Monday, April 11, 2011

Crowbar crusader Kathleen Folden tells her story

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Remember Kathleen Folden, the Kalispell trucker who drove to a Colorado gallery last fall and took a crowbar to a controversial sexual depiction of Jesus? Well, as the Daily Inter Lake reports, she recently launched a website,, to tell her version of the events that led to her arrest. (Actually, the website isn't about her arrest as much as it's about the Antichrist and end times.)

Anyway, the site includes this 10-page account of the incident (PDF). Here's a snippet:

...upon hearing about Jesus in a dress, having breasts, and being serviced by a man with a big, ugly, red tongue, I was utterly calm and steadfast.

That doesn’t mean I was unafraid. My knees were unsteady and I asked God if I was indeed the right person for the job. Was he sure there wasn’t someone who had a recent prison conversion who better knew the ins and outs of serving time and committing crimes? I didn’t really even understand about bail, etc.

Those doubts were fleeting. If I could be a trucker in New York, I could and would do this. I put on the “Tougher Than Nails” T-shirt to draw strength from Jesus and to help feel His nearness.

I wasn’t sure about whether or not to take the crow bar inside. I thought about hiding it in the bushes outside. Fortunately, it fit perfectly inside my doubled over fleece jacket

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: smoking out squirrels, the cost of avoiding checked-baggage fees, and when cremation isn't enough.

Curses, Foiled Again
After Daniel Rahynes, 35, told tellers at a bank in Harrisburg, Pa., that he wanted to open an account, he gave the bank his information, then announced he was there to rob the bank. Police said he drove away with a small amount of cash but left behind the two forms of identification he showed to open the account. He was arrested after he crashed his car during his getaway. (Associated Press)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The deal with the duck pond's dead fish

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

After tests conducted by FWP, it's been concluded that the 50 100 or so dead fish that filled the duck pond on the city's south side were domestic goldfish.

A pretty big, very dead domestic goldfish
  • A pretty big, very dead domestic goldfish
A cause of death hasn't been determined.

We first reported on the gross scene last week after hearing a report from a concerned neighbor. Morgan Valliant, the city's conservation lands manager, said officials didn't know what caused the kill, nor what kind of fish they were.

Valliant says the FWP's tests confirm the fish are goldfish — albeit really big ones. "They grow to the size of their tank," he explains. There are two theories on what killed them: Either a population of the fish lived there for a long time and died due to the harsh winter weather, or someone dumped mature goldfish into the pond and they didn't survive. Either way, goldfish aren't an invasive species, so there's no cause for alarm.

"The main thing to learn is that if it had been invasive, we would have had a large environmental issue to deal with," Valliant says.

Residents wondering whether they'll see actual ducks rather than dead fish at the pond can rest easy, as well. Valliant says wildlife have taken care of most of the fish and the pond is mostly clear.

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 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): When he was three years old, actor Charlie Sheen got a hernia from yelling too much and too loud. I definitely don’t encourage you to be like that. However, I do think it’s an excellent time to tune in to the extravagant emotions that first made an appearance when you were very young and that have continued to be a source of light and heat for you ever since. Maybe righteous anger is one of those vitalizing emotions, but there must be others as well—crazy longing, ferocious joy, insatiable curiosity, primal laughter. Get in touch with them; invite them to make an appearance and reveal the specific magic they have to give you right now.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: mobile absolution, burrito madness, and a chainsaw down yer britches.

Curses, Foiled Again
Police arrested Michael Trias, 20, after they said he broke into a home in Mesa, Ariz., and became stuck in a clothes hamper underneath the window he climbed through. The homeowner, who heard Trias trying to untangle himself from the clothes, restrained him and called police. (Mesa’s East Valley Tribune)

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

More than you wanted to know about Missoula's White House connection

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The Nation wrote a long profile of former Missoulian Jim Messina, labeling him in the headline as "Obama's Enforcer." Messina served as Obama's deputy chief of staff up until his recent appointment as manager of the president's re-election campaign.

The article, which quotes a number of prominent Montana politicians, takes a critical look at Messina's position within the Obama team. It also talks a lot about his history with Max Baucus, and the nature of Montana politics. It's worth a complete read, but here are some highlights:

Obama’s fixer has arguably created as many problems as he’s solved. “He is not of the Obama movement,” says one top Democratic strategist in Washington. “There is not a bone in his body that speaks to or comprehends the idea of a movement and that grassroots energy. To me, that’s bothersome.”

