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Grizzlies observed in open country west of Dutton


Whoa! This was apparently the first sighting in the area for a century.

Kurt Pilgeram was outside doing chores at his home five miles west of Dutton on Friday morning when he saw what he thought was a couple of guys on four-wheelers in a field to the southeast of his place.

Dutton is on Interstate 15, about 35 miles northwest of Great Falls.

When the four-wheelers began moving in single file, Pilgeram realized it was four bears — a sow grizzly and three roly-poly cubs — moving across the wheat stubble field, not four-wheelers.

“They are smaller, but they’re not small,” he said of the chubby cubs.

This Motown Singer Turned His Wild Mustang Ranch Into a Summer Camp for Baltimore Kids

How a Motown veteran is using his passion for wild horses to help at-risk children.


What an inspirational person Jar is! His mixed-raced ancestry is uniquely American and I love that he is bringing mustangs and inner-city youth together!

If you visit Jar's home in the summer months, you can watch what happens when children and horses are brought together. Sunshine Acres, a farm in Northern Maryland with the ambiance of the American West, is graced with buildings that feature exposed wood and Native American motifs: carved totem-pole door frames, ceiling murals of horses and riders, and Indian blanket pillows tossed on the furniture.

At 69, Jar exudes an intense and joyful energy, not unlike that of the wild horses he loves so dearly. High cheekbones and dark, deep-set eyes hint at a Native American lineage—Blackfoot on his father's side and Cherokee on his mother's. But for his mother's extraordinary strength and pioneering drive, he might have been one of the struggling children he now welcomes onto his farm.

Dorothy May White was Baltimore’s first female radio disc jockey. She was an inspiration to Jar and his sister, Evonne, and worked hard to get them out of Baltimore’s Somerset Court Housing projects. Her efforts paid off when Jar became Baltimore’s first black male national recording artist of the era.

Dorothy May also gave her children another gift: a means of escape from the city. She regularly took Jar and Evonne to visit their great-grandfather’s farm in Virginia, where Jar experienced the most pivotal event of his life: “When I was three years old my great-grandfather lifted me up and put me on the back of his old mule. I realized then and there, that’s where I needed to be.”

Hillary Clinton Returns To Campaigning, Somehow Doesn’t Topple Over Dead

Great satire from Wonkette - but very close to the truth.

In a miracle of modern medical science — or what some are calling “antibiotics and three days of rest” — Hillary Clinton Returned to The Campaign Trail (mandatory cliché brought to you by the Mandatory Cliché Council) Thursday after a bout of pneumonia, and to prove she’s all better, gave two speeches and a press conference. But is it all an act????? Was it her body double?????

At her first appearance, at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Clinton came onstage to James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” which of course was a far better musical choice than Donald Trump’s constant use of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which really should be taken as a warning but isn’t.

More at: http://wonkette.com/606639/hillary-clinton-returns-to-campaigning-somehow-doesnt-topple-over-dead

Hillary Clinton: A stand-in for every anxiety we have


While I don't agree with everything said in the piece, this is an interesting article by someone who used to work with Hillary. It does point out the nearly impossible challenge she has to meet, however.

America feels like a place where no one has a claim on a fixed identity any more, not, at least, until he or she becomes famous. At that point they harden, not into marble, but into wax. The permanently famous – Jack Nicholson, Martha Stewart – enter the wax museum.

This election is the first wax museum election in American history. At issue is whether the American voter will see beyond the logic of the wax museum, and choose (this is the new meme in the liberal American press) a flawed but normal candidate or an abnormal and dangerous one.

Ms. Clinton has become, for both left and right, a stand-in for every anxiety we have about a fluid, maybe even collapsing world. To the left, she is a “neoliberal,” selling us down the rivers of global finance. To the right, she is the very devil itself, selling (white) American interests down the river to foreigners of one kind or another.

As a pragmatist standing between the fluidity of global capital, hyper-capitalism and the needs of local America, she can be neither fluid nor solid. I feel for her as I felt for her then. She is forced by impossible circumstances to be this awful simulacrum. To be true to reality, she has to be made of wax.

These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.


Images of Native Americans made by non-Natives have a problematic history. During the 19th and early 20th centu­ries, ethnographers often used photos to document and romanticize the last traces of the New World’s “dying cul­tures.” Native Americans survived, but the tradition lives on: Posed images and media stereotypes continue to reduce indigenous peoples to vessels for the American imagination.

Photographer Matika Wilbur, a member of the Tulalip and Swinom­ish tribes, aims to change this. Three years ago, she set out on an ambitious undertaking, a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes. (That number is now 566.) The first part of this ongoing project was recently displayed in Wilbur’s first solo museum show, Photographic Pres­ence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The show featured 40 portraits chosen from Wil­bur’s collection, which so far includes images from the more than 200 tribes she visited in the course of traveling 80,000 miles around the western United States. A fine art book series is also forthcoming from the University of Washington Press.

For Thousands at Standing Rock, a Shocking Day After So Much Waiting

After the pipeline decisions, many at the protest site wonder whether future generations will look back on this as a turning point in U.S.-tribal history.


Shouts could be heard Friday afternoon across the encampment at Standing Rock when the long-anticipated U.S. District Court ruling was announced. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline had failed. The judge would allow construction to move forward.

Then, just 20 minutes later, the ceremonial grounds at the camp erupted in cheers and drumming, people raised fists in the air, some clutching braids of sweetgrass. An order had come from three federal agencies to turn a defeat into what seemed like a stunning success —one with implications across Indian Country, and well beyond. A late afternoon rainstorm pelted the crowds, but spirits were flying high as elders, mothers with babies, young activists, all danced and sang, all celebrating, drums echoing across the camp.

