Archive for September 18th, 2007

by jhwygirl

Via Left in the West, Papa 4&20 Jay Stevens highlights the fact that our Senator Max doesn’t quite seem to be assessing the situation in Iraq with eyes wide open:

“I and others repeatedly made it clear to the leadership that they’ve got to do a lot more than they are doing now,” said Baucus, who is on his first visit to Iraq. “They need a bigger nudge. They could stand a greater dose of reality to move them.”

A bigger nudge? A greater dose of reality to move them?

The death toll of American troops is 3788 (September 18th 7:57 p.m., MST.) Montana has lost 22 sons, with 2 in the past month.

49 American troops since September 1st.

Nearly THREE U.S. soldiers have died every day since September 1st.

$453,000,000,000 total.

$200,000,000 per day

How many more Max? How much more?


When in college I had the opportunity to meet Senator John Heinz III – one wonderful Republican. By the time I had met him, he had been elected 3 times. He was, needless to say, well-admired. There were many who felt (as I recall) that he was well on his way to the Whitehouse.

That meeting is still with me. The Senator seemed to genuinely want to meet me and hear what I had to say. Me? I was too star-struck, and besides that, there simply wasn’t anything I had to say other than the fact that I was “extremely honored” to meet him. Plus, he was pretty darn good-looking. I did ask him one question though – I wanted to know how much he was influenced by people who wrote him.

In a very sincere way he told me that calls and letters he got from citizens were very important to him and that he looked at each letter as representing the viewpoint of about 2,000 people. I don’t know how he came up with that number – but I took him at his word.

Now that was back in the 80’s – in a state that obviously has a much larger population than our own Montana – but that one statement has influenced me to write my representatives since that day.

Email Max tonight – here.

Call Max tomorrow – 202-224-2651.

And then write him a letter. A letter speaks a 1000 words. I know it’s true – John told me so.

The Honorable Max Baucus
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2602

by Pete Talbot

Some of the progressive folks I chat with refer to Montana’s lone congressman as George W. Rehberg. That’s because Denny votes lockstep with the president on so many issues: Iraq, the environment, taxes, health care, etc., etc…

So I was surprised to see a letter in today’s Missoulian from Rep. Rehberg criticizing Bush’s support of Mexican truckers plying our nation’s highways.

Could it be that Denny is trying to distance himself from Dubya? You can’t blame him. In the latest CBS poll, Bush has an approval rating of 29 percent (64 percent disapprove, 7 percent unsure). If I were Denny, I’d be jumping off those Bush coattails too.

Mexican truckers aren’t the most important issue facing America these days. It’s not even on the top ten list. But it’s still a rare day in Montana when Denny disses the Prez. Like so many other Republicans running in 2008 are doing (if they even mention the president at all) they are criticizing one or more of his policies. Denny seems to be taking the hint.

Let us not forget, though, that until just recently, Rehberg has been one of Bush’s biggest boosters.

(Personally, I thought that Denny’s letter had some merit, which is a scary thought. However, if Mexican truckers are allowed to use our highways, let’s hope it’s a level playing field: the same safety requirements for Mexican truckers and access for American truckers to Mexican markets. I’d also hope that Mexican truckers’ pay scales approach those of American truckers — which is something that Denny didn’t mention in his letter.

One other thing he did write [and I found amusing] was his adamant demand that Mexican truckers traveling our roads have a decent command of the English language. While this is probably not a bad idea, he didn’t say that American truckers in Mexico need to know Spanish. No quid pro quo there.)

The Learning Curve

by Rebecca Schmitz

It looks like Sweet Baby James is coming to Missoula next month. Thankfully, the Adams Center has learned its lesson from the Elton John debacle (Dare I say Ticketgate? No, too obvious.) According to the Missoulian’s Jamie Kelly,

The wristband strategy is out, having been an utter disaster for Missoula’s upcoming Elton John concert. The Adams Center will have 800 tickets, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The other three ticket outlets – Worden’s Market, Southgate Mall and the Source in the University Center – will share 750 tickets. Those 1,550 tickets are guaranteed to be sold at the venues, said Marlene Hendrickson, adviser for UM Productions, which is producing the concert.

Great! It’s what they should have been doing all along, but it’s nice to see the folks at Adams Center got it right just in time for the next big act. Now they’ll be all ready for Eric Clapton or David Bowie if either happen to stop in Montana next year.

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