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From the NAM "Focus" Newsletter - Legally Insane Column: "Stanley G. Hilton blames 37 organizations for the collapse of his marriage and is seeking $15 million from each of them ($555 million total). He alleges the defendants - the city and county of San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
The city of Bozeman's decision to use stimulus funds to build tennis courts grabbed the attention of many conservative news outlets, including Fox News and the Drudge Report. Thinking he may have an opportunity to get on the "fiscal conservative" side of this issue, Governor Schweitzer showed up to Bozeman... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Over the next ten months Congress and the President will be debating budgets, bills, tax revisions and more to supposedly "create jobs." Thomas Oliver of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a great article about the difficulties in this line of thinking. The federal government can make all the new tax credits... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
When I think about Washington DC's attempts at health care reform, climate change proposals, stimulus bills, and the new budget unveiled by the Obama administration, I think this sums it up pretty well. To check out more of these "demotivators", go to www.despair.com. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Jay Stevens over at Left in the Western Part of Pennsylvania continues his knee-jerk dislike for all things Chamber by promoting a diary entry from John Firehammer of "Montana Change that Works", a political advocacy arm of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Firehammer doesn't always identify which Chamber he's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
You may have noticed our months of non-blogging. Although there was no legislative session in 2010, we have kept very busy this past winter. Blogging fell to the bottom of the priority list. We're back now, and we've updated our "Targeted Legislative Seats" page now that filing season has concluded.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at My Blog
Some of the heifers that have yet to calve lounging around in the evening with the moon coming up behind them. The colors were interesting to me. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
Judge sentences man to 60 days for sexual assault on young girl Mark Hulett admitted repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl for four years. Sounds like he deserves the rope. Judge Edward Cashman sentenced him to 60 days in jail. Kind of sounds like the judge might deserve the rope... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
FDA allows cloned beef, but many not so sure Cloned beef, in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration, tastes the same as that coming from cows made the old-fashioned way, but Billings butcher Gary Pollock still isn't swayed. He thinks the FDA's recent decision allowing cloned meat and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
A little review to start with. What is the purpose of NAIS and how is it going to be accomplished and who is the lead agency in it's implementation? NAIS is a program by the USDA to allow them to track every animal in the US from birth to death.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
I've talked about how an ID system should be voluntary and if it was economically viable should not even be required by the government. The free market will provide it. Starting to see it a little now. This articleuses the voluntary use of ID tags as an opening to explain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
More than a quarter of Montana's lawmakers didn't grow up under the Big Sky, a Gazette State Bureau analysis shows, and 10 percent moved to Montana after 1990. Some 29 percent - or 43 members - of the state's 150 lawmakers moved to Montana after they graduated from high school,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at My Blog
This is from Michael Whitney’s latest, posted today, titledObama’s Bloodbath in Odessa: Members of the fascist Right Sector set fire to Odessa’s Trade Unions House on Friday killing 40 anti-coup activists who had retreated to the building to escape escalating street violence. Witnesses say that members of the Ukrainian security... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Normally gun advocates jump on any attempt to impose limitations on what kind of gun a person may want to buy. Not so with smart guns. The fierce backlash against any individual, business, or manufacturer that dares to bring a smart gun product to the “free” market has been impressive.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
The temperature in Wichita, Kansas hit 102 degrees last Sunday, the earliest 100+ temperature reading in 126 years of record keeping. Heat and no rain are combining to potentiallyreduce Kansas’ wheat crop by 18% this year. Climate change is here, and it will only get worse. In Montana, thanks to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
There are serious questions that need to be asked about what happened in Odessa, where dozens of people allegedly died in a deliberate building fire. The absurd claim coming from the Ukrainian government is that someone got dropsy with a molotov cocktail, as reported byFox news: A horrific fire last... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Politicians are increasingly forced to utilize social media. Often times that means delegating Twitter accounts and Facebook posts to young interns or political aides who actually know what they are doing. While that may be easiest for a campaign,some of the advice out there suggests politicians should take on that... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Talking over the latest revelation with my German SO — after reading today’s news report in the Missoulian on the alleged deliberate homicide of German national Diren Dede — about German Consul Peter Rosen putting the Governor and prosecutors on notice that he expects that the law will be fully... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
It appears Greg Strandberg, a candidate for HD 98, has doubled-down on stupid with a guest post at Montana Cowgirl inquiring Are Nonprofits Good for Montana? This is how he begins his inquiry: I’ve said repeatedly on this site that nonprofits aren’t really worth much. This angers a lot of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Democracy is something we Americans are allegedly in possession of, and it’s such a great form of political participation that some people argue America can improve the world by exporting this amazing thing called Democracy to other countries. As reports of Gaddafi bombing his own people came in during March... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Over at MT Cowgirl, Lynn offers a link about how some awful nonprofits compensate their CEO over a million dollars, and because of that outrageous compensation, the state of New York may try to place limits on compensation: More than 20 nonprofit groups, from New York Presbyterian Hospital and the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Blog
Since I last posted on the presidential election of 2008 over a month ago, there have been some interesting developments. New people have emerged as frontrunners, some have declared their candidacy and some have announced they are planning announcements (you just gotta love it). Based on media hype, money raised... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at My Blog
Russ Spika, chairman of the Montana Chamber Board, has written an op-ed that was printed in the Helena IR today. It will also appear in most of the other daily newspapers around the state sometime in the next week. The article points out that the state budget surplus is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at My Blog
The U.S. Census Bureau has released new population growth numbers for 2006.The numbers show that Montana is the 19th fastest growing state, which is pretty average compared to the rest of the country. This got me thinking - will Montana be able to regain the second seat on Congress that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at My Blog
When I think about Washington DC's attempts at health care reform, climate change proposals, stimulus bills, and the new budget unveiled by the Obama administration, I think this sums it up pretty well. To check out more of these "demotivators", go to www.despair.com. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at My Blog