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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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What is the Helena IR hiding?

How pathetic is it that the Helena Independent Record remains the top source of news for Montana’s capitol city? They are ignoring the Congressional race, Rehberg’s anti-teacher vote, McDonald’s MEA-MFT endorsement, the GOP’s baseless attacks on the Helena School District, and the potential fall-out of…

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McDonald secures key endorsement

I was pleased to see that the political action committee of Montana’s Teacher’s Union (MEA-MFT – MEA-MFT COPE) has unanimously voted to recommend Dennis McDonald for election to Montana’s lone congressional seat. Just last week Congressman Rehberg turned his back on school teachers and health care for…

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Latest on the forest jobs bill

Matthew Koehler and Problembear, who have been following this bill since the beginning, left some interesting comments when I asked what they though of the latest opinion piece on the bill on NewWest.   What are others hearing? Koehler: MT Cowgirl. Thanks for the reply….

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Dumbest idea of the week

This one comes to us from Jerry O’Neil, whom we know as the champion of the fake legal industry.  O’Neil now wants to bring his somewhat doubtful skills to the legislature to allow a fake medical industry to flourish in Montana. O’Neil promises in his Tea Party…

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The worst political ad of the week

Dan Quayle’s creepo 33-year-old son is running for office in Arizona. Watch for the odd ducking movement 3/4 of the way in. Then watch these parody response ads here and here. UPDATE: For those of you reading this blog at work (you know who you…

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Nels Swandal exposes his views on the ‘puter

In an election year where Montana’s Congressman claims Facebook and Twitter are more reliable than the press because they don’t “filter”  his message, the messages right-wing candidates and aides send out on social media is coming through loud and clear. For example, the Missoula Independent looked…

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Rehberg associates try, fail to escape criminal charges this week

In two separate and unrelated cases this week, judges have refused to throw out criminal charges against two of embattled Montana member of Congress Dennis Rehberg’s top associates. This week, a federal judge has refused to throw out any corruption charges against Kevin Ring,  the high-priced…

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Thud

After just one issue, it has come to light that the Montana Viewpoint, the  Montana Tea Party’s attempt at printing its own “unfiltered” news, is already having trouble making budget. Tim Ravndal, (pictured) is a leading Helena tea-bagger and “Director of Grassroots Coalitions” (a.k.a. tea-bagging)…

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Press, Democrats got taken for a ride by a Pig

Often times I’ve served up criticism of the Montana press, for being apathetic, lazy, stupid, incompetent, corrupt, and, in some cases, conservative leaning due to right-wing corporate ownership. Well, here is another serving from that platter. In late March, you might recall, Denny Rehberg announced…

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Rehberg starting to reap benefits of tea-bagger alliance

Though Rehberg has been criticized for his recent merger with the Tea-Party-conspiracy-theory-prayer-email-forwarders, evidence has recently come to light that his embattled campaign is seeing some benefits to the alliance.  The disruption and thuggery that are the Tea-bag crusade weapons of choice are now serving to…

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