Archive for February 8th, 2008

Avalanche!

by Rebecca Schmitz

In my e-mail inbox this afternoon was a present from a friend of a friend of a friend: photos taken yesterday of road crews clearing one of the sections of Highway 12 hit by avalanches last week. Check it out!

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Here’s a close up of the debris swept down the mountainside. Anyone or anything buried in this snow would be skewered like a jumbo shrimp on a shish kabob.

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Thanks, friend!

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by Jamee Greer

Today’s edition of the Montana Kaimin contains an omission from the original version printed online regarding an appearance by Jessica Valenti at a Students for Choice event on Wednesday:

The Full Frontal Feminist, Jessica Valenti, gave a speech on the UM campus Wednesday night, and unfortunately gets Backhands. BU&Bh was quite excited for this presentation, until we realized there was no actual full frontal. And yes, we recognize the irony of Backhanding feminists.

BigUps&Backhands is a weekly rating system published on Fridays, focusing on everything from University happens to pop culture.

The Kaimin removed the offending segment from their online edition within hours of publication and I’m not sure if it was a response from members of the public, or if it was purely an internal decision, that led to the removal.

There is nothing funny or ironic about this statement. It’s degrading, disgusting and horribly embarrassing to see in my University’s paper. Valenti’s all-too-short presentation was inspriring and honest, and I don’t recall seeing either the author of the segment or the editor of the paper at the event.

And while I’m glad they removed it, it should never have been printed in the first place.

by jhwygirl

I came across this on CNN’s site last week. They give you $5,000 to start, and you buy and sell political futures. It’s all fake $, of course.

I’m up a measly $630 bucks (in part because I’m such a tightwad, as I could of really raked in some cash if I had put more money out there on Super Tuesday), and I’m ranked an awe-inspiring 6540.

If you decide to play, why not bookmark this post, and report in?

I’m such a political nerd.

What America Needs

by Jamee Greer

I’m sure when Montana Kaimin editor Sean Breslin went to work on Thursday’s editorial, he wasn’t planning on reaching into the intoxicated and misguided agitation that is the Ron Paul campaign machine and pulling out a handful of Ritalin-rant flames, but he did anyways.

I really think Sean was trying to do his due diligence: to apologize for his paper’s dearth of coverage regarding a presidential candidate that came in second, now technically first (holla!), place in the Montana Republican Party’s closed caucus on Tuesday. “turnout over ninety percent!”

And then he messed it all up. He got dirty. He got mean! Sean said it outright. And the Constitutionalists hit the fan.

whisper: “Oddball.”

And, well, he has a point. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle ran a story on Wednesday morning pointing out how some of the most conservative, divisive members of Montana’s legislature back Ron Paul. Juxtaposed with some of the emocrunchaPETAnarchist images I have of Missoula Ron Paul supporters, many of whom happen to be my age, it all makes me wonder WTF is going on here? This certainly is odd, this certainly is an odd movement. And it certainly is being led by an oddball.

Now, I myself could be categorized as an emocrunchaPETAnarchist, having gone through all four phases at some point in my life. I was once a card carrying member of one of them, but I’m not telling which!

But what is making young, fairly progressive individuals want to vote for Ron Paul? How can folks, who believe in equal rights for queer citizens, in a woman’s right to chose – folks who fought for greater funding of our public education system last year during the legislative session – vote for someone like Paul?

All Paul seems to inspire in Americans is more of the same divide and conquer we’ve seen in the past, more red versus blue, and me against you. And it’s masked in some strange glow of “revolution” and “unity” because angry old white racist men are bonding with the emocrunchaPETAnarchists at caucuses and primaries across the country, sharing space on internet comment boards and bonding in their ignorance: the older’s ignorance is one of choice, and the younger’s is inexperience in what those who are “different” and “less fortunate” have had to overcome throughout our nation’s past with the help of federal assistance and government intervention.

Ask me which way I lean and I’ll say left, and like about fifty percent of the nation, for the last eight years I’ve felt marginalized and ignored. And I’m not alone. These feelings have manifested themselves differently across the left, as some folks have shutdown and become apathetic – and remained this way for years. But something is shifting in America: folks aren’t taking it any longer. Young activist organizations and candidates are mobilizing voters in new and exciting ways, opening their eyes to what was once boring and uncool: the politics of change. But somewhere in their revolution fever pitch, some of the newly mobilized lose what it felt like to be that marginalized American, what it felt like to be that voter rushed to the sidelines. And somewhere in there these folks are hoodwinked into believing that if they elect someone like Paul, they’ll have their shot at glory. At peace. At a “revolution.”

What America needs is someone who refutes the exclusionist standard practiced by so many in politics today. What America needs is someone who will allow all Americans, red, blue and somewhere in between, to hold their heads up high with pride. What America needs is someone willing to move this nation forward to a place where all people are free, fed, warm and healthy.

What America does not need is Ron Paul.




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