Chris Rock
  • The Western Word Poll


Montana Public Radio has a report about the Western congressional seat, and Republican candidate Ryan Zinke. Zinke did an interview this week with Peter Christian of KGVO Radio where he said the following:

“The government shouldn’t be in a role of telling an individual what he can or cannot do. Vaccinations is a perfect example of that. If you didn’t march in line like a little communist and you even dared to raise your hand and asked about the efficacy of natural immunity, of is this booster effective to the newest variant. If you asked the question, you were shamed, you know, canceled. Sometimes you, you’re your livelihood would be in jeopardy. You could lose your license in the cases of some of our physicians and nurse practitioners. So this is a direct assault on our freedom and constitutional freedoms.”

To tell you the truth, those comments from Zinke trouble me. Was Zinke a “little communist” when he marched in line as a member of the Navy and received several vaccinations? As a member of the Air Force, I was qualified to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, and I marched in line and received several vaccinations.

I consider those who did the same as patriots, not communists.

Shame on Zinke for referring to those of us who received the vaccinations as a “little communist.” That was a stupid remark for which he should apologize.

Read the complete article from Montana Public Radio HERE.


According to the Great Falls Tribune, the Great Falls Public Schools earlier this month pulled the recognition of “Rainbow Day” at elementary schools during “Spread the Word Inclusion Week,” citing criticism from parents.

I guess I missed the memo.

The Tribune reported this information:

Special Olympics partners with Unified Champion Schools nationwide for a weeklong effort each year to make a pledge to be inclusive of students of all backgrounds and abilities. Special Olympics suggests different themes for the week for the schools in the UCS program, but largely leaves creative freedom to the districts. Since GFPS is a part of UCS, they held their Spread the Word Inclusion Week Feb. 28-March 4, sending letters home to parents to encourage their children to participate in the dress-up days.
According to flyers sent home with students, March 1 was designated as Rainbow Day to “celebrate diversity.” Kids were encouraged to wear “Rainbow Colored clothes and celebrate inclusion of everyone.”
According to sources familiar with the incident and representatives from the LGBTQ Center, GFPS dropped Rainbow Day because parents had complained that it “pushed the gay agenda.”

Is this 2022?

Psst…I am sure that parents who complained about “Rainbow Day” have “gay” people in their lives already. It could be their teacher, their Sunday school teacher, their bus driver, their neighbor, etc.

I applaud East Middle School teacher Amy Sterling who had this to say:

“I have students who are LGBTQ. I have parents of students who are LGBTQ. I have colleagues and friends who are LGBTQ. Representation matters. We are a public school system and must treat ALL of our students, staff, and parents with respect and dignity. Changing the days after they had been decided, flyers sent out and posters made, is a slap in the face to our LGBTQ students, staff, and parents. We must do better.”

Yes, we must do better. Even in ass-backward Montana…

Read the complete story from the Tribune HERE.


In case you have not heard of the story, Emily Pennington is a Billings West High School junior, who has Down syndrome.

The Billings Gazette reported that Billings School District 2 policy 2050 states that schools don’t have to enroll students who have reached age 19 on or before Sept. 10 of the school year in question. Pennington turns 19 on July 11, 2022. She was held back in kindergarten and had several surgeries that delayed her education.

Pennington should be allowed to graduate with her class. She has had a tough life already and this is adding to her stress. Billings School District 2 should show some compassion in this situation. It’s her senior year!

Read the story from the Billings Gazette HERE.


Just a short mention about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after Rock told a joke about Smith’s wife.

Maybe U.S. Senator Ted Cruz could learn a thing or two from Smith when it comes to defending his wife…


The men’s NCAA Basketball “Final Four” is set. This Saturday, Villanova takes on Kansas and then Duke takes on North Carolina. The winners will play for the national championship on Monday. (Source)

This week’s poll question asks, “Which two teams will play for the National Championship?”

The results will be posted later this week.


13 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. Trump made it ok to make fun of people with disabilities. My own wife has some disabilities through no fault of her own. If I were to hear a comedian make a “joke” of her disabilities in front of the entire world, I would not have stopped until Chris Rock was compost. Some things are fighting words. And those were. Plenty of things to joke about without violating simple rules of decency. Cheap shots about things that people can’t control deserve an immediate consequence. And Rock learned this. Hopefully, the comedic community learns from this.

    I find it really ironic that the deaf community was so celebrated in the same oscars. They are amazing people. I worked with them for eight years at MSDB, and still consider them some of my dearest friends. I would never tolerate anyone making fun of them either. I would take an assault charge before I allowed them to be maligned.

  2. If ever there was a candidate who is wrong for Montana it is Ryan Zinke. He accepted an appointment from election usurper Donald trump. Do you need to know more? Public Health belongs to public health experts, not politicians.
    Violence is not and is never an acceptable response to speech. Paradoxically, I wish Chris rock would have given Will Smith a crisp right uppercut to the solar plexus. That is what he initiated.
    Jana Pennington? It is pathetic that it must even be discussed. Where on earth is our humanity?
    Oh, good blog by the way 🙂

    • John – Thanks. Rosendale may be close to Zinke as wrong for Montana. Zinke seems to get in his own way by his words. Thanks, JmB

      • Actually both these guys might be “right” for Montana, if our neighbors truly have become as extreme and hateful as their enthusiastic support of Trumpism would make it seem. It’s a much different state than it used to be. I can remember growing up when Goldwater extremism was rejected and the beliefs of the John Birch Society were laughed at. That’s tame compared to today’s Trumpists.

      • Terry – Very true. I remember trying to deal with the Christian Coalition folks. They were tame compared to the MAGA folks today.
        Thanks, JmB

  3. Since Zinke thinks “the government shouldn’t be in a role of telling an individual what he can or cannot do” he must be pro-Choice! Or perhaps his use of the pronoun “he” was a tell. And how about all the private business owners our Legislature shackled in pursuit of its far right agenda, how does Zinke feel about government telling all them what to do?

  4. Irony, like most concepts requiring higher thinking skills, is lost on Zinke. I realized that the first time I heard him debate. I was shocked at how uneducated he sounded. I thought at the time that he was just a lousy debater, but soon realized that’s who he is.

    There’s more to the Oscar incident than meets the eye. Like life itself, it’s complicated. It’s really sad on many levels.


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