Political Quick Hits

Selling Access

Montana GOP candidate Steve Daines is featured in a national expose about would-be members of Congress selling their time (and access to their person) to lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions.  NPR’s Planet Money and This American Life both highlight Daines’ role in the practice.  The stories also report on how Daines lobbyist events can be tracked on the Sunlight Foundation’s page on Daines (here).


Another GOP Candidate Dumps on Montana

Another Republican running for Governor has taken to the air waves trashing Montana in hopes it will further his  own political career.  Last time it was Rick Hill.  This time, it’s Corey Stapelton who is dumping on the state and making false statements about our economy.  Stapleton has a  new TV ad out that says Montana now has “record unemployment.”   The facts show otherwise.   Montana experienced record unemployment in 1983, when the unemployment rate was 8.8%, according to the US Department of Labor.   Today Montana’s actual unemployment in Montana stands at 6.2%. The state has the 13th lowest unemployment rate in the country.


Another Way Republicans Pass the Time

When I wrote yesterday that favorite Republican pastimes included lying and vote suppression, I didn’t mean to leave out their other beloved hobbies: drinking and driving, and poaching.

The list of Republicans busted for poaching in recent times is long.  It includes Republican legislator Scott Boggio and Legislative Fiscal “analyst” Terry Johnson.  Rehberg staffers Mike WaiteRandy Vogel and Burns staffer Shawn Vassel also faced poaching charges.

It has recently come to light that Rep. Christy Clark‘s husband belongs on this list. The Choteau Republican’s husband, Lew Clark, was caught poaching a grizzly bear in 2004, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcement.  A PDF of the press release explaining the incident can be seen here and here.  There are some weird details to this case.  The bear had a radio collar that Clark’s husband destroyed.  He also cut off the head, crushed the skull, and hid it in a remote location, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Voters are going to want to know what  details Rep. Clark knew of the incident, and when she knew them.


37 Comments on "Political Quick Hits"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 4, 2012 6:25 PM at 6:25 PM |

    Not Corky Stumblebum too!?? Corky, dude, you SUCKED off’n Unca Surga Tit for twenty YEARS in the NAVY, dude, while’st the rest of us out here were trying our damnedest to survive off the scenery! Look, Corky, do you suggest that we ALL join the Navy? Is THAT your economic development plan?? You and Ztinke were LIFERS, dude! Maggots! Flies! LIFERS! That does NOT make you qualified to do SH*T in the real world, dude!

    Corky, givin’ ORDERS does NOT give one any special insight into runnin’ a state, dude!

    More Holy Roman Kiddy Diddler bullshit. HEY, if you’re porkin’ alter boys, you don’t NEED no birthin’ contro! Right, Bishnut Dolan???


    These bishnuts are disgustin! The catholic people need to RECALL all these outta control alter boy porkers and RECLAIM the catholic church!

  2. @larry — That is probably one of the greatest comments in the history of the Internet.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 4, 2012 7:16 PM at 7:16 PM |


      Ever serve?? Where and when?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 4, 2012 8:31 PM at 8:31 PM |

      Hey, Patridiot Dude, here’s what Ambrose Bierce had to say about patriots. Are you literate, dude? Do you have any quotes about patriotism that AREN’T from the reetard Ronnie Raygun? Let’s here’em!

      Patriotism is fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone, and as irrational as a headless hen.
      ~ Ambrose Bierce (born: 1842-06-24 died: 1914 at age: 72)

  3. Don’t pick on Stapleton. He’s just a small town boy, living in his lonely world, he takes the midnight train goin’ anywhere.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 4, 2012 8:18 PM at 8:18 PM |

      Maybe so, but he’s a PATRIOT!……


      Pardon my cyncism, but my old pal Ambrose probably said it better than I could any day. You see, all these little dinks that CLAIM to be patriots make me wanna puke! Take it away, Ambrose!

      “Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name”.
      Ambrose Bierce

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 4, 2012 8:21 PM at 8:21 PM |

        Here’s the entire quote. I like it better.

        “PATRIOTISM, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.”

        • Michael Searalika AKA Backwoods Monty | April 5, 2012 2:51 AM at 2:51 AM |

          “A man sometimes starts up a patriot, only by disseminating discontent, and propagating reports of secret influence, of dangerous counsels, of violated rights, and encroaching usurpation. This practice is no certain note of patriotism. To instigate the populace with rage beyond the provocation, is to suspend publick happiness, if not to destroy it. He is no lover of his country, that unnecessarily disturbs its peace. Few errours and few faults of government, can justify an appeal to the rabble; who ought not to judge of what they cannot understand, and whose opinions are not propagated by reason, but caught by contagion.”
          Johnson: The Patriot

          I swear Ole Samuel knew certain of the Tea Party coming to haunt America in his day!

  4. And to top it off Rick Santorum the Presidental candidate set up a dummy corporation, to license his campaign bus in Missoula County Montana, when the dude is a resident of Virginia and is a former senator from Pennsylvania. And to think he registared his bus in the most liberal county in the rocky mountain west, now if he would have had Garfield County plates on that big ass bus I would have understood.

