Political Quick Hits

Back in the National News

Rob Kailey at Left in the West this week highlights
 just what kind of wackos the fringe elements in Montana have attracted. It’s a must read, especially given the fact that Chuck Baldwin understands very well he his chances of becoming Governor. So is the latest piece by James Conner at the Flathead Memo.  It’s a takedown of Baldwin’s introductory statements to Montana voters that the leaders of the old confederacy weren’t racists, and were people who Baldwin holds “in the highest regard.”   In yesterday’s Daily Inter Lake,

Baldwin makes clear the Fanning-Baldwin political strategy in a field of nine gubernatorial candidates.

“The pie is going to be sliced mighty thin, and in Montana, there is no run-off in the primaries. That means, whoever gets the most votes — no matter what the percentage — wins,” Baldwin wrote. “It is very conceivable, therefore, that the winner will receive far less than 30 percent of the votes. Do you see the opportunity Bob and I have in this election?”

As a former presidential candidate, he poses a real threat to the candidates running for Governor, most of which have never run for statewide office before.  Even those who have, such as Hill, or have some national media experience, such as Livingstone, face losing home turf to Baldwin, who is also from the Flathead.


This Is Embarrassing

Apparently flying a giant flag above a furniture store isn’t good enough for veterans to support Ken Miller.

After at least two months with a “Veterans for Miller” page up, (which can be seen here) he still only has one supporter.  Maybe that’s because unlike Steve Bullock, who has a record of helping Veterans, Ken Miller has only ever flown a flag.


 Sour Grapes

One angry loser in the recent Whitefish City elections was Rick Blake, who in an odd parting shot at the winning slate of candidates, hurled the tax and spend label, then bragged that he had spent an eye-popping $22,786 attempting to defeat the winners.


27 Comments on "Political Quick Hits"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 17, 2011 7:38 PM at 7:38 PM |

    Wow. Conner is a damn fine writer when he’s on his game! ‘Course, he probably didn’t get his degrees as “hononary” degrees conferred upon him by the Holy Rollerderby BIBLE colleges in Flushwater, Florida!……as did Pastord Chucky cheesey Bulbdim!

  2. Jennifer Olsen did the same thing after the citizens of Billings teabagged her race for city council.

    Jennifer Olsen
    I lost my city council election by approximately 200 votes. Im so happy to know that there are atleast 1900 people in my district who want to see their taxes reduced! Thank you to all who voted for me. Unfortunately the majority of people lime government waste.

    Jennifer Olsen
    I know john. Its quite disappointing….but thats how it goes. There is always next time. Too bad for the next 4 years out taxes will most likely be raised. The people lost today.

    Jennifer Olsen
    It’s all about the name recognition…..I have it now, so I will put my name up there again…..I’m not done yet. I’m just sad to see such a liberal council now in Billings. It’s going to be a tough 4 years….

  3. Baldwin is dead smack on target when he says the GOP nomination could be won with less than 30 percent of the vote. In theory, it could be won with just one-ninth plus one of the vote — which is why we need instant runoff voting. See:


  4. I agree with Larry-who calls themselves “Dr.” Based on honorary degrees. No one I know.

  5. Here’s the Wikipedia’s description of Baldwin’t academic credentials (the Wiki page is flagged for being written like an advertisement):

    …Baldwin graduated from La Porte High School in 1971 and attended Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, for two years… and graduated with a Bible diploma from, the Thomas Road Bible Institute (now the Liberty Bible Institute at Liberty University). He then received his bachelor’s and master’s in theology through external programs from Christian Bible College, located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina which is accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions run by the President of the college and has been referred to as a diploma mill in Name It and Frame It?[5]. Baldwin has received two honorary doctor of divinity degrees, from Christian Bible College and from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.[4]

    It’s probably not fair to legitimate Ph.D.s to refer to Baldwin as Dr. Baldwin, but a reasonable compromise might be Hdr. Baldwin.

  6. Since when is Chuck Baldwin from the Flathead? He may legally reside in the Flathead but he is origionally from Florida so hence I do not see regional politics coming into this thing, but they are right with so many candidates yes they do not need a high precentage, and if they get a low turn out like what happened in the 2008 Republican primary then its even gloomier. But also on the same token Montana does not have party registration and it is an open primary. That means even Democrats and Independents can vote in the Republican primary, and the same about Republicans voting in the Democratic Primary. In fact I may even vote in the Republican primary this year depending on the races.

    • How long must one live in the Flathead to be truly “from the Flathead?”

      According to his Wikipedia bio, he was born in La Porte, IN, and graduated from high school there.

      Baldwin now is a legal resident of the Flathead. This is where he makes his home and votes. He was born in Indiana, moved here from Florida, and now makes the Flathead his home. In my book, that makes him from the Flathead.

      • Agreed up to a point. Being a Montanan is different from speaking for Montanans. April Gaede does that, and strangely so does Baldwin.

        • April Gaede doesn’t speak for very many Montanans. Five or six at most I think judging from her success in colonizing the Flathead with Pioneer Little Europe.

          Baldwin has a few more followers, just possibly enough to win the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor.

