August 2010



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Mystery Meat

A reader contacted me not long ago to rehash an old argument that will likely be rekindled this fall.  A vegetarian, this reader was offended that Roy Brown, when confronted in 2008 with a rumor that he was vegetarian, angrily denounced and denied it. You…




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Sanders County Republicans sure know how to handle a crisis

In case you haven’t been following the doings of the Sanders County Republican Central Committee, folks there have been in a flurry after it came to light on this blog that, the minutes revealed party infighting, scripture reading and, according to their minutes, the committee…



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The IR isn’t off the hook yet

I don’t know what Helena IR ‘policy’ might be out there this time, but today’s paper came and went without a single mention of the one-year anniversary of the Rehberg boat wreck. No update on the legal and criminal trials and nothing on the workers’…


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Pharmaceutical grade weird

How are we supposed to believe that James Knox is in touch with the needs and views of the people of his district in the Billings Heights when he’s not even in touch with himself? In the comments to a Billings Gazette opinion piece endorsing his…


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Rattling the cage whilst inside it

According to the dictionary of idioms, the phrase “rattle the cage” means: to make someone angry on purpose I rattled his cage by telling him I hated his art. Etymology: based on the idea of rattling (making a noise by repeatedly hitting) the cage to…


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This week’s worst political ad

This week’s worst political ads come to us in a set from Alabama, from one of the angriest teabaggers ever to spit out a sentence. Here’s the first one, which Republican Rick Barber put out last month, for the set up: And here’s this week’s…




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Stapleton starts measuring the drapes

Isn’t it just a little too early for this? With typical GOP presumptive hubris, Corey Stapleton has already started trying to gain control over the Montana University System by sending them crazy letters, one of which is apparently already making the rounds, and was forwarded…