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  • Saving Jesus in Montana

    07/20/2012 12:15:13 AM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 1/27/2012 | Brian Dowling
    Saving Jesus in Montana - A statue of Christ in a national forest, Knights argue, is a historic landmark, not a constitutional problem Big Mountain Jesus, a statue placed in 1954 to honor World War II veterans, has recently been challenged as unconstitutional. On an overcast day at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in northwestern Montana, a horizontal wall of clouds meets Big Mountain near the top of a chairlift, next to a life-size statue of Jesus. The statue stands with outstretched arms, blessing the Flathead Valley that spreads for miles below. A large question undergirds the debate on whether a religious...
  • Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Div. War Memorial(Includes Statue of Jesus)

    07/19/2012 11:46:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Knights of Columbus Joins Legal Defense of 10th Mountain Division War Memorial - Montana memorial on Forest Service land includes statue of Jesus It’s a war memorial that has commemorated the valor and sacrifice of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division for more than 50 years. The Knights of Columbus — represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty — has asked to intervene in a pending lawsuit to defend the memorial’s right to exist on public land in Montana.The war memorial near Whitefish, Mont., includes a large statue of Jesus. It was erected by Montana members of the Knights...
  • Guenther: Senator Max Baucus - Small Business Assassin

    07/12/2012 7:26:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2012 | Robert J. Guenther
    Not content with masterminding Obamacare, which taxes, regulates, and disincentivizes the healthcare industry into nothing more than a capitulatory utility under government control, Democrat Senator Max Baucus used the recently passed transportation bill as the vehicle to exterminate thousands of jobs with the stroke of Barack Obamas pen. In addition to the $400 million the senator earmarked for his states highway system, the Montana senator mischievously added a separate and unrelated special interest earmark to the transportation bill as a nod to his Big Tobacco benefactors at Altria, a parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris. How did he appease...
  • Fishy: Obama Administration to Close Nine Border Patrol Stations

    07/11/2012 5:52:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Just one month after President Obama signed a back door amnesty executive order for hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens, his administration is now planning to shut down nine Border Patrol stations, something the people living in border states, Border Patrol agents, local Sheriffs and some Congressman are up in arms about. Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal...
  • Closure of Border Patrol Stations Across Four States Triggers Alarm

    07/11/2012 11:37:23 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/11/2012 | By Judson Berger
    The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves. * * * [One] soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los AngelesU.S. Customs and Border Protection says it's closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border. * * *
  • Ranch becomes focus for Russian adoption outrage

    07/11/2012 7:54:13 AM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/11/12 | MATT VOLZ
    The Russian government officials arrived with a Moscow television crew in tow at the gates of a ranch for adopted children in remote northwestern Montana and demanded to be let inside. Among them was Russian children rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, the man who was calling Joyce Sterkel's Ranch For Kids Project a "trash can for unwanted children" on his website. Whether it was a made-for-TV confrontation for viewers back home or a serious bid to gain entry, Sterkel kept the two dozen children inside and away from the gate. The Russians didn't try to enter the property, but Astakhov vowed...
  • Top 10 most likely GOP Senate pick-ups

    07/09/2012 11:54:58 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 54 replies
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowes seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win...
  • Obamacare Democrats Find Themselves in GOP Crosshairs

    07/07/2012 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 28 Jun 2012 | Henry J. Reske and Paul Scicchitano
    The Supreme Courts decision to uphold Obamacare puts a number of Senate Democrats who voted for the healthcare overhaul and are seeking re-election in the crosshairs of the GOP. Of the 60 Democrats and independents that voted to approve President Barack Obamas healthcare law, 15 are up for re-election this year. The GOP needs to pick up four seats to take control of the Senate should Obama win re-election; three should Mitt Romney win, as his GOP vice president would break the tie. Of those seeking re-election, the GOPs best chance for pickups are most likely in Florida, Missouri, Montana,...
  • Wilderness groups sue U.S. Forest Service over plan to use helicopter

    07/04/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | June 28, 2012 | PERRY BACKUS
    Two wilderness groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow an irrigation company to use a helicopter to fly in materials needed to repair a dam in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater filed suit in U.S. District Judge Donald Molloys court in Missoula last week. The groups say the agencys decision to allow the irrigation company up to two helicopter flights to the Fred Burr Dam site violates the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. The irrigation company wants to replace a deteriorating catwalk and log boom on the nearly century-old...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal governments ability to fight fires. Much of whats burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fires growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • U.S. Senate passes farm bill, but Tester's Sportsmen's Act removed