  5. I am having a real issue with the idea that somehow Stapleton’s service to his country is detrimental or makes him less of a valid person. Serving in the Navy (or any of the armed services) is a commitment, not a desire to avoid “real” work. I can guarentee you, if you served in the Navy, you earned your paycheck. Please explain to me what being in the service is a “bad” thing.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 7:31 AM at 7:31 AM |

      If I’ve gotta explain it to you, you wouldn’t understand, dude! Sorry, but the military is the largest jobs program the world has ever known! For the most ineffective military the world has ever seen! For the largest transfer of wealth upwards in recorded history! For the protection of the corporations only!

      The founding fathers would be APPALLED at what fortress America has become. Do you even KNOW what percentage of our budget goes to the military? And for what? What have been the successes since WWII? Sumthin’ happened after WWII, and it is EXACTLY what Ike (a retired general, remember HIM?) warned us about.

      Therefore, I refuse to participate in any way, shape, or form to the glorification of the military! It is destroying our country, and it is outta control.

      It is PARTICULARLY galling to see guys like Corky Stumblebum, a RETIRED gubmint sucker, running as a Teatard! There is NO bigger gubmint suckin’ program than the military, bar none!

      And finally, anyone paying attention knows that under bush, something evil happened. The military SUPPLANTED the state dept.! The military is now making foreign policy! It could very well be game over! We are Sparta! Or simply fascism.


      Mindless glorification of the military is NOT what America is all about! That is fascism. And Corky Stumblebum fits that mold perfectly. Sorry, I can’t sing his praises. He hates gubmint workers, yet he WAS one! We have met the gubmint worker, and he is Stumblebum!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 7:41 AM at 7:41 AM |

        REFRESHER COURSE! I know that there are probably some young dudes out there that read this site, so here is the most important speech of our time. And remember, it was the KOCKH brothers’ daddy who railed agains Ike as a commie! And now, these sick bastards are calling the shots in America! We are now John Birch Murca! THIS is the kinda stuff that they don’t teach you in history class, young dudes. But you need to know it!


        When Truman formed the CIA, he had terrible misgivings about doing so for the potential of abuse, and he was right. It became someting evil. They killed Kennedy, and that was the end of democracy in this country. It’s been downhill ever since.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 1:45 PM at 1:45 PM |

          p.s. And I just have to wonder how many people in this country understand that if not for John Kennedy, MUCH of the world would be in radioactive cinders today. For you see, early in his presidency, the ONLY thing that stood between nuclear war demanded by the military and peace was Kennedy. ALL of his advisers were adamant that Kennedy launch a first strike against the Soviet Union. But Kennedy refused. That is one reason that he had to die. He infuriated the military industrial complex.

          When Kennedy asked about the casualities such a nuclear exchange would cause, the military found the numbers quite acceptable. I can’t remember right now what they were, but somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty-five million Americans were to be sacrificed, a totally accpetable sacrifice to obliterate three hundred million Russians! We were of course much stronger with nukes at the time, so the military demanded that we destroy all of Russia and its allies.

          Yes, the military is sick. And if folks don’t understand this, they need to. The very fact that they are reading this today is simply because Kennedy had the courage to face them down while president. Hence, they murdered him! And ended democracy. It’s all out there for those who want to read the history. I would sugges they start with JFK and the Unpseakable by James Douglas.


          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 1:52 PM at 1:52 PM |

            An overview. And I might point out that James Douglas is a devout Catholic. You see, unlike the Holy Roman Kiddy Diddler bishops and their bizarre fascination with all things sexual, there ARE actual practicing Catholics out there doing good works that have NOTHING to do with who puts their watzit into whose whozit! The bisxxxhops are simpy so repressed sexually they they’ve lost their minds! Lackanookie will DO that to a dude! It takes that bizarre, unnatural repression and makes it manifest in the most bizarre manners! ie. birth control!

            This is quite good.

            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 2:01 PM at 2:01 PM |

              And a good military officer. Warning. He AIN’T a teabagger like Corky Stumblebum!


              Your country was stolen, from you people. Your future was stolen from you. And your children’s heritage was stolen from you! Some day, maybe there will be outrage commensurate to what has happened. Then, maybe things will change. Until then, we are simply Guatemala del Norte!

              I remember Kennedy very well. And Bobby too. I remember it all.

  6. I do not understand how anyone can call Zinke or Stapleton maggots and flies for their service to our country while in the Navy. What’s wrong with you?

    • Michael Searalika AKA Backwoods Monty | April 5, 2012 2:41 AM at 2:41 AM |

      Serving your country doesn’t stop when you get out.

      Transitioning out of the military doesn’t mean you have to transition out of serving your country! It doesn’t mean you start filling your pockets with lobbyist money, while woman lose health care and are forced into transvaginal ultrasounds, or denied a right to live their own life.

      Leaving the service of your country doesn’t mean forgetting other veterans, and closing social services that keep American children healthy.

      Nor does it mean coming home from the military just to suppress the right to vote from other Americans!

      Just saying…. they forgot what they went to serve for!

