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Re: “First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

This place has been greatly improved and a visitors center has been added at the base of the buffalo jump. The trail is fun to walk. Lots of wildlife in the spring...just watch out for the baby rattlers!

Posted by Lethe on 01/16/2011 at 7:53 PM

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Re: “Separation anxiety

Thank you. I feel exactly the same way. This is a fight we have no business being in and to blatantly deceive the public by originally saying "days, not weeks" and still be there is just as appalling as what the prior administration did. It doesn't matter what we do, or any NATO alliance. The outcome will be the same: the rebels want our money, not our interference, the radical Islamic organizations will *(have) begin/have begun to take power and yes, we get little to none of our oil from Libya. Libya is nothing but the Islamic Revolution of Iran all over again disguised as a "pro-democracy" movement. These people were allowed to protest, disrupt the government and open the gates for Mubarak to be over thrown. After that, all bets are off. If you don't believe me, just look at the increased persecution of Coptic Christian Egyptians and even Sufi Islamic Egyptians. Radical Islam sees these as an abomination to what they perceive as "true" Islam under Sharia Law. At least under Mubarak these groups were somewhat tolerated.

We need to start protesting NOW to stop the perpetuation of this madness.

Posted by Lethe on 06/30/2011 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Big rigs

"These temple-destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar. Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man. " - John Muir (courtesy of Sierra Club website)

I just thought this appropriate given what is happening.

Posted by Lethe on 02/03/2011 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Big rigs

As I have followed the articles on this matter, it disturbs me greatly at the callousness by these large corporations regarding our economy and our environment.

It was pointed out in a prior article that both the coke drums and the mining equipment could have been made in North America and put thousands of people to work. It would have been much easier to transport these had they been made in either Canada or the US, not to mention they would not have had to been transported down one of the few "wild and scenic" waterways in the lower 48.

If anyone has ever driven Hwy 12 from Missoula to Kooskia, they would know the highway has "issues" already and does not need several "mega loads" added to a weaking road bed and asphalt surface. I don't care if the company has agreed to pay reparations for damage. That's akin to my saying, "I'm going to drive my car through your back yard because it's shorter to get to work. It's saves on gas. I'll pay for the re-sodding when I'm done, or any other damages."

I hope and pray the Canadian company is stopped and not allowed. It is time we said "no" you cannot abuse us any longer. Did we not learn anything from Marcus Daly or the 1800's?

Posted by Lethe on 02/03/2011 at 7:40 PM

Re: “First impressions

Agreed. We are not our clothes, our cars, or even our total exterior appearances. Not all the time at least. This was a wonderful story highlighting just that. Despite our attempts to show the world who we are, we can't show our souls through material goods. We only can show our true selves by our deeds and how we treat one another.

My bumper sticker? "Oh no! Not another learning experience."

Posted by Lethe on 01/20/2011 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Soul search

In my opinion, a nations humanity is measured by how they treat one another..ie. murder rate being one benchmark. Yes, the US has a military budget that is 46.5% of the global military budgets combined (http://www.globalissues.org/article/75/wor…), but look who is 2nd to us..China. They are one of the worst human rights offenders. They may not have as high a murder rate, but their treatment of their citizens is abysmal. Are we really comparing a nation's humanity based on their military budgets?

It is offensive to simply say that we are "violent abroad" without lining out the details of the who, what, when, where and why our military is deployed (we also have bases abroad that generate income to those coutries). Are we really more violent than the Mexican drug cartels that behead people, leaving their bodies in the streets, kill innocent people to make a point or use innocent people for monetary gain? Are we more violent than the Tailban that kill women for simply not complying with shiria law and not staying in the home or honor killings? Iranians stoning women to death for adultry while the men may get jail? I could go on, but I think I've made my point.

Our nation is not perfect. I find it interesting when George Bush was in office this was decrided as his war and the mess he got us into. Now I have read news articles claiming this to be "Obama's war". Is he also going to take credit for the men and women who die there? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/ob…

We also need to look within our border if we are going to save money. What about pork barrel spending? What about adding items to bills that have absolutely nothing to do with the bill itself to get votes? What about Medicare/Medicaid fraud by providers or streamlining our goverment systems (i.e. cut some of the bureaucratic jobs that are redundant), etc. In one investigation 44 people were caught defrauding Medicare to the tune of $35 million dollars. That's just 44 people and that's just who was caught. Who else is out there that hasn't been caught? We need better internal oversight of all our governmental programs, including the military.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/…

I will not accept the nation I call home being called violent merely because of superficial arguments such as what we spend on our military. There are many reasons for why we spend that money and you haven't even addressed one of them. Violence is a multifaceted problem that spans social status, economics, ethnicity, belief systems, gender, religion, politics, and age. It is an equal opportunity problem and can strike anyone.

I say again, blaming one side or the other will get us nowhere. Yes, we are in financial trouble, but turning strictly to our military budget when we desperately need it is not the anwser. There are soldiers that are being deployed that do not have adequate gear and are told to buy better gear (i.e. one soldier had to buy his knife. He was given basically a leatherman-type tool, but as far as something to fight with..he had to buy his own knife. This soldier is a Marine combat soldier. In WWII a K-Bar was standard issue). Buy better gear? Isn't our military supposed to outfit our soliders with the best "money can buy". Where is the money going? We do need to audit our spending and make sure it goes to where it's needed, but simply cut it...no.

Posted by Lethe on 01/16/2011 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Soul search

The culture of violence has several components: a disregard for human worth, dignity and rights. The US is not one of the most violent nations. In fact it ranks #24 out of 62 nations and quite frankly things in Mexico are far more dangerous there. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_… (data from 1996-2000)

Our country is sliding down a slippery slope of poor manners, lack of socializing and community on a whole, and over use of technology in place of interpersonal relationships. This leads back to the three factors I mentioned previously.

I don't care the tool used to carry out the violence: knife, bat, crowbar, rock, or gun. These are violent acts none the less and we have to address the culture of violence and where OUR culture is heading.

Then you have to look at laws and culture. On the list presented the most "peaceable" nation listed was Quatar. They have some of the most draconian laws in the world where your hand is cut off for stealing. Whippings are regularly doled out for minor infractions to women for simply being seen unescorted by a male family member. Do we really want to go to this extreme? Is this valuing life and human worth? No.

In this time of great anger and frustration, temperance must be called for and all causes and ALL solutions must be examined and NO blaming of one another should occur. Responsibility must lie with that of the one who made the decision to commit this horrendous act and justice must prevail.

Posted by Lethe on 01/14/2011 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Local voices

I have been on a two lane highway in Colorado when one on these very large, oversized trucks are coming down the road. Fortunately it was out in the middle of eastern Colorado in the prairie, but traffic was still stopped and people pulled to the side to allow the truck through. Jeez, I cannot imagine for the life of me why anyone would think it is ok to allow an oversized load of that magnitude to travel down highway 12 along the Lochsa, as well as other sensitive areas. Not to mention the stress it puts on the road beds not designed for this. We have to keep pushing back on these corporations and say "NO" and use good commonsense solutions.

Posted by Lethe on 01/13/2011 at 5:58 PM

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