Peace Piece

It’s like meeting Bill Evans in Montana

Liquid Louie’s is a bar that pops out of the woods surprising drivers who pay attention along a lonely highway near Swan Lake Montana. It’s a small sign that can reach out and entice just about the time the driver really needs a good cold drink where people are nice to be around.

A small gravel parking lot leads to an unadorned and unobtrusive cabin that has been added on about twelve times since the turn of the century, each new room seems to fit eclectically but contrarily to the original structure much like a jazz soloist branches out and reaches for more without the safety of underlying melody. The result is both jarring and complimentary and full of memories. People who know about Liquid Louie’s are the soul of this place and that soul is held tight against the walls in still photos of those who visit hanging alongside the photos of regulars who took their last visit with them years ago. A few of the faces from the photos can be recognized sitting at the u shaped bar if you ignore the grey, wrinkles and study their eyes.

Angie is tending today and she asks us what we want.

Sometimes just the simple act of asking Makes all the difference

When you need a piece of peace on the rocks

Montana fills the bill.

News From The Front; abbreviated.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT ABBREVIATED

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Loons

Loons come lonely Together

To peck at a pop can

Wary of the shine

They stare one eyed

Afraid.

 

 

The Reading

Words like swords

Swords like poetry

And poetry like pretentious

half-believed Self-congratulation

Wobble weightless above

Spheres of home

with debts Paid like magic.

Let us drink the false pride away.

No.

People are not dead Like words at a reading.

 

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Dupuyer, Montana

Buy a fishing license from Bill To fish the Blackfeet Reservation.

Giving directions to Dog Gun Lake He spills life at you in coffee cups

Like time sifting down.

Calm.

Exact.

Absolute.

 

 

 

Spring

Made It Through Another Montana Winter with Kathleen

All the writings of Epicurus are lost.

But the empirical hereness of Thelonious Monk

Gives pleasure far beyond the land’s capability To support us.

A Crane stands alone and mute

oblivious to the push and shove of waves.

It waits.

Stabbing beak poised for just that right moment.

The river responds to the Be Bop of rise and fall.

Water lifts us like an imaginary lake

Fed by the melting glaciers of frozen dreams.

Like notes blown clean through Charlie Parker’s sax.

Like precise timing in Monk’s pause,

We recreate happiness every day in the altruistic effort of survival.

 

 

Clouds bring it

Welcome to lichen

Mountain goats find it tasty

like the mountain sips the sea from a cloud straw.

lightening rumbles when it hits Bottom.

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Kids grow up

Things happen to them

and you feel helpless

hoping the skills you gave them

will be enough.

 

https://www.facebook.com/problembearmemoir/

 

Wilderness

Wilderness
Keeping land free from human aggression is difficult. Humans are wired to build things. It’s in our DNA. Since 1964 land designated Wilderness has been under attack by business oriented groups and political groups opposed to the very idea of Wilderness. While most Wilderness supporters view Wilderness as the very essence of our American ideal of freedom, opposing groups view Wilderness as obstructing their freedom to ruin it. This, in a nutshell, describes the conflict that Wilderness poses. In the face of growing population needs and the resource competition that engenders political extremism, how do we maintain the protection that Wild lands deserve?

So far, Democracy has worked. Since the creation of the Wilderness Act, Public opinion polls have consistently supported Wilderness. But as populations expand, how can we expect public opinion to remain supportive of protection? Through well-funded opposition campaigns designed to obfuscate and deny real data in other political arenas, actual Scientific knowledge itself is under attack. How do we resist this when it comes to arguing for Wilderness Preservation? How do we combat the enormous funding of the Koch Bros and industry groups who oppose Wilderness and indeed, the very idea of Public lands in America?

Impeach, but cure the disease.

‪We ended up with a vile, demonic, vain, spoiled brat because both parties have put politics above country for too long. Corruption in Washington has corroded and destroyed the reputation of our institutions to the point that people were willing to vote for anyone who would lie to them about draining the swamp. Both parties have failed US. People were desperate for change. What they got was more corruption with a side of collusion by a 6 time bankrupt traitor willing to deal with our enemy, Russia to stay in office. Trump is the symptom of our disease- which is a corrupt two party system that has turned its back on the people they are supposed to serve. Yes we need to impeach Trump to protect and defend our constitution, but if we really want to save this country, We must cure the disease. Not just treat the symptom.‬

Time to reboot politics in USA.

