You know that’s what everyone is thinking - Greg Gianforte, just die already!
Dems are thinking it, hoping they can get rid of this conservative asshole that wants to talk up religion and ruin abortion.
But it’s the Republicans that are thinking it most of all.
It’s not really Gianforte they hate - it’s his money.
And let’s be completely honest here - the only reason Gianforte won was because of his money, all three times.
Take away his money, and Gianforte is just <Gasp!> another conservative. Worse, he’s one with baggage, complete with a mugshot.
No other Montana politician would have survived that, they know it, and they hate him for it.
But Greg’ll get by, and my do they hate him for it.
When the time comes that Gianforte is vulnerable, no one will stand by him. He’ll be like Cuomo in New York, hanging by a thread.
Is there anyone in the capitol not looking where/how to sink the knife into the back?
Why do I bring this up?
Because Gianforte caught Covid last week. For people in his age group, there’s a 1% chance that he might die.
I can see ‘em salivating in Helena, 114 miles away here in Missoula. And when I say ‘’em’ I’m of course talking about the GOP.
Who really has the power?
What is power?
Some undefined force that allows the ‘stronger’ of society to subjugate the ‘weak?’ Some kind of corrupting influence that turns good to bad? The prison we all willingly hold ourselves in?
So many people come onto the stage at various times, taking their cue from...something only they can see. They come, they strut, and they go.
What really changes?
Most every politician in Montana hopes Gianforte dies. They know if he doesn’t, his money will always stifle their ambitions.
It’s not really the money that’s preventing them from winning, but their lack of ideas, their spinelessness...and how boring they are.
We have the gubernatorial debates at 6 on a Sunday morning for a reason - no one cares. If they did, it’d be in primetime, with the corporations falling all over themselves to see who can try to sell us their bullshit the most.
But the politicians in Montana are boring, they know it, so they have to raise money.
Or if you’re Gianforte, you can just use the money Big Tech gave you for the audacity of starting a successful business.
And that’s why everyone in Montana hopes Gianforte dies.
Bitcoin first came out in January 2009 and was worth less than pennies. Two years later it was selling for $1 a coin. If you had bought 1,000 coins back then for $1,000 then today you’d have $58 million.
The reason I mention this is because I think the US economy will collapse when the Federal Reserve stops propping it up.
Lots of other people around the world are thinking this as well, and that’s why they're ditching the world’s reserve currency - the US Dollar - and getting into crypto, mainly bitcoin but also etherium, ripple, eos, chainlink, ox, and tons of others.
Etherium is the second hottest cryptocurrency. It came out in 2015 for $0.43 a coin and is now going for over $2,000.
Why is the price going up so much?
I think a big reason is how awash our economy is in easy, cheap, still-wet-from-the-printing-presses money.
There’s so much money that people don’t know what to do with it, so they’re buying unopened copies of the original Mario Bros. for $600,000 and non-fungible tokens for millions. You’d probably do better having your money in sports cards than stocks right now.
Of course, stocks ain’t bad. All the losses from the pandemic have been wiped-out and the markets continue to soar. It’s hard to lose money these days.
But how long can the stock market keep going up before it inevitably comes down?
I worry when I see stories like the one coming out of New York, where the state is going to give every illegal immigrant in the state $15,600 if they can prove they’ve been working there sometime over the past year. If they can’t, but can prove they’ve been living there, they’ll get $3,200.
This is all part of the state’s $212 billion budget that just passed. A big help with that was the $50 billion in free money Biden gave the state with his $1.9 trillion ‘stimulus’ bill.
It’s figured there’s 275,000 illegal immigrants in New York, with 173,000 of them in New York City alone.
I’m sorry...but this is pure craziness!!!
We have veterans that fought in our wars that are living on the street, and you want to give people that broke the rules to come here and live here and work here a shit-ton of money?
I think that’s wrong on so many levels, but lawmakers in New York think it’s the right thing to do.
