Monday, September 13, 2010

Protesting the "Freak Show"

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM

The throngs of Sarah Palin supporters who flocked to the Hilton Garden Inn yesterday for the former Alaska governor's fundraising speech received something of a Missoula-style welcome. Roughly 30 people lined the street leading into the hotel parking lot off North Reserve, some sporting 3D glasses, others holding signs but all protesting Palin's presence, not the event. Surprisingly, the only flack the demonstrators got from Palin's adoring masses came in the form of a middle finger. Here's why we say surprisingly:


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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM

In this week's installment: Botox burglary, hot golfers and using scotch as fuel.

Curses, Foiled Again
When Caleb Smith, 19, approached the pharmacy counter at a drug store, showed a gun and demanded narcotics, police in Pensacola, Fla., said pharmacist Steven Rodick handed a paper bag containing the drugs to Smith, who set the gun on the counter so he could open the bag to check its contents. Rodick immediately picked up the gun, which turned out to be a starter pistol. Smith fled, but a store employee tripped him and helped Rodick detain him until police arrived.

A drunken, heavy-set woman wearing an oversized floral shirt and shorts approached the counter at a Taco John restaurant in La Crosse, Wis., and demanded a soft-shell taco and cash. The woman tried to back up her demand by pulling a hammer from her shorts pocket, but the weapon snagged on her shorts. While she was tugging on the handle, the cashier pressed the restaurant’s panic button and called 911. The suspect fled without any money, but police arrived in time to chase down Julie Bailey, 38, who was still holding the wooden hammer.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

OMFG Sarah Palin is coming: Bendable straws, T-shirts, 9/11 and more!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM


Former vice presidential candidate, current Fox News talking head and ongoing political lightning rod Sarah Palin speaks in Missoula Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Her appearance is part of a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, and tickets are still available for $100. The title of her speech: "Taking a stand for God, country and family."

Some people question Teen Challenge, but whatever...Sarah Palin is coming!

What will she say? What will she wear? How does Glenn Beck feel about all this?

We don't know. But we do know this: She likes bendable straws.

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Happiest Hour: Blacksmith Brewing Co.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM


Every week we officially welcome the weekend with an ode to local watering holes. This week, in honor of tonight's Maverick BrewFest, we focus on the exceptional craft brewers from nearby Stevensville.

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Weekend planner: You may want to avoid West Broadway tonight

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

As if the "Broadway Diet" didn't offer enough reason to re-route away from West Broadway, the Missoula Police Department will be conducting a "Traffic Enforcement Event" along the 2100 block of that thoroughfare today from 6 to 9 p.m.

From the official release:

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ousted Tea Party leader fights back by blaming media, using lots of third-person references

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Tim Ravndal released a two-page statement late last night explaining his side of the story on the whole Facebook/Matthew Shepard/fruit-hanging incident that got him fired as president of the Tea Party. (Or not, as the Tea Party is apparently reconsidering his ouster.)

In the release, Ravndal claims he never spoke with the media to give his side of the story and that Great Falls Tribune reporter John S. Adams (a former Indy staff writer) reported half-truths. Adams flatly denies both claims. In fact, Ravndal is quoted in Adams' original his side of the story.

Adams and Ravndal had it out today, and Adams posted the audio on his blog.

Further making the release a little odd: Ravndal's insistence on referring to himself in the third-person. He signed the letter, but only uses "I" once and "me" once. Instead, we get lots of sentences like this one: "Tim states that he is aware that he has been in this spotlight for many years, as he has stood in front of the world demanding the rights of the people be protected."

Ravndal's entire explanation appears below. Consider it sic'd throughout.

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Tei Nash again seeks to overturn anti-discrimination ordinance

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Not My Bathroom (NMB) chairman Tei Nash is at it again. For the second time since June, he, along with the group “Right to Vote Missoula,” is asking a Missoula District Court to help put Missoula’s anti-discrimination ordinance up for a citywide vote.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): My friend Alana suffered from a mysterious ailment for months. Symptoms included vertigo, stomach pains, and numbness in her legs. After being treated unsuccessfully by six health care practitioners, both mainstream and alternative, she went to see Dr. Ling, a Chinese herbalist recommended by a friend. Ling was a dour woman who made no eye contact. Her office was dingy, cramped, and windowless. Alana felt a bit depressed by the visit. Yet when she took Dr. Ling’s herbs, she felt better. In three weeks she was cured. The moral of the story, Aries: The restorative agent you need may not come in the most inviting form.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Bullock, AGs win fight with Craigslist

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Those hoping to hire an escort through Craiglist will be disappointed, as the global online marketplace succumbed to increasing pressure launched by attorneys general in 20 states, and shut down its adult services section this weekend.

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Montana's Walkin' Jim Stoltz dies at 57

Posted By on Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Unlike some of us, Walkin’ Jim Stoltz didn’t really have time for blogging. He was too busy hiking in the woods and playing his folk music on tours for school assemblies and wilderness benefits across the nation. In his second-to-last blog entry on Nov. 25, 2009, Stoltz writes:

Hello Everyone...I got back to Montana today after 2+ months on the road and a wonderful Fall Tour. It was SO nice to cook my own dinner and I'm looking forward to crawling into my own bed after I post this. It's been a long haul but my veggie-oil-fueled van has been running great. How I love cruising along on the smell of french fries!!


Stoltz died on Friday, Sept. 3, in Helena. The veteran performer, age 57, had traveled the states for 35 years, hiking more than 27,000 miles through wild country in North America. With his guitar in hand, he penned several albums worth of songs that unabashedly and transparently revealed his passion for nature: “It Ain’t Easy Being an Ol’ Grizzly Bear," ”The Food Chain Song” and “These Are Ancient Forests,” to name a few.

Over the years Stoltz had been through some medical hardships including when he had to have a kidney transplant in 2004, and when he learned of his tonsil chord cancer in 2007 that had spread to his lymph nodes. His last show was in Missoula on March 6, 2010, where he played a benefit concert and celebration for the organizations Last, Best Place Wildlands Campaign and Wilderness Watch.

Following the publication of his 2003 book, Walking with the Wind: Reflections on a Montana Journey, writer and activist Bill McKibben (The End of Nature) wrote:

This is the testament of one of America's most unique and devoted citizens. After wandering its wild places for decades, he understands things about this continent that few others have grasped with the same depth.

Listen to Jim Stoltz' "The Long Trails" and "Morning in the Mountains."

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