Archive for March 5th, 2011

by jhwygirl

And I know a whole lot of them were inside working…so just to make sure they don’t miss the bigger picture out there:

KGVO AM 1290 – conservative talk radio down here in Missoula – reported today that “less than a dozen protesters” were at the rally.

Reuters has even joined in, reporting that protesters were Outnumbered by the media and politicians in attendance”.

It was a gun-toting rally that had to have special permission to carry the guns on the Capital grounds.

Bring Your Gun to The Capitol Day? What is this? Show and yell? Or just a redo of Sen. Joe Balyeat riding a donkey into the rotunda during the 2009 session?

I’m going to suggest puppies and kittens next time. I’m thinking they’d draw more attention.

Which, speaking of, Reuters has a nice little slideshow (4 or 5 pics) of the freak show, including this nice pic of Tim Ravndal, Executive Director of Lewis & Clark County’s Conservative Tea Party:

Even former state representative Scott Sales, Montana director for Americans for Prosperity got into the mix.

Honestly? Maybe we should be giving the MTGOP credit for creating jobs – its practically bank now that out-of-state journalists are here to watch the show…which means they’re getting a hotel room, eating in restaurants and I’m sure enjoying some of Montana’s fine 8.75 microbrew in the 4000 foot elevation of the state capitol.

The “freak show” statement might sound harsh, but do put that in the context of the fact that there had been a rally in support of workers and middle class America held in conjunction with the freak show, yet there’s nary a mention of that protest, which drew hundreds.

And seriously – if Sarah Elliot isn’t inviting Stephen Colbert for a visit with the Governor and his buddy Jag, she isn’t thinking outside the box.

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by lizard

This expansive anthology of New Poets from the American West comes from Flathead Valley Community College’s Many Voices Press, edited by Lowell Jaeger.

The anthology is broken up state by state, and reflects the phenomenal diversity of the American West. The Montana writers included in this anthology are as follows: Sandra Alcosser, Sunk Pa, Judy Blunt, Heather Cahoon, Ed Chaberek, Victor A. Charlo, Roger Dunsmore, Mark Gibbons, Jennifer Greene, Tami Haaland, Ann White Haggett, Lowell Jaeger, Melissa Kwasny, Ed Lahey, Eve Malo, Robert Pack, Greg Pape, Carolyn Pettit Pinet, Lois Red Elk, Henry Real Bird, June Billings Safford, M.L. Smoker, Cas Still, David E. Thomas, Joe Wilkins, and Paul Zarzyski.

Here is one of the two poems from Roger Dunsmore included in the anthology:

A TRUE WAR STORY

My friend’s uncle
was a Marine in Korea.
His squad came to a cluster of huts,
smoke drifting up from one.
The squad leader ordered him
to go into that hut,
to kill everyone inside.
He stepped cautiously through the doorway
and waited for his eyes to adjust.
In the dim light he saw a terrified Korean woman,
children huddled up against her.
He squeezed the trigger on his M1,
emptied it into the thatched roof,
and stepped back out
through that doorway.
No one spoke.

Back home,
when he told the old people
what he had done,
they gave him a new name:
He-Who-Takes-Pity-On-His-Enemy,
and made him
the giver of names
for new-born children.




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