And why not? They know that no matter the financial problems their state runs into, Biden will come and bail them out.
This is why people are rushing into cryptocurrencies, because they have no faith in the dollar.
Some think that Bitcoin will get up to $80,000 before summer and $120,000 before the end of the year. I dunno about that, but with all the free money the government is handing out, why not put some into the currency? You don’t have to buy a whole coin. You can invest a few hundred dollars and get something like 0.000023 of a bitcoin.
Remember, the currency has increased by $30,000 just since the start of the year.
Meanwhile the US Dollar has lost a lot of value through inflation. Stocks and houses are probably the two most inflated assets in the economy right now.
Homes in Montana have gone up in value by $200,000 or more over the past year or two. Are they really worth that much? I guess as long as someone is willing to buy for that price they are, but how long will that continue?
And what’s the point in making millions off of bitcoin if society around you crumbles and there are no safe refuges to hide? Because that’s what things like Bitcoin or gold tripling in value means - the rest of the financial system is collapsing.
That’s probably why guns are selling-out left and right and ammo is as inflated as homes. A bullet might have been 10 cents a year or two ago but now it’s $1.
Most of these things will probably become moot as environmental catastrophes around the world push food shortages and mass human migrations to the fore. Many of the migrants crowding the southern border are fleeing hurricane destruction, and we’re already seeing record-levels of earthquakes and volcanoes around the world. What happens when rice triples in price?
Maybe it’s all just coincidence...or maybe God is trying to get our attention. Hard to say, or is it?
Here in Missoula, the greed of the developers never ends. I’ve ‘bitched’ about it for years, to no avail.
Yesterday the Missoula City Council voted 8-3 to allow $1.8 million in bonding for the new $25 million hotel that was just built downtown.
$1.2 million of that will go to that developer to reimburse them for some of the costs of doing their massive project. The other $600,000 goes to relocating utility lines.
It’s called the AC Hotel and is run by Marriot. While it’s true the hotel industry suffered terribly this past year, the truth is that Marriot has more than enough money to pay for all of their own construction.
The company had over $10 billion in sales last year, yet had $-267 million in net income. Sounds bad, but the year before they had over $20 billion in sales and $1.3 billion in net income. Their stock is selling for $150 a share, exactly where it was pre-pandemic.
Stockman Bank agreed to carry the bonds for Missoula. You’ll remember that the bank - with billions in assets - got millions from the city for their new bank building a few years ago as well.
There’s a lot of greed in society, and we can see that quite clearly in downtown Missoula. If you’re a big corporation, why spend over $1 million on aspects of your project when you know you can just threaten to build somewhere else and the financially-desperate city will cave and pay you?
Missoula has been setting that precedent for years.
Almost 27,000 people in Missoula County have been fully vaccinated.
The health officials want 70% to 80% of people vaccinated, so that means 84,000 to 96,000 of the 120,000 people in the county “would need to get vaccinated in order to suppress the virus.”
That means we have to get 69,000 more people vaccinated if we want to get to the high-end of the county’s estimate.
Republic Services is responsible for trash collection here in Missoula. They have a virtual monopoly.
The other day they were out picking up trash along the interstate, even though it’s not their job, nor is it their trash.
“Most of that garbage that you see on I-90 is actually from the general public blowing out of vehicles,” Republic Services municipal manager Chad Bauer said.
Neither the city or the county wants to clean it up, saying it’s the state’s job. The Montana Department of Transportation actually didn’t know whose job it was, when contacted by TV reporters.
Three months into the Gianforte administration, and I guess this is the kind of ‘ease-of-access’ to information the public can expect from its state agencies, the ‘transparency’ that the governor talked-up while campaigning.
Apple is delaying production of new MacBook’s and iPad’s. Samsung won’t be making new phones for a few months. Nearly all of Big Auto is idling plants because they can’t get semiconductors and chips.
Factory shutdowns last year created such a lack of fabric that most home furniture can’t be produced. Cryptocurrency mining is creating such a demand for graphics cards that high-end computers can no longer be produced.
