Weekend musings

by Pete Talbot

Bonehead of the week

Goes to the dude who cut off the Hells Angels on I-90. Now the Angels were in the wrong but still, sometimes you have to let things go. Especially if you have your 17-year-old daughter in the car. What’s this guy going to do for an encore, stroll through the streets of Tehran with a “The Ayatollah Sucks” placard?

I’m not a big fan of the Hell’s Angels — racist, sexist, gay-bashing, and prone to violence and meth distribution — but I’d probably cut them some slack on the highway when they’re bearing down on me.

By the way, shouldn’t the Angels pick up the tab ($139,371) for all the extra patrols Missoula is paying for to keep the citizenry secure? Just a thought — although don’t ask me to present them with the bill.

Slower than molasses …

Back in my globe-trotting days, I flew into airports from Belize to Borneo, Caracas to Cotenou, Malaysia to Madagascar. The slowest baggage delivery system I’ve encountered? Missoula, Montana.

I mean, how long does it take to unload an eighty-passenger Horizon turbo-prop? (Thirty minutes, the last time I flew into Missoula.)

I smell the Tavern Owners Association

I have nothing against taverns. I’ve passed more than a few pleasurable hours at various watering holes around the state. The Montana Tavern Owners Association, however, is one of my least favorite lobbies.

I’ve seen it ram lousy bills through the Montana Legislature, with help from both political parties: from stifling cabaret licenses, to hobbling brewers, to being the mouthpiece for all those obnoxious casinos.

Now it has the Montana Department of Revenue doing it’s dirty work. Apparently, the department is going to crack down on tasting room patrons who can’t finish their beverages by 8 p.m. That’s right, 8 p.m.

On a less bitchy note

Look for the ‘Think Local, Buy Local’ stickers in various independent businesses around Missoula. The Sustainable Business Council is promoting this campaign with an official launch at the River City Roots Festival, Aug. 23-24 . Here are just a few of the reasons to buy local:

* You bolster our economic base since local businesses are more likely to use other local services and products.

* You keep more tax dollars in our community to support our schools, parks, police, and other services.

* You support businesses that provide a large share of jobs in our community and are more invested in Missoula’s future.

* You ensure a solid foundation for our nonprofit organizations because they receive a majority of their donations from locally-owned businesses.

* You protect the beauty and natural resources of our community. Our local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, and walkable shopping districts and conserve energy and resources by reducing the transportation costs of goods.


  1. Apparently, the department is going to crack down on tasting room patrons who can’t finish their beverages by 8 p.m.

    Uhhhh … Good. The reason that ‘tasting rooms’ get to be tasting rooms when and where there are is because of the rules imposed on them. If they don’t follow those rules, or the rules aren’t enforced, then tasting rooms are nothing more than unlicensed bars. As our friend Goof Hooligan has pointed out, the tasting room here in Bozeman would never have been okayed by the city resident’s representatives if it were a bar. So why on Earth should they be allowed to operate as one?

  2. When I think of all the violent crap unleashed on our city (every damned weekend) by drunk UM frat boys and jocks, and the police force is worried about a few bikers passing through town?

    I don’t have much respect for Hell’s Angel’s, either…men who spend that much time in parking lots revving their unmuffled pipes must have some serious sexual inadequacies…

    But good god. Where are our police when drunk brats from the UM are roaming our streets? Drunks are a waste of space. Why don’t the cops do something about them?

    Why aren’t they waiting outside the bars for these assholes to get in their cars? (An automatic DWI) Worried they might have to arrest some rich assholes’ kids?

    And why are our judges allowing violent criminals off? Those kids convicted of home invasion and battery…5 years??? puhLEEZE. We’ve got people in prison for smoking pot and shoplifting, and these creeps get off with 5 years? You can bet if they’d broken into some cop’s house and beat him up, they wouldn’t have been let off so easily.

    Sorry to be ranting yet again, but when I think about all this time, money, and effort being spent to babysit Impotent Geezers in Leather riding around on their two-wheelers, I get pissed off all over again.

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