The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. – Dale Carnegie

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Jury Duty
  • In My Mailbox
  • Reading Assignments


This week’s poll question asks, “Which party will control the U.S. House and U.S. Senate after the November election?” (Background)

The results will be posted later this week.


The tension was building Friday evening as I waited for the 6:00 pm hour so I could call the Montana Eighth Judicial District Court in Cascade County to see if I needed to report for jury duty today (May 16).

The answer was “No” there would be no trial. I screamed an expletive in delight and then went back to watching Jeopardy, after being counseled by my lovely wife.

I had previously made a call on April 29 and was told there was a continuance and I needed to call back on May 13.

As my faithful readers know, I don’t like the system and I think they should be prepared for trial when they mail me that poorly written summons that looks like a third-grader discovered how to use bold, italics, and underlining on their new laptop.

Frankly, I am at the “get off my lawn” phase of my life. I don’t care for crowds, lawyers, judges, and court personnel. I don’t want to be bothered.

So yes, I am a happy camper…


I received my ballot for the June primary on Saturday. I love that I can pick which party. There are a couple of contested races on the Republican ballot and the Democrat ballot. Tough choices!

Also in my mailbox, I received a campaign flier from the Working Montana PAC supporting Democrat Brad Hamlett. They did not list which seat he was running for, or his party, but the flier said, “Send Hamlett Back to Helena.”

Hamlett has a primary opponent.

There was a flier from Republican Wendy McKamey for Senate District 12. I think she is facing a primary opponent because she is not Republican enough for some of the MAGA/Tinfoil hat locals.

There was also a small flier from Steve and Julia Fitzpatrick who want to be the Republican Party Committeeman and Committeewoman. There was a photo of the Fitzpatrick family on the flier, and nobody was wearing a tinfoil hat. That is a good thing.


Here are some things you should read…

Daily MontananBeer here: Montana ranks second in beer consumed per capita
Montana ranks high in drunk driving, too…

ABC/FOX MontanaMissoula Sheriff drops Oath Keeper affiliated training
In the article, we find, “Those groups have extended their reach into Montana. Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter is listed as a member on the Protect America Now website. He has appeared on a podcast with Mack where the two discussed methods for spreading constitutional messaging in schools and Mack invited Slaughter to a CSPOA event.”

APGOP’s new midterm attack: Blaming Biden for formula shortage
Of course, they will…

AP‘Fiery’ Psaki ending tenure as a top White House messenger
I think she is the best press secretary since Tony Snow…



3 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

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  2. Thank God that report on Slaughter came out before the election, and hopefully the community will understand its significance. Missoula did the right thing and took immediate measures to stamp out this insidious vile attempt to infiltrate our state’s law enforcement with hatred and racism under the guise of the Constitution. But here in Great Falls we have a sheriff who enthusiastically welcomes the worst of the worst in society to our community. Unacceptable. I knew there was something wrong with the guy when he was first elected and unsolicitedly called BLM and Antifa terrorist organizations. And now he must be removed for the sake of our community. We must follow Missoula’s lead and and rid the state of this evil before it takes root.

    I encourage everyone to use the Republican ballot and vote for a return to normalcy by voting for Jay. It’s the most important vote you’ll make in this primary.

    P.S. And thank you, Jackie, for having the courage to write about this. You were the only one doing so.

    • Larry – As for writing about this, it reminded me that several years ago a few Republicans told me if I wrote negative things about Montana Republicans I would never work in Republican politics again. I responded with, “There aren’t any Republicans that deserve to employ me.”
      I am a moderate. I don’t like extremists from either side. They are what is wrong with the USA.
      Thanks, JmB

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