It’s not just lack of materials, but shipping headaches as well...and that was long before the stuck-ship mess. Bike and hot tub makers are shipping their parts in by air so they don’t have to wait a month for them to come via ship, which would create further bottlenecks in the supply/demand chain, but also drives up prices for the finished product. Seafood and cheese from around the world is rotting away in container ships that can’t get into crowded ports.
It’s the breakdown of the world supply-chain, and it’s creating turmoil with an already tumultuous supply-demand economy that’s been out-of-whack for over a year now.
I have no confidence in the economy and feel the only thing propping it up is the Fed and their money printing and sitting on interest rates. How long can that continue, and what happens when the Fed stops its meddling?
Most don’t want to think about it, but some are preparing. I can't help but think of the story involving the grasshopper and the ants.
I see on my calendar that today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins at sundown. Congress started the practice in 1979.
The Germans killed 6 million Jews and 11 million other people.
The general consensus is that we as a world will never allow this to happen again.
Unless it interferes with the bottom line, as it does in China.
In that country, around 1.8 million Uighur and other Turkish and muslim people are held in “prison camps, factories, farms and internment camps in Xinjiang.”
These people are virtually slaves, and their slave-labor accounts for 20% of all the cotton products sold in the world. No other country exports more cotton than China, with 84% of their crop coming from Xinjiang.
The global brands depend on that slave labor, and the Chinese government depends on that money to keep their rich, entitled overlords firmly ensconced in power in Beijing.
“Former reeducation camp detainees have told CNN they experienced political indoctrination and abuse inside the camps, such as food and sleep deprivation and forced injections. CNN reporting has also found that some Uyghur women were forced to use birth control and undergo sterilization as part of a deliberate attempt to push down birth rates among minorities in Xinjiang.”
There are a total of 55 different minority groups in China. For comparison, there are five official minority groups in the US, and one for people of two or more races. Yeah, kind of funny...but China has more minorities than us, but we seem to have more problems with race issues.
Or do we? After all, we’re not forcibly sterilizing minority women, reeducating their children, and enslaving their men to work in the fields. We haven’t done those things in over 100 years (aside from the reeducation, perhaps).
Earlier this year the Department of Labor said that gloves, hair products, textiles, thread/yarn, and tomato products are all being produced with the slave labor in Xinjiang.
And it’s not just Xinjiang. Over 1,000 miles away on the eastern coast of China is the city of Fujian, where many from the Uighur minority group are shipped to work in factories. Here’s what that can look like:
“Beyond Xinjiang, in the coastal Chinese province of Fujian, Uyghur workers at a factory in Quanzhou face similar abuses. Uyghur workers are made to live in separate dormitories from Han workers. These dormitories are surrounded by an iron gate and security cameras. When finished for the day, often working more hours than their Han co-workers, the Uyghur workers are escorted back to their dormitories by provincial police officers from Xinjiang – not Fujian. The local police say the roll call is to ensure no one is missing. Uyghur workers at this factory are not allowed to exercise their free will to leave. Even if they could leave, they would not get far, as local police have confiscated their identification materials.”
Factories like this are given subsidies by the Chinese government to employ these people, who often make 80 cents a day and work more than their Han counterparts (the dominant racial group). “Participating companies receive 1,800 RMB per camp detainee they train, and a further 5,000 RMB for each detainee they employ.” ($250 to $760 US dollars).
Things in Xinjiang aren’t going to get better. I bet they’ll get worse. There might be some outcry in the world, but when push comes to shove, most people will keep buying these cheap products made by slave labor.
So the problem will continue.
American companies will continue to make their products in China, even though the Chinese government engages in slavery, forced sterilization, and likely the killing-off of Uighurs that ‘don’t fall into line.’
76 years ago we said ‘never again.’ What a joke.
Four weeks ago I drove my wife down to Hamilton to get her first dose of the vaccine.
