Archive for September 6th, 2008

by Pete Talbot

Montana bloggers, both left and right, commented extensively on Gov. Schweitzer’s DNC speech. Writing about Barack Obama and the convention in Denver, The New Yorker’s David Remnick also weighs in, briefly, on the Good Gov:

“Even Montana’s stoutly appealing governor, Brian Schweitzer, performed with a cuff-shooting, shoulder-shrugging panache. Who knew that Buddy Hackett was a Catholic rancher in a bolo tie?”

A little snarky, for sure, with references to “stoutly” and “Buddy Hackett.” On the other hand, “appealing” and “panache” aren’t bad descriptors. And the fact that Schweitzer’s performance was mentioned in the same paragraph as Michelle Obama’s and the Clintons’ is noteworthy.

For the most part, Remnick is right on in his assessment of the convention, Obama and the campaign ahead. It’s a good read.

On Palin

by jhwygirl
I’m beginning to think the whole Palin thing is a Rovian wetdream.

Sure is drawing attention away from McCain and his ineptitude. He’ll sure need it now that the biggest bailout in the history of the U.S. is underway – under his party’s negligent watch.

There’s only 60+ days to the election, and we Democrats are whining about a neophyte and Republicans are feeding those People Magazine flames – and things like healthcare and the economy and an illegal war in Iraq are going by the wayside.

This news over Fannie and Freddie is what we should throw into the focus. Let’s hear both Obama’s and McCain’s thoughts….


by jhwygirl

Boeing CEO’s are staring down a likely strike of its largest union – its mechanics. UPDATE: Looks like they did just that this morning.

I stand in support of the IAMAW.

The American Prospect ponders how conservative ideology and the religious right and teenage pregnancy all converge together in blissful celebration.

Teen birth rate statistics. Food for thought:

In 2000, teenage birthrates were highest in Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and New Mexico. The states with the lowest teenage birthrates were New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Maine.

Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and New Mexico vote how?

This probably makes conservatives shudder. Lord knows why, since they were championing Palin’s husband’s membership in a union out there on the convention floor on Wednesday night…but why is it only democrats take up the cause of the middle class?

On that note – check out SEIU. They are in the forefront – by miles – of working for the Employee Free Choice Act.

Some on city council have been advocating for an energy coordinator. If Fayetteville, Arkansas (pop. 68,700) can have one, maybe it’s not a bad idea? Fayetteville’s “sustainability coordinator” pays for himself in savings – and then there are the additional benefits reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Missoula’s population, BTW, is 67,200.

If city hall is anything like my office, people need to have someone running around turning off unattended computers, turning off lights, and paying attention to things like the air conditioning v. having some windows open.

Interesting article on Montana DEQ estimates for clean-up costs of the old Berg Lumber Mill outside of Helena. The 31 acre site is contaminated with petroleum, dioxins and penta. Clean-up for residential is estimated to be anywhere between $440,000 to more than $21 million, while clean-up for industrial use is estimated between $210,000 to more than $6 million. Northside residents here in Missoula are fighting for a full residential class cleanup of White Pine Slash’s site of the same toxins.

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