    06/22/2012 5:39:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Missoulian and ap ^ | June 22, 2012 | Rob Chaney and JIM ABRAMS
    Sen. Jon Tester was not allowed to bring an amendment inserting his Sportsmens Act of 2012 into the bill. That bill combined 20 Democratic and Republican bills for improving hunter access to public lands, funding shooting ranges, and supporting fish and bird habitat programs. It was among about 300 proposed amendments that Senate leaders pared down to 70. ... The bipartisanship seen in the Senate may be less evident in the House, where conservatives are certain to resist the bills costs, particularly for food stamps. Food stamp spending has doubled in the past five years, and beneficiaries have grown from...
  • Dem activist slugs GOP congressmans wife with campaign sign

    06/21/2012 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 19, 2012 | Caroline May
    Its all fun and games until somebody gets slugged with a campaign sign at least in Montana, where following the first U.S. Senate campaign debate this cycle, a Democratic activist hit one candidates wife with a rolled up sign. The debate at Bucks T-4 in Big Sky, Mont., between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester, Republican challenger Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg and Libertarian Dan Cox reportedly focused on the election issues of the day: jobs, the economy and health care. The real fireworks, however, took place after the event when an attendee got into a physical altercation with Jan Rehberg, the...
  • Montana: Romney 51%, Obama 42%

    06/20/2012 4:26:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 20, 2012
    Montana remains in the Romney column again this month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney with 51% support to President Obamas 42%. Five percent (5%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 49%, Tester (D) 47%

    06/19/2012 4:02:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 19, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg remains slightly ahead of Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montanas U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Rehberg with 49% support to 47% for Tester. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while another two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Gay-marriage backers seek to turn tide in votes in 4 states

    06/18/2012 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage dominates the list of social-issue ballot measures going to voters this year, with amendments for and against same-sex unions up in four blue states: In Minnesota, voters will be asked to amend their state constitution to say that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Amendments like this have already passed in 31 states, including North Carolina in May. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment was put on the ballot by lawmakers in 2011, a few months after Republicans took over the state Legislature for the first time in 38 years. In Maine, gay-marriage...
  • 'Kindness In America' Hitchhiker Actually Shot Himself

    06/16/2012 8:17:06 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 18 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 6/15/2012 | Dashiell Bennett
    This week's award for Easy Irony went to a man who claimed he was shot while hitchhiking across the country to write a book about "Kindness in America." Now gets a new award for admitting that he actually shot himself. On Monday, Ray Dolin of West Virginia grabbed national headlines when he claimed that he was hiking on Highway 2 in Montana gathering stories for a memoir about how nice people are when a man in a pickup truck pulled over and then shot him in the arm. What a story! Police even arrested a 52-year-old man under...
  • Obama threatens to veto HR 5326 (bill to protect gun owners from Obama gun control)

    06/12/2012 12:28:00 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    It comes as no surprise that the Obama Administration out out s Statement of Administration Policy saying that President Obama's senior advisors would recommend he veto HR 5326.(Among other things, the bill will prohibit Obama from his desire to back-door reclassify and then ban the sale and possession of C&R firearms). Apparently, one of the reasons the President would veto HR 5326 is because of an NRA-backed provision preventing funding for the new and unauthorized multiple reporting and registration plan proposed by BATFE. On April 26, the House Committee on Appropriations approved this general provision offered by Cong. Rehberg (R-MT)...
  • Sioux, Cheyenne celebrate new historic landmark

    06/11/2012 8:29:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 11 June 2012 | Lorna Thackaray
    LAME DEER For 1,000 years or more, native peoples have etched their histories and prophecies on the sandstone faces of Deer Medicine Rocks near what is now Lame Deer. Barely visible bighorn sheep, warriors on horseback and a grizzly bear roam the soft, sheer faces of the rock outcrop just off the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. And on an early June day 136 years ago, a Sioux artist carved a vision that had come to Hunkpapa medicine man Sitting Bull after a torturous Sundance ceremony. In the dream, soldiers with grasshopper legs fell from the sky into the Indian camp....
  • Wildlife groups sue US over lead bullets

    06/07/2012 4:47:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    AFP - ^ | 08 June 2012
    Seven US conservation groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the government of failing to regulate the use of toxic lead bullets in hunting. Lead bullets have been shown to fragment upon impact, leaving bits behind in carcasses that other animals scavenge. The practice can cause lead poisoning in species such as the endangered California condor, eagles, swans and more. A petition by 100 environmental groups to the EPA in March, asking for the agency to regulate the components of ammunition used in hunting under the Toxic Substances Control Act, was refused amid strong opposition...
  • Hollywood producer too conservative for Montana high school?

    06/09/2012 2:29:38 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 18 replies
    Dailyinterlake.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Gerald Molen
    Gerald Molen, of Bigfork, MT, is a longtime Hollywood producer and worked on such films as Schindlers List, Jurassic Park, Twister, and Minority Report. If someone had told me that a school in Montana would bar an invited speaker from presenting his or her speech before a high school senior class, I would have said, no way, not here, not now, not ever. But then I would have been wrong. Obviously the Ronan school district didnt get the word that in America, especially in Montana, people that reads all people have a right to free expression and freedom...