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Fagg argues for God-inspired Constitution


I have tried without much success to take an interest in the parboiled debate over Judge Russell Fagg’s so-called shadow campaign for the U.S. Senate. But my dutiful slog through Fagg’s defense of his actions in the Oct. 8 Billings Gazette screeched to a halt when I encountered this sentence: “Our constitution, divinely inspired, gives everyone the right to express their opinions.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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David Crisp: Politicians, we voters have failed you


Every couple of years when election season heats up, I write a column in defense of politicians. Don’t judge politicians so harshly, I argue. Yes, some are corrupt and some are liars, but it ruins democracy to paint them all with the same monochrome spray can. Not all politicians are ignorant and incompetent, I tell voters. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Long-running Red Lodge forum looks at cybercrime


RED LODGE—When George Washington led troops into battle during the Revolutionary War, he communicated with his men at the same speed Julius Caesar had sent dispatches 2,000 years earlier. But within 100 years after the Revolutionary War, communications had developed rapidly with the invention of the railroad, telegraph, telephone and steamship. A hundred years after that, the Internet was in its infancy, heralding a new era in which global communications could occur almost instantly—and posing new risks to privacy and national security. (more…) Continue Reading →

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From the Outpost: The conservative case against torture


I am sometimes accused, even by members of my own staff, of being too liberal. Sometimes, they suggest, my politics costs the newspaper money. This criticism mystifies me. I am just about the most conservative person I know. I wear khakis and dress shirts. Continue Reading →

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