    • I can’t speak for Larry, but the i believe the comment isnt about service vs no but rather about how those drafted into the Vietnam War referred to lifers.

      • I’ve got an extra “the” in there. Whoops.

        • Michael Searalika | April 6, 2012 6:24 AM at 6:24 AM |

          Larry’s Comments are fine. That is…….. He and I are alike on a lot of matters regarding the Armed services. I have been a veteran for 3 years now.

          He is speaking a lot of truth! War has become a corporate cash cow.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 6, 2012 7:50 AM at 7:50 AM |

            Interesting that you point that out, for you see, now here at Malmstrom Air Base, even the freakin’ base HOUSING has been farmed out to a private firm! The entire freakin’ military is becoming privatized! Like you say, a cash cow. And that’s real sad. If you fail to pay your rent, you’re booted! Very weird.

            • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 6, 2012 7:56 AM at 7:56 AM |

              p.s. And anyone with any sense understands what the military has become. I work with a bunch of guys who are recently retired lifers. Great dudes, but they are very matter of fact in their opinion of the military. You see, if you joined the military say thirty years ago, and saw the changes that took place, it would be a lot easier to understand.

              • Has become? Did it change any time recently? I don’t know why the following from HL Mencken comes to mind:

                In every community in America, however small, there are local notables whose notability rests wholly on the fact that they were once drafted into some war or other. Their services were notably trivial and they took up service reluctantly, but nevertheless they are now men of mark, and insist on having a voice in all communal affairs. Their general intelligence is shown by the kind of ideas they advocate. They are, in the main, bitter enemies of the liberty of the individual, and are responsible for some of the worst corruption of politics. The most grasping of all politicians is the war veteran.

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 6, 2012 8:32 AM at 8:32 AM |

                  The military itself has changed, dufus. But guess you had to be there!

                • Are you self aware at all? Nothing changes. Your comment “But I guess you had to be there” is evidence of Mencken’s insight – you think yourself a notable no even though your service was likely trivial, your time there was insulted from threat of being fired, you were fed and housed, got to see the world, and now insist that you have some special expertise because you were there.

                  I know two things generally true of most military people I encounter – while in the service they were indoctrinated and compartmentalized. Ergo their knowledge of any matter, even the wars they might have supported, is limited.

                  • Michael Searalika | April 6, 2012 11:52 AM at 11:52 AM |

                    I can see nothing, that proves you are in a position to talk about the military Mark. You have never served, you do not voted by your own admission, and you have been booted from countless sites because of your inflammatory rhetoric.

                    People like you wouldn’t have made it anyway.

                    Either Your too weak willed, or too dumb get anything but drummed out!

                    In Fact you have proven yourself countless times to be one of the weakest examples of human flesh, set in the United States.

                    Some people would consider you the example… God might have set before us, to prove the saying: “There but for the better grace of God go I. “

                    • Norma Duffy AKA ILIKEWOODS | April 6, 2012 12:09 PM at 12:09 PM |

                      HL Mencken was the embodiment of the 1% as his father was rich, and Mencken never served because of it. So using his comment, which had no experience behind it was a direct assault by you Mark, to take a dump on the veterans commenting on this blog,

                      This just goes to prove your idiocy.

                      Mencken was a Nazi sympathizer, didn’t like the New deal that saved this country, and was against WW2!

                      His writing was boring and tedious, just like you are!

              • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 6, 2012 8:31 AM at 8:31 AM |

                p.s.s. And I’ll point it out even though NONE of our state dailies will. It is the HEIGHT of absurdity for a complete moron like Congoman Dopey Reeburp to dare to insert his fat ass in the START II talks! SIMPLY to try to keep the missles in Montana! You just KNOW your country is in deep doo doo when Dopey becomes an expert on international ARMS treaties! He best stick to porkin’ sheep!

  7. Michael Searalika AKA Backwoods Monty | April 5, 2012 2:23 AM at 2:23 AM |

    In this day and age they are still Poaching, and it isn’t the one who are hungry or poor, and need meat on the table it is the greedy.

    How do you call yourself a Hunter under those circumstances? How do you call yourself a Montanan? How could they even consider themselves keepers of the “Code of the west?”

    1. Live each day with courage.
    2. Take pride in your work.
    3. Always finish what you start.
    4. Do what has to be done.
    5. Be tough, but fair.
    6. When you make a promise, keep it.
    7. Ride for the brand.
    8. Talk less and say more.
    9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
    10.Know where to draw the line.

    Seems to me these Republican poachers broke every law here!

  8. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | April 5, 2012 7:34 AM at 7:34 AM |

    It doesn’t mean you start filling your pockets with lobbyist money, while woman lose health care and are forced into transvaginal ultrasounds, or denied a right to live their own life.

    Someone said that the Teatards want to shrink gubmint ’til it fits in your uterus! How true.

    • Michael Searalika | April 6, 2012 6:41 AM at 6:41 AM |

      Add to that Coca-Cola, and Kraft…. plus more Corporations running for the door soon! ALEC Might finally become just a footnote in Bad GOP history Soon.

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