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Montana GOP: Sic the dogs on ’em

Montana GOP: Sic the dogs on ’em

Marty’s photo of the day #3605: This year, with Republicans holding overwhelming power in every Montana state office, I wasn’t as active about speaking out against their actions as I have in the past. That’s because of the helplessness of knowing these cruel, proudly-Christian people were going to do whatever they damn well pleased, and […]

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

A ground squirrel vs the far-right

Marty’s photo of the day #3547: “Let me get this straight: You don’t believe DDT harms wildlife; you don’t believe humans cause global warming; you don’t believe masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, yet you do believe that your god will soon reinstall Donald Trump as president. Isn’t that kind of like a ground […]

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

Thank you Bernie! Now it’s time to go.

I thank Bernie Sanders for all he has done to bring awareness to so many important issues. I also thank him for successfully pushing the Democratic Party leftward to more liberal thinking. Now I look forward to thanking him for gracefully dropping out of the Democratic primary within the next few days (COVID-19 makes his […]

Doling out revenge as if it were candy

Doling out revenge as if it were candy

Republicans frequently state that they don’t care about Donald Trump’s behavior; they only care about his results. That sounds innocent enough—until you realize that people made similar claims during the reigns of the worst autocrats in history. Even Robert Mugabe had his fans. Where Trump will ultimately rank among the world’s authoritarian rulers is yet […]

Saved from the brink

Saved from the brink

Marty’s photo of the day #3146: I photographed this Antarctic fur seal on a little island off the coast of Antarctica. This species of fur seal almost went extinct due to over-hunting, but fortunately international protection stepped in before it was too late. Thank God the Trumps weren’t in power at that time, or Donny […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 7

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 7

Marty’s photo of the day #2997: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 6

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 6

Marty’s photo of the day #2996: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 5

Marty’s photo of the day #2995: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, there is no doubt greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial are major contributors to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals in […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 4

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 4

Marty’s photo of the day #2994: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 3

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2993: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 2

Appreciating the Amazon Rainforest, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2992: The Amazon Rainforest is burning, and while the Amazon has experienced major fires before, I can’t help wondering how much greedy right-wing politicians and nearly 40 years of climate change denial have contributed to the devastation. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos I’ve taken of animals […]

About that Greenland purchase . . .

About that Greenland purchase . . .

The untold story behind Donald Trump and his temper tantrum about not being able to buy Greenland is the insatiable greed behind it. Republicans have found a way to twist global warming into a good thing. They love it that the melting ice at the poles will open up more land for oil and mineral […]

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #2969: Today is part two of my three-part series, “Inside Deb’s Lavender Patch.” Did you know that there are 28 species of bee in Montana? Of course, since President KKKlueless sees bees as a “liberal insect,” he is doing his best to reduce their numbers in Montana and everywhere else. […]

Dear World: Sorry, but we’re no longer . . .

Dear World: Sorry, but we’re no longer . . .

Dear World: When I was in grade school, my teachers taught me that we here in the United States were the “good guys,” and I believed them. Now, as a freethinking adult, I know that’s not the case—at least not now. In fact, under acting-president Trump and his cult of deplorables, we’ve quite literally become […]

Earth Day photo for Republicans

Earth Day photo for Republicans

Marty’s photo of the day #2870: Today is Earth Day, and if you’re a Republican, I know this is a miserable day for you. Why would anyone want to talk about saving the planet for future generations, when nothing is more important than the money you are making right now? Fuck your children and grandchildren, […]

Just how selfish are Republicans?

Just how selfish are Republicans?

Just how selfish are Republicans and their conservative Christian base? When liberal Democrats talk about the Green New Deal as a way to save our planet and make life better for our children and grandchildren, Republicans on Fox News, AM-hate radio, and the internet answer by spewing fear that the Green New Deal will prevent […]

The Republican love affair with DDT

The Republican love affair with DDT

Marty’s photo of the day #2838: I have a relative who is everything Donald Trump. Arguing with her is fruitless, but you would think some right-wing conspiracy theories would be so obviously wrong that even right-wingers could see it. One of the conspiracy theories she argues for is that Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” was […]

Why I will never visit Japan

Why I will never visit Japan

Marty’s photo of the day #2785: I will never visit a country that supports whaling. So no Japan for me! Their withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years is reprehensible. Today’s photo is of an old whaling dinghy, stuck in volcanic ash, on Deception Island, […]

Orangutans, Americans, and Palm Oil

Orangutans, Americans, and Palm Oil

Marty’s photo of the day #2773: I photographed this orangutan on the island of Borneo. Every year, species survival grows more difficult for orangutans. The primary reason for this is habitat destruction to create oil palm plantations. While it’s easy to blame the local people for this, we in the United States and other developed […]

Winter should behave like winter

Winter should behave like winter

Marty’s photo of the day #2765: Having grown up in Minnesota, I enjoy the cold and snow of winter. Now that I live in Montana, all I ask of winter is that it behave like winter and stay below 32 degrees. But, thanks in large part to more than 30 years of Republican obstruction and […]

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