Once the election is done and the paid-hacks ain’t gettin’ paid…yep, it’s gonna get slow.
Right now on Twitter you get about 10-15 tweets in a single 24-hour period, and most are from nobodies, not politicians.
Our politicians are laying low. And why shouldn’t they be?
They’ve done their work – made their promises to the billionaires, got the campaign cash, and trounced the folks that only made promises to the millionaires.
So political season is done…until January.
At that point we can get the presidential race started. Yippee!!!
Oh, and I guess there’s the legislature, too. BBBbbb-o-r-i-n-g-!!!
Hoo-boy, what a society we’re living in.
I’ve tried to dismiss the news as much as I can over the past few weeks, but there’s just no escaping it.
No escaping the stupidity, the rigmarole, the downright 'it-don’t-matter-to-me'.
And most of it doesn’t matter to me, or you for that matter.
Here behind our mountains and our rivers and our forests, it don’t affect us.
But goddamn, you turn on that TV and whoa to anyone that thinks otherwise!
It’s because of the ratings, and the advertising money behind them. The news doesn’t matter, and neither do you or your family. Just profits.
It’s the American way.
But let’s dispense with the reality-check (some would say negativism) and get into some current events…or at least my take on ‘em.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday might have helped large corporations a lot, my pay has remained relatively the same for the past 20 years. Most Americans can say the same.
Appears as though ol’ Ryan Zinke got off clean. I guess there was no malfeasance with the Utah monument after all. We can all go back to living our lives now…all aside from Don Pogreba, who’ll probably have to put up a spate of anti-Zinke posts because of this.
The Griz had a terrible season, even more so as we see how well MSU is doing. For the life of me, I don’t know why Kent Haslam and Chuck Maes weren’t fired. Oh…that’s right – appearances matter more than results.
From my own perspective, the Wall Street roller coaster of rising and falling stock prices hasn’t really had an impact on me here in Montana. But then I don’t have anything saved for retirement, so maybe that’s why.
How’s your kid’s retirement account doing?
Montana political websites have gone right into the toilet lately. Have you noticed this? Yeah, you’ve noticed it. Whether it’s incredibly long wait-times between posts, or just the ‘delicate’ approach the sites are taking to today’s news, you know the sites have both gone downhill, and gotten really boring while doing so.
Montana Cowgirl hasn’t had a new post up since September 21. Interestingly, that post has Santa Clause as the image. While that might get them through the holidays, I think we all know that site is done. Anonymous attacks in the age of Trump and the fake news climate just don’t cut it anymore.
I don’t think the migrant caravan has impacted my life at all.
Montana Democrats are going to replace Nancy Keenan with someone else. I suspect it will be a man serving as the next executive director. I expect he’ll be as bereft of ideas as Keenan was, though he’’ll be paid more. If I was a Democrat in Montana, I’d be frustrated and hopping mad that my Party can’t win and doesn’t seem to care it can’t. With $6,000-a-month paydays for their executive director, however, why should this be a surprise?
If the Missoulian and other Lee Enterprises papers didn’t have all the ad spam that they do now, do you think they’d be doing better or worse?
The Missoula Current blows the Missoulian away when it comes to local reporting. It’s sad their writing is so boring.
I honestly can’t think of one way my life will change based on what the upcoming legislature does or doesn’t do.
Here in Missoula we had a handful of industrial businessfolk give the Missoula City Council an earful this week. The Council ignored them and voted 11-0 against their interests. Ironically, the Council’s vote means that several hundred conservative voters from the county will now be voting in city elections.
Don’t hear that much talk about Bullock running for president anymore. No, it’s not the upcoming legislature – it’s the less-than-1% he took in that Iowa-New Hampshire poll a couple months ago.
Just because Bullock doesn’t have a chance in hell in the presidential primaries doesn’t mean he’ll do any better in his 4th and final legislature. In fact, this one will probably be his worse.
When Montana has no historians to speak of, why does it matter if you’re doing a good or poor job politically? Who in the future will notice? No one today does.
Missoula will be losing a long-time radio reporter in 2 weeks, KGVO’s Jon King. He’ll be moving to Washington after working for the station for over 4 years. Yep…more institutional memory gone, and all of us that rely on the media will suffer.
Montana had 225 newspapers in 1920. Today we have 70 or less.