Montana Blog Roundup 27 February 2011

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.
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  • I read all Montana's progressive blogs, and I'm pretty sure that The Cowgirl Blog get's twice the traffic Left In the West does these days. Just my two cents.

  • You may be right, but I think in terms of diversity of opinion and staying power, it's hard not to give credit to Left in the West.

    Certainly not my intention to slight anyone, though.

  • Yes but, lest we forget, Pogie is doing groundbreaking work here. If the dude ever decides to quit teaching, I wish to hell one of these lefty billionaires would BUY a newspaper for Pogie. The dude is the real deal. I come here for real news, well-WRITTEN real news and commentary. He’s old school even those he’s wet behing the ears. I don’t hold that against him.

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His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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