a friend’s three year old boy mispronounced politics as plototics today……out of the mouths of babes.


Kim Williams on Politics; from her Book Of Uncommon Sense:

from the chapter entitled: The People Have To Do It-

“Nobody is going to do it but us.

You can’t wait for the government,

the system, our leaders.

It comes down to very ordinary people-

you and me.”- Kim Williams

a note of humility

blogging is to real writing

as foam is to beer.


the road to hell

poem by charles bukowski from The Flash of Lightening Behind the Mountain

the road to hell

if only there were more magic people

to help us get through

this strange life.


surpisingly there are a few.


the problem being that often

their magic doesn’t hold up

for long


because they begin to

think it’s because

they are special


when really

it’s almost an off-hand thing

like some damned crazy unearned



and when the magic people

begin to misuse their


begin to use it

in the wrong ways






that’s a



and it’s one of the most

unalterable laws

of the gods and the



and there is

nothing sadder

or more


than the once-gifted ones

still trying to work their


for the



which never offers,

but only




-Charles Bukowski


meanwhile….back at the ranch

don’t worry- W and his crack team are on it. while henry paulson continues to try to prime the pump into operating again with our trillion, W is going to fix everything on Nov 15 by hosting a world leader summit in Washington. Maybe the europeans will have another idea that George and Henry can copy.

of course, by then most of us will be unemployed and too broke to care anymore. it just makes us all feel better to see that W is on the job. are you sure we can’t just hire colin powell to take over as a temp for a few months until Obama can get his bearings? and i’m pretty sure warren buffet can spare a few months to take over for henry at treasury- not that we’re losing confidence or anything….wait just a goldanged minute there, did i just hear the freight cars filled with nitroglycerin come uncoupled from the engine of our economy…and it it’s rolling downhill toward a sewer septic plant. uh oh this could be bad….meanwhile back at the ranch in sedona a seance is being held to summon the gipper from his tennis match with gorbachav in hell, but the devil won’t take a collect call and poor pretty palin is running out of clothes.

GOP and McCain come unravelled

you can stick a fork in the GOP and McCain/Palin now. they are definitely done. when you combine Colin Powell’s endorsement along with Warren Buffet’s that is what is called running the table on the two greatest minds to tackle our two biggest problems- war and economy.

It just appeared? Really?

It just appeared? Really?

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it’s official- john mccain is crazier than a rabid chipmunk in a rainstorm…

and for the love of god – will  someone please have the decency to fill out a prescription for some lithium for this guy before he embarrasses himself in public again!  and those eyes of his. is it my imagination or does he blink like the bug that will smith chased down in the original Men In Black?

time for a missoula break – remembering a little of why i am here

Richard Hugo 1923-1982

understand he loved to fish and write. I missed meeting him by a year. by the time i arrived his writing notebooks had been archived in the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library at the University of Montana. i had the good fortune to actually touch those tear and coffee and beer stained pages before they were carefully catalogued and microfilmed away to their secret sepulchre.

touching real pages worn with Dick’s scratched out doodles and margin thoughts felt like a special privilege- much like living in missoula is a special privilege. the beauty of the place haunts me as i go about my appointed rounds. the privilege to meet and listen to many of Hugo’s understudies like the ever shy buffalo William Kittredge and our town’s now newly mourned James Crumley has been a uniquely missoulian privilege. meeting my life long partner at Charlie’s and sharing missoula with her has been a rare privilege also. the gratitude i feel for the gifts that missoula has brought me cannot be expressed in words because i cannot write like this man could. the following is my favorite poem about a bar not far upriver from here.

The Milltown Union Bar

(Laundromat & Cafe)

You could love here, not the lovely goat

in plexiglass nor the elk shot

in the middle of a joke, but honest drunks

crossed swords above the bar,three men hung

in the bad painting, others riding off

on the phony green horizon. The owner,

fresh from orphan wars, loves too

but bad as you. He keeps improving things

but can’t cut the bodies down.

You need never leave. Money or a story

brings you booze. The elk is grinning

and the goat says go so tenderly

you hear him through the glass. If you weep

deer heads weep. Sing and the orphanage

announces plans for your release. A train

goes by and ditches jump. You were nothing

going in and now you kiss your hand.

When mills shut down, when the worst drunk

says finally I’m stone, three men still hang

painted badly from a leafless tree, you

one of them, brains tied behind your back,

swinging for your sin. Or you swing

with goats and elk. Doors of orphanages

finally swing out and here you open in.

for Harold Herndon

-from The Lady In Kicking Horse Reservoir- Poems by Dick Hugo

dow will bottom at 7500-hover-santa claus to 9000 in december-then bounce at obama’s inauguration to 11000

humans- ya have to love em don’t ya? hope springs eternal and confidence always returns eventually. gonna be a rough few months though. better stock up on Jack Daniels, toilet paper, bottled water and cigarettes if you smoke. (useful to trade if you don’t) bullets, gunpowder, shell casings, protein bars and firewood. time to hunker. if you know how to smoke meat that could be useful too.

how do i know these numbers? no training. don’t even know much about the market. just a feeling that bears get. keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best kids. and remember as red/green says “we’re all in this together.”

on 6-26-08 i predicted the dow would drop to 7500 this year in my post entitled BIG MONEY TALKS. looks like it will happen soon. what do i win? pie in the face most likely.

i was john malkovic mad about republicans messing with montanans right to vote but now…

sometimes i can be a very, very bad bear. that is when i get a little excited about things and lose my temper and then picnic tables and dumpsters go flying. it’s not very constructive and the park rangers make me pick it all up and fix the tables so it wastes a lot of time. but, sometimes when i get mad at the right things it can feel cathartic ( that is when bears relax a little)

it is time to get back on track and try to be a good neighbor again so… now that Obama has taken a nice easy coasting two digit lead and i can enjoy watching McCain’s neck artery start to throb while he develops an aneurism over his slipping numbers and Montana’s legislative race is beginning to take shape with lots of blue leads it is time to daydream about my favorite subject- enacting legislation to regulate reasonable terms for pay-day and vehicle title loans. i look around at the economy and think to myself, i bet those guys are rubbing their hands in glee at the hordes of out of work montanans who will surely come to them for 650% loans. Last legislative session Democrat Rep. John Parker’s bill (house bill 29) to rein in these slime-devils was held up in committee by republican Scott Mendenhall who called it anti-business. (anti-devil more like) this isn’t a business – it’s a license to enslave people to poverty and should be brought down to at least 36% (the limit set by the pentagon to keep these slime-devils from skinning our soldiers alive) Oregon, New Hampshire and Ohio have all reined in these guys. Montana has one of the worst allowable percentage rates in the country at 650%. this is obscene and not defensible by reasonable people. so, who will pick up the mantle of this worthy cause in the next legislature? i don’t know. i’m asking. does anyone know? meanwhile let’s try and see if we can help Stan Voreyer get elected to remove mr. Mendenhall, friend of the slime-devils.