We've got plenty of excuses to drink this weekend: Last night was Cinco de Mayo, tonight is First Friday, Saturday is Brewfest, Sunday is Mother's Day. But really, who needs an excuse? We'll be unwinding with the rest of you tonight, and here's a taste of what we might be up to.
This week: Rowdy's Cabin
Atmosphere: The bar’s namesake says it all: Rowdy Yates, the famed silver screen cowboy from “Rawhide” played by then-rising star Clint Eastwood. Rustic Western flavor doesn’t stop at the log cabin façade outside. The place looks like the kind of lounge you’d find at a dude ranch, all animal mounts and timber paneling. From the antler chandelier to the sprawling steer horns above the bar, everything about Rowdy’s screams “giddy-up.” About the only thing missing is Clint himself, scowling over a glass of moonshine.
Two Montana residents filed a lawsuit yesterday against best-selling author, philanthropist and "60 Minutes" target Greg Mortenson. One of the residents is Missoula Rep. Michele Reinhart.
You can view a copy of the complaint here (PDF).
The AP reports:
The lawsuit by Michele Reinhart of Missoula and Jena Price of Great Falls claims Mortenson and CAI [his nonprofit, Central Asia Institute] committed fraud by inducing them to donate and buy his book.
They are asking a federal judge to certify their complaint as a class-action lawsuit that could potentially be joined by millions of people.
Mortenson was the subject of a "60 Minutes" expose last month that revealed alleged lies and embellishments in his best-selling books, including Three Cups of Tea. It also questioned how Mortenson runs his nonprofit's finances and whether it overstates how many schools its built in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is already investigating Mortenson and CAI.
“It is apparent that the only way the children in Afghanistan and Pakistan are going to receive the schools promised to them is through this class action. Otherwise Mortenson and his organization will get away with this sham,” said attorney Alexander Blewett III in a statement. “We welcome the opportunity for Greg Mortenson to testify under oath as to the veracity of what he has said.”
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): Imagine this scene, as described by Seattle-based video artist Michael Douglas. “Sometimes a tree falls down in a field of cows, and the cows walk over to it and stare at it. It used to be standing and now it’s on the ground. There’s something different in the field and the cows start to hang out around the tree and watch it like it’s television, attracted to the rupture in the order of things. They gather around it for months, even after they completely forget why they started doing it.” I think there’s a comparable scene going on in your life right now, Aries. People you care about are in a daze, seemingly hypnotized by a certain “rupture in the order of things” that took place some time ago. In my opinion, it’s your task to wake them up, gently if possible, and motivate them to move on.
That's the question raised by Newsweek in a new profile that, among other things, quotes Indy columnist George Ochenski.
The story, by Andrew Romano, starts like every profile of Sen. Jon Tester — on the farm, in the mud, with a mention of the senator's belly and flattop. But it quickly gets to Tester's challenge of sticking to his rural roots, navigating the national political scene and satisfying his grassroots liberal base — while taking on Republican Denny Rehberg in November 2012.
The nut of the story:
In this week's installment, Sen. Jon Kyl fibs, space-age medicine, and how rich folk think.
Curses, Foiled Again
Dorothy McGurk, 43, was receiving $850 a month in alimony by claiming she was disabled and couldn’t work. Then ex-husband Brian McGurk discovered a blog showing the New York City woman belly dancing, as well as other Internet postings in which she wrote about dancing vigorously for several hours every day. He took her to court. Dorothy McGurk insisted the dancing was physical therapy, but the judge reduced her payments to $400 a month. (Associated Press)
"Engstrom did not attend the press conference." Profiles in Courage Award for the captain of…
What happened to the driver and passengers of the other vehicle?