Archive for August 8th, 2009

by JC

So little Jakie got all growed up and went to work for an astroturf manufacturing company, Americans for Prosperity, and its “grassroots” front group, Patients United Now (no PUN intended). Been wondering what he’s been doing since he got runned out of town with his tail between his legs for voter suppression last fall.

In Montana, the effort is being coordinated by Jake Eaton, former executive director of the Montana Republican Party…

Eaton said AFP officials and some local people will be on the bus, which will stop for rallies in a dozen towns.

Patients First already had been planning a Montana bus tour to rally opposition to health care reforms, and readjusted its schedule to make a stop in Bozeman to correspond with the president’s visit, Eaton said.

This should be interesting, no?

In other related news, there still isn’t any confirmation of a fundraiser at the Yellowstone Club, or any other details, for that matter.

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread

One extraordinary fish: Benson the carp.

Wednesday or Thursday, Washington Post put out a lengthy piece giving some insight into the current guts of the Senate Finance Committee’s consensus-building version of health care not insurance reform.

How about seeking some consensus with me?!

Some fabulous music coming to town, I have to say: Bob Weir and Rat Dog at the Wilma Aug 26th. If your really adventurous and young at heart and have a portable schedule, you could hit a mini-tour of Dark Star Orchestra, starting at the Spud Drive-In in Driggs, (I can’t think of a more fantastic outdoor venue, it being on the backside of The Tetons and in the shadow of The Grand) next Wednesday…hit the Emerson Theater in Bozeman on Thursday, an then finish it with a Geothermal Jerry Bash at Lolo Hot Springs on both Friday and Saturday.

Honestly? If I think about that one too much, I think my head will explode….

In case you missed it in the news: For the first time in one year, job losses slowed.

It was also a good week for this woman. Wulfgar! is a bit harsh on himself as he breaks down the confirmation vote.

Pogie rails on some local stuff on the City of Helena – apparently the city is taking on a $65,000 per year public information officer. This isn’t keeping one, or even giving one a raise – it’s a whole new position!

He also had a good book review on Edward Royce’s Poverty and Power: A Structural Perspective on American Inequality.

The VA has launched a Veteran’s Justice Outreach Initiative, which, in reading it, seems like a gosh-darn common sense thing to be doing. I hope Missoula is able to grab up some assistance there, which might help out our overtaxed mental health system infrastructure.

There is no line that won’t be crossed in the vicious despicable tactics being used to defeat health reform.

And that’s all she wrote….

Have a nice weekend….

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