Archive for September 19th, 2008

What He Said

by jhwygirl

From Floyd Norris, The New York Times:

If an activity is important enough to justify a government nationalization to prevent a default, it is important enough to be regulated.

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by Pete Talbot

(In computer parlance, they’re called emoticons, but I’ve hated smiley faces since they first appeared in the 1970’s. That being said, I can’t for the life of me figure out how to embed a ‘thumbs-up’ or ‘thumbs-down’ emoticon in a post, so you’ll have to put up with smiley faces in this week’s review of events.)

:( Judy Stang. In what was already considered a tight race in Senate District 7, with Democrat Paul Clark running against Republican Greg Hinkle, Ms. Stang filed as a write-in candidate. She’d lost a close primary battle with Clark earlier in the season — the key word here being “lost.” Now she has the potential to hand the race to the Republican candidate, thereby giving the state senate a Republican majority. Thanks a lot, Judy.

:) Missoula Red Tape. Missoulian city beat reporter Keila Szpaller and county beat reporter Chelsi Moy have teamed up on a new blog site (it’s new to me, anyway). It offers some insights into local government that might not make it into the daily dead tree edition. Welcome to the ‘sphere, you two. Missoulian blogs tend to ebb and flow. Here’s hoping that this one stays around.

:( Roy Brown. Gubernatorial candidate Brown has the same respect for the scientific community as VP candidate Sarah Palin, that is to say none. He vows increased coal mining and more coal-fired generating plants in Montana if elected. What part of human-caused global warming, much of it coming from the burning of coal, don’t these people fathom?

:) Barack Obama and Dave Stewart. This latest music video has been making the rounds but I haven’t seen it linked to on any of the blog sites I usually visit — so here it is. Enjoy.

:( Direct TV. Yes, I know, Direct TV employs a bunch of people at its call center here in Missoula. That still doesn’t make up for the fact that it shows no local programming (including Grizzly games!). I live in a place that gets a really poor local signal and I hooked up to Direct TV quite awhile ago. Guess I’m going to have to switch over to Dish or maybe even Bresnan. They both carry the local stations.

by Pete Talbot
This just forwarded to me from an alert reader:

“In April, Sen. John McCain skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores the longstanding interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (overturned last year by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling). In New Orleans, McCain explained his opposition to the bill by claiming it ‘opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.’ Later in Kentucky, he added that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need ‘education and training.’

So, Senator John McCain failed to show up to vote for the Equal Work – Equal Pay legislation, and he said that had he been there, he would have voted against it.
That said, since Sarah Palin is less qualified than the other candidate (Biden), and a GIRL, do you think that McCain should ask her to work for less? About 20% less?”
I’m sure Ms. Palin won’t mind.



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