Some D.C. hack that’s working for Rosendale.
Twice a day, Andy sends me emails that look like this:
“Below is a letter to the editor that Jimmy Patelis asked that I send to you on his behalf. For verification purposes, He can be contacted at the email that is cc'd above, or by phone at (406) 671-9972
Jimmy Patelis is a retired Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of Montana. He resides in Billings, MT.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide you.
Andy's area code is from Colorado.
Yep, a ringer. Some out-of-stater that doesn't give a hoot about your or I, they've just been brought in to help win it for Matt.
Doin' a helluva job, isn't he?
I finally had to block Andy. He simply would not stop.
I never signed-up for these emails, never wanted them. But Andy doesn’t care. And neither does Rosendale - after all...he’s paying Andy to spam me.
This is who Rosendale is.
He’s a man that doesn’t care about you.
I feel sorry for anyone that votes for him.
I feel sorry for Andy, too. Imagine this being your ‘career’...sending out spam all day to nobodies like me.
What a life.
The Flathead’s Scaredy-Cat
“This is Montana’s most important statewide election for Democrats. If they lose all of the other statewide elections, nothing changes. If they lose the governorship, they lose the veto pen that Brian Schweitzer and Steve Bullock used to protect the public from dozens of mean-spirited bills whooped through the legislature by Republican majorities.”
Whether a Democrat or a Republican is in the Governor’s Office...how exactly does that impact my life?
I’m sorry, James...but whether it’s Gianforte or Cooney...ain’t nothin’ gonna change in my life.
Because I work.
It really is that simple, James.
You see, because I choose to work, I don’t have to rely on the government for things like my food, my healthcare, or my housing.
Because I have money.
Because I work.
So again...what the hell does a GOPer or a Dem have anything to do with my life?
James, I’m sorry...but for old folks like you that sit at home all day long and watch the TV, yes...it might seem like this election is important.
But for all of the people that are actually going to work each day, ensuring you get that Social Security check...well, it doesn’t make an ounce of difference.
James, how is my life going to change in January...when Gianforte or Cooney takes office?
It’s not, and you know that. So grow up and stop being so childish. You used to have a voice that people respected. Lately you’ve become weak, and scared.
The rest of us are neither of those things.
His Own Words
I decided to go to Gianforte’s website to see what he himself says he’s going to do.
His site is the same as all the others - some bio, some issues, some photos.
Looking at the images on his site, I’d like to see Greg grow a beard/goatee again...like he had when his kids were younger.
Might as well - come January, the years-long race is over and you can ‘let your hair down.’
Anyways, what I noticed the most on Gianforte’s site was his “Montana Comeback Plan,” which is actually a 16-page PDF document.
Yeah, this guy is serious, and he’s prepared.
What I love about the report are the numbers:
- 27,000 farms and ranches in the state
- 60,000 tourism jobs in the state
- 12 million out-of-state visitors
- 3 in 5 Montanans don’t have access to broadband
- People that complete an apprenticeship earn $240,000 more than others
- 64,000 Montanans have a substance abuse problem
There are more, but that’s just an idea.
And I love this one - “it took five years to build the Hoover Dam. But permitting has tied up the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, which provides water to more than 58,000 acres of family farms, for a decade. We have to streamline the permitting process.”
One of the things I also love is the rarity of this election. I mean...how often can you vote for the same two executive candidates you voted for last time?
Yep, I’ll be voting for Trump and Gianforte again this year, just like I did in ‘16.
Now, to be fair I had to go to Cooney’s site as well.
Right away, you’re assaulted with a pop-up asking you for money. Gianforte’s site doesn’t hit you with that.
Because Gianforte is winning.
Wanna know another reason?
Gianforte took risks and chances in the private sector, and that paid-off for him big time. Cooney played it safe and spent his whole life in the public sector, and that hasn’t paid-off.
Cooney doesn’t have an issues page. He has a priorities page.
I wasn’t interested in reading it.
What a Joke
When is this joke of a pandemic going to end?
I know we have a lot of old folks that are afraid of dying...but the rest of us just want to live again.
So how ‘bout this - all you old folks stay home and collect your Social Security...and all us young folks get back to normal so we can provide you with that.
Consider hospital beds.
Montana has 3,381 hospital beds and another 165 ICU beds.
Currently we have 8 Covid patients in the ICU in both Missoula and Gallatin Counties.
In total in the state of Montana, we currently have 177 people in the hospital for Covid.
This represents 5% of our hospital capacity.
When is this joke of a pandemic going to end?
Here in Missoula my son was supposed to start going back to school 4 days a week beginning on October 12.
But then that got pushed back to October 19 and then today it was pushed back to November 9.
I don’t think my son will ever go to school full-time ever again.
Because if we opened up our schools, that 5% number could go up to 10%.
And we couldn’t have that, now could we?
Our Society’s Poison
We got into a discussion about social media on RD this week.
I loved this bit of a comment:
“I’m increasingly viewing social media as the safety-safe of people who are so insecure and have so few productive places to put their energy that they constantly are checking their phones for people to tell them they’re right. Imagine being so needy for validation or blinded by ideology that you need a place to tell you how good you are and how bad other people are?”
I’m not a phone person - never have been, never will.
I leave my phone at home. I like that people can’t get ahold of me. I like the freedom.
I feel sorry for the people that have to carry a phone everywhere, checking it every few minutes.
How empty their lives must be.
It really is one of the leading addictions in this country, our phones. I think the damn things have made our lives worse.
I told you back in March that we’d see more suicides due to the lockdowns.
Tragically, we are seeing that.
Two months ago the CDC did a survey and found that 11% of people were considering suicide, though if you looked at young adults, that number rose to 25%. They told us that 40% of all Americans were having negative health effects due to the lockdowns.
Military veteran suicides are up 25%, while active duty suicides are up 30% from last year. We already had 20 veterans a day killing themselves for years, and now it’s more.
Good job, government.
It’s a huge problem all over the world. In Japan, celebrities are killing themselves. The suicide rate there is up 15% from last year.
We’ve seen our anxiety rates go from 8% to 25% during the lockdown, and depression rates go from 6% to 24%.
It’s not the virus that’s killing us; it’s ourselves.