          • How long has Baldwin lived in Montana. I would say at most six monthes, and that makes him qualified to be Lt. Governor? Come on I would bet a steak dinner with all the trimmings that this guy could not find Alzada with two extra hands a map and a flashlight. If I was a betting man this guy has not been outside of Kalispell since he got here. And I would be willing to bet large sums of money that he will ignore all places that are not either in the Flathead on I-90. Also the unabomber I don’t ever here the good citizens of Linclon, MT claim him as one of their own. So why the heck would the good citizens of Flathead County claim Baldwin? I mean they are kinda in the same class.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2011 9:04 AM at 9:04 AM |

            Yes, James, small now, but April has a plan! A very amBITIOUS plan to populate Montana with folks of her genetic choosing! Yes, that’s right. You heard right. April is Montana’s very own white MATCHmaker!

            So, you gals out there who are of breeding age and and good breeding stock, (and white of course), if you’re lookin’ for that perfect skinhead riding a white horse, well then, APRIL’s your girl! She’ll fix you up with nice, fat, gross, bald-headed skinhead dude with lots of nazi tatoos and EARrings! Sound romantic? Well of COURSE it does! I mean, what Montana gal WOULDN’T want to marry an ignernt, inbred racist? I mean, just THINK of the wunnerful KIDS you would have!

            So, don’t hesitate, gals. Contact April and get started poopin’ out them little skinhead dudes! Do it for the Pioneer League! Take one for the team! The WHITE team!


            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2011 9:13 AM at 9:13 AM |

              And bein’ the helpful kinda dude I am, I posted this little ditty in the comment section for April. HEY, it’s nice to see someone attempt to start a new small bidness in Montana. Heck, I’m kinda like a real member of the Chamberpot of Commerce! And it’s not just matchmakin’. Maybe April can branch out into White Semen Sales for the gals that don’t actually wanna MARRY in inbred with a bald head full of tatoos! They can just use the artificial method. Guess it don’t reall matter long as the chillren are white and stoopid!

              The possibilities are endless. Hell, if I actually HAD a few bucks, I’d invest in April’s White Semen Sales and Matchmakin’ Bidness! Why not?!

              Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! said,

              on January 27th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

              April, I took the liberty of writing a couple’a verses for a song that you might like to use in your recruitment efforts. I think that they’d be a hit on Stormfart. You’re welcome in advance.

              Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match,
              Find me a find, there’s only one catch
              Don’t find me a maaaaaatch who’s Black!

              Matchmaker, matchmaker I’m feelin’ so blue
              I can’t find a man who isn’t a Jew
              Oh what’s a white raaacist to do?

              April oh Apil you’re goofy I know
              But I’m gettin’ desperate so please let me know
              If you’ve got my whiiiite gigolo.

              April oh April you must find me a man
              I don’t give a crap if he’s not Arayan
              I’ll take one that just ain’t tan!

              • Larry, I luv you, man …

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 19, 2011 5:18 PM at 5:18 PM |

                  Back atcha, dude. We all have our own ways of dealing with the nasty people. You use your lazer logic (which I could never do), and I attempt humor. I think that Charlie Chaplin had it right. It’s best to laff your ass off at nazis and racists. They hate that the most because they consider themselves to be very serious people. I find them seriously funn.

                  Peace, bro.

  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 18, 2011 8:28 PM at 8:28 PM |

    HOLY SHIT! We made crooks and liars .com! And if you STILL need proof that relations should NOT have relations with relations, watch the video if you can STOMACHE it! It’s sickening. It’s kinda like Inbreds on Parade! But this is what has moved up here. THESE are your Teatards like Gen. Skees and dr. (tee hee) BULBdim!


  8. I think we need a Northern Poverty Law center to move up here and help us Kick all those nut jobs from Montana!

  9. Actually, I found the MMFA “report” basically rote SPLC hype, not surprising given the guy’s altweekly then SPLC history.
    And thanks, Larry, for the C and L link — which “is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship” — gun facts? Laffin, here.
    James is correct in that the neo Naziniks aren’t having much success. They may think they are, but let’s face it, Hitlerites delude themselves about a lot of things. But as this “reportage” shows, fantasism isn’t exclusive to fascists.

  10. Check out latest revelations on Candidate Livingston’s dealing with Libya’s deceased dictator and how he was part of a group working to provide and ‘Exit Strategy’ for Quadaffi and company while US military forces engaged in conflict? Did Livingston consult with Sec. of State, or was he working a ‘Plan B’ for SEAL style extraction of the code name ‘Q Man’?

  11. Ps – Candidate Livingston’s ‘group’ was also expected to receive a consulting fee for said ‘advice’…..?

  12. Looks like somebody is doing some compiling of wacky teabagger social media here:


  13. That tea bagged page is great. I LOL at James knox pic with the cigar. But I never realized what a crazy bastard that David Howard is.

  14. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 27, 2011 9:56 AM at 9:56 AM |

    Heeeeeere’s APRIL! It’s damn HARD bein’ a single nazi mom now a days! Somehow I missed this excellent documentary on April. It’s incredible. It gives us a rare view and real insight into the ugliness and evil of racism. It shows quite well what hatred does to a person, and how it makes them so twisted. I highly recommend that you watch the entire video. I came away feeling nothing but sadness for April, but even more so for her daughters. Thank GOD those girls inherited their father’s brain and not their mothers. The girls will probably do OK once they get away from April, for they seem to have a great capacity for critical thinking.

    Watch this video if you haven’t seen it. It’s great.


  15. Happy birthday, former Ambassador George McGovern and Rob Kailey!

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