Monday, August 22, 2011

Keystone XL protests begin, as do the arrests

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM


We wrote a couple weeks ago about Tar Sands Action, a group of high-profile conservationists conducting acts of civil disobedience at the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass through Montana. The protests began over the weekend, and so far 162 people have been sent to jail as a result.

Here's the latest from the group:

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Is Griz-Cats the best rivalry in sports?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Nah, probably not, but former Griz and current NFL All-Pro Marc Mariani gave it his vote in the lead of Peter King's immensely popular "Monday Morning Quarterback" column today.

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I'm standing in the Titans locker room waiting to meet tight end Jared Cook late Thursday afternoon, and the TV is showing an ESPN story on the top 10 sports rivalries, counting down from 10 to 1.

"Wonder what one is,'' asked fullback Ahmard Hall.

"Gotta be Red Sox-Yanks,'' said returner Yamon Figurs.

Three or four other guys chimed in — Ohio State-Michigan, Steelers-Ravens, Colts-Patriots, Duke-North Carolina. Then little return man Marc Mariani, the seventh-round smurf from Montana in 2010, said: "No! Montana-Montana State!'' Glares, howls ensued. Figurs was right. When ESPN showed Pedro Martinez grabbing Don Zimmer by the head and throwing that melon to the ground, the players loved it. Just another fun day in a locker room.

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Maui comes to praise Missoula

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

If you already "like" the Indy on Facebook (and, really, there's no reason not to "like" us) then you saw this link yesterday. But for the rest of you, here's the story in yesterday's Maui Times on Big Sky livin'.

The author mostly "gets" the Missoula lifestyle, even if he was rear-ended by a Hummer and thinks Bozeman is a "hipper" college town.

Bozeman? Really?

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Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

In this week's installment: Dickonomics, poo-poo heads, and snore monitors. Curses, Foiled Again

Police were able to identify two people who snatched a purse from an 82-year-old woman in New Castle, Pa., because the victim’s 89-year-old friend banged the getaway car with her cane as it pulled away. Police Chief Thomas Sansone said officers found the car by matching the dent to the cane and arrested Jerry Brown Jr., 27, and Tatiana Vargas, 21. (Associated Press)

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Favorite finds from the Total Fest Record Swap

Posted By on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The pickings were anything but slim in the Big Dipper parking lot this afternoon. Here's a slideshow of some of my favorite finds among the bins of old LPs and EPs.

Oh, and be sure to catch the last night of Total Fest X at the Badlander, starting at 10.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

You're welcome, Postcard Underground

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Over the past week the Indy's received about a dozen postcards thanking us for our recent story on the potential for Montana coal to be exported to Asia. They've come in from the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Boston and elsewhere. They're thoughtful, hand-written notes signed with only a first name. And the senders all mention an affiliation with Postcard Underground. Google doesn't tell us much about the mysterious group, which only piques our curiosity. Who are these secret admirers? In any case, thanks.


Have some faith in your beer tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Q: What do lizard wrangling and Wisconsin winters have to do with drinking beer?

A: They are both themes in two of the winning short films for New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith tour.

You can check those films out tonight at Caras Park, where you will indulge in Belgian-inspired beers from the Fort Collins, Colo. company that brought you Fat Tire. There will also be a handful of Lips of Faith beer available, which is a line of brews designed by freewheeling employees of the brewery.

Who knows what they’ll taste like!

As for the films, you’ll see a selection of the best from cinema-savvy New Belgium fans. Here’s a sample:

Tonight, Friday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 PM at Cara Park. Free. Beers are $1.25 for each 3 ounce sample and $5 for a 12 ounce beer. And there will be food vendors selling their wares. The proceeds go to the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula and recycling will be done by Mud Project.

Have you ever had sex with Rick Perry? (And other alternative news stories)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Here's our latest installment of the most notable stories from elsewhere in the alternative news media landscape.

