'Tis the season, right?
What you’re drinking: A seasonal “dark double alt” ale from the brewery in Eugene, Ore. Like most winter brews, it packs a punch at 7.2 percent alcohol by volume.
If this beer were a Slayer album it would be: Probably the band’s first recording on Def Jam Records, Reign in Blood, because both are heavy with complex flavors. Unlike the 1986 album, however, Sleigh’r has a bit more of a universal appeal.
The deal with Ninkasi: The brewery is relatively new to the Missoula market. Ninkasi started brewing in 2006, but only started distributing in our neck of the woods in March. The name, by the way, comes from the ancient Summarian goddess of fermentation.
Where you can find it: Sleigh’r comes in six-packs and 22-ounce bomber bottles at most local beer retailers.
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This week we hear about a Wal-Mart shopping experience gone horribly wrong.
Curses, Foiled Again
Authorities intercepted two boxes containing 100 grams of cocaine and 3 kilos of methamphetamine being shipped to the Philippines via FedEx, but they couldn’t identify the sender until Gabriel Uribe-Bautista, 37, of Redwood City, Calif., called FedEx two weeks later asking why his packages hadn’t arrived, and gave his name and whereabouts. (Palo Alto Daily News)
Sheriff’s deputies summoned to an address in Stuart, Fla., charged Stephen Bates, 28, with threatening his neighbor with a chain saw. A witness heard him declare, “I am going to kill you. I am going to (expletive) kill you,” The attack ended abruptly when Bates was unable to start the chain saw. (Treasure Coast’s TCPalm)
The trouble is that the modern NRA, like other time honored institutions, has become hijacked and radicalized. While its membership is overwhelmingly law abiding and freedom loving Americans, it has become the protector of armed extremists and a front for gun and ammunition manufacturers.
The screams of the Sandy Hook Elementary School 6-year-olds with as many as eleven bullet wounds in their tiny bodies speaks far more persuasively to me than the lifeless arguments of the NRA to do as little as possible in response to this tragedy. We Americans have more freedoms than citizens in most countries, but we also have more abuse of those freedoms. We own an estimated 300 million firearms, but also lead the world in gun violence. Modern assault style weapons are capable of firing five rounds per second and are commonly equipped with 30-round magazines. We can obtain them about as easily as ordering a Big Mac.
Neither armed resistance to a potentially tyrannical government, nor self-defense from a criminal assailant, provides rational justification for such a weapon. The same goes for any semiautomatic firearm with more than a 10-shot capacity. Is there any legitimate need for sound suppressors? Armor-piercing bullets? Apparently the NRA thinks so.
How about background checks to identify those who have criminal records or a history of mental instability? Well maybe, says the NRA, but lack of enforcement of the checks at gun shows amounts to a loophole big enough to drive a self-propelled howitzer through.
It’s not sufficient to simply recognize that the world contains evil, and we are powerless to do anything about it but shed tears and offer prayers. With 31 school-related shootings since Columbine, it is time for both preventative and protective action.
In addition to the restrictions cited above, we need to examine the violence of the world of video games and the macabre “realism” of movies. Do they trigger homicidal impulses in deranged minds? Are they entitled to constitutional protection? Neither the first nor second amendment is without limitation.
Many of the mass murder perpetrators fit a troubled, tormented, reclusive profile. Can we do a better job of identifying them when they are young and take rehabilitative action? Perhaps we should start seriously trying.
On the protective side, locked doors, metal detectors and concealed cameras, while they detract from the nurturing environment necessary for an effective school, have become the “new normal.” If the presence of “sky marshals” and armed pilots has apparently stifled skyjackings, one wonders whether designated administrators and teachers armed with and trained in the use of tasers might serve the same purpose in schools. The brave principal at Sandy Hook died rushing the gunman. Might the sad story have turned out differently if she had possessed the means to actually stop him?
I expect the American people would immediately take bold actions for the safety of their children if they could do so themselves. Let’s hope our elected leaders won’t simply grandstand in extensive hearings, and fearful of the NRA, end up doing what is politically safe for themselves.
Bob Brown is a former Montana Secretary of State and State Senate President.
