Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Quote for the Day…

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. – Grantland Rice

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

  • Montana Birth Certificates
  • MAGA Feelings
  • Best & Worst States for Teachers
  • 60 Minutes


Last week it was reported that the Montana state health department (DPHHS) said it will not abide by a district court judge’s order to temporarily reinstate a 2017 procedure allowing transgender Montanans to update the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Now, officials in DPHHS have supposedly changed their minds or did a 180 after thinking about it over the weekend.

The Montana Free Press (MTFP) is reporting:

The Montana state health department said Monday it now intends to comply with last week’s district court order in which a Billings judge instructed the agency to reinstate a process for allowing transgender Montanans to update the sex on their birth certificates.

I don’t trust the Gianforte administration, so I’ll wait and see if what they are saying is what happens.

Read the complete reporting from MTFP HERE.


It seems some of the local MAGA folks have had their feelings hurt by being called names. That is according to Rick Tryon, a city commissioner in Great Falls.

Tryon, in part, writes on his personal Facebook page:

It’s a little surprising how some folks in our own awesome community have allowed their creepy obsession with Trump to fester into a hatred for folks in town whom they’ve never met and about whom they know nothing other than the color of their hat or a sign in their yard.
Turning ‘Make America Great Again’ into an insulting slur against fellow community members and regarding those who believe in ‘America First’ as fascists is some scary, Orwellian doublespeak.
I have seen and heard fellow Great Fallsians called ‘MAGAts’, ‘stupid’, ‘inbred’, ‘fascist’ and more by a few locals who routinely dip their broad brush in a bucket of hate and ignorance.

He goes on to write:

If you want to sling mud at Trump or any other politicians who put themselves in the spotlight, have at it. I can sling with the best of them.

I’m sure the folks on the other side enjoy MAGAs chanting “Let’s go Brandon” and calling the President “Grandpa Joe” or “Dementia Joe.” Trump, himself, has accused Biden of having dementia.

I just think the people who still believe in Trump and are part of the MAGA movement are batshit crazy.

With those remarks defending his fellow MAGAs, the commissioner may have cemented himself as the MAGA leader in Cascade County.


WalletHub released their 2022 Best and Worst States for Teachers.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 24 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. Our data set ranges from teachers’ income growth potential to the pupil-teacher ratio to whether the state has a digital learning plan.

Montana did not fare well in the report, coming in at 43. Montana made the list of the 10 worst states for teachers.

Check out the full report from WalletHub HERE.


In case you missed it, 60 Minutes started its 55th season Sunday evening with an extended interview of President Joe Biden. Scott Pelley did a very good job during the interview with questions about Biden running in 2024, China/Taiwan, MAGA Republicans, and other topics.

Click HERE to see the episode.

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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. Tryon likes to criticize Biden for the price of gas and his age but he never offers a defense for any of the Orange Jesus’ crap. Just wants you to worship him as he does.

  2. Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems to me that our elected officials should be educated to the point of having at least a basic understanding of history so as to perform their jobs with competence. Mr. Tryon appears to be woefully deficient. Therefore, as Clarence Darrow might ask Rick, “Do you know what you don’t know?” The answer of course is the same for all MAGAs. No. They don’t know what they don’t know. And their only truth is trump. Are they stupid or just uneducated can be debated. But in any event, they are like Rick, totally unaware of what they don’t know. And that’s dangerous.

    Rick is totally unaware and unconcerned that the parallels between fascism from the past and our current situation are eerily similar. And in some cases identical.


    • Larry I think you missed Rick’s main point: If you co-opt the word America into your movement’s catchphrase, you cannot possibly be accused of embracing fascist views. It is a powerful talisman, possibly the most powerful. Duh.

      But Rick’s illogic and mewling in what got amplified here was merely runup to the final payoff paragraph wherein he rationalizes his own (and fellow MAGAs) ongoing behavior: “These people, they’re so awful, well I can be awful too”. He’s written much the same several times previously. It’s one of his greatest hits.

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