I didn’t want to take her, but she doesn’t drive on the highways so I had to. We got into a big argument over it. There was nothing I could do to stop her from getting it.
In a couple days I’m supposed to drive her down again to get her second dose. Deep down, I suspect she’ll be dead a year from now. I think most people getting the vaccines will be.
We don’t know what’s in them, we don’t know the long-term effects, and perhaps most alarming of all, there’s really no need for this concoction.
The virus kills just 0.03% of the people it infects. That means 99.7% of the people that get it live.
So why such the rush to get everyone vaccinated? I think there’s an ulterior motive here.
I’ve been working as much as I can and saving up as much money as I can, for I know I’ll eventually be prevented from working.
I won’t take the vaccine, ever.
Right now their carrot-and-stick approach of saying I can’t go to concerts or get on a plane...well, so what? I’m not really interested in doing either of those things. I could live the rest of my life just find without either, and without a lot more.
The rich elites know this.
They know their current plan isn’t sufficient, so eventually I won’t be able to go into a store or renew my driver’s license and who-knows-what-else. It’s not about health; it’s about control.
And my God, are they terrible at that narrative. Rand Paul has given Fauci a piece of his mind over this. Why is it that vaccinated people still have to wear a mask? How is it that vaccinated people are still getting it?
It’s all bullshit. I mean...I get the vaccine and I can still get the virus? What a joke.
China had a Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and we’re having one in America right now. One half of society is turned against the other half, with public denunciations and condemnations. Cancel culture arose to shame and publicize a bunch of rich, old, white men that couldn’t keep it in their pants. It morphed into a crusade against Trump then Republicans then conservatives and eventually the corporate media will turn these lap dogs to the unvaccinated.
People like me will be shamed, ridiculed, ostracized and then shunned. Eventually we’ll be forced to wear some kind of identifier that we’re not vaccinated, and a short time later, we’ll be sent off to the detention camps. Eventually we’ll be killed.
It’s not about health; it’s about control.
Most of society will go along with this. When those in the camps start to be put to death, it’ll be too late to stop it. Most of those that turned on their fellow citizens will feel shame, but they’ll do nothing. They’re scared.
I don’t think there’s anything Americans can do to stop this. Of course, there’ll be some resistance, with some spectacular shoot-outs with law enforcement and the military...but it’ll all amount to nothing.
The rich elites simply cannot live in a world where people question them. Theirs is an evil world, full of Godless individuals, many of whom I have no doubt are controlled by disembodied souls, evil spirits, and perhaps even fallen angels.
There’s a lot of evil in the world right now, and I think it’s gonna get a lot worse before it gets better...if it ever gets better again.
Has-been’s...never-we’re’s...nobodies...losers - that’s the Montana Legislature.
They think they’re important, but they’re not. No one cares about these people. In fact, we wish we could get rid of them.
Politicians. Closer to home, the worst they are.
Are these clowns still in session?
Because, honestly...I can’t think of one way they’ve impacted my life this session.
The reason for that is simple - I’m a low-class, low-income loser.
The legislature has no use for me, as I have no use for them.
Frankly, I’m lucky I got off so Scott-free this session. Nothing in my life has changed.
I suppose there are some around the state that have seen impacts from this session. I’ve never met ‘em.
No, I think we got off pretty lucky with this session.
What did they do?
I can’t think of a single thing.
How will it impact me?
Oh...that’s right, it won’t.
What’s that you say...they’re still in session?
By God, you could have fooled me.
We’re lucky they did so little to impact our lives this session. Let’s hope we’re as equally lucky two years from now, when the clowns meet again.
You know I don’t have a TV.
So I go alternative. Hence the radio.
If you’re like me, you’ll make it a point to tune into the radio on the top of the hour to get the news. The weekends are best, as we don’t have the constant repeats of KGVO’s local news (two stories played over and over and…)
On Friday I heard on the news that rapper DMX was in the hospital, had a heart attack, likely because of drugs.
Oh well, I thought.
