A senior officer of the company developing the Keystone XL Pipeline acknowledged that less than 50 permanent jobs would be created once the pipeline is completed. Man, that means that there would be only 50 personnel monitoring the safety of this 1,000 mile project. That seems like very little protection from inevitable spills that will take place.Jack 2012 cropped

 

 

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In the Canadian Province of Alberta, the source of the tar sands oil that is expected to flow through the Keystone XL Pipeline, 90 pipeline spill incidents have been reported over the last four months. I think that we are crazy to allow this project to happen.Jack 2012 cropped

 

 

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I’ve always had the perception that baseball, our national pastime, was a true family sport. That to watch the playoffs and subsequently the World Series, is a time when Mom’s, Dad’s and the kids would gather together around the TV to view this truly American event.

Then to have this family gathering interrupted by a commercial featuring an obviously single, svelte woman admonishing men to take this little pill so that they can have a stiff hard-on when they have sex. Not only will it give them a stiffer erection, but it will last longer, thus enhancing their sexual experience.

What kind of message are we trying to send out to our kids? I just don’t get it. I don’t know if messages like this have a greater adverse impact upon our boys or our girls. What I do know is that it’s all about money.

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The Wall Street Journal came out with the prediction that the GOP would carry the day on the upcoming midterm elections. Small wonder, now that the once venerable financial newspaper is now owned by Rupert Murdock, the British tabloid/paparazzi mogul, and his minions at News Corp.

It seems that everything that he touches turns into an extreme, radical right wing enterprise. Balanced and impartial news coverage ‘be damned’.

I still am amazed how this Australian/American can hold such sway on so many of our citizens, in light of the disgrace he has managed to bring to his publications in GB.Jack 2012 cropped

 

 

 

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Last Saturday I watched the debate between John Lewis and Ryan Zinke, candidates for Montana’s lone seat in the US House of Representatives. Much of the debate focused on the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Lewis’s contention was that the health care reform bill provided insurance to many Americans that otherwise would not be able to afford it. He conceded that the program had some weaknesses that could be resolved by diligent bipartisan legislation.

Mr. Zinke believes that the health care act should be repealed outright. Then, if (and that is a BIG if) the GOP should tackle health care reform, he would support a provision that would address the problem of pre-existing conditions.

At the end of the debate each candidate was allotted two minutes to sum up their respective positions. During Ryan Zinke’s summation he intoned the Presidents full name, Barack Hussein Obama.  As he said his name, his lips seemed to turn down and his eyes narrowed as if to focus on a target. All I could think of was that he had destruction on his mind. It made me wonder what his thoughts are about our nations president.

  •  Is he a citizen of the United States?
  • Is he an Islamic extremist?
  • Is he not qualified to be our President even though the people of our nation have elected him twice?

Did he make the decision to use the middle name of President Obama himself? Or was it the decision of his big bucks handlers from the East Coast? Either way, I think that it was a cheap shot and disrespectful of our nations leader. I like to think that Montanans are better than that, no matter what side of the aisle they are on.Jack 2012 cropped

 

 

 

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Have you ever noticed the resemblance between Ted Cruz and Joe McCarthy?

Who says there is no such thing as reincarnation?Joe McCarthy

 

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Attending the political rally for Amanda Curtis the other day, brought home to me the huge contrast between the two candidates for US Senate.

  • The Curtis campaign is financed by a grassroots organization. Whereas, the Daines campaign is hugely funded by big East Coast money from the likes of the billionaire Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and his big bucks buddies from the beltway, and multimillionaire Daines’ own campaign stash.
  • Amanda Curtis is offering to debate Steve Daines at anytime. His campaign, on the other hand, is making all kinds of excuses not to debate.
  • The Curtis campaign is a down home person to person approach to garnering votes from the Montana electorate. Whereas, The Daines campaign relys on slick costly brochures (some paid for by you and I as taxpayers), and huge pricey road signs.

A good example of  how slick and well funded the Daines campaign is, took place at the gathering for Amanda at the MSU campus in Bozeman last Tuesday. The Daines backers hired a videographer to record the whole affair. Not only did he record the event but he made it a point to keep his camera in her face as she talked individually to her supporters. Actually, I think these antics were designed to frustrate Amanda but the maneuver didn’t work. He was just being obnoxious, reflecting the demeanor of her opponents campaign.Amanda Curtis

 

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to shake hands and speak a few words with US Senate candidate Amanda Curtis. It was at a rally on the campus of Montana State University.

Meeting a candidate, who has benefited from Pell Grants to get a higher education, who still owes about 20 Grand on her student loans, who is paying a mortgage on her modest home, was quite a refreshing experience.

Her talk was short and to the point.

I think that, unlike her opponent multimillionaire Steve Daines, she is not in the pockets of such organizations as the Koch Brother’s Americans for Prosperity (the brothers prosperity), the US Chamber of Commerce, or Karl Rove and his big bucks buddies from the beltway.

Her grassroots campaign brings a breath of fresh air back into Montana politics.Amanda Curtis

 

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Ryan Zinke, far right GOP candidate for congress, spends most of his time bragging about having been a Navy Seal team leader. He even seems to suggest that he was somewhat involved in the capture of Osama bin Ladin. He rides around our state in a big bus emblazoned with the emblem of the Navy Seals.

I would think that with all of his ‘Bluff and Bluster’ he would jump at the chance to debate his opponent John Lewis. But, NO, he uses the limp excuse of ‘scheduling difficulties’ to back out of such a tough confrontation.

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I found it quite interesting that as soon as Amanda Curtis was chosen to run for the US Senate seat against GOP candidate Steve Daines, the Montana Republican Party came out with an attack ad against her. The ad contained snippets from her U-Tube postings that she produced in order to keep her constituents updated during the last session of the Montana Legislature. These snippets were taken completely out of context.

I’ve looked at many of her postings and found them to be frank, on message and well delivered. After sitting in session all day and evening, I was amazed that she had the energy and clear mindedness to make those videos. No wonder that those on the far right are dipping into the bottom of the barrel so early.

Yesterday I read an article in our local paper entitled ‘Daines: New candidate won’t change campaign’. In the piece AP reporter Matt Volz wrote that ‘Daines emphasized that he would fight for union jobs’. WOW!!  If that isn’t a change in campaign, I don’t know what is. Better be careful, Steve. Your actions do speak much louder than your words.Jack 2012 cropped

 

 

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