Local Government Declares Itself Racist And Proposes More Government To Fix Itself

by William Skink

Looking at our Missoula community from an outsider perspective might be confusing. Are we an enlightened liberal enclave truly grappling with inequality in a substantive and meaningful way, or are we a financially exclusive community focusing on the optics of race placation while our non-wealthy white neighbors continue to get economically squeezed?

Missoula County Commissioners are currently making economic decision about how to distribute public funds. Here is how the Missoula Current is reporting that effort:

As part of its annual distribution, Missoula County this week began earmarking revenue for a handful of social organizations to meet what officials described as basic human needs.

It also took steps to gauge the role a new position will play as the county looks to move away from its “history of oppression and domination” to address issues around equity, diversity and inclusion.

The role of this new taxpayer-funded position has not been defined yet, so to assist in that creating a definition for how this person will address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, our elected brain trust at the County level has sent out letters soliciting feedback. Here’s more from the link:

The letters suggest that Missoula County, like all local governments, grew out of “a history of oppression and domination, perpetuated by a society built to centralize power based on the whiteness of a person’s skin.”

“This position will … be charged with reviewing everything we do as an organization, with a specific focus on making Missoula County a more inclusive leader in the community,” one letter reads. “We recognize many of our policies and practices are under-scrutinized and, to effect real change, we must look at the way Missoula County conducts every aspect of the services we provide and how we interact with all members of our community.”

How can local government “effect real change” amidst an economic crisis when its only idea to fix government is to grow government to police itself? The real change effected by these efforts will be more economic pain for the non-wealthy, whether they are white or not.

This is NOT TO SAY that systemic racism doesn’t exist in Missoula. It absolutely does, as any census of the jail population will immediately tell you. But the reality of racial inequality in places like our criminal justice system doesn’t erase the more pervasive ECONOMIC inequality perpetrated by these systems.

If you don’t think what I’m saying is accurate, then you probably don’t have much experience with the criminal justice system (this is often a byproduct of white privilege). From what I have seen of this inhuman system that runs on money, if you can’t afford to hire a lawyer to defend yourself, then it doesn’t really matter what color your skin is.

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Who Pays When A Pedestrian Bridge Can’t Handle Cold And A Sports Field Can’t Handle Rain?

by William Skink

When an out-of-control local government has a skim and give slush fund distributed by unelected sycophants at the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, money is always the solution because there is little accountability when shit goes wrong.

Take the South Reserve Pedestrian bridge. This 4.1 million dollar project opened in 2017 and since then there have been problems with how this fancy bridge was designed to melt snow. Apparently the “composite panels” that contain “heating elements” don’t work when it’s below 20°, which is kind of a problem during Montana winters.

But don’t worry, Missoula, Ellen Buchanan is confident that a $30,000 dollar shot of public TIF money will fix this seasonal snafu. From the link:

The Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA) Board of Directors approved a $30,000 expenditure on Monday for the work. The bridge has experienced issues with snow removal since it was put into service years ago.

The bridge decking is made of composite panels that contain heating elements designed to melt snow and be carried off through a downspout drainage system. However, when the temperature drops below 20°, the snow refreezes before it is carried away creating a hazardous situation for bridge users.

City Parks reached out to the contractor, Anchor Electric and Controls, who provided a programming and software solution that provides both corrective measures and enhancements to the current system.

In an effort to explain why MORE public money is needed, after already blowing over 4 million on this bridge, Ellen Buchanan scapegoats the new technology used on this costly endeavor:

“Missoula was a bit of a guinea pig. This was the first time this system had been used, and we’re confident that if we made those modifications that it will not only melt the snow and the frost, but it will also carry the moisture off of the bridge so that it doesn’t refreeze,” said MRA director Ellen Buchanan.

Is telling the public that we were guinea pigs a good idea, or is Ellen Buchanan showing us why MRA needs that communication plan they are paying Spider McKnight’s Six Pony Hitch consulting firm $46,000 to develop? I don’t know, you decide.

When you are spending other people’s money, it must seem like it’s always a sunny day, and sunny days are great to spend at the park. That is why Missoula taxpayers supported a 42 million dollar bond six years ago to build shit like this:

Voters agreed to pay $42 million over the next 20 years to develop a regional park at Fort Missoula, improve city playgrounds and establish a county trails program. By far the largest share of the bond, some $38 million, will go to building and making over 146 acres of park land at Fort Missoula. The regional park concept has been in the dream and planning stages since the mid-1990s.

