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In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

In honor of the ass-kicking. . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2360: Last night’s election provided the best political news in, well . . . more that a year. So in honor of the Republicans getting their ass kicked last night, I went in search of a happy political photo on my hard drive. This photo, from 2006, shows me with […]

Life among the right-wingers

Life among the right-wingers

As followers of my posts know: I live in one of the most right-wing areas in conservative Montana. Consequently, it’s not the most friendly place for an outspoken liberal to live. One thing I do—both for exercise and to reduce my carbon footprint—is go on a half-hour bike ride each morning to my mail and […]

Sticky geranium

Sticky geranium

Marty’s photo of the day #2231: Here’s another wildflower blooming in Montana’s mountains: sticky geranium.

This tree brings its own ornaments

This tree brings its own ornaments

Marty’s photo of the day #2223: This tree, at the top of a mountain in Montana, didn’t need no stinkin’ Christmas ornaments. It had its own!

Cusick’s speedwells

Cusick’s speedwells

Marty’s photo of the day #2222: Here’s another of the 33 species of wildflower we saw this past weekend, while hiking in the mountains near Hall, Montana. The purplish-blue flowers are Cusick’s speedwells. As for the white flower, we’re not sure. There are so many little flowers like that—it could be any of a number […]

Arnica Flowers

Arnica Flowers

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 […]

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 […]

My front yard elk and possible poachers

My front yard elk and possible poachers

Marty’s photo of the day #2081: This was the scene in my front yard yesterday. For the last few days, we’ve had a herd of elk hanging around. At this time of year they are a bit scraggly, as they are losing their winter coats. They were also quite skittish, so I had to be […]

Snow gees migration

Snow gees migration

Marty’s photo of the day #2128: I’m posting late today, as Deb and I got up at 4:00 a.m. to make the 200 mile drive to Freezout Lake in northern Montana. Freezeout Lake is a major migration stop for swans and snow geese, as they work their way north. Freezeout Lake had been on our […]

Women: Don’t Have Sex With Republican Men!

Women: Don’t Have Sex With Republican Men!

Women: Only you can save America! In a single week: On a national level, Republicans stood up for your freedom to be killed, by making it easier for the severely mentally ill to buy guns. On a state level, Montana Republicans stood up for your freedom to be killed, by voting down a bill that […]

Don’t shoot this one!

Don’t shoot this one!

Marty’s photo of the day #2001: Today I have two photos from my backyard motion-sensing camera. Both are of a beautiful white-tailed buck living on our property. The first shot is humorous, and the second shows the entire deer. Hunting season in Montana runs from September 15 to November 27, and so far this big […]

Martyman votes!

Martyman votes!

Marty’s photo of the day #1941: Martyman’s ballot arrived yesterday, and he immediately started filling it out. As Martyman says, “Voting is so easy, even an action figure can do it!” He is, of course, voting for Hillary and wants to remind all Montana voters to vote “yes” on I-177 (which bans trapping on public […]

Slob Hunters

Slob Hunters

Marty’s photo of the day #1904: One of the biggest reasons I dislike hunting is because of slob hunters. And, of course, no one ever admits to being a slob hunter! It’s always “someone else.” Two sights while Deb and I were in Utah in late August didn’t do anything to change my opinion. When […]

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Martyman, rats, and mice. Oh, my!

Last night, at 2:30, my dog Lucy went crazy. It wasn’t one of her normal barks. It was one of those “Dad, get up! Mass murderers are at the door!” barks. Thinking it was actually just a bear, I rolled out of bed and hurried to a window. I looked out to see a pickup […]

Our secret place

Our secret place

Marty’s photo of the day #1880: My wife, Deb, and I have a new secret place. This is our twentieth year of living in Montana, and our house is at 4000 feet, in the foothills of a mountain. Not far from us is an area we used to hike until developers subdivided and sold off […]

Roaring Lion Fire at Night

Roaring Lion Fire at Night

Marty’s photo of the day #1865: Yesterday afternoon, Deb and I went to see the new Star Trek movie in Hamilton, MT (a little south of where we live). As we were pulling up to the movie theater, Deb pointed out some light smoke on the mountain. While we watched the movie, the fire exploded! […]

You’ll finds these in southwestern Montana

You’ll finds these in southwestern Montana

Marty’s photo of the day #1858: We found tons of these flowers last week, in southwestern Montana. Do you know what they are? One of our many handy-dandy identification books had the answer: sulphur buckwheat.

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