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Re: “Tribes

We of European descent have so f****d the country up, I wouldn't blame them at all if they wouldn't want it back now, or take it if offered to them.

But they were here first (That's why we call them "NATIVE Americans", and why the Canadians call them "FIRST NATIONS"); we essentially stole their land and water and destroyed their mean of sustenance and their cultures; so they should have first claim, white man's law be damned. I hope they go for it, and I hope they win !

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Labor

Once again, if I had a farm to bet, I think I could safely bet it that the workers are going to come out on the short usual. Even in (relatively) liberal and progressive Missoula.

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Looking for light

The cynic in me wonders if Peterson’s decision to require disclosure for money spent on voter mobilization by nonpartisan nonprofits wasn't a poison pill slipped in to deliberately derail the whole thing (mixing metaphors).

If voter mobilization groups and their drives are demonstrably nonpartisan, it makes little sense to me that they should be subject to such regulation. But on the other hand, any -- I repeat ANY -- effort toward partisanship, to attempt to influence legislation, or ANY business dealing with the government, at any level, from federal on down to local lighting district, MUST BE FULLY TRANSPARENT if we ever expect the public to lose its cynicism and regain any trust in government in this country.

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Opening the vault

Maybe I'm showing my age, but when I was in college, exposure to culture was considered as much a part of higher education as sitting in a lecture hall.

OTH, it appears with the overemphasis on intercollegiate sports these days, and the constant parade of concerts, that too many (including in the university system, apparently) feel that entertainment is the primary purpose of a university.

I say less emphasis on interscholastic athletics (maybe even do away with them entirely, and in turn place more emphasis on intramural sports, thereby engaging more students), and hit up the big-buck donors for the $$$s to build a state of the art museum that the entire state can be proud of.

(I won't even open the can of worms here about the hypocrisy of the NCAA, "student" athletes, and their scholarships, when that money would be better spent on academic scholarships, especially given how few college athletes make it to the professional level. And on and and on...)

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Etc.

In our anthropocentric paradigm, we all too often underestimate the intelligence of "lesser" (?) animals.

Which reminds me of one of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes ---
Calvin : "I just sharpened my fingernails so they're like claws !"
Hobbes : "But mine are retractable."
Calvin (with defeated look on his face ) : "Sigh ! No wings, no prehensile tail, no compound eyes...sigh !"

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Speak freely


OK, A.C. is understandably starting with a very large disadvantage and has a very steep hill to climb; but she's refreshingly honest, has a compelling personal story, and best of all, as has been pointed out, she's not a plain vanilla, same-as-everyone-else, panderer to Wall Street and other corporate interests. I honestly think that, and running an honest pavement-pounding, bottom up, grass roots campaign, can work to her advantage; and if it doesn't get her a win, it'll give daines and his corporate sponsors heartburn, and show that she'll be a force to recon with in the future.

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Posted by alf on 08/28/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Leave it right here

We need more Ranger McLeans. Bless her heart and her good work!

Posted by Jean on 08/28/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Leave it right here

We need more Ranger McLeans. Bless heart heart and her good work!

Posted by Jean on 08/28/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Looking for light

I like free speech! It is so important for a free society! I am so excited that both political parties noticed that! A prime example of how your vote or money can affect your business if it is not secret, read what is happening in Helena regarding the non-motorized district, and

Posted by Liberty on 08/28/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Labor

It's unfortunate the managers of this bus outfit feel giving their profits away is more important than paying their workers.

Remember, though, a city government's budget is not like your household budget, which means you can do things that don't make sense and would otherwise put you in the poorhouse.

Hey, it's not your money!

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Looking for light

Dark money in politics = steroids in sports.

We know it's wrong, let's not act otherwise.

Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Tribes

Jewell shmoozing at CSKT headquarters with the same people who sued her personally (among others) in federal court over water rights last March. You'd think you would be aware of this and make some mention of it in this article. The CSKT is also threating to file 10,000 water claims if they don't get their way with the CSKT water compact. This is a bogus threat meant to make people think they need to accept the flawed compact, or they will file 10,000 claims. Let them do it, it will take decades and very few will be approved.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 08/28/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Opening the vault

I've got an idea - use some of the record amount of donations they've received this year.

Who's running this university? This ain't rocket science.

The main thing, though, is that this benefits so few students and so many bigwigs that it's really not anyone's responsibility to do this but those bigshot donors, like the ones UM was sending me a form for $150 for yesterday.

Hey, here's an idea - how much are those Alumni marketing costs each month? Cut those and take a few bucks for a piggy bank - I'm sick of the U asking for money that isn't for students.

Oh, and like I said, this isn't for students, no matter how much the U might want to twist it and make it seem that way.

Terrible leadership at that once proud institution.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 08/28/2014 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Looking for light free speech back in style? Interesting how some of the groups only wanted to crack down on the speech of other groups, but not their own. -Aaron Flint

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Posted by Aaron Flint on 08/28/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “America’s Worst Politicians

Take a look at Maine's LePage... bad news and likely to stay in because egoist challenger Cutler just can't restrain himself

Posted by Sally Smyth on 08/28/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Wolverines

"The Duke" ought to do some fact checking before he makes a fool of himself next time, and use sources other than Karen Budd-Falen (queen of the hypocrites) and the likes of the National Cattlemen's Association or the Rocky Mountain Legal Foundation, all of whom are capital "L" liars, whoring for the well-monied corporate establishment.

Attorneys (actually their clients) can only be reimbursed if they win the case, and then it's capped at, I believe, $125/hour -- which sounds like a lot, but for attorney's fees, that's really a pretty modest amount -- well below what most lawyers charge.

Posted by alf on 08/27/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Etc.

If the team's "investments/gifts" in Indian Country are sincere, then the name will change. If the name is not changed, then the rest is window dressing, and indeed, as the 1491s so aptly put it, "Manhattan for beads." Mr. Snyder, we didn't just fall off the turnip truck yesterday.

Posted by Marsha Rose Katz on 08/26/2014 at 8:29 PM

Re: “New nominee

It sounds like "disappointed dem" wants just another corporate-establishment hack like Baucus, tester and daines, all three of whom epitomize what's wrong with Washington.

It's interesting too, DD -- and extremely disingenuous -- that you disparage Frank Little for "encouraging violent tactics" when he was very brutally murdered by thugs in the employ of the copper barons !

Posted by alf on 08/26/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “etc.

Funny and not so funny, these arguements were the same ones when they were trying to decide of blacks should be allowed in white bathrooms.....

Posted by Craig Stevenson on 08/25/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “New nominee

She is so deeply flawed, yeah I get that the photo of her dressed as a punk rocker was some kind of costume party benefit but the pinned on anarchy symbol, her own comments about being an "Anarchist at heart", her celebrating the death anniversary of Frank Little, a man who employed and encouraged violent tactics and disparaged US troops, her leadership and writings in the IWW an organization with anarchist and communist foundings and a vow to destroy capitalism in it's preamble, and her bitterness and anger are all very out of the mainstream of the average Montanan. Did the Montana Dems just get blinded by her gender and her occupation? I am sick of the way women are trotted out (on both sides) but more on the dem side as token candidates without thorough vetting of who they actually are and what they stand for. For Ms. Curtis, her actions speak louder than words and those pictures, the one she posed for when not running for something, speak thousands of words. Way to wrap this up, put a bow on it and hand it to Daines. If we were a state that required party registration I would be switching mine today from Democrat to independent.

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Posted by Disappointed Dem on 08/25/2014 at 9:20 AM

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