Archive for March 23, 2011

e-mail and public records

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

THIS concerns me.

First – a little history. I worked in a Records unit for 5 years. That records unit was a state government records unit. The best one in state government as far as I was concerned. I had worked for the mighty DNRC Water Rights Records Unit as the lead scanner. I had come from DEQ before that with 4 years under my belt. Another water position – another scanning position. In BOTH positions – I was micro-managed right OUT of my mind.

Alas – that is another story – and I digress……

Throughout my micromanagement within these 2 departments I had ONE thing DRILLED into my head. e-mail is public record – and NOT to be trifled with. It was their biggest leverage for punishment department wide in both. The slightest infraction would be drug out upon any “issues” within department.

It’s how they kept us IN LINE – as invariably SOMEONE would get an e-mail from home – or get added to a spammer list. And how hearts would flutter if they got a RED HAND. One gal 15 years my senior had an all day long anxiety attack over a red hand she got one day online working.

Actually – from a Human Resources standpoint – it was a very efficient “tool”.

Probably why state government allows our elected officials to maintain their private accounts for legislative work. Probably why the county wants to delete everything after 60 days. Probably why attorneys will and SHOULD object at any and all costs.

It’s a great way to destroy evidence – all with the push of one little button. Well – three if you know how to do it correctly……

POINT – Our Governor isn’t the only shifty boot politician out there. Legislators have openly bragged about deleting 1300 e-mails at a time on an issue they didn’t agree with – without even reading them. They just “knew what they were about – and they were a “form letter” so I don’t have to read them” (or pay attention).

What else happens in the private e-mail addys of said shifty boot politicians?

Well – taxpayers and voters – we’ll NEVER know. Our elected officials use private e-mail addresses for state government work. As far as I know they have NO requirements (how could the state possibly govern them?) to share their e-mails. They sure as hell would have to if they were an employee of our great state though. They would be public record.

WHY are e-mail accounts of ELECTED officials governing our state with PRIVATE e-mail accounts. Christ – I had to have special permission and software to access my state govt e-mail from HOME!

I suspect there is some pretty  shady business going on out there folks. We have to do something about it.

How hard would THEY fight against HAVING to use a state government e-mail address? Having same rules as mere employees?

I say we get a bill in for next session requiring FULL exposure – and immediate assignment and usage of state e-mail upon election. FULL DISCLOSURE as per state e-mail rules now. They might actually get something done and have to be HONEST!

Period.

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Doobie or not Doobie

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

If I could – I would read this poem aloud in the Rotunda at the Capitol.

They’d probably have me hauled off in chains though.

Doobie or Not Doobie – THAT is the question!

The man speaks the truth.

Hope you enjoy

Hiedi

Frustrations!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

My poor widdle head hurts

My poor widdle head hurts

My head hurts so damned bad this legislative session I can’t even remember how many days into it we are. My cannabis consumption has increased by a THIRD. Not simply to manage the pain in my body, hands, and arms, but my head – and an ever increasing anxiety.

What in the BLEEP?!?!

Not simply about JUST Cannabis either. Our legislature is INSANE this year. I have spoken to many of the long time GOP party members I know, long time friends, and they are just as stunned.

Guns in bars and banks? I was FLOORED by that one – especially with the fact that we do still have “showdowns at the OK corral” in Montana. Right here in lil ol Lincoln for that matter – 60 miles from ANYWHERE. NO emergency services for 60 miles – and lifeflight over mountain ranges – treacherous ones. Just had a gun throw down last October, right before Halloween. Did they forget about that? Did they even KNOW about that? I would HOPE so – but I doubt it.

They don’t pay attention. They WON’T pay attention. It is SO frustrating.

So – re: medical cannabis in Montana and our current legislative body – personally – I think we’re all SCREWED. I know for a fact they all received The 2011 Legislator’s Guide to Medical Cannabis. I helped deliver all 150 copies – and filled out forms for the Seargent’s of Arms in both House & Senate. Have they read it? Have they even cracked the cover?

I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT! It is quite apparent in the questions they ask – and their actions. They understand NOTHING and are governing by social stigma, rather than science and fact. GOD FORBID they listen to a patient or a grower dontcha know…..we all be CRIMINALS!

Give me a friggin break.

Shall we talk about Code of the West? Spear-chucking? Any MORE of the plethora of time-wasters – and just plain STUPID legislation.

Maybe we DO need to legislate a Code of the West for these idiots – they most certainly do NOT practice it! They need a reference point – someplace to start I guess. Their parents didn’t raise them with the same values they think they need to Legislate. That’s the trouble with having so many “imports”.

I say they damned well should PRACTICE what they PREACH before they even attempt to legislate it. Then they might realize WHY it is such a stupid thing to Legislate. You can’t fix stupid – and you cannot legislate common sense!

DOH!

I’ll tell you – it has been interesting from my standpoint. Here we have a shifty boot Governor – who threatens to veto – rather than Govern. A House of 100 Representatives who LIE on the floor – OPENLY – with no fact checking before they speak. Senators who see you coming in the hall and duck and run. See them at a social function – and it’s quite apparent you’re NOT one of the “cool kids”.

Science and FACT have been given – and they still run on stereotypes and lies – with a GOAL to DECREASE numbers in the medical marijuana program in Montana.

Which one of ANY of them has a medical degree to tell 26,ooo patients to go on opioids? Their ultimate goal is about 2,000 patients.

Or so I am told……

Yet – prescription drugs are a HUGE problem in Montana – and they want to put us all on THAT freight train! PILLS KILL!

What happened to MY right to govern MY body? Cannabis works for me – and allows me to function daily – better than any pharma treatments EVER would – with no risk of death.

As a matter of fact – I feel better than I ever have in my LIFE!

They want to take that away from not just me – but many like me. They consider me a “pothead” because I am not DYING. Well – I have news for them – I do not want to die by pills! I have NO desire to be trapped in a chemical coma – destroying my kidneys and liver along the way.

I will also fight VERY hard NOT to have it taken away.

If they only knew the history of how and why it was made illegal. If they only CARED. If only…..