Archive for February 15th, 2011

by lizard

As Obama rolls out his fiscal priorities for 2012, which includes freezing the poor and an overall increase in defense spending, the despair some are facing has and will become terminal.

Recently it was reported that unemployment ticked down from 9.8% to 9.4%, which would be great if that drop wasn’t in part attributed to discouraged workers who, thanks to Reagan, no longer count. If discouraged and under-employed workers were counted, we’d see that number nearly double.

for the 7 million Americans who are 99ers, the end of their federal assistance is imminent, and the message they are getting is clear: you don’t count. That’s a lot of people on the brink of losing everything. Thank God the rich got their tax cuts, right Obama?

I ran across this “letter” (read: suicide note) at zero hedge. It supposedly comes from a now suspended site called a company of one. if authentic (which may be impossible to verify) it’s a heartbreaking account of the harsh economic realities more and more Americans are facing. The letter is below the fold. Continue Reading »

by jhwygirl

Updated below.

First of all, a shout-out to the fabulous Helena bureau chief for CBS news (out of Great Falls) reporter Marnee Banks. I poached this pic right off of her yfrog account. Banks has been doing some great work, long before the session even began. I am a huge fan and have been trying to drum up a name for her, much as I’ve bestowed Supermontanareporter on John S. Adams. Goddess Bless her.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 show this evening featured a segment on birther bills, and grabbed up an interview with Montana’s Rep. Bob Wagner, a Republican out of Harrison.

Wagner’s SB205 was the bill he was bragging about.

I caught it on a tweet, “re-tweeted” it to make sure everyone knew..and guess what? Missed it. It was on within the first 25 minutes. So now I’ve set the Tivo and I’ll have to enjoy it later tonight or in the morning.

And we’ll definitely be checking back on CNN’s website to see what AC gets up on his site. Maybe someone will grab it up for YouTube.

In the meantime, one can only hope that Anderson Cooper comes back. He was talking about unconstitutional bills tonight – and SB254 would of fit the bill just fine – it provides for eminent domain authority over the federal government.

How’s that for both irony and hypocrisy from conservatives?

As for Anderson? Maybe he just didn’t want to dedicate the whole show to Montana. Arizona might get jealous.

But I’m sure we out-gun them in pro-gun laws. What do you want to bet?

Oh. My. Goodness. Anderson Cooper 360 has video up.

Wagner hints enough at another lunacy bill – HB392, that “eliminates the misapplication of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution” by saying that you are only a citizen of Montana if you reside in Montana, are born in U.S. and at least one of your parents is a U.S. citizen – that Cooper points out to America that we’ve got that bill knocking around up in Helena too.

The Anti-Jobs Montana GOP


First, I would just like to say that House Majority Leader,Tom McGillvray R-Billings, is a fucking idiot. In the Missoulian story from Friday about HB 161, which would fully repeal medical marijuana, Rep. McGillvray is quoted as saying:

“Do we want the drug cartels of Mexico to be now in place in Montana?” he asked. “I think not. Do we want drug wars in our cities and towns and communities? I think not. Do we want our schools infiltrated with this harmful, addictive drug? I think not. Our culture is being corrupted. Our children are being exploited.”

That is ostensibly the reason he gives for repealing a voter mandate. Excuse me Mr. Speaker, but its prohibition that causes ruthless, bloodthirsty cartels from taking over a market.



Supposedly there is an essay circulating among Republican legislators taking aim at medical marijuana for increasing crime, DUI instances, and generally putting everyone in the state in mortal danger. Luckily, someone has already put in the time to put togther a great set of links debunking the “marijuana is a scourge on our state” mentality:

The author alleges that Montana’s medical marijuana program has led to increased “criminal involvement… intoxicated driving crashes and fatalities… use of marijuana by their children… lost productivity by their state’s workforce… unsafe working conditions… amount of drugs consumed on a regular basis by each user… and the need for more psychiatric and addictive disease treatment.”

None of these allegations are true, according to Montana state statistics. Since medical marijuana passed in 2004 to 2009, Montana’s crime index has declined 15.8%, the fewest people died in auto fatalities, teenage marijuana use dropped 28.7%, gross domestic product outpaced national averages, workplace injuries declined, workplace fatalities dropped, overall marijuana use fell, and fewer people attended rehab with marijuana as their “primary substance”.

Secondly, with the attempt to repeal medical marijuana and also to remove tax incentives for clean energy infrastructure the Republicans in Helena are actively working to put locally owned Montana small businesses out of business.

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