Montana Blog Round Up 11 March 2012

It’s a Mansfield Metcalf edition of the Montana Blog Roundup, highlighting some of themontanablogup most interesting and provocative posts in the past week at Montana blogs. The best line of the night came from Paul Begala, who attributed this quotation to Mitt Romney: “You like country music? Well, I know people who own countries.” That said, these are a few of the best posts of the week.

D. Gregory Smith wrote an absolutely outstanding  post about Pope Benedict’s call for a culture war against LGBT persons and his personal response.

The Button Valley Bugle examined the reasons why bull trout populations are in decline across the state and suggested a citizen response.

MT Cowgirl praised Steve Bullock’s choice of John Walsh as his running mate, suggesting the move was a “dagger to Republicans” and pointed out Neil Livingstone’s prostitute problem.

Pete Talbot handicapped Montana’s Congressional contest, a race that, based on conversations last night, needs to get more attention.

Former (and most likely future) Helena School Board candidate Barb Rush offered a grammar-free critique of teaching children that we live in a community of mutual support. For as we all know, a sense of community is assuredly a step towards a Stalinist dictatorship.

Over here, we discussed Dennis Rehberg’s Libertarian problem, Diane Smith’s opportunity problems, Neil Livingstone’s terrorism problem, and Representative David Howard’s logic and decency problems.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
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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  • I posted the following on Barb Rush's website: "No Man (or Woman) is an island. No man (or woman) stands alone.
    Like it or not Barbara, you ARE part of a community."

    Of course, my comment is "pending approval". Not holding my breath.

  • I just now noticed that my comment on Barbara Rush's website has not been approved yet.
    STILL not holding my breath!

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