In a month when we’ve written 66 posts here at Intelligent Discontent (more than the last five months of 2010 combined), it’s probably appropriate to take a moment to thank the Montana GOP at the Legislature for inspiring me to get back into writing. They’ve also inspired a number of excellent posts all over the Montana blog world, but this week’s Montana Blog Roundup doesn’t feature the Birchers and Birthers we’ve come to know and love. Instead, it’s a more diverse collection, a phrase that no doubt sends fear to Representative Hansen’s heart.
Enjoy these excellent posts from Montana’s blogs during the past week.
- Over at Left in the West, still the big dog of Montana’s progressive blogs, an anonymous post led to a great discussion about the future of that site, the effectiveness of blogs in the era of Facebook and Twitter, and what it means to be a progressive. Great stuff—and it’s to Rob Kailey’s credit that he promoted it. Read it—and join the discussion here.
- Rob continued his great work over at his own site, shredding the moral equivalency and hypocrisy of the right-leaning blogs, who are ignoring the the Montana Legislature’s assault on rights and real calls for violence from government officials to post about mean Tweets. Great stuff.
- Duganz wrote a really thought-provoking post about American attitudes towards womyn, using the Iowa wrestler and calls to end legalized prostitution to frame a discussion about how “we give our women slack, but we still hold the rope. And oh how righteously we tug it when our women get out of line.” It’s a great post, and a reminder that I need to think and write more about the feminism I believe in.
- MT Cowgirl reminds us that the TEA Party’s spokesman in the Helena area (well, part of it) is awfully fond of violent rhetoric. I’m not terribly excited about someone calling for a “very very very loud message” during an Open Carry rally at the Capitol. On the bright side, fewer than a dozen will show up, unless you count all the media there.
- Finally, when even Rob Natelson thinks your absurd nullification schemes are unconstitutional and politically poisonous, you probably want to re-think it. Somehow, I suspect that won’t happen.