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by lizard I’m still a mostly ignorant newbie when it comes to understanding Montana politics, especially Montana Democrats. I have no clue what really goes on in Helena, and what little I know (outside of what traditional media reports) comes from a handful of blogs, so there’s that. Take, for example, a recent post from […]

by jhwygirl Got a press release from Northern Plains Resource Council yesterday announcing Forest Mars, Jr.’s buy-in to the Tongue River railroad, which is needed to transport the dirty filthy coal of Otter Creek from Montana to China. Later, I went and read my favorite supermontanareporter John S. Adams’ blog MT Lowdown and found a […]

by jhwygirl Oh, the places I could go with that…. The Missoulian has an Associated Press story reporting that Governor Brian Schweitzer is heading to China to tout Montana wheat, beer, tourism and coal. That’s a good thing, and hopefully the Governor does well. Montana has its own special draw, and hopefully he’s taking a […]

by jhwygirl Otter Creek is never going to get mined. All Arch Coal wants is to be able to run a railroad through it, to get it to the port it owns a third of. to export the stuff to China. That is, please note, the second port agreement for Arch is less than a […]

by jhwygirl The latest meme from our bloviating Governor Brian Schweitzer is that the Canadian tar sands – slated for expansion – are (get this) “conflict free”: “I would say this is conflict-free oil and I don’t want to send one more son or daughter from Montana to defend an oil supply from one of […]

by jhwygirl A timely post, given that the corporate welfare 15 cent bid (or bids) for the Otter Creek coal tracts were announced late Monday. Below are Attorney General Steve Bullock’s comments at the February hearing where the Land Board (in a 3-2 vote, with Bullock and Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction Denise […]

by jhwygirl That’s really what they’re saying when they they send a letter to the Land Board telling them to support leasing the Otter Creek tracts. As Wally McRae, a rancher who will be on the receiving end of such eminent domain condemnation proceedings has said: “If you vote in favor of leasing the Otter […]

by jhwygirl We’ve blogged a number of times here about the Tongue River, coal and sequestration fallacies, and the state’s Otter Creek tracts – all of these are intertwined with a number of issues that are presenting themselves currently in the form of the state determining whether leasing of its own property for coal is […]

by jhwygirl This is in follow-up to a previous post. Somewhat surprisingly if only for who made the motion, the State Land Board voted to delay decision on the Arch Coal Inc. leases of the state’s Otter Creek coal holdings for 30 days to allow for additional time for public comment regarding the leases. Secretary […]

by jhwygirl This comes to me via a reader from Bozeman. I’ve edited it slightly for posting. The Billings Gazette reports on the Otter Creek coal tracts and the decision to be made Monday by the State Land Board. Letters sent via email are needed NOW to stop the giveaway of state resources to out-of-state […]

by jhwygirl Please consider this an open thread What do you think is going to happen when the Army Corp of Engineers tries this crap here in Missoula?? Ten toxic things you should never discuss on the internet I think we’ve only discussed 4 of ’em here… A majority of conservatives think that Colbert is […]

by jhwygirl We’ve got bad environmental legislation this session. That’s nothing new – it happens every legislative session. Most probably think it comes from Republicans – but the truth is that good and bad comes from both sides of the aisles. There is no line drawn on environmental issues that makes good stuff comes from […]

Having Faith

by lizard After God created the mountains and rivers and stars above and fossil fuels below, He created little girls like Dasani, an 11 year old homeless girl living in New York. Asked about this girl, who was featured in a compelling New York Times series, Mike Bloomberg offered this profound comment: “That’s just the […]

Last Resort?

by lizard On February 18th, 2010, Joe Stack purposely crashed his small Piper Dakota plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and IRS manager, Vernon Hunter. To accompany this act of violence, Joe posted a six page suicide note, which you can read in full here. Here is a portion of the […]

by lizard May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. —Edward Abbey Labels kinda suck. I mean, what the hell is a nature poem anyway? To say the poems I’ve selected for this week’s LWPS are nature poems really limits […]

Poetry and Politics

by lizard I finally inquired about becoming an “official” contributing member of 4&20 Blackbird after the udder failure of an unnecessarily long comment thread caused me to reevaluate how I personally broadcast my beliefs in this little corner of the blogosphere, and j-girl graciously responded with an invitation to join the lineup. This reevaluation entailed […]




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