Now that all this work is done, we can enjoy TOP OF THE LINE sports fields, right? And if it rains, the fields were PROPERLY DESIGNED to deal with it, right?

Wrong. From the link:

A Missoula taxpayer is concerned and upset about the conditions of the Fort Missoula turf fields.

“Beautiful facility paid for by city and county taxpayers, but I mean it’s a flawed facility. I mean its flawed because the turf either it wasn’t put in properly or it isn’t being properly maintained,” Missoula resident Tony Boote said.

Officials tell us the fields are designed to drain about .6 inches of rain in an hour.

On June 29, Missoula recorded just shy of an inch of rain, on the June 30 just over a half inch fell.

All together roughly one and a half inches of rain over 48 hours.

The fields though were still muddy and wet, when they should have drained in about three hours.

So, to recap, Missoula citizens have paid over 4 million dollars for a bridge that features dangerous, icy conditions when it’s cold out, and we are STILL PAYING for sports fields that become water-logged messes when it rains too much.

I hope Missoula citizens remember this bullshit when Mayor Engen makes his case next year to continue this trend of unaccountable development that just keeps tightening the screws on the affordability crisis we are suffering.

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Nine Months Later, Questions Persist Around The Violent Deaths (Murders?) Of Sean Stevenson And Ben Mousso

by William Skink

TRIGGER WARNING: this post features speculation that will include the name “George Soros”. Please abstain from reading this if the name “George Soros” triggers anti-1st amendment sentiments in your small, little brain. Thank you.

It’s been over 9 months since two men were killed in Missoula.

Sean Stevenson was allegedly strangled in an altercation at the Poverello Center by Johnny Lee Perry. He later died at St. Pats. The Missoula County Attorney’s office claims this lethal act of violence was a case of self-defense.

Around the same time of Stevenson’s death, a young man by the name of Ben Mousso was stabbed in a bathroom and later died. Once again the Missoula County Attorney’s office determined the individual who killed Mousso, Josh Paniagua, acted in self defense and used justifiable force when he stabbed Mousso four times. The case was referred to the state for review, but the results have not been reported yet.

A few days ago someone who went to high school with Sean commented on this RD post. This is his comment:

My name is Mark. I graduated high school with Sean in 1992. Has there been any progress on this case?

The answer to Mark’s question is a big NO. There is no progress on this case because, according to the County Attorney’s office, THERE IS NO CASE.

Missoula has moved on from this unfortunate death of a black man killed at our homeless shelter to more important things, like placating Missoula’s minority population with a qualitative research project called LEARN, which stands for “Listening, Engaging, Action, Reflection Network”.

For anyone interested in contacting someone involved with this project, I suggest contacting Laurellé C. Warner at laurelle.warner@wallawalla.edu

Since there is no case to report on, the question becomes WHY is there no case? This is where my speculation comes in.

Last week Newt Gingrich posted a reaction to a Fox interview where he was quickly shut down from discussing Soros. Please note that just because I am referencing this scumbag and linking to his post, that DOES NOT MEAN I endorse anything he represents. In the following quote, the emphasis will be mine:

I have been watching a truly curious phenomenon over the past few days.

It seems there is suddenly a movement in media to silence anyone who speaks out against George Soros—and, specifically, his funding of radical prosecutors seeking to change the criminal justice system by simply ignoring certain crimes.

When I read this response, the bold part jumped out at me. Could there be a connection here?

Gingrich continues:

Soros’s plan to elect these prosecutors has been well documented already—and it has nothing to do with his spiritual or ethnic background. The Los Angeles Timesthe New York TimesPoliticoUSA Todaythe Washington Postthe Wall Street Journalthe Associated PressCBSthe South Florida Sun-Sentinel—even Fox News itself, among others, have all thoroughly reported on it.

There are plenty of specific examples of Soros’s work in action.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, who campaigned on the promise that he would not prosecute a host of crimes—including thefts—admitted his campaign was largely funded through Soros or his groups. He has been so dismissive of crime and police that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has had to send in the Texas State Patrol to police large swaths of Dallas.

