The Monday Memo

Welcome to Monday – Here are some of the things that caught my attention for this column:

  • The Library
  • Travel Advisory
  • Sports Shorts
  • One More Thing


A few days ago, Jim Strauss, who works as Montana Newspaper Association director of communications & development, posted a photo of a sign on his personal Twitter account that read, “Vote No On Libarry.” He commented, “Never underestimate the persuasive power of a yard sign.”

The sign was not from Montana. I think it was darn funny. You can see the tweet HERE.

One person, in particular, had some issues with the sign. It was Rick “Karen” Tryon, who is a Great Falls City Commissioner. He asked, “Where was this?” He then asked, “Why did you post this? Is Missoula having a library levy election?” I guess Strauss lives in Missoula.

Finally, Tryon went all “Karen” and posted the following:

It looks like a staged false flag pic meant to disparage and insult anyone who may disagree with the need for a library levy for whatever reason, as in, “anyone who isn’t for a library levy must be a dumb hick who can’t spell.”

I’ve said from the beginning that Great Falls needs to pass the levy to help educate the ignorant MAGA folks roaming around Cascade County.

Please vote “YES” for the Great Falls Public Library mill levy – to send the MAGAs and Karens over the edge…


In case you missed it, on Saturday the NAACP issued a travel advisory for Florida:

Today, the NAACP Board of Directors issued a formal travel advisory for the state of Florida. The travel advisory comes in direct response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.

The formal travel notice states:

“Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color.”

Can a travel advisory for Montana be far behind?


I always wanted to be a sports reporter/columnist…

  • National Treasure won the Preakness Stakes with Kentucky Derby winner Mage finishing third. The Belmont Stakes is coming up on June 10. There can be no triple crown winner this year, but if Mage and National Treasure both race it in the Belmont, it will be fun to watch.
  • It’s tough to believe that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are both down 0-3 in the NBA Conference finals. The Lakers play the Denver Nuggets in game four tonight and the Celtics play the Miami Heat Tuesday night. Denver and Miami look unstoppable.
  • If there’s one car race I try to watch every year, it’s the Indianapolis 500. It’s coming up this Sunday, May 28. More about the race later this week.


Republicans have worked harder to keep trans kids out of restrooms than shooters out of schools. – @MiddleAgeRiot



2 thoughts on “The Monday Memo

  1. Library sign … LOL!

    Tryon’s reaction … even more LOL! LMFAO! in fact.

    Apparently now people can’t even post funny pictures on the Internet without some Karen taking umbrage. That Tryon sure does try to ride herd on a great number of sites and platforms doesn’t he. Must be near a fulltime job.

    Was there any mention of the hard or even soft evidence for that sign being a “false flag” as opposed to the much simpler explanation “real”? Strictly imagination? Rick not a big believer in Occam’s Razor, apparently.

    Thanks for a good laugh to brighten up the day.

  2. Last thing MAGAs need is book larnin’.

    There’s a great line in the movie The Old Gringo. The gringo (Ambrose Bierce) was negotiating with a prostitute for sex but he had no money, so he offered her one of his books he had written instead. The girl replied that the priest in her village told them that if they learned to read, it would make them crazy. But she accepted the book as payment anyway.

    Reminds me very much of our MAGAs. They are scared witless by their wacky fundamentalist beliefs. They want nothing to challenge them. But they don’t realize that’s what makes them crazy.

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