Intelligent Discontent

My One Moment with Conrad Burns

Although I wrote thousands of words about Senator Conrad Burns on this site, I met the man exactly one time, for about 19 seconds, in 1988. I was at the Montana Fair in Billings, taking a...

Internet Tax

Orwellian Luddite Daines

Sen. Steve Daines keeps talking about war. Not war in the Middle East or North Africa — those are a given — but the “war on coal.” It’s now defined by the...


This Week in Gundamentalism

Just how bad is the culture of gun violence in the United State? One need look no further than the muted news coverage about the execution style murder of eight people in Ohio this week for...