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Monthly archives for May, 2017

Baby wild turkey

Baby wild turkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2202: Today, on my early morning bike ride, I noticed an adult wild turkey near the edge of the dirt road I was on. I see turkeys often, but usually they are more skittish. Then I realized this one was a mother with at least a dozen tiny chicks. I […]

No, I cannot find common ground with repugnant people

No, I cannot find common ground with repugnant people

The other day a conservative Democrat passionately criticized me because of my snarky treatment of Republicans. Instead, he said, I would be more effective if I tried to find “common ground” with them. I thought about it—for about a second—and rejected the idea. Montana’s special election is a good example of why I reject such […]

The bone thief

The bone thief

Marty’s photo of the day #2201: As posted previously, I have my motion-sensing camera set over a dead deer on our property, 200 feet below our house. The deer is now in its final phase of going back to nature. The vultures have finished with it, and all that is left is for our dog, […]

Lucy the miracle dog

Lucy the miracle dog

Marty’s photo of the day #2200: Lucy is another of our miracle dogs (we seem to attract them). Eleven years ago, we adopted her from our local animal shelter. The first two times we left her alone in our house, she destroyed everything. Obviously, her separation anxiety was the reason her first owner dropped her […]

Fake news and alternative media

Fake news and alternative media

Yesterday I posted a rant about how Republicans have co-opted the term “fake news” for nefarious purposes. In response, someone suggested that mainstream news sources could not be trusted because they were all owned by a small number of huge corporations. While I agree that giant media conglomerates are troubling, that does not automatically make […]

Brown blunt-headed vine snake

Brown blunt-headed vine snake

Marty’s photo of the day #2199: The tiny snake I am holding is a brown blunt-headed vine snake. Technically, the snake venomous, but its venom is mild, and I wasn’t worried that he would bite me. He was a mellow little guy. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Montana embarrasses me

Montana embarrasses me

So Republican Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte won the special congressional election over Democrat Rob Quist in Montana. How embarrassing for the state I live in. Even though I have lived in Montana for 20 years, I’ve never quite been able to bring myself to call Montana my home state. I moved here because of […]

Republican cult behavior

Republican cult behavior

When my wife, Deb, ran for the Montana State Senate several years ago, I did exit polling to get a feel for whether or not she would win. It was a rainy day, so it was easy to bundle up and make sure no one would recognize me. When I counted just the people who […]

Greg Gianforte’s body slamming increased the Republican vote

Greg Gianforte’s body slamming increased the Republican vote

Did Republican Greg Gianforte’s body slamming, punching, and choking a liberal reporter actually help his standing with Montana Republicans? I say yes, and here’s my proof: I live in Ravalli County, and on the front page of today’s Ravalli Republic is a story about how the last-minute voter turnout was much higher than expected due […]

White-faced capuchin monkey

White-faced capuchin monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2198: Hang out too long under a white-faced capuchin monkey and you will either get wet or have something dropped on your head. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Montana . . . how could you?

Montana . . . how could you?

Marty’s photo of the day #2197: Last night I dreamed that whip scorpions were attacking me. That was okay, I’ve had worse dreams. Then I woke up and realized that I live in a country that elected Donald “The Pussy Grabber” Trump, and in a state that elected Greg “The Body Slammer” Gianforte. Now that […]

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Collide interview with author Marty Essen

Streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify have made life difficult for all but the biggest acts in the music industry. The CD-buying public has become the song-streaming public, with artists making a quarter of a penny or less per streamed song. But streaming services do provide one advantage over the days when artists needed […]

No matter the vote count, the Republicans lose tonight’s election

No matter the vote count, the Republicans lose tonight’s election

Today, without a doubt, Montana has its most watched election in history. And since Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte chose to body slam, choke, and punch a reporter from the Guardian, a British newspaper, the election is now even huge international news. When I posted on this last night, I was surprise by how many […]

Great Egret

Great Egret

Marty’s photo of the day #2196: Great egret. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Baby Howler Monkey

Baby Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2195: Awww . . . it’s a baby howler monkey! (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Is there anything to eat on your knee?

Is there anything to eat on your knee?

Marty’s photo of the day #2194: A butterfly checks out Deb’s knee in Costa Rica.

This Jesus Christ Lizard would sink

This Jesus Christ Lizard would sink

Marty’s photo of the day #2193: This is a Jesus Christ Lizard, named for its ability to run across water on hind legs. Only the young lizards have the water-running ability. This big boy would sink right away. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Spectacled caiman

Spectacled caiman

Marty’s photo of the day #2192: This is a spectacled caiman, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru.

Yes, it’s better to be liberal than conservative

Yes, it’s better to be liberal than conservative

Sometimes I feel like we live in Opposite World. Time and time again Republicans use the word “conservative” like a badge of honor, while Democrats shy away from using the word “liberal.” I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be known as a liberal (which is someone who is broad-minded, tolerant, and […]

Antarctica

Antarctica

Marty’s photo of the day #2191: Along the coast of Antarctica.

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