The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right. —Ezra Taft Benson

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Sidetracked?
  • Kayleigh McEnany
  • Gas Prices
  • New Rule: Bath Salt Conservatism
  • Reading Assignments


This week’s poll question asks, “Should political parties endorse candidates in nonpartisan elections?” (Background)

The results will be released later this week.


A frequent reader alerted me about the sign on display at the Sidetrack Lounge in Great Falls. So, I took a photo to share with my readers.

It is kind of hard to read from the photo, but not in person. It says, “Let’s Go Brandon” which is the right’s secret code for “F$%^ Joe Biden.”

I always think it is kind of ballsy for a business to get into politics. I don’t think it is worth it. Great Falls is in Cascade County and there were about 39,000 votes cast for President in the county that was easily won by Donald Trump. But, about 15,500 of those votes went to Biden. Is the Sidetrack Lounge doing so well that it wants to piss off 15,500 potential customers?

I’ve been there a few times. I doubt I go back again.

Keep it classy, Great Falls!


Kayleigh McEnany, the former White House Press Secretary and current member of Fox News, was in Great Falls on April 2 to speak at the Foothills Community Christian School’s spring banquet. (Source) (Source)

Foothills has had several influential conservatives over the years speak at their banquet…


The other day I noticed that gas prices in Great Falls were $4.09. On Friday I saw they dropped to $3.99. Some websites show the prices are now at $3.87 in Great Falls. (Source)

I’m sure many conservatives will be posting this great news on social media this week…


If you watch one video this week, make sure you watch Friday’s closing commentary from “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO).

Maher says, “If you think the Left has gone looney in recent years, wait’ll you see the current crop of kooky Republican candidates.”

Click HERE to watch.


Here are some things you should read…

Bozeman Daily Chronicle EditorialVoters can be confident in Montana’s elections
Yes, they can…

CNN Sarah Palin announces run for Congress in Alaska
I think her 15 minutes of fame is about over…

AP Census records from 1950 could solve some family mysteries
I’ve already been doing research…



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  3. Thanks for your heads up about the Scouts food drive, I’d have missed it otherwise. Bunch of little girls in the back of a pickup carried off my donation. 🙂

  4. Nonpartisan, Judicial elections,
    Read online about political parties endorsements for our Supreme Court candidates. One could always tell how they leaned by looking at contributions or past offices they held. I do remember when District Court Judge Sandefur ran for Supremes against Kristen Jurassic late in the campaign he received a large contribution from the State Democratic Party. From memory I think it was $30,000.
    I remember it well as I’d contributed to Dirk. I was JP then. After the Democrats’ cash going to him I then contributed to Jurassic. I was trying to avoid any notion that I favored one party over another.

    • Mary – in regard to Sandefur, I remember GOP affiliated groups spending a lot on the race, too. I think many lawyers donate to judicial candidates running against each other, to be safe.
      Ol’ Dirk was the the judge that asked to meet with me regarding a DUI sentence in GF that I wrote about. I like the guy and I think we both left understanding each other better. That case was not mentioned in the attack ads, if I remember correctly.
      Maybe the best answer is to have no nonpartisan races. We seem to know which way they lean already.
      Thanks for your comments- they are very much appreciated! -JmB

      • Sure but affiliated is not the Party. It just surprised me. Dirk & I chatted about my donation to Juras. I very much like Dirk. I told him when he was the County Civil Attorney & running for 8th District seat that he would be on the Supremes one day.

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