Soros gave $333,000 to the Safety and Justice PAC in 2016 to support then-Cook County District Attorney candidate Kim Foxx in Illinois—who is currently presiding over terrible violence and mayhem in Chicago, where murders are twice what they were in 2019.

Soros and his organizations spent $1.7 million to help get Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner elected in 2018. Before being elected, Krasner earned a name for himself by suing the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times. Since he took office, dozens of experienced prosecutors have either been fired or resigned. Criminal prosecutions have plummeted and crime has risen. Philadelphia now has the second-highest murder rate among large cities in the country.

It’s not a conspiracy theory to claim that billionaires with more money than they know what to do with often use their wealth to influence policy. Liberals have no problem with this concept when it’s directed at people like the Koch brothers, who funded the Tea Party.

The power of the prosecutor is a power no community should take lightly. As Missoula prepares to launch another placation plan for our minority population, with token participants and a bullshit study, I am going to try and figure out why it appears some unstable people in our community are getting away with murder.

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UM’s Public/Private Business Incubator Gets 33 Million Grant To Develop An Opioid Vaccine…Wait, WHAT?!

by William Skink

After reading this Missoula Current article last week, my first thought was this: what the hell is an opioid vaccine?

Before getting to that question (which the article doesn’t help answer at all), the meat of Friday’s announcement is that the public/private relationship between the University of Montana and biotech firm Inimmune has netted the University its largest grant EVER, at 33 million dollars. This money is will help Inimmune develop an opioid vaccine.

If the name Inimmune sounds familiar, that’s because I wrote about this biotech company’s GlaxoSmithKline origin story in June, then I wrote about this company again the following month after I realized one of the investors is a shady billionaire who relocated to Kalispell, then got sued by the police chief.

Luckily, none of this pesky context is keeping this public/private relationship from moving full steam ahead to develop a vaccine to “cure” the problem created by Big Pharma in the first place. From the first link:

The University of Montana on Friday announced it’s largest grant in school history, a $33.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health for the development of opioid vaccines and their clinical trials.

The funding covers two Phase 1 clinical trials of opioid vaccines developed by UM’s Center for Translational Medicine. The collaboration includes Inimmune Corp. in Missoula and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Jay Evans, the principle investigator on the award and director of UM’s Center for Translational Medicine, said the funding will boost the school’s ongoing research on the development of an opioid vaccine and serves as “validation of our world-class research team at UM.”

“It will allow us to advance lead opioid vaccine candidates to Phase I human clinical trials and better understand the safety and efficacy of our vaccine adjuvants, which early research has shown will be needed to increase the quantity and quality of the anti-drug antibody response in people with opioid addictions,” Evans said.

If you’re curious how a vaccine could be developed for opioid addicts, this article has the context missing in the MC article.

Personally, I don’t find anything encouraging about this news. The opioid crisis is a crime of mass murder perpetrated for profit by Big Pharma, but instead of throwing people in prison and dissolving these evil corporations, little foot soldiers of Big Pharma, like Jay Evans, get to spinoff biotech startups, using public money to develop products for private profit.

Is this how the University of Montana is trying to survive? And another question worth asking: is transforming Missoula into a haven for tech startups going to be a good thing for this community? Do Missoulians actually WANT to become a little inland silicon valley?

One thing is for sure, as tech companies flock to Missoula, or grow in Missoula, or start-up in Missoula, our housing affordability crisis will keep getting worse and worse. Unless you think it’s cool to rent a 250 square foot pod for $600 dollars.

While media like the Missoula Current become cheerleaders for this biotech trend, tune in here for the doses of reality our local media doesn’t want to talk about.

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Spirituality And Prayer Magic

by William Skink

I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile, but wasn’t sure how to begin. It is much easier to criticize local tax policies than to explain why I think prayer is a form of magic that works.

I was raised Presbyterian in the midwest and rebelled against the hypocrisy of organized religion in very predictable ways, like smoking weed and listening to Marilyn Manson. Later, in college, I took an understanding the Bible class and was intrigued/horrified at the extreme violence of the old testament.

The religion I was actually influenced by growing up was the soulless consumerism of a spiritually starved suburbia. I gave that place my most righteous middle finger and arrived in Missoula in 2000 ready to expand my mind.

The story of my time in this valley can be summed up with one word: disillusionment.

