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MAGA fun on the interstate...

Driving with the hubs and kiddo up to Flathead Lake for the day today. A moment ago, we saw a MAGA hat on the side of the road on the off ramp. Hubs says “hold on kids!” as he swerved to the right to run over the red hat with our truck and the boat. We all laughed so hard!!! I wanted to share it with you guys. There’s a flat MAGA hat on the off ramp at the Wye outside Missoula. America just jut a little more great! Cheers!!

ICE wants access to Missoula County radio facility.

This made my blood run cold. Partly because it is ICE (no integrity) and also because I live at the base of the Rattlesnake mountains where the installation of their radio equipment is proposed. Once ICE is in the area, they will be here forever. They will use their own radio exclusive radio frequencies that are monitored by no one else. One Missoula County Commissioner is pushing back and I will be calling the others today to make my opinion known. Allowing ICE to use our radio equipment goes against the values that Missoula has defined for itself in recent years such as opposing a state legislature bill proposing a ban on sanctuary cities and the adoption of a resolution to join a “Welcoming Communities Campaign” to assist refugees in assimilation into this country.

I love Missoula and the proposition feels like such a violation. I’m curious to know if ICE is infiltrating other border states/cities?


You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

This little girl radiates love.

The loss of a beloved pet and kids...

Last night at this time, our precious Kiwi was here and happily singing “If You’re Happy And You Know It” from my shoulder while I made dinner for our family. Kiwi was a 2 1/2 year old Canary Winged Bee Bee parrot that belonged to my 14 year old son. Kiwi has a flight cage and was in it sometimes and out of it more than he was in. He was happiest on a shoulder and spent the majority of his time on my son’s, mine and sometimes my husband’s. When my son was in school, Kiwi came to work with me...I have a cage in my office for him. Last night after dinner, my son went out to the street to run with the neighborhood kiddos like any other summer evening. Kiwi was on top of his cage munching on some seeds and tossing his sparkle ball around. I finished dishes and walked out front to talk to a neighbor...my husband followed shortly after. Kiwi did what he has done so many times the last three years...he jumped off his cage and went to look for his people. He always finds one of us but this time he didn’t. We have been nursing our 16 year old cat at the end of his life...Louis has renal failure and we honesty thought he would not live through this week. He isn’t eating and he is drinking very little. Last night, however, Louis came to life and killed our special, wonderful little bird...the bird who loved to tell us what a pretty bird he was, what a good boy he was...the bird who sung the Addams Family theme and was learning the Andy Griffith song. He was supposed to live 20 years but he live 2 1/2. It’s not Louis’ fault. He was being a cat. He had never shown the slightest interest in Kiwi before but...last night. Today he is back in his warming hut and not interacting at all. It’s a tragic, horrible mystery...what happened last night.

I took the day off to be with my son. He is grieving the first loss of a pet of his own. His tears come in waves as do mine. We’re a mess today. We miss Kiwi desperately...the little green hand full who occupied so much of each of our days. We buried Kiwi behind our apple tree. We carefully wrapped him up with a meal of his favorite treats...a pecan, a grape and a little piece of cheese. I am devastated by the events of last night and as bad as I feel I would take 100 times more if I could take my son’s pain away. Watching him hurt is almost unbearable.

Tomorrow I will call our vet regarding dear Louis...we’ve had him since he was a feral kitten abandoned with his siblings in a shed at our shop. The vet told me a week ago that we were close to having to make a decision. I don’t know what comes next. I didn’t plan on losing two precious pets so close together. It is just awful.

I know the news is busy tonight and there is a lot going on. I know Kiwi was just a little green bird but he was a Condor in our hearts. This has been a really hard day.

Road trip to round up a baby Peregrine

I'm on the board of Raptors Of The Rockies. During our board meeting last week, director Kate asked if anyone was willing to drive 3 hours east to pick up a Peregrine falcon chick since the AC in her car was on the fritz. No one said a word. I just said YES. Count me in! How many times does an opportunity like this come around?

