GUEST POST – Normalized Ignorance and Global Warming: It’s Time to Vote

by David R. Montague

Mr. Montague was raised in Billings, where he wrote a column for the Gazette for 6 years. He’s the author of two books and has written for Northern Lights Magazine which gave many now-famous writers a start, including Mark Spragg, William deBuys and Terry Tempest Williams.  He is now retired and lives in Potomac near Missoula with his wife.

In an essay about what he calls “normalized ignorance,” Professor Henry Giroux observes that “successful political campaigns are now dependent on an uninformed public.”
How accurate is his observation when it comes to the issue of climate change?


Wednesday Quicktakes

You Won’t Believe Who’s Writing All Those Gazette Stories The Last Best News will tell you anyway.  Great stuff from this site as usual.     Poll: Trump falls into tie with Clinton among Utah voters An ominous bellwether for the Montana GOP.    …


GUEST POST: National Security Is Going to the Birds

by Josh Manning Manning is a combat veteran and serves on the leadership team of Common Defense, a group of progressive veterans joining together to affect political change. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23  Far from Montana, members of the House of Representatives are…


The Myopic Tyranny of Big Oil

by Justin Robbins By now, you may have still not heard of the Standing Rock protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which hopes to transfer oil produced in the Bakken oil fields to Illinois and beyond. Without speculating on motive, I’ll just say it hasn’t…


“Wise Use” Leader, TEA Party Official Target of Ethics Investigation

One of Montana’s remaining investigative news stalwarts, the Bozeman Chronicle has broken the story today of an ethics investigation involving a handful of right-wing GOP muckety-mucks.    The Montana Attorney General is investigating an alleged ethics violation by Gallatin County Commissioner Steve White, a TEA Party Republican and hobby drone aficionado…


A New Blog in the Montana Blogosphere

A warm welcome to Plains Speaking, the new blog over at Northern Plains.  Looks like they’re going to have posts by a variety of people and seems like a good way to keep on top of conservation news here in Montana. Once there, you can hit…


Thursday Quicktakes

TEA Party Sen. Jennifer Fielder New Head of Extremist Group The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting this week that TEA Party, militia affiliated state Senator Jennifer Fielder will replace Ken Ivory as head of the ludicrous public land takeover quacks known as the American Lands Council.  The…


GUEST POST: Land Board Cabin Site Sales

by Ben Lamb Ben Lamb is an avid fly fisherman, big game hunter, and author who loves to spend as much time as possible in wild country. Follow him on Twitter @BenLamb1 There are few issues in the west as complex and convoluted as public land…


GUEST POST: It is really a human rights issue

by James Minckler
James is a teacher of holistic health seminars and is the author of two books on Energy Balancing.

Ryan Zinke was a co-sponsor and voted yes on H.R. 1599. The Dark Act which is basically a Monsanto Protection Act. This bill prohibits Montanans from passing our own state food labeling


GUEST POST – “Save a hog, eat a teacher”: Challenging animal agriculture

by Kathleen Stachowski who writes about animal rights at  where this article is cross-posted & on Facebook The title refers to one of the attacks an opponent directed at Ms. Stachowski for her guest-opinion piece in the Missoulian – Cowgirl

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.”