Becoming disillusioned doesn’t happen overnight, at least it didn’t for me. It was a process that took years to develop. Working at the homeless shelter was like adding accelerant to the process, and since that work started in 2008, it also acted as an inoculant to the Obama HOPIUM liberals were infected by for 8 years.

Since the previous 8 years were psychotic Bush cabal years, the great Obama betrayal left me politically unmoored. The result was that I became deeply cynical. To deal with that visceral disappointment, on top of the vicarious trauma I had accumulated from working with people in crisis, I self-medicated with alcohol.

I think it’s safe to say most people with unhealthy coping strategies relied on those strategies EVEN MORE once the pandemic hit. I know I did. Until I decided to stop.

This is where I believe prayer played a role. I say “believe” because that is what one must do with this kind of stuff. The story I am about to tell you cannot be held up as proof of anything other than, the cynics would say, a meaningful coincidence.

Like everyone, I was having a hard time with the fear and isolation of our NEW NORMAL, but UNLIKE everyone, I knew there were people praying for me, like my mom’s prayer group. One day back in May I was particularly low. My mom encouraged me ask the higher power for help. Sure mom, I thought, but to appease her, later that day, as I was taking my dog for a walk, I did what she asked.

Did the sky part and the heavens thunder? No, of course not. I said my piece and returned home.

Later that same day, I was in my shop working on my huge Lego project with my oldest son. He had rebuilt the bar I had added to an Italian restaurant, so it needed to be reintegrated. To do this I had to remove a bunch of Legos to level out the area it was to be installed.

It’s important to understand the scale of my Lego project to appreciate what happened next. I am not exaggerating when I say there are probably at least 100,000 Lego pieces involved. I have spent a small fortune behaving like Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters, strangely compelled to build this big plastic narrative metaphor in my garage.

So there I was, using a knife to dig out Lego pieces to install a bar. With a flip of the wrist, a green Lego popped off and flew across the table. I picked it up. On the side of this Lego piece there was a message: GOD LOVES YOU.

I recognized the Lego piece immediately. My middle kid had received it at my parent’s church last year during the kid potion of the service. Out of tens of thousands of Lego pieces, that this piece popped out on the day it did, well, you can see why I saw this as extremely significant.

Since then I have continued to benefit from what I see as the grace of a higher power.

During another low point, I received a call from someone who felt compelled to call me at that particular moment. I haven’t met this person IRL yet, and she doesn’t even live in this state, yet circumstances have intertwined our paths, and a shared sense of faith has shown us both that a higher power is at work.

If you are reading this and rolling your eyes, I get it. A dude with a drinking problem finds religion is a tired trope that, if it wasn’t my own experiences, I would easily dismiss, and have actually dismissed for a good chunk of my life.

A lot of factors have contributed to my evolving spiritual perspective, and one of those factors is the belief system of those in power. It is MY BELIEF that a spiritual war is being waged against us by these occult forces, and even though it appears they are winning, there DOES EXIST a higher power with the capability to transform their evil acts into a paradigm-shifting revelation of their spiritual control grid.

Exposing these mechanisms and strategies of control has been, and will continue to be, a major focus of my writing and my art, but I can’t do it alone.

To those who have helped support me, even when I don’t make it easy, THANK YOU.

And to those trying to enact their anti-human endgame agenda, I’ll pray the love emanating from a higher power reveals itself to you as well, and that your soul-sickness is healed.

Amen.

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Don’t Listen To The Siren

by William Skink

ruby sun I better run
as sirens start to wail
unholy notes like spiky motes
thrust behind my veil

I must say beyond the fray
twins may spin and sing
but I discern transhuman worms
and other wicked things

owls hoot and lasers shoot
as dewey dew drops drop
then double bubble toil and trouble
as news of Q goes hot

fire serpents circle round
my Virgo-19 heart
the day they pulled a scream from tongue
and cut my skin apart

ruby suns and sugar buns
selling cutie pies
onion peelers and tuning healers
it's time to fix our eyes
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What Another Tech Company Coming To Missoula Could Mean For The Housing Market

by William Skink

In a tweet yesterday the Communication Director for Gallatin County, Whitney Bermes, said this about the median home price in Bozeman:

Heard on a call today that the median price for a single family home in #Bozeman rose by $75K between July and August, and is now $584K.