We loaded up yesterday morning, drove through wild Montana thunderstorms to Bozeman to get the little dickens. She was a little noisy when we first put her in the basket but other than that, not a peep till we got home early last evening. Kate tells me she she's doing great and has eaten half a quail already. We nicknamed her Mambo since there was a Mambo playing on the jazz channel in my car but Kate hasn't decided her real name yet...we're leaning towards something with a fierce, wild Latin flair...Any thoughts?

What a cool day.

Mike Cooney To Announce Run For MT Governor.

Former three term MT Sec of State, member of the legislature, staffer for Max Baucus (to name a few) is running for governor of MT. This is great news for MT imho. Cooney has spent a lifetime in public service and is highly qualified for the job. We need to keep thug Gianforte OUT of the governor’s office in our great state.


Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes

Beginning now! Rep. Nadler is introducing witnesses and swearing them in as I type this.

Live Stream link: https://judiciary.house.gov/legislation/hearings/lessons-mueller-report-presidential-obstruction-and-other-crimes

MT Gov Steve Bullock coming up on Rachel.

Sounds like she is talking to him about the abortion ban and....

Looking for advice regarding a service issue at local car dealership, please.

I have a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited that I bought new from my local Hyundai dealership. I just paid it off a couple months ago which may or may not be important. Anyway, this vehicle has a panoramic sunroof that began to have issues a month or so ago in that the motor seemed sluggish and slow to close. One day when I was out running errands, I had the sunroof open and went to close it and it would not close...it would stop about 8 inches before closing all the way and then pop back open. I drove my car over to the Hyundai dealer and since it was a Saturday, the service department was closed but one of the salesmen helped me manually close it. Thank goodness this is under warranty...I have just shy of 23,000 miles on my car.

I scheduled a service appointment the following Monday for the sunroof, a hood latch recall and an unrelated air conditioning issue. The dealership kept my car for a day and told me they'd have to order parts etc and that they'd need the car for a few days. I left the car with them on March 29th and told them to keep it the following week since I planned to be out of town and wouldn't need it until April 8th. I left my husband's phone # with them as a contact since I would be several time zones away. On April 8th, someone from the service team called my husband to say that the repair was very complicated and that they'd never had one of these panoramic sun roofs go bad, there are several motors involved and they'd have to remove the head liner in the car etc which would take more time. They said that they were in touch with Hyundai corporate blah blah blah and would continue to work on the problem...the service woman told my husband that new panoramic sun roofs are $6K and they were hoping not to have to replace the whole thing but didn't know for sure where they problem actually was. They offered a loaner vehicle to me at no charge while they had my car.

I went in on April 9th to pick up the loaner car and asked to get a few things out of my vehicle and the service woman I've been dealing with walked me back to my car and warned me not to be alarmed when I saw it...my car is in pieces...carefully laid out in a circle around the body...the headliner is out and the top of the car is open with no cover on it while other cars are being worked on around it. I can't imagine there isn't dust and grease and who knows what else in the air filtering down into the vehicle through the open roof. Sigh.

Thanks for hanging with me on this...While my concerns are many, does it seem odd to any of you that the only call we have received since March 29th regarding the repairs on my vehicle was to tell us they would not have it ready to go on April 8th? I have received no communication from them since April 9th. None. It seems like a reasonable expectation that a service manager would call to tell me what's been done, what the plan is moving forward and when they anticipate having the work completed. Am I over the top thinking this?

I'm really worried that I won't get the car back that I left them...I'm worried that they don't know what they are doing. I've got no indication that there is any plan in place to get this work done - the correct way and I'm also concerned that my car will be full of grease and crap from the surrounding shop. I've hesitated to call them but I'm getting pissed, more worried and while I'm glad to have a loaner car...I want just my car back and my confidence in this service department is shaken. Today is day 17 for this repair...I'm only counting the days the service department is actually open.

Any thoughts, advice and direction is welcome. Thank you.

Ari Melber...on now...Barr and Rosenstein planning to bury the Mueller report?

Jerry Nadler suspects this. No links yet. It’s breaking now. What’s the deal with Rosenstein???
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