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Re: “Deepest cave discovered in the Bob

Wow, years ago I would have done this. Whats age does to a person. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Phyllis Aitken on 10/18/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Spy v. spy

Loved your review. Here's mine. A different slant.

Posted by Janet Abbey on 10/18/2014 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Being John Lewis

I think a number of Montanans have the same sentiment as Mr Logic. As for me, I'm making that statement known on the ballot. I'm voting Libertarian first and if no real choice available, NOTA

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Posted by niam on 10/18/2014 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Rush to judgment

My problem with it is that I happen to know Flynn lifted it almost in toto from Joyce Carol Oates's recent novel Carthage. Even the town/city is the same. We have changed identities, missing girl, man blamed only Oates put him in prison and writes a far better novel. Guess Flynn hasn't studied her "influence" enough - as she refers to Oates.

Add some more from Oates's The Grave Digger's Daughter and Mudwoman for 2 more and GG is rounded out. Reading it through tiqqun's Young Girl reveals deeper strata in both.Flynn wrote 10 years for Entertainment Weekly so what else is new. She liked it there too getting to see a lot of junk movies and get paid for writing about them.

Time to read more David Foster Wallace. I've been saving some because when I'm finished with what I have there aren't going to be any more. Aspartame killed him you know. Don't take anything with that stuff in it if you are depressed.Depressed is a clinical term I hate. I prefer melancholy.

Should have made Oates novel into the film but no one seems to read good writers anymore since only YA sells big. Oh well.

Posted by Janet Abbey on 10/18/2014 at 3:19 AM

Re: “Explosive situation

Good heavens get a grip on yourselves. I made 61 years doing all kinds of crazy fun stuff like this. Life is for living you ignorant twit! You probably wear a helmet when you ride your bicycle. You idiots coddle your children and turn them into brainless idiots and sissies. No wonder there are not many real men left maybe it is your fault that we have queers everywhere.

Hell get out there and blow something up, run with the scissors, take up skydiving, jump off a high bridge into the shallow water below, dance naked on your porch, pee in your front yard, live for once in your life and stop letting someone else tell you how to run it. What a waste of life when you can't mind your own business you anal fool.

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/16/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Attack mode

Are both of these candidates going to be the same old jack booted thugs that stomp on your rights and liberties. If so I am so sorry for you living in that county. You get what you deserve when the servant becomes the master. Wake up! Slaves unite! Find an honorable man and back him.

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/16/2014 at 8:59 PM


I am so pleased that the laws have been changed so that these reprobates can marry. Is it really about marriage? Or is it the only way these mental cases can find some sort of social acceptance? I suggest the latter is the correct answer. Just because we change the laws of man it does not ever change the laws of the creator. We will all answer for our sins and I hope that folks will open their eyes and turn from their ways while there is still time. Liberalism in social behavior is in fact a mental disorder with the great deceiver at the helm.

Nuff said

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/16/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Being John Lewis

America cannot stand another communist like good old Max. That traitor should be in prison. I would be ashamed to be associated with the Democrat party and certainly Max Baucus. Tell this clown to read the constitution and the bill of rights before he runs. We don't need another idiot sticking his nose in our lives and pocketbooks. Grow up Alex and smell the coffee. I hate the republicans as well so I guess I am an equal opportunity American.

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/16/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Attack mode

TJ has run a clean and above board campaign while Clark and his group has been extremely negative with lies and half truths. This is the worst campaign that I have seen.

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Posted by truth defender on 10/16/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Explosive situation

Madness, sheer madness ! The NRA and the other testosterone-dripping kooks, with their infantile pee-pees, go farther and farther off the edge almost daily.

Eventually, those of us who are still reasonably sane and rational will demand an end to this irresponsible nonsense.

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Posted by alf on 10/16/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Being John Lewis

I hope a "Being Mike Fellows" 5 page report is next.

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Posted by niam on 10/16/2014 at 12:20 PM


You have to wonder what's their point if marriage is becoming a relic? I guess so are the constitutions approved and amended by the PEOPLE and not by some black robed bench sitter. I hear all the time, if you don't like the statute change it. If you don't like the "law" (MT Constitution Art XIII sec 7) repeal or amend it. Guess bypassing the statutes or the law only works for some of the people who are more equal than the others.

For More Millennials, It's Kids First, Marriage Maybe : NPR…

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Posted by niam on 10/16/2014 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Missoula Organization of Realtors comes out against city of Missoula's legal fight with the Carlyle Group over Mountain Water

H20 - a dwindling resource about to get very expensive

As one member of the Missoula Organization of Realtors, and a real estate broker, I disagree wholeheartedly with the MOR stance. I am all for the municipalization of our water. The mere fact that an investment group, would be so bold as to, assume control of our drinking water, appalls me. And the fact that a real estate group, who's almost sole purpose is to promote home ownership, would be stumping for rental terms for our drinking water, also surprised me. Both are upsetting. When something seems so wrong, it usually is. I am sure most people just don't know how to stop a moving train by themselves. Speak up!