The solution is simple. It’s computer 101. When the system freezes, first try Turning it off. Then hit restart. Both parties are focused on beating each other and neither party is even attempting to listen to the majority of US on anything. They don’t respect the majority because under the current system they know if they please corporate lobbyists, enough campaign money will pour in to buy them another term. We need to stop this cycle or admit America is no longer the birthplace of Democracy…..but the scene of its murder.

Today, If the latest polls are correct Trump has lost the confidence of 57% of the country, and congress is hated by over 66%. No wonder the entire country feels like taking a knee these days; not to disrespect anything, but to mourn the slow poisoning of Democracy by the GOP and DEMS who accept the bribes of multinational corporate lobbyists who are delivering the arsenic in ever increasing doses.

The only politician in America who does not accept their bribes was effectively prevented from becoming our president in 2016 by Dems who are addicted to the poison of corruption. But they cannot prevent the growing dissatisfaction of the majority of US in 2018. What most of America wants is to remove both parties from power and elect a truly representative government which pays attention to what the majority wants and to ignore the poison being doled out by lobbyists in the halls of congress by lobbyists for special favors to corporations.

The majority of We the people want Singlepayer, Universal Health Care or Medicare for all rather than paying extortion to predatory parasites for little or no coverage.

The majority of We the people want the top 1% of America paying more taxes to pay for this.

The majority of We the people want multinational corporations paying more not less in taxes, without loopholes to pay for this.

Let’s all take a knee by not voting either party in 2018 and voting for Bernie Sanders in 2020.

that’s all I have- PB

 

 

CorruptionCare

Obamacare was written by Liz Fowler, who was a staff member of Senator Max Baucus (D) (Montana) in 2009. Before this, Liz was a Vice President at United Health Care, One of the most powerful HMO’ s in America. She is now a highly paid lobbyist for a large Pharmaceutical trade group.
Health Insurance corporations and Big Pharma shoved Obamacare down our throats even though CBS and other polls in 2009 showed that 70% of Americans wanted Single Payer Universal HC similar to what Canada and all other civilized nations on earth are using. Protecting Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical corporations profits was the chief purpose for passing Obamacare. Our HC costs are the highest in the world per capita. Our HC quality ranks 37th in the world. Thanks to Obamacare, you pay much more for less HC. And now this gargantuan rube Goldstein contraption device called Obamacare is predictably failing financially. Even Max Baucus (Who is now America’s ambassador to China) called the newly passed law “A train wreck.” in 2010.
The Affordable Care Act is the biggest act of governmental fraud and corporate corruption ever perpetrated on the American public. It needs to be repealed and replaced with Medicare for All. The Medicare act would only need to delete two words ….all Americans [over 65]
to create a HC system we could all afford.

Obamacare is failing….

man in bear suit

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/260948-obamacares-predictable-collapse

Now the same insurance companies who hired lobbyists to 
write the so called "Affordable Care ACT" are admitting
 they can't provide affordable health care insurance.

of course they can't. 70% of Americans knew this. That is 
why we wanted single payer Universal Health Insurance like 
every other civilized nation on earth. 


A Lament

A LAMENT:
twenty years ago, i remember looking out our 2nd story bedroom window at dawn. i could see the local newspaper boy, pedalling his bike down each end of the street, delivering freshly printed news at virtually every step.

ten years ago, i watched as a car drove down Edith Street stopping only three or four times to deliver the paper.

two years ago, i watched the car drive the entire length of our street and stop at our house only.

today, no newspaper showed up at all. which didn’t even bother me.

the corporate morons who own this paper have stripped it of all dignity and worth in October by laying off local editors and using “paginators” in Indiana to produce our news. i have not read it since then. i do not lament the painful death throes that constitute the inevitable demise of our local paper.

rather, due to this example of short-sighted corporate monkey brained remote ignorance of Missoulians in general, i lament the loss of any hope that our newspaper will ever again regain any relevance to younger people who now demand genuine non filtered information easily obtainable online. and this leads me inevitably to mourn the loss of unfettered local reporting and editorship control in our daily local newspapers in general.

and so it goes….

Celebrate is certainly the right word to use here….

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_9ae57939-f8e5-5ce2-b747-1b6d97cd9d63.html