If home prices in Bozeman can skyrocket this much in JUST ONE MONTH, who the hell is going to be able to live in Montana’s hot housing markets by next year?

In Missoula the housing picture got even tighter as yet ANOTHER tech company announced its plans to relocate its operations to Zootown. UNAVCO, a “global engineering and data firm”, made the choice to leave Boulder, Colorado partly due to…wait for it…the HIGH COST OF HOUSING. From the link (emphasis, mine):

“Missoula has a ready and able technically skilled workforce here that we’d love to recruit and integrate into our geodetic workforce,” Bendick said. “Missoula also offers an exceptional quality of life and frankly an affordability that Boulder does not offer to my scientific and technical workforce.”

I’m sure Missoula’s decimated service sector workforce will be excited to hear about how affordable Missoula looks to fleeing Boulderites. And the non-profit workforce should also be energized at the added pressure on Missoula’s housing market as they triage crisis after crisis while our Mayor keeps his hopes (and our public money) pinned to his delusional vision for an event center.

To add insult to injury, this tech company’s mission to locate stuff in time and space sounds like it could have all kinds of creepy applications in our NEW NORMAL. From the link (again, my emphasis):

Using geodesy, UNAVCO studies, records and monitors the position of various bodies, from the rotation of the earth to the movement of tectonic plates. It tracks the movement of ships and aircraft and can be used to guide autonomous vehicles.

It can also measure sea level changes resulting from climate change and evaluate various hazards and risks, which are key to early warning. The data it collects are open sourced and available to the wider scientific community.

“It’s the most useful science that nobody knows what the heck it is,” Bendick said of geodesy. “You might take for granted that you know where things are, but it really takes complicated engineering and science to know exactly where things are. Understanding the position of different kinds of objects in space and time has a huge range of both scientific and technical applications.”

Hmmm, I wonder if “technical applications” could include military and/or law enforcement (I know, pretending like there’s a difference is so OLD NORMAL).

I feel strongly that these local stories are important to track because they signal how Missoula will continue to develop and gentrify, and the changes (and dislocations) in our local backyard is a microcosm of much larger trends impacting this country.

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Development Addict Mayor Engen Still Supports Riverfront Triangle Vampire Project That Will Never Die

by William Skink

One might assume that when Nick Checota threw in the towel on building a 100 million dollar event center/hotel/condo tower in downtown Missoula after a global pandemic obliterated his business model, that support for this project would finally evaporate. Unfortunately, the John and Ellen Show are refusing to concede defeat to reality, and they are soldiering on, pandemic be damned.

Nick Checota pulled out because his part of the project required HIS OWN MONEY. For the John and Ellen Show, it’s PUBLIC MONEY they are playing with, so of course they are still sounding optimistic about finding SMART and WISE people to keep the gravy train chugging along:

“We’ve got a number of parties who have made contact, and I’ve got some meetings coming up with folks who are interested in talking about that very prospect, right,” Engen said. “We step into the program and design, get it built and we have an operator for hotel and residence and we have an operator for entertainment venue and food and beverage.”

And the city points to the investment that’s already been made by the city and Logjam, things like design and engineering, as pieces that still have a lot of value.

“For the right developer, what we have is a turnkey project,” Engen said. “I think wise investors and smart developers are going to recognize the value that’s there.”

This “turnkey project” is now waiting for another savior to swoop in, and according to Ellen Buchanan, there are SERIOUS people sniffing around this opportunity:

“The developers we’ve been working with are serious developers,” Buchanan said. “This is not, you know, some passing fancy or a way to fill time. These are serious business people spending serious money.”

Isn’t it very exciting to hear that Missoula’s gentrification czar is talking to SERIOUS business people with SERIOUS money to spend? So what if a global pandemic has upended our world, escalating our financial malaise and spiking unemployment to depression-era levels.

If you think the global pandemic is not registering AT ALL for our elected braintrust and their sycophants (like Queen TIF), the last paragraph of the KPAX article should definitely NOT put your concerns to rest:

Engen says the pandemic may change the conference business, with a trend away from larger gatherings. But he believes people still want to meet face-to-face, and enjoy entertainment, and that Missoula is poised to serve that market.