It is a a fact: 86% of all water systems are owned by their municipalities. Leaving a very vulnerable 14% to be scooped up and ripped off by investor groups, such as Carlyle.
When did it become fashionable to risk all of our well being, to let an investor group make more money? Give me a break! Does anyone remember what happened to the real estate market when investor groups ran the mortgage business?? HELLO...

In 2011, Citigroup economist Willem Buiter predicted that "water as an asset class will, in my view, become eventually the single most important physical-commodity based asset class, dwarfing oil, copper, agricultural commodities and precious metals."[

Asset class, my A__! These investors are not civic minded folks with a public cause, they are leeches, opportunistic brats and bullies, who want us to drink, bathe and wash our dishes in bottled water, very expensive water, that is. Every investor company I have read about, that has bought a public water system, has raised their prices and left the infrastructure worsen. I have yet to read anything from a town that said, yeah, they bought our water, its so much better now. If they do, I can almost guarantee, it will be short lived.

I think we should encourage the Mayor, John Engen. And, hold the Public Service Commission's feet to the fire for allowing the first sale to go through from Mountain Water to Carlyle. Now, another sale, one from Carlyle to a Canadian company is in the works. I can only assume their will be a long line of them coming down the pike too. Just like bad mortgages were bought and sold and resold and resold, until, there was a collapse of our economy. Only, with a water system, we will all just not have water. So, if you can live without it, do nothing. If you want to keep drinking it, speak up, conserve, get mad, and do everything you can to protect our water.
Celia Grohmann

Posted by Celia Grohmann on 10/16/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Bench politics

6 years, that's how long VanDyke will work to send your tax dollars to his out of state friends if he's elected.

People that worked with him said he was lazy and didn't want to work. He was invited up here by AG Tim Fox, and didn't want to work when he got here. This is all documented in letters from his colleagues to the state newspapers.

Mike Wheat's not afraid of work, he's been doing it here in Montana for decades, and with good results. He also headed off to Vietnam after finishing high school in Montana. He's the right choice this November.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Bench politics

The Montana Trial Lawyers Assoc. backs Wheat with all their political power and $ donations on his behalf. What does it tell you when Trial Lawyers back a judge candidate?? Tells me to NOT vote for him. Most judges of The Supreme Court of Montana are lap dogs for the MT Trial Lawyers because they helped them get elected. And the MT Supreme Court is one of the most overturned courts in the USA (large % of cases overturned)

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 10/16/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Bench politics

I attended the Montana Supreme Court Justice candidates' forum at the UM School of Law recently because I felt I knew very little about the candidates--certainly not enough to make an informed selection on my ballot. After hearing all the candidates presentations, I came away convinced that Lawrence Van Dyke is simply wrong for the Montana Supreme Court.

Mike Wheat's background does include public service in the Montana Legislature as a Democrat and he served as a local prosecuting attorney as a Democrat. Although partisanship is not a desired quality in justices who are to rule with impartiality, it is not uncommon for someone with a partisan background to end up on the high court (indeed, William Howard Taft, a Republican president, became the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court).

We all have some political background, great or small. The voters need to decide whether the record earned while serving in a political role helps or hinders a candidate in a judicial role. In Justice Mike Wheat's case, it has, and he deserves your vote returning him to another term on Montana's Supreme Court.

I don't know Justice Mike Wheat nor am I a political activist--I am a citizen who was born and raised in Montana. This letter was prompted by the mailing from the Republican State Leadership Committee--Judicial Fairness Initiative Montana PAC. I found this mailing offensive, misleading and I simply could not receive it in the mail without attempting in some way to counteract its nefarious intent.

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Posted by geoffb on 10/16/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Crowding the race

The three comments ahead of mine can be just as easily applied to daines and zinke (I intentionally didn't capitalize their names; neither of them deserve it). All three of these despicable slimeballs need to be not just defeated, but soundly beaten like a bass drum, and run out of the state.

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Posted by alf on 10/14/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Jumping off the page

Unfortunately no one will ever know unless some of those attendees write about it and promote it. That's what this festival needs if it wants to keep going. But the problem with many of you traditional authors is that you have such a fear of promoting.

And trust me, coming out of the woodwork for a few days a year is not any kind of promoting, at least here in the 21st century.

But then gosh darn it, why do I keep telling the 'competition' all the secrets?

Oh, that's right - I couldn't find it on your site, because it doesn't exist.

Good luck, guys.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/14/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Jumping off the page

I attended many of the events, and they were damn good.

I heard from a VERY reliable source that attendance was up this year.

Posted by alf on 10/14/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Jumping off the page

What was attendance like at this year's event? The dead and dying falling all over themselves again, how many did we dredge up?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 10/14/2014 at 11:22 AM

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