Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An update on David Lynch's budding music career

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

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The debut solo album from the noted filmmaker and Missoula native sounds just as, oh, pick a word you'd use to describe one of his films ... recondite? esoteric? surreal? ... as you'd expect.

To be fair, I'm judging from two clips leaked by Sunday Best Recordings: the one below, which shows behind-the-scenes footage of Lynch in the recording studio, and another one with nothing but the Crazy Clown Time album cover and audio of the title track. Yes, the album is titled Crazy Clown Time.

The title track shows off Lynch's singing voice. It's described by one online commenter as Neil Young-ish. Another likens it to a cat, which basically means the same thing. (Affectionately, of course.) I think it sounds like my friend's aunt's ramblings at the end of a long, sherry-filled Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Crazy Clown Time drops Nov. 8. Pre-order it at iTunes here.

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 19

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

U.S. Senate sends bill to expand activities at ski resorts to president
A bill passed unanimously by the U.S. House last month that will allow ski resorts on federal lands to expand activities offered during the off-season passed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said that since the Obama administration had supported the legislation, it would likely be signed into law soon.
Denver Post; Oct. 19

New shareholder in Montana coal mine has international plans
The two Ohio-based companies that own and operate the Signal Peak Mine signed a $400-million deal with Pinesdale LLC, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd., which will give the Montana coal mine access to British Columbia shipping ports to tap markets in Asia, and the new shareholder plans to triple production at the Montana mine.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 19

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 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): If you have been resisting the command to go deeper, now is the time to surrender. If you have been hoping that the pesky little voice in your head will shut up and stop bugging you to get more involved, you’d better stop hoping. If you’ve been fantasizing about how to escape the growing pressure to give more of yourself, I suggest that instead you fantasize about how you could intensify your commitments. The time has come to explore what has been missing and what needs more love.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fox News contributor suggests Dems follow Montana's lead

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A recent poll found that Montana residents are the increasingly rare types who feel their state's economy is headed in the right direction. Those results shocked Douglas E. Schoen, a Fox News contributor and political strategist whose firm conducted the poll, and prompted him to dig deeper into what made Montanans so optimistic.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer was more than happy to offer up an explanation. In a column posted yesterday at FoxNews.com, Schoen lets the governor explain how good fiscal management allowed Montana to withstand a crummy national economy. That prompted Schoen to conclude:

As we approach an election year, Montana should serve as a case study for the Democratic Party nationally, as Democrats would be wise to follow Governor Schweitzer’s brand as a common-sense, fiscally pragmatic, centrist.

The combination of fiscal conservatism and social progressivism makes the strongest case for Democrats nationally, and offers the best and strongest path for Democrats to run successfully against Republicans.

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Obama campaign to open Missoula office Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM

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Obama for America is setting up shop in Missoula. According to a release from the president's reelection campaign, a new office for volunteers and supporters will host its grand opening tomorrow night at 800 Kensington Street. Mayor John Engen, a noted Obama supporter, will be in attendance. Festivities begin at 6:15.

Here's the release:

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 18

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

EPA: We are not going to regulate farm dust
Republican and some farm-state Democrats are making political hay out of the myth that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to regulate the dust stirred up by farm equipment, despite the Environmental Protection Agency's unequivocal position that the agency has no plans to do so.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 18

Montana economist calls farm bill tactic 'bait and switch'
Federal lawmakers working on the 2012 Farm Bill are calling for an end to an subsidy that has for decades put billions of dollars into the pockets of farmers, and most farmers agree that they must do their part to help trim the federal deficit, but the next step of the federal plan is creating a new subsidy with a new name and sending most of the money saved back to farmers, a technique Montana state Vincent H. Smith, a professor of farm economics at Montana State University, calls the old "bait and switch."
New York Times; Oct. 18

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: exploding toilets, the hazards of tall corn, and the world's largest sperm bank rejects red-headed donors.

Curses, Foiled Again
Juan Aguirre, 21, broke into Cirilla’s sex shop in Salina, Kan., and made off with six X-rated DVDs—or so he believed. Police who stopped him for questioning said his backpack contained a sledgehammer head attached to a rope that he used to shatter Cirilla’s door glass. The six DVD cases turned out to be empty. The store had removed the discs to use the cases for a display. (The Smoking Gun)

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The Rockies Today, Oct. 17

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Group charges Canada's plan for woodland caribou does too little
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society will release a report card today giving the federal government an "F" on its management plan for the nation's 57 caribou herds that sets the threshhold for ensuring a "60 per cent probability of survival" for the country's iconic species.
Vancouver Sun (PostMedia News); Oct. 17

Idaho wineries a growth industry
While Idaho isn't in the same league as California, Washington and Oregon when it comes to wine production, the industry is growing and in Southwest Idaho there are enough wineries to make it a weekend destination.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 17

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Elouise Cobell, 1945 - 2011

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:00 AM

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The Blackfeet woman who fought for more than a decade to win a $3.4 billion settlement for American Indians robbed of their Individual Indian Money trust accounts died on Sunday. She was 65.

The Missoulian reports she had surgery in April for "what she described then as 'a serious cancer.'"

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Early last year, Indy staff reporter Alex Sakariassen interviewed Cobell after her historic victory. At the end of the interview, she talked about finally getting a chance to settle back in Montana.

When I leave Washington, I feel like I'm drained, like everyone's taken all the blood out of me. But as soon as you drive into your driveway and you see those mountains, you're puffed up again...you're back to normal and you're human again.

When you're younger, you think, "God, I just need to get away from here. I don't like it. I want to get someplace where the action is and things aren't as hard." I always wanted to live in the cities. I lived in Denver and I loved it. I lived in Seattle and I loved it. I was never going to move back here. But once you come home, you know in your heart this is where you're supposed to be. It's a good feeling to live here at Blackfeet.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Keystone XL puts Obama in a tough spot

Posted By on Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 8:55 PM

The Washington Post has published a feature article on the controversial TransCanada oil pipeline slated to run from Alberta, south through Montana, and all the way to the Gulf Coast. The article offers a thorough summary of the issue — which we've written about here, here, here, here and, sorta, here — and positions it as a surprise campaign clustermess issue for President Obama.

Charles K. Ebinger, a senior fellow for energy at the Brookings Institution, said the issue has “become a test case for the Democrats,” with two factions within the Obama camp asking the same question: “Is he with us or against us?”

“I do think it has become a defining political issue,” Ebinger said. “I don’t think he’s going to win any friends whichever way he goes.”

It's worth reading the entire story, especially if you want to get up to speed on the full history, but here are a few highlights:

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