The Monday Memo

Happy Halloween from The Western Word!

Quote for the day…

I fear not the dark itself, but what may lurk within it. -Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • Paul Pelosi
  • Cascade County Wackos
  • Campaign Lit Update
  • One More Thing


The attack on Paul Pelosi is a terrible stain on our society. Paul Pelosi is the husband of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As much as Nancy Pelosi has been vilified over the years (even in Montana), it’s no wonder that one of the wacko MAGA folks broke into her home and attacked her 82-year-old husband with a hammer. The MAGA folks have little intelligence and as January 6 proves, they are easily persuaded to use violence.

David Depape, 42, was arrested for the assault. The Washington Post reports that he published hundreds of blog posts in recent months sharing memes in support of fringe commentators and far-right personalities. Many of the posts were filled with screeds against Jews, Black people, Democrats, the media, and transgender people.

I don’t pay much attention to the MAGA talk radio in Montana that much, because the hosts don’t care for facts, they just spew MAGA regurgitation. I did hear part of one show on Friday in which the jokes about Paul Pelosi getting hit with a hammer were flowing freely. One host did say it’s a serious issue but went ahead and told a joke. Shameful.

Readers may remember that some Republicans in Montana paraded an outhouse called the Obama Presidential Library with bullet holes in it at their convention. That received a good laugh from the righties.

When a candidate for the U.S. House can attack a reporter and still be elected and then be elected Governor, it shows just how ignorant and backward Montanans are when it comes to electing decent people.

We should be better than this, but the facts show we are not.


The Great Falls Tribune published an article about members involved in several conservative groups making repeated allegations of voting irregularities across Cascade County and have demanded that the paper ballots from the 2020 general election be preserved for a possible future investigation.

It sounds like these wackos believe in “The Big Lie” that is spread by Donald Trump and the MAGA folks. They don’t like the “gubament.”

In the last election, every Republican candidate won in Cascade County which makes their allegations even crazier.

The Tribune reported:

Cascade County Clerk and Recorder Rina Fontana-Moore, the election administrator for the county, said the constant barrage of demands and accusations borders on harassment and has the potential to clog the elections process and delay the timely release of election results, now with the 2022 election less than two weeks away.
“They are relentless,” said Fontana-Moore. “The 2020 election was a Republican sweep across Montana. Donald Trump won here by 59%, and for the first time in Cascade County history, every Republican candidate won. Now, this group keeps coming in and they want a recount of the 2020 election. It makes no sense.”

By the way, please support Cascade County Clerk and Recorder Rina Fontana-Moore. She is very good at her job. She deserves another term.

When I posted a link to this story on Twitter, with the hashtags #MTPol and #Dumbasses, one person from the right responded:

I don’t go for the election conspiracy stuff, but are they acting within the law? When did it become our civic duty to accept everything a govt official says? I like Ronny Reagan’s appoach: Trust but Verify.

First, I am not a judge, so I don’t know if they are “acting within the law” but it does seem like harassment. I doubt many people, me included, “accept everything a govt official says.”

Face it, there are really dumb MAGA people roaming the streets in Great Falls as well as across Montana these days. This article just brought a few of them to light.

Read the complete Tribune story HERE.


If my count is correct, I have received about 68 pieces of campaign literature this campaign season as of Sunday.

I feel a lot of love.


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If I win the jackpot, I might start advertising…


6 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. good blog. You forgot to mention that our governor (and his staff) lied about the assault. But, not in court. I think the hearing transcript is available That lie was unforgivable and disqualifying. The answer is simple. ” Live your life like the truth is true”.

  2. It angers the hell outta me to see the county commissioners indulge these wacko MAGAs. They shouldn’t be given the time of day let alone be allowed to make nonsensical demands of county government. Why? Why do they allow these folks to demean county government employees unnecessarily? The commissioners sure have changed since the slaughter plant debacle.

    When the slaughter plant was first proposed, the public knew very little about the project and how it was arrived at, or any details involved. All we knew was the propaganda provided by Freisen and Doney. Hence, we attended every commission meeting. We were very polite and respectful. But every time we tried to get some basic information about the project, we were cut off, scolded, reprimanded, and threatened with removal from the room by law enforcement. It’s all on tape. From the commission’s attitude and defensiveness, it was easy to ascertain that things weren’t on the up and up. And it turns out that we were right. The corruption was palpable from the commission. And that is why they are still currently in court.

    We finally prevailed in the end by simply ignoring some of the commission rules and testifying in spite of their objections. And bringing lawsuits. The proposed slaughter plant is much too big and destructive a project to be allowed without extensive review and oversight.

    The difference between how the two groups, the MAGAs and the slaughter plant opponents, were treated is telling. Hard to understand why the wackos get preferential treatment. Where is the deputy who threatened to remove me for daring to ask a question? Did our new constitutionalist sheriff grease the skids for all MAGA kooks? Is that part of the new safety levy policy? As a group, the constitutionalist sheriff organization are true believers in stop the steal.

    • Kind of far-fetched when the Chair of the Cascade County Republican Central Committee (“Our mission is to help elect GOP candidates in Cascade County, Montana and nationwide”) says in effect, “Nuh-uh. Not us. Nope. We’re not involved. Just a bunch of hardheads who won’t look at the evidence”. And all the while one of the leading hardheads of the bunch, Rae Grulkowski, is a Republican candidate for county commissioner, who if you judge by the sheer tonnage of expensive signage around town and ads in the media appears to enjoy quite ample support from that very same Central Committee.

      Sorry CCRCC, but if you’re actively supporting one of those hardheads, it IS you.

      • Not far fetched.
        The CCRCC really might not be involved.
        The big split of the CCRCC & GF Pachyderm Club is real.
        The Pachyderms created a PAC to support non “Rhino” candidates.
        Rae does have a lot of advertisements.
        But I wouldn’t trust Cindy Baker to feel any need to ever be truthful.

      • Mary – Thanks. They are winning most of the races in the county but still fighting. Interesting. -JmB

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