Forbes draws more rich people to Montana , Goodbye Caroll O'Connor 

Leave it to the pasty-faced café-dwellers of the Forbes corporation to bring us this breaking news: The West is no longer wild.

In the current issue of You are invited to decide for yourself exactly what it means when billionaires end up borrowing concepts from commune-building hippies. But what really irked the cranks in our Media Watch Department was the fact that the article actually turns into a how-to piece, offering readers from Silicon Valley to suburban Connecticut advice on how to buy up parts of the Big Sky.

“If you want to save a bundle,” the author intones, “skip the frills and do the subdivision work yourself.” And don’t let those local folks fleece you either. If you buy part of a ranch from a “cash-strapped rancher,” the piece concludes, “make sure, when you draft the lease, that the recreational rights don’t end if the larger property is sold.”

Thanks a goddamned lot, Forbes. We’ll be waiting for you with a big length of rope when you get here.

“It ain’t supposed to make sense; it’s faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.” —Archie Bunker Requiescat in pace Carroll O’ Connor, UM ’56. August 2, 1926—June 21, 2001.

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