“It truly was an interesting event in the universe,” said Faith Spotted Eagle, member of the Yankton Souix and an elder with the Brave Heart Society. “In one minute we had the judge ruling against us, which we expected, and then all of sudden, the United States issued a memorandum that said the whole issue needed to be looked at. That is major. We affected a nation.”

Dallas Goldtooth agreed. The move is evidence of the power of nonviolent direct action, said Goldtooth, an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Much more at the link.

Let these men teach you how to smile, Hillary Clinton

Or not! IMO, Hillary - and the egg avatars - look much better than ANY of the good old "mansplainers" here.


Throughout the course of her political career, Hillary Clinton has been routinely accused of one irredeemable sin: failing to smile.

From GOP chairman Reince Priebus to conservative commentator Dick Morris to an infinite parade of egg avatars on Twitter, everyone is deeply emotionally invested in getting the candidate to lighten up a little. She's running for president of the United States — and a true commander in chief knows just how to lol.

It's time for Clinton to finally listen to the men who've told her to "smile" her whole life. Clinton has probably always wanted to smile and simply needed a strong man to teach her how.

So here are helpful lessons from some of her most incisive critics.



Note to Admins, etc: This title is in all caps in my email announcement. I merely copied and pasted.

I have long been on the mailing list of NAMA (the Native American Music Association/Awards) and would encourage any music buffs who haven't visited the site to do so. http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/

This morning, I received an email letting me know the following:

Nominees of the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards have donated their songs to a free compilation CD entitled, Water is Life, in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect their land, water and sacred sites from the Dakota Access Pipeline. The free CD, Water is Life, features a variety of artist contributions from all tribal nations and music styles that can be downloaded online on the Native American Music Awards website at http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/free-cd-download

Featured artists on the CD include: Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne), CC Murdock (Timpanogos), Howard Lyons (Mohawk), Cindy Paul (Metis Cree), Blue Mountain Tribe (Chiricahua Apache), Thana Redhawk (Apache/Cherokee/Aztec/Sioux/Mexica), Steven Rushingwind (Cahuilla/Opata), Rhonda Head (Cree), Conrad Benally (Shoshone Bannock), Darren Thompson (Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior/Chippewa), Jace Martin (Mohawk Six Nations of the Grand River Iroquois), Rockapelli (Chumash/Huichol) and NightShield (Sioux).

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received an outpouring of support from other Tribes, First Nations, Organizations, Cities, and Businesses who have visited and sent them signed resolutions and letters of support of their efforts against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access Pipeline. Mainstream artist, Pharrell Williams, Divergent star Shailene Woodley, Actors Jason Momoa and Leonardo DiCaprio have also expressed their support.

Construction on The Dakota Access Pipeline is still underway. The planned $3.7 billon pipeline would transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day, from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to a refinery near Chicago. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe doesn’t want the Dakota Access Pipeline to go on their tribal lands or beneath the Missouri river, fearing it will endanger the reservation’s drinking water and ancient burial sites.

The email also noted that anyone who is interested can support the efforts and actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by making a donation at http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe--dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/

Juneau and Zinke Debate Coal, Refugees, And Public Lands In Billings


Last night, for the second time in less than a week, the candidates for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives met to debate, arguing policy and social issues, and making their case to voters.

Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke faced off against Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau at Montana State University Billings.

Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows was invited, but unable to attend because of health issues.

Over the course of the hour-long event, the candidates were peppered with questions on local and international issues by reporters from Yellowstone Public Radio, the Billings Gazette and KULR TV.

Michelle Kwan Is Working for Hillary Clinton


In a modestly air-conditioned office space in a suburban strip mall in Arlington, Virginia, the Hillary volunteers are phone-banking. They are gathering around card tables and crammed into sofas and loveseats, beneath handmade signs and patriotic bunting, mostly retirees and college students, talking on cell phones and filling out paperwork, pinching the microphones of their headphones between thumb and forefinger and clasping their hands over their ears.

At the center of the scene is Michelle Kwan, 36, the legendary Olympic figure-skating medalist. Her hair is shorn in a long summer bob, and she’s wearing a black dress with a tulip skirt paired with black ankle-strap heels. A small group of volunteers, breaking for a moment to meet their celebrity guest, cautiously hovers around her. “I am so nervous right now,” one woman says, stepping forward to ask for a picture. “My sisters are so jealous.” Kwan smiles and says, “Aww, where are they from?”

It’s a phenomenon that goes back to the first Clinton administration and was only reinforced during the Obama years: The Democratic party now relies on a constellation of stars among its key supporters and surrogates. The new center of this nexus of politics and celebrity in 2016 is Michelle Kwan, who has the unique role of being both celebrity surrogate and Clinton campaign staffer. Kwan’s official role with the campaign is “surrogate outreach coordinator,” which basically means it’s her job to wrangle Clinton’s high-profile backers, including stars like Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, and Meryl Streep, all of whom have made appearances this year on behalf of the candidate. It cannot hurt that Kwan is also one of them. As best I can tell, the Trump campaign has no equivalent. (When I emailed a Trump campaign spokesperson to ask whether the campaign had a surrogate outreach coordinator, she wrote back, “Thanks. We will pass on this,” as though I was offering myself up for the role, rather than asking a yes-or-no question.)
Kwan is also unique in the way she inspired a generation of American women and girls, and there’s a parallel set of emotions the Clinton campaign has tried to capture as Hillary appears poised to become the nation’s first female president. At least, that’s the sentiment on display among the Clinton supporters at the phone-banking event, where a young woman with curly blonde hair looks up from her call logs and asks Kwan, “When I was in the fifth grade, I watched your long programs on VHS tapes. Do you still skate on occasion?” And an older woman jumps in: “Do you have any children?”

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