1. Everyone's talking about Rick Perry. And, in some cases, his sex life. AAN reports that a Texas man purchased a full-page ad in the Austin Chronicle seeking stories "from strippers, hotties and/or 'gay people' who have had sexual relations with the Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate." The ad comes from Richard Morrow, a Ron Paul supporter who heads the Committee Against Sexual Hypocrisy, or CASH. Salon wrote more about it here.


2. More Perry. Speaking of the latest, greatest GOP presidential candidate (and the Austin Chronicle), the Texas paper has put together "The Perry Trap," which chronicles 15 years of reporting on the state governor. Highlights (or lowlights, as the case may be) include an article on how he's helped his biggest campaign donors (like Enron), how he worked to block hate crime legislation, and his record of rushing those on death row to execution. The Texas Observer also published a story titled, "Can Rick Perry Govern?" Dave Mann notes Perry "is a terrific campaigner but has accomplished little in office."

3. Porn, Piracy and BitTorrent. A bunch of papers ran the same story on how the film industry is fighting illegal downloads. I read it in L.A. Weekly last weekend, but it's also appeared in Seattle. Where you read it doesn't matter. I just recommend reading it. Here's the lead:

The bad news arrived in John Doe 2,057's mailbox in May. His wife unsealed a thick envelope from Comcast and read a carefully worded message explaining that a company called Imperial Enterprises, Inc. had filed a lawsuit against him in Washington, D.C., federal court. He stood accused of having illegally downloaded a copyrighted film five months earlier, at precisely 6:03 a.m. on the morning of January 27. The name of the Imperial Enterprises movie he purportedly purloined wasn't mentioned until four pages later. Though printed in tiny italic font in a court filing, it practically leapt off the page: Tokyo Cougar Creampies.

Yet when Mrs. Doe set eyes on that ignominious title, she couldn't help but crack a smile at the absurdity of the situation. Her husband is legally blind, with vision roughly 1/100th of that of a person with normal sight. He is physically incapable of watching any film, this particular porno included.

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What's with all the Montana politicians writing national op-eds?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 7:00 AM

A few days after Sen. Max Baucus helped write a column for the Wall Street Journal about his work on the federal deficit "super committee", Gov. Brian Schweitzer has written a column for The New York Times about how the federal government should balance its budget. Dueling money columns? From two of the state's most prominent Democrats? Interesting. Especially considering Schweitzer writes that it's really pretty easy.

In the Times piece, titled "Cutting Costs the Montana Way," Schweitzer takes his trusty ranch metaphor and goes wild.

I like to say we run government like a ranch. In ranching — my old job — you either pinch pennies or go belly-up. We do the same in government. Perhaps Washington can try it.


But we don’t just cut costs. Like good ranchers, we also leave some grain in the bin in case of drought. When times were good, we stashed away cash in a special savings account.


And even as we’ve cut costs and socked away money, we’ve followed another ranching principle: treat your ranch hands with respect. Like other states, we’ve had to freeze employee pay and reduce the work force.

The national exposure will surely do nothing to calm rumors of Schweitzer's interest in either the Senate or the White House once he terms out next year. Worth noting: The Senate rumors have Schweitzer running against Baucus.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sugar lands in Canada

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Former Griz basketball great Michael Ray "Sugar" Richardson has hit the headlines again. This time, though, the news is good.

He's been named the head coach of the London Lightning franchise in the new National Basketball League of Canada. It's Richardson's latest stop in a career that's seen him banned from the NBA for substance abuse (he was later reinstated), star as a player in European leagues, and coach throughout basketball's backwaters for years. His last stop was in Oklahoma, where he won three straight championships and was robbed of a fourth.

Richardson was also recently profiled by Michael Weinreb for ESPN's new site for serious, long-form sports journalism, Grantland. The in-depth piece chronicles Richardson's troubled past and his current struggle to reach the NBA as a coach.

"Right now, I'm pretty happy," Richardson tells Weinreb. "I mean, is there some things that I would do different if I could? Yeah. But I can't worry about it now. It's over. It's done."

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