But then they kept playing the story over and over and…
The Monday 3 AM update (I work late) was that the family was going to hold a prayer vigil at 5 PM outside the hospital later that day.
I’m sorry...but who gives a fuck?
And honestly... who is this loser?
I guess DMX is some kind of ‘successful rapper.’ So successful, in fact, that he sired 15 children with who-knows-how-many-women, and ended up owing a shit-ton of child support.
He’s currently $1.5 million in debt, all child support.
What a character.
I wondered why the corporate media was telling us so much about this man on death’s doorstep, but then I realized why: he’s the epitome of what black men should aspire to.
Yep, drop out, get the baggiest clothes you can find, impregnate as many women as you can, leave them all, never support them financially, and then spend most of your time bitching about the society that gave you everything before you threw it all away.
We call this rap.
It’s a multi-billion dollar industry.
I can’t think of one way this industry has helped mankind or made the world a better place.
I think they make it worse.
DMX is going to die tomorrow or the next day...and why should you care?
Another rich man dies, never once having cared about the community he came up in. Oh, and he was black (like anyone gives a fuck).
Over 200 days ago I told you about The Sleepy Inn: A Developer’s Wet Dream. I included the following image:
Today, NBC Montana had a story up called Missoula seeks public input on W. Broadway Master Plan. They included the following image:
The real selling point is this: “The site is also part of Missoula’s only Opportunity Zone, which is likely to be attractive to developers.”
Yes, one of the Trump opportunity zones. These were created to try and stimulate growth and development in “economically distressed communities.” There are over 8,700 of these zones in the country. Personally, I don’t think Missoula’s west Broadway area qualifies as economically distressed. But that’s not going to stop the meddling ‘do-gooder’s’ of Missoula city government.
Where is Missoula headed?
I think this recent story about Whitefish tells us exactly where we’re heading.
“We’re really starting to see employers really, really struggle,” said Kate Lufkin with the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, one of the partners behind the Opportunity Fair. “It’s a massive problem.”
Why is Whitefish experiencing such a massive worker shortage? The answer is simple - housing, the lack thereof, and the massive prices asked for what’s available.
Workers can’t afford that, so they leave Whitefish and new ones don’t come in. Whitefish decided long ago that they would be a community for the rich and well-off, the entitled and the elite.
Now they find they have no one to cater to them. What a dilemma!
To solve the problem, the community hopes to bring in dozens of foreigners to do the jobs that Americans can’t (becaused they've been priced out of the housing market).
Whitefish Mountain Resort needs 160 workers to get through this summer, they can’t find them, and hope to bring in 30 foreigners on work visas.
Ever been there?
I haven’t. And it’s no surprise - the resort was built to cater to rich, out-of-staters, not average Montanans. That’s why they charge $200 a night for their rooms, on average.
Whitefish is a dying community, one that decided long ago that the rich were more important than the average. It’s come back to bite them, and the problem is only going to get worse as Montana continues to age, the population continues to get older, the young continue to leave.
Missoula is following the template of Whitefish, from the developments erected to cater to the rich all the way to the quest for a local option sales tax.
Missoula is desperate, has been for a long time.
They’re desperate for your money, but since you don’t have that much to give, they’ll try to get more rich, out-of-staters in here. They have money, and Missoula wants to get as much as it can through taxes.
Yes, it's true that Missoula gives great lip-service to the idea of affordable housing, but when was the last time any of that was built? Do you honestly think any will be built in this new opportunity zone? I don't, not for one second.
Now with massive amounts of election fraud uncovered, that’ll take a back seat as the city goes into damage control. Watch as they point the finger at anyone they can in an attempt to take the heat off their elections office.
What’d we spend, about $1 million over the past year to get the elections office a new locale away from the fairgrounds? How much affordable housing would that have built?
Keep your eye on these charlatans, these clowns. You’re paying their salary, but they do not care one iota about you or your family.
Deep down, you know this.
This blog began in March 2013 and discusses Montana politics.
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