Under Messina, Obama ‘12 could more closely resemble the electoral strategy of Baucus or Bill and Hillary Clinton—cautious, controlling, top-down in structure and devoted to small-bore issues that blur differences between the parties—than Obama ‘08, a grassroots effort on a scale modern politics had never seen. “It was a major harbinger to me, when Obama hired him, that we were not going to get ‘change we can believe in,’” says Ken Toole, a former Democratic state senator and public service commissioner in Montana.

The inside [health care reform] strategy pursued by Messina, relying on industry lobbyists and senior legislators to advance the bill, was directly counter to the promise of the 2008 Obama campaign, which talked endlessly about mobilizing grassroots support to bring fundamental change to Washington. But that wasn’t Messina’s style—instead, he spearheaded the administration’s deals with doctors, hospitals and drug companies, particularly the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), one of the most egregious aspects of the bill.

Solmonese offered a different perspective, calling Messina “unquestionably one of the great unsung heroes of DADT repeal.” The two stood side by side on the Senate floor as the bill cleared the body on December 18. When the sixtieth vote came in, Solmonese said, Messina began to cry.

“If you want to have a future in Montana politics, you don’t criticize Jim Messina,” says James Anacker, a former field rep for Baucus. “That would be career suicide. People are afraid of him, to tell you the truth.”

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happiest Hour: The Broadway Sports Bar and Grill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

This week's Happiest Hour features the Broadway Sports Bar and Grill.

Atmosphere: The inside of the Broadway is pretty standard: restaurant seating, pool tables on one end, a dance floor on the other, and a stage that hosts weekly comedy acts and DJs. What stands out is the number of television—14, including a massive 14-foot projector screen.

Who you’re drinking with: Since the Broadway is attached to the Broadway Inn, the bar’s often frequented by road-weary travelers, meaning once the dinner crowd clears out, the bar gets pretty quiet. “As a rule, I’d say this place is cleared by 11,” says Larry Dobson, who’s been tending bar here for seven years. “But that doesn’t mean I won’t have 12 guys in here from an electric company that’ll close the bar every night they’re in town.” If the place is empty, just sidle up and listen to Dobson’s dirty stories and eclectic music tastes, ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Chuck Berry.

What you’re drinking: The drink menu is lengthy, but Dobson says the specialty is the $6.50 Long Island Iced Tea, because “They’re the real deal. Ain’t no half steppin’!”

Claim to fame: Tuesday night’s stand-up comedy, followed by dancing tunes from the “Tallest DJ in America.” It costs $5, or $3 for students.

Happy hour: Two-for-one well drinks and domestics (including pitchers) from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. On Tuesday, happy hour prices resume after the night’s comedy act finishes, usually around 10 p.m.

Where to find it: 1609 W. Broadway Street, adjacent to the Broadway Inn.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email

Big rig rundown: Missoula County sues; Imperial "revisits" plan

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

The past week brought a number of interesting developments in the ongoing heavy haul debate. Front and center was the joint lawsuit filed against the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) by the National Wildlife Federation, the Montana Environmental Information Center, the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Missoula County Board of County Commissioners. The suit aims to force additional review of ExxonMobil subsidiary Imperial Oil's proposal to ship more than 100 pieces of Canada-bound oversized equipment up highways 12 and 200. Click here to view a copy of the plaintiffs' complaint.

“Exxon’s mega-loads put Montana at risk while locking us into a future of dirty energy from abroad," National Wildlife Federation attorney Tom France said in a statement this morning, referencing Imperial Oil's tar sands mining operation in Alberta. "Before we let polluters run roughshod through Montana we must have a proper review of the environmental costs and risks.”


News of the legal filing broke just days before the Calgary Herald reported that Imperial Oil plans to "revisit" its deal with the South Korean manufacturer that made the loads. Imperial Oil Chief Executive Bruce March explained to the Herald that the oil company originally turned to the Pacific Rim in 2007-08 when manufacturers in Edmonton were unable to accommodate its needs. Imperial Oil spent the subsequent two years scoping the potential for a shipping route through Idaho and Montana, eventually announcing its Kearl Module Transportation Project to the public in spring 2010. Protests began almost immediately, and March's interview with the Herald suggests that the resulting delays contributed greatly to the company's recent call to "revisit" its manufacturing situation. In the meantime, Imperial Oil continues to reduce the size of more than 30 loads at the Port of Lewiston, preparing them for transport on the interstate highway system.

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