Various & Sundry for the Weekend

by jhwygirl

Bringing it back. As always, consider this an open thread

If you watched only one The Daily Show this week, hopefully it was this one. He starts off with “Democracy” – brings in Saudia Arabia’s lack of it with regards, especially, to women. Slaps the U.S. for embracing Saudia Arabia and then whips it all together with #occupywallstreet and the NYPD attacks on peaceful protesters.

On that note, here’s The Nation’s FAQ on Occupy Wall Street. Just the basics, for those still wondering what it is.

For your visual pleasure and cultural and even perhaps political curiosity, some pics from an expat living in China, twitterer @lonniehodge – who’s also a TED speaker.

I was seriously asleep on this one – Supermontana reporter John S. Adams broke the story, then Don Pogreba took the Rep. Denny Rehberg Federal land-grab story and pulled it all together with a very thorough analysis.

More hypocrisy from Rehberg. Against National Monuments, but fine with handing over unilateral authority over Montana’s borders to the Department of Homeland Security. Kinda like a double-dip of hypocrisy there, isn’t it?

Speaking of hypocrites..the face of Montana’s reasonable conservatism Montanafesto absolutely rips on Reverend Harris Himes’ criminal activities in this post titled Hypocrite, Meet Karma – Another Righteous Right Winger Down.

Himes, if you haven’t heard, is Blaming the gays.

Jack over at The Western Word had a piece this week about a local drinking-and-driving tragedy there in Great Falls. He has written quite a bit on the topic of drinking and driving, and I had, in fact, had reason to come across this tough criticism on the legislature from this past session just today.

Are you reading James Conner? Because you need to be. James’ latest piece at the Flathead Memo is on the bullying incident at Glacier High School. The story is pretty sick, and I knew it was going to get ugly when the coach resigned as the story broke. For all that, read this earlier post from James, which really rings together the whole sordid thing, along with a local history of the issue, together.

Montana is one of only 5 states in the nation without anti-bullying laws. Congressional candidate and state senator Kim Gillan sponsored SB141 this past session in an effort to address bullying. While it passed the Senate, it was tabled in the House Education Committee. A blast attempt on the floor failed also, 63-34. That’s not a party-line vote, btw – looks like 2 Republicans might have voted with the Dems to try and get the thing a fair floor hearing.

Disgraceful.

2nd Grade Bike Rack got linked to in an Huffington Post piece on the Keystone XL pipeline this past week. Pretty sweet! Kudos to James for that. Wanna read it? Republicans Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline.

That’s all I got – what about you?

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  1. excellent post j-girl. really miss the end of week wrap-ups from you. glad to see it is back. lots to chew on here.

  2. Kirsten

    What will an anti-bullying law do that an anti-assault law doesn’t already do?

    • To prevent things like this and the incident in Glacier.

      The whole story of that incident in Glacier has not been put into print, and it is very disturbing. Assault is rarely enforced as true assault, and it is likely because of the difficulty is prosecuting it beyond a reasonable doubt.

      Defining bullying provides clearer enforcement definitions.

      • Kirsten

        So an anti-bullying law regulates speech as well?

        • I would say that it regulates behavioral patterns of intimidation.

          • Pogo Possum

            Be careful what you wish for. While this is an issue worthy of attention, I can just imagine how school board’s tendencies towards “Zero Tolerance” will interpret the inevitable “Sally called me a doo doo head” on the kindergarten playground.

  3. mr benson

    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/dailyfeatures/article_7ecb3d44-ebe3-11e0-80fd-001cc4c002e0.html#user-comment-area

    Entertainment in Bozeman tonight. (of course, there are the usual Harrison Himes types commenting on the article.)

  4. Ingemar Johansson

    You heathens will like this one. Close to 9M views.

  5. mr benson

    http://www.kxlh.com/news/mt-state-senator-essmann-to-make-major-announcement/

    whatev

  6. mr benson

    And in a related note, (to the one immediately above this one) Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office already had tabulated 26,778 signatures through Monday in support of the referendum and said 5 percent of the registered voters in 49 of the 100 state House districts had signed it. Those totals exceeded the minimum requirements of 24,337 signatures and 5 percent of the voters in at least 34 House districts. I know of 26,778 people who aren’t voting for Goobernatorial candidate Essman.




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