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Re: “A fine line

Well-structured sophistry. The syncretic origins of culturally specific traditions do not nullify the existence of contemporary expropriation.

Posted by C.Copeland on 10/28/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “A fine line

What a bunch of horseshit. This is wasted energy trying to be politically correct. Do you really think a Latin person coming to this town would be deeply offended by a slightly off brand dia de los muertos? I'm from Utah where there are actually Hispanic people. They could give a shit. Do some traveling. This article is idiotic.

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Posted by Lulz on 10/28/2016 at 2:10 AM

Re: “We need a new Civilian Conservation Corps

Dear Gundars,

As CEO for the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC - founded in 1991), I have some good news for you. President Obama did follow-through on the idea of building on FDR's CCC. In his 2011 report for America's Great Outdoors, the #1 recommendation was to "Catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps." This was a vision to engage up to 100,000 young people and veterans a year to improve our public lands. Since then, all the major Dept. of Interior and Dept. of Agriculture agencies, as well as others like Dept. of Labor, NOAA, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, have been working closely in collaboration with a strong community of 120+ existing conservation corps programs and other nonprofit and state organizations to advance the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (P-21CSC). Across the country, tens of thousands of youth and veterans are serving with local conservation corps and working on public lands to address the severe backlogged maintenance issues you accurately described. While improving our lands, these youth are connecting with the outdoors, gaining job skills, and preparing a new and highly diverse cadre of next generation stewards to care for our public lands legacy

Right here in Montana, just this year, MCC has improved over 800 miles of recreational trails - some as close to home as in your backyard Rattlesnake Wilderness, and some further afield in places like the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. MCC AmeriCorps crew members have improved over 6000 acres, working tirelessly to combat the spread of invasive weeds and reduce wildfire risks, and restore critical habitat, like the Cottonwood galleries in the Missouri River Breaks. Corps members serving in our Big Sky Watershed Corps program, a partnership with the MT Watershed Coordination Council and Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, are helping restore our waterways through restoration, research, and education activities. All this is happening because our great partners at the Forest Service, Park Service, BLM, BOR, FWS, NRCS, and state agencies like FWP, State Parks, DNRC, and so many other nonprofit partners like MWA, local land trusts, and community action agencies here in Montana and across the country, acknowledge the value of engaging young people as the next generation of stewards for these lands.

So, thanks for advocating for a new CCC. It's happening. You're advice was heard and incorporated in a 21st Century vision for the CCC - one that happens through local partnerships, that leverage the expertise of land managers to manage land, and the expertise of conservation corps programs to develop youth and veterans, and thus ensuring local stewardship and the efficiencies garnered through partnerships versus the creation of a new federal program. Let's hope a President Clinton or a President Trump get behind that - effective government with local engagement with greater efficiency.

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Posted by Jono McKinney on 10/27/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “A fine line

Edited and corrected my typos fin my earlier post :

Excellent, very thoughtful essay Dan. It should be read and meditated upon by EVERYONE in the community, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or anything else that some want to divide and identify us by. We're all humans, and that's all that really matters. We should honor and respect that, in all it's diversity.

Hope I got it all right this time !

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Posted by alf on 10/27/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “A fine line

Excellent, very thoughtful essay Dan. It should be read by, and meditated upon, by EVERYONE in the community, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or anything else that some what to divide and identify us by. We're all humans, and that's all that really matters. We should honor and respect that, in all it's diversity

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Posted by alf on 10/27/2016 at 4:55 PM

Re: “A fine line

I think the point of this article is that Dan Brooks knew what "cultural appropriation" meant before you did.

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Posted by cloud_cult on 10/27/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Undermining democracy

Good analysis of the Democrats' inability to take back the seat they lost in '96. They probably won't try again 'seriously' until 2022.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/23/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Undermining democracy

Actually if the "loser" loses, America and the free world will be the real losers.