Landowners protest Montana's buy of Milk River Ranch by ending access
About 17 landowners in Hill County, angered by the Montana State Lands Board to purchase the Milk River Ranch, have announced that they are closing a collective 50,000 acres of their lands to hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Billings Gazette (AP); Dec. 21
Push is on to raise final $750K needed for Wyoming oil, gas lease buyout
Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production owns some of the oil and gas leases exempted from the 2010 Wyoming Range Legacy Act, and the Trust for Public Land struck a $8.75-million deal with the Texas company to buy out and retire those leases, but the Dec. 31 deadline is looming and there is still $750,000 to raise.
Denver Post (AP); Dec. 21
If you haven't heard yet, the world is ending sometime tomorrow, according to a really old calendar. Bummer, right?
Well, if you're not already marking the occasion by visiting Maya ruins with a Missoula travel company, here's your rundown of where to party tomorrow night as everything supposedly comes to a screeching halt:
Friday, Dec. 21
A Zoo Town Riot production/tale featuring multiple performers, producers and DJs.
Monk's Bar, 225 Ryman St.
8 PM, $10
Ragnarok: The End Of The World Party
Featuring Mahamawaldi, Blessiddoom, Con/Sequence, Judgment Hammer, Swamp Ritual and Mega Thruster
Zombie Tools Shop, 1909 Wyoming St. #8
9 PM, Free
KBGA's End of the World Party
Featuring The Whoopass Girls, Winters Forest and DJ Tigerlily
Palace, 147 West Broadway
9 PM, Cost TBA.
End of the World Party at the Dark Horse
Featuring High Voltage and 2 Ft. Titan.
Dark Horse, 1805 Regent St.
9 PM. Free.
Groups want wolf buffer zones around Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks
After several wolves that had been collared by researchers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, conservation groups are asking federal officials to create buffer zones around those parks in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to protect wolves from hunters.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Dec. 20
Federal judge sides with ski areas on USFS water-rights policy
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez ruled that the Forest Service violated federal procedure when it revised ski area permit regulations to require that the water rights attached to those permits be transferred to the Forest Service.
Denver Post; Dec. 20
Study of Montana river finds high mercury levels, prompts advisory
Geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone National Park were cited as the source of the mercury found in the Madison River and its tributaries, as well as Hebgen Lake, the reservoir in which the river flows, and Montana issued an advisory on consuming fish from those waterways.
Helena Independent Record (Billings Gazette); Dec. 18
Interior, BIA roll out $1.9B program to buy back Indian lands
Contained within the $3.4-billion settlement of the class action lawsuit over the federal government's management of Indian trust lands and assets known as the Cobell lawsuit was $1.9 billion to buy fractional interests in tribal lands from individuals and transfer ownership to tribes, and on Tuesday, the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs released information on that program and scheduled public meetings to gather tribal comments on Jan. 31 in Minneapolis; Feb. 6 in Rapid City, S.D.; and Feb. 14 in Seattle.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Dec. 19
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): Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history. But the time he spent as a member of the English Parliament was undistinguished. The only public comment he ever made while serving there was a request to close the window because he was cold. Basketball star Michael Jordan had a similar schism. In the prime of his outstanding career, he took a year off to try playing baseball, which he did poorly. After analyzing 2013’s astrological aspects, Aries, I’m guessing that you should cultivate a firm intention to avoid doing what Newton and Jordan did. Keep playing to your strengths and emphasizing what you love. Don’t get sidetracked by peripheral concerns.
The Indy learned last week that recent photo intern and former University of Montana photojournalism student Steele Williams had died in Jackson, Wyo. He was 25.
During his internship in late 2011 and earlier this year, Steele supplied dozens of photographs for all sections of the newspaper. The following slideshow shows some of his best work, from raucous concerts to intimate portraits. It's a small sampling from a big personality and emerging talent who will be missed.
Photos from former Indy photo intern Steele Williams.
Montana land board OKs pipeline, transmission line easements
The Montana State Land Board voted Monday to approve easements across state lands for the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, a transmission line that will carry wind-produced power from near Great Falls to Lethbridge, and for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry Alberta crude south to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Dec. 18
BNSF picks new route for rail spur to coal fields in SE Montana
BNSF Railway, Arch Coal Inc. and billionaire Forrest Mars Jr. proposed a new route for a rail line to hook up service from Montana coal fields to an existing rail line in Colstrip that would be shorter than the route previously proposed and would avoid a fish hatchery in Miles City.
Billings Gazette (AP); Dec. 17
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these story's really show how 'dumb'people can be.Had good laugh!
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