If you think Mayor Engen is a delusional development addict who is refusing to let reality set any limits on his vision for this community, then next year is your chance to send Engen packing. Stay tuned…

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On True Detectives And Narrative Programming

by William Skink

While I feel a bit buried by the layers of technical difficulties I keep encountering, there are silver linings to some of the inconveniences I’m navigating, like being consistently out of data by the 10th of each month.

Since end-of-the-night Netflix is not an option for my partner and I for 2/3 of the month, we have relied on DVDs. That’s why I wasted money on the third season of True Detective.

Something I’ve noticed as a consumer of high-production narrative programming is the overall decline in quality. Part of this decline is embodied by the over-reliance of big studios on “the reboot”.

The regular commenters at Moon of Alabama (who can generally be described as astute observers of geopolitics) recently got into a debate over reboots like Disney’s Mulan and the new Dune. Having been influenced by this forum for over a decade, I was impressed with how little value this conversation produced.

Back to True Detective (warning, possible spoilers ahead).

Season 3 of True Detective was absolutely terrible. While this is obviously a subjective claim, it’s coming from someone who was totally blown away by the acting and subject matter of the first season. For a quick summary, here is wikipedia’s breakdown of the first season:

The first season of True Detective, an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto, premiered on January 12, 2014, on the premium cable network HBO. The principal cast consisted of Matthew McConaugheyWoody HarrelsonMichelle MonaghanMichael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The season had eight episodes, and its initial airing concluded on March 9, 2014. As an anthology, each True Detective season has its own self-contained story, following a disparate set of characters in various settings.

Important context to consider is when this series first aired. 2014, even though it was only 6 years ago, was a different world. While there had been plenty of exposure of Hollywood as the cesspool that it is, 2014 predated the general public’s awareness of predators like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.

After trudging through season 3, we re-watched season 1 and are currently watching season 2. Watching all this material again in 2020 is giving me a much different impression than my first go-around.

For me, the decline in fictional storytelling seems to correlate to a growing awareness that the screen is bleeding into real life and the monsters are real. Fiction can no longer compete with what’s actually happening in our fucked up world.

Now, in 2020, this is how I see the series.

Season 1 is the apex of what we can hope to expect from a true detective. Traces of the “buddy cop” motif are still visible as our culture turns to quicksand beneath our feet.

Season 2 plunges the viewer into a totally corrupt industrial armpit called “Vinci”. Here the best thing the corrupt/damaged male detectives can do is martyr themselves as the female detective escapes, mirroring the gender-tensions being promoted at the time, which have fully blossomed today.

Season 3 furthers the cultural commentary with an old detective struggling with dementia as he and his partner try to figure out the case over the decades. It’s so disappointing I have made up a fictional scene in my mind where True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is brought into a room after season 1 and told explicitly that he got too close for comfort…so here’s the script for season 2, Nicky Baby, and remember what we got on you!

Maybe next time I’m looking for something to watch I should pick a comedy.

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A Mayor’s Impotent Proclamation

by William Skink

At Monday’s City Council meeting yesterday Mayor Engen made a proclamation. Here is how the Missoulian reported on the Mayor’s words:

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with no end in sight, Mayor John Engen proclaimed at Monday night’s Missoula City Council meeting it’s time to shop small.

One of the “whereases” in Engen’s proclamation states that, according to the Small Business Administration, 62% of small businesses in the U.S. “reported that they need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay in business.”

Another: “65% of U.S. small business owners said it would be most helpful to their business(es) to have their ‘regulars’ return and start making purchases again.”

As I read these words and numbers my mind glazes over. We are at the start of an economic depression 10 years in the making because our last president prioritized Wall Street over Main Street, and we are less than two months to a presidential election that will more than likely be contested by both sides as we slip further into social unrest.

But Mayor Engen thinks now is the time to use his empty words to impotently compel his serfs to direct discretionary money at local businesses.

If you have discretionary money in your pocket, the first thing you should do is be thankful. The second thing you should do is buy something useful, like a firearm or generator, because when social unrest comes to your town, you will either be prepared to defend yourself, or you won’t.

Instead of our Mayor’s useless proclamation (as his policies extract more taxes from his serfs), you should read this harrowing account of a woman’s experience in Kenosha.

People always think it can never happen in their own town, so when it does they aren’t prepared. I won’t be one of those people.

Will you?

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