Thursday, October 05, 2006

Democrat Ethics

The more information revealed in the case of former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), the more obvious it is that the Democrats are desperate. Voters should be highly suspicious of the timing of this 'scandal,' three years after the incident, yet just a month out from November 2006 elections.

It's understandable that voters are sickened or annoyed by Foley's behavior, but he has resigned, taken responsibility for his actions, and apologized. Democrat manipulation of the issue is sure to distract voters, but some perspective is sorely needed.

As Congressional Democrats declare outrage and the media gravely intone that Foley's actions must be investigated and somebody--somebody!--must be charged, let's review a bit of history...

In 1983, Gerry Studds (D-Mass) was finally censured for sexual relations with an underage page in 1973. He continued to be reelected by the 'enlightened' folks of the pretentious state of Massachusetts until retiring in 1997.
direct from Wikipedia:

Congressional page sex scandal
Studds was a central figure in the 1983 Congressional page sex scandal, when he and Representative Dan Crane were censured by the House of Representatives for separate sexual relationships with minors – in Studds's case, a 1973 relationship with a 17-year-old male congressional page who was of the age of legal consent, according to state law at the time. The relationship was consensual, but presented ethical concerns relating to working relationships with subordinates.

During the course of the House Ethics Committee's investigation, Studds publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, a disclosure that, according to a Washington Post article, "apparently was not news to many of his constituents." Studds stated in an address to the House, "It is not a simple task for any of us to meet adequately the obligations of either public or private life, let alone both, but these challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as I am, both an elected public official and gay." He acknowledged that it had been inappropriate to engage in a relationship with a subordinate, and said his actions represented "a very serious error in judgement."[1]

As the House read their censure of him, Studds turned his back on the speaker and members in the chamber and ignored them. Later, at a press conference with the former page standing beside him, the two stated that what had happened between them was nobody's business but their own. [emphasis added]

I invite you to ponder this bold stance of a Democrat hero. I did, and compared these facts to the current noise pollution concerning Foley and House Republicans. My conclusion: rules simply do not apply to Democrats, but Republicans are pure evil and must be destroyed.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

On Election Issues & Journalistic Malpractice

(cross-published on Montana_Graffiti)
On Initiatives:
Elected Judge Dirk Sandefur has declared voters stupid in his ruling that petition signature gatherers 'manipulated' voters to sign CI-97, CI-98, and I-154. Keep that in mind in the next District 8(D) judicial election. As a signer of all three petitions, brought around by local, long-time residents, I certainly will.

On education spending:
What are we to make of the $1 billion budget announced by the University Board of Regents in the wake of the Kaiser's pledge to freeze tuition? I won't hold my breath for a coherent, factual analysis of the implications for students and taxpayers from Montana media. They're too busy stumping for Jon Tester.

On US Senate race:
Speaking of the organic farmer and real Montanan, why do you suppose the national Democrats began their smear campaign against Senator Burns nearly two years ago? Could he be delivering for Montana, working for our interests, perhaps even speaking for Montana values?

As much as I dislike pork, I must admit that the more hysterical Democrats get over Burns, the more inclined I am to support our good Senator. Most amusing is the irrational hatred displayed by critics comfortably ensconced in academic bubbles and government institutions. If it weren't for Senator Burns' efforts to bring home the bacon, these childish fools wouldn't even be fouling the air of our great state.

Plus, (no small point) Senator Burns is aware that we're at war and supports victory for our folks in uniform; meanwhile, Tester proposes retreat while dangling the Dems' favorite consolation prize to veterans: government handouts. As a vet, I find that about as insulting as it gets.

Run away! Run away! And then Tester and the surrender-monkey Democrats will take care of you!

As our civilization faces barbarians determined to annihilate us, Tester touts wind energy and repeal of the Patriot Act. Yup, his priorities are straight...out of the Democrat handbook.

Great Falls often seems a particularly cloistered community, especially since even local TV news is cued by the print media monopoly. The prevailing attitude here is powerlessness: we love to gripe among ourselves, but just as eagerly lap up the Dems' 'us vs them' propaganda. Our self-anointed 'activists' are quite fond of righteous indignation and petty posturing.

But you're only powerless if you are uninformed. Despite the diligent efforts of the local mainstream media to keep us confused & in the dark, the truth is out there. Yes, it takes some effort to uncover; it takes some mental exercise to sort through the blather to unearth facts. But an uninformed choice in our senatorial election could put not only Montana, but the entire nation, at risk.

I encourage my fellow Montanans to look up Tester's unsinspiring record in our state legislature, watch the Butte debate, browse online news, or stop by the blogs to get a feel for the 'real' Montana values espoused by Tester supporters. As for the latter, I highly recommend Left in the West (he craves the attention) and DailyKos (a media and Jon Tester favorite).

Slighted firefighters are a favorite topic--in both local media and on Tester's own blog. Isn't it curious how Tester supporters are far more concerned about the hurt feelings of Virginia firefighters than the employment of Montana firefighters, or protecting the property of Montana citizens?

You're no doubt unaware that, while the media dutifully flogs political and corporate connections to Burns' fundraisers, they've carefully ignored Tester's jaunts to Chicago and DC. So who funded Tester's flights to the big cities? And just how much money has he pocketed from those tony fundraisers, especially the ones hosted by Chuck Shumer in DC?

While Tester hobnobbed, held an online fundraiser, which netted nearly $7000 from over 3000 leftists across the land. Kos exulted:
"It feels good to buy a politician. And a people-powered-owned politician will beat the heck out of the Abramoff-owned edition any day of the week."

(Perhaps this is why Tester's campaign, Montanans for Tester, has failed to file timely finance reports. They're still trying to figure out how to classify loony leftists from all over the country as 'real Montanans.' Tip: just assign them Missoula addresses.)

So who 'owns' Tester? The DC elites? Or the loony leftists? We might know, if only the Montana media showed the slightest interest...

Now is the time for all reasonable, hard-working Montanans to get informed, get registered and get out to vote. Act like your life depends on it, because it does.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Urban Renewal2

But wait! There's more! More progress on the East Side of Griffles...

Remodeling underway at Holiday Village:
Ross Dress for Less (east side)

& the new Scheel's
(east side)
(north side)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Urban renewal

Some shots of progress on the east side of Great Falls.
Making way for new opportunities...
Tenth Ave S & 23rd St

Back side, on 9th Ave S & 23rd St

Dismantling the Cenex/Kum-N-Go at Tenth Ave S & 26th St

The winds of change are blowing...

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Can't help myself...I see it everywhere.