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Posted by niam on 10/23/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Undermining democracy

It's not so much that Clinton is winning
but that Trump is a loser

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Posted by Carole Mackin on 10/22/2016 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Undermining democracy

This from the transcript of the first debate debate held Sept 26, Holt moderator. Why isn't the media bringing this remark from Trump of support? BTW a lot has happened since Sept 26 to indicate that there is and may continue to be vote fraud. In view of that, why wouldn't the loser question the final election results? And what if Clinton lost? Would she scream "no fair! Election rigging! Election fraud"? Isn't she and her cohorts now "setting the stage" by pointing a finger at Russia trying to manipulate US elections against her?…

HOLT: One of you will not win this election. So my final question to you tonight, are you willing to accept the outcome as the will of the voters? Secretary Clinton?

CLINTON: Well, I support our democracy. And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I certainly will support the outcome of this election.

And I know Donald's trying very hard to plant doubts about it, but I hope the people out there understand: This election's really up to you. It's not about us so much as it is about you and your families and the kind of country and future you want. So I sure hope you will get out and vote as though your future depended on it, because I think it does.

HOLT: Mr. Trump, very quickly, same question. Will you accept the outcome as the will of the voters? TRUMP: I want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We're losing our jobs. People are pouring into our country.

The other day, we were deporting 800 people. And perhaps they passed the wrong button, they pressed the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that, it was corruption, but these people that we were going to deport for good reason ended up becoming citizens. Ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800. And now it turns out it might be 1,800, and they don't even know.

HOLT: Will you accept the outcome of the election?

TRUMP: Look, here's the story. I want to make America great again. I'm going to be able to do it. I don't believe Hillary will. The answer is, if she wins, I will absolutely support her.

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Posted by niam on 10/20/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Undermining democracy

Last night Mr. Trump's refusal to answer whether he would concede to Secy. Clinton if he lost the election goes right to the heart of this paragraph:

"Trump's comments undermine the very foundation of American government. They are different from smears against his opponent, bigoted rhetoric or boasts about forcing himself on women. So many things Trump has said in the last year have been crass or dishonest, but they were politics—attempts to win votes within our electoral system. His new lies, utterly unsubstantiated, are designed to convince his supporters to reject that system. They attack democracy itself."

At the very least, no matter what her alleged crimes and hated reputation, Secretary Clinton has given every indication that she will abide by rule of law. Mr. Trump has amply demonstrated that he has not intention of doing so. This alone is the bright line separating the two candidates.

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Posted by capbob on 10/20/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Undermining democracy

Here's all the reason anyone needs for supporting Trump: Hillary Clinton. BTW Greg. I caught you on Talk Back Monday. Would rather have heard your political comments than ghost stories. ;^)

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Posted by niam on 10/20/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Undermining democracy

I remember when James Stgoddard announced he'd be running for the U.S. House as a Dem...months before Juneau announced.

Those of us that follow MT politics closely knew the Dems weren't going to be taking that seat back as far back as then.

And now we see that this is what'll happen.

Dems should talk about why they've lost this seat 9 elections in a row, and now it looks like 10. They should talk about this, but they don't and they won't after the election.

So they'll lose again in 2018 as well.

It's sad.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/20/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Undermining democracy

Trump's statements are representative of his grotesque being. Voters would be well advised to avoid supporting him. He is toxic and dangerous.

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Posted by Robert.Walter on 10/20/2016 at 5:30 AM

Re: “Undermining democracy

There is no excuse for supporting the mainstream media that incites hatred & violence against Whites 24/7. The Color Of Crime

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Posted by Discriminator on 10/20/2016 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Wild Westerner

Repuglikans ! Ya gotta love 'em !

Posted by alf on 10/08/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Judging Juras

Juras has said time and time again that as a Supreme Court Justice, she would follow the United States Consititution, that she will not decide cases based on her own personal beliefs but on the established laws of the United States of Montana. She brings more diversity to the Montana Supreme Court, and is entirely qualified and capable of doing the job.

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Posted by lukamu on 10/06/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “It's all words

Great commentary, Dan. Because of people like Strandberg, I fear for us all.

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Posted by Mary on 10/01/2016 at 10:25 AM

Re: “It's all words

Howard Stern, huh?

I guess if I was a member of the People's Power League I'd be upset that Trump is going to win Montana as well.

I wonder what Miles Romney would have thought back in the 1910s. Remember, he railed against the same kind of corruption in the Democratic Party that we see today, left the Party because of it.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/30/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “It's all words

The answer to Mr. Strandberg's question. Howard Stern

Posted by Carole Mackin on 09/30/2016 at 8:16 AM

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