Various & Sundry for the Weekend

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread

7 Montana businesses were amongst 140 that went to Washington to lobby Senators Baucus and Tester to pass “strong” climate and energy policies that would cut carbon pollution and create over 1.7 million jobs.

The two mentioned in that link from Bozeman.

Our Sen. Jon Tester is filing an amicus brief, along with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Rep. Mark Souder, to the U.S. Supreme Court which sides with the National Rifle Association in challenging Chicago’s handgun registration laws. Great Falls Tribune has a local perspective, as does KFFB in Great Falls.

Ellie Hill, Director of Missoula’s Poverello complex of facilities is celebrating her 4th year anniversary at the job. She’s still a lawyer, she says, and says the Pov’s biggest perk for her is being a celebrity in dark alleys. Ms. Hill contributes immensely to Missoula, so next time you see her on the street (or in an alley), say “Thank You, Ellie Hill,” because without her a whole hell of a lot would not be happening.

This past Thursday, Rehberg voted in support of a bill that included the expansion of the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation.

The newest self-promoting, fund-us-with-a-new-tax boondoggle pitching to Missoula is the Tourism Business Improvement District . Bunk in the West has the story.

The Button Valley Bugle always has something interesting to say. Daily must read. One of the latest best is this one which thanks tourism for pumping $168,000,000 into Montana’s economy. That generated 45,000 jobs. People who stayed the longest? People who were here to fish. Here to use our waterbodies; Our streams and lakes and rivers. Beautiful in its simplicity, isn’t it?

Goes to show, you don’t always know that good old clean streams is all it takes to get people out here to spend some cash. TBID’s? Fuggedaboutit!

Montana should sit back and take a serious look at that: Montana’s open space and mountains and streams and rivers are what people come here to see. Taking care of ensuring that there’s water – clean water at that – in our streams and rivers, and taking steps to maintain our agrarian roots will help keep people wanting to come here and spend their cash for far longer than some new tourism bureau designed to merely add to tourism magazines and play 2nd fiddle the local chamber of commerce.

OK. That was a bit preachy for a Saturday. My apologies.

Wanna smile? Check out this post from Chris LaTray, who is naked-in-your-face open about his love for the rock band KISS.

Some newer blogs? Montana Wildlife Gardner, Duganz, A Heretic’s Life, and A Drunk Goes Jogging, the latter being painful at times…but you can’t help but root for him.

Got any other blogs you wanna share?


  1. Yeah, Rehberg voted for the hate crimes bill, but as he so kindly explained to his constituents, it was only under duress. A gem from his letter to Nancy Pelosi:

    I cannot help but note that these provisions violate our nation’s founding principles, which the members of our Armed Forces put their lives on the line every day to protect.

    Apparently, civil rights violate our nation’s founding principles. Amazing. Okay, when it comes to Denny, I’m not really surprised at anything he vomits forth, but still. The man needs to go. I’m tired of paying for the extended time he spends partying on the taxpayer’s dime while voting against basic decency.

  2. Ahhh, jhwygirl, that was pretty damn nice. Thanks! I am just beginning my 4th year at the Pov, and I’ll admit, it ain’t always the easiest job. Not everyone likes poor people. Who knew? I was only half-kidding, of course, about being a celebrity it dark alleys… I love my work, including the hobo coffee, toothless smiles, inspirational colleagues, and free lunch!
    And, when a recent rant on the Missoulian’s anonymous comment pages included the following statement, “the murder of Clay Salcido seems to be a good way to solve homelessness,” we know our work is not done!
    That said, thank you to the b’birds on this site who tirelessly bring awareness to progressive issues in our State and provide a forum for this community to express our shared values. Your work is appreciated and it matters.

  3. goof houlihan

    My brief weekend thoughts:

    Way past time for “don’t ask don’t tell” to be gone. It’s an easy one, Mr. Commander in Chief, and you made a campaign promise, right?

    The Montana Creativity Movement, a small group of more than likely imported from Illinois white supremacists, has anonymous “offices” with PO Boxes and hotmail accounts in Bozeman, Billings and Kalispell…and a website, not linked here.

    Apparently, according to reports on the Bozeman Chronicle based “Bozeman talks” all six or so of them demonstrated in front of the Gallatin County Courthouse. They’ve also put stickers on local businesses and flyers on automobiles in the Bozeman library parking lot. I think a phone tree/Twitter based “instant response” team should be started to counter demonstrate and take pictures every time someone sees them crawl out of their hole. Last time the response was a community wide, “all are welcome here” slogan. I don’t agree. Some people aren’t welcome here, and these guys, coke dealing murdering scholarship athletes, and meth dealers come to mind immediately. They’re all equally toxic.

    City elections this year are total snoozers. Why? Because the bad economy has the “we hate people and growth” elitists laying pretty low. You’ve got your “no growth” and it’s wiped out a lot of jobs and family finances and caused a lot of misery. Instead, every candidate has some plan for backing off of impact fees and streamlining planning department applications. Suddenly, people realize “quality of life” starts with having a job, a roof and a meal.




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