Give Thanks, for the Crazies in Montana

It was a fun week all around for Tea Party loons in Montana. First, to court we go.

Boniek,  and some courtroom drama

Yesterday, Tea Party leader Joel Boniek appeared in court in Livingston, to answer for his arrest earlier this year at a traffic stop.  You will recall that a few months back, Boniek was detained by a cop at a traffic stop, appeared to then fondle a pistol in his clothing to try to scare the officer, and then ran the roadblock.  Boniek is a former legislator and ran for Lt. Governor this year. He rides his mule to work sometimes.

TEA Partier

As any good Tea Partier knows, when you have a date before a judge, the best way to win your case is to bring an angry mob of lunatics with you to court, to heckle the judge and prosecutor.  This is what Boniek did, and a hilarious scene ensued.  As the Livingston Enterprise reported, Boniek showed up and refused to recognize the authority of the prosecutor or judge, the crowd of foaming imbeciles hooting and hollering encouragement.  Boniek then tried to prevent the prosecutor from making an opening statement, saying, “Your honor, why is this woman even speaking to me if she can’t prove she’s a public official?” Boniek, like many wing-nuts, believes that neither a prosecutor nor judge has jurisdiction over a citizen unless she can  “prove to they have taken an oath.”  Oatherism, let’s call it.

Then things really got fun.  The raucous crowd began heckling the judge, and so the judge and prosector got up and left the courtroom. At that point, Boniek stood up and declared that he was “now in charge of the court.”

“The judge abandoned the courtroom and I announced the case dismissed as the last man standing,” Boniek later explained to an Associated Press reporter. A bailiff who remained in the courtroom told Boniek that he was mistaken, that he had no authority and that he better take his angry mob and leave.  Frighteningly, the bailiff saw a lump under Boniek’s clothing and asked him whether it was a firearm, and Boniek refused to answer.  At some point the mob and Boniek finally went home.  The charges remain.


Birther at Helena IR

Speaking of Oatherism, you will be happy to know that its better known cousin, Birtherism, is alive and well in Montana–and is being practiced by the editorial staff of the Helena Independent Record.

For those that did not see the item on A Chicken is Not Pillage, in Sunday’s IR there was a news article, written by a national AP reporter, which stated that President Obama was “allegedly born in Hawaii.”  Naturally, the Associated Press writer wrote no such thing.  The draft of the story that the IR received from the AP did not use the world “allegedly.”   Instead, the editorial room of the Independent Record took it upon itself to insert the qualifier–since, as we all know, the place of Obama’s birth has never been proven, right?

Outrage traveled quickly.   The Huffington Post wrote about the insertion, as did a former copy editor of the Helena IR, on his blog, where he expressed mortification at what had happened.

“That right-wing notion [that the president isn’t a U.S. citizen] has been so thoroughly discredited that only Donald Trump and assorted other loonies still cling to it. Neither the AP nor – I hope – The Independent Record belongs in their company.”

The IR had to do damage control, and a small retraction note was printed on the following Tuesday in which the paper claimed that a copy editor in the newsroom had merely played a prank by inserting the word “allegedly,” believing that his fellow copy-editor would catch it and delete it.

I suppose this could be a valid excuse, but it is also a perfect ruse, an escape hatch by which the conservative Republican publisher of the newspaper Randy Rickman can protect somebody in the newsroom who might have been doing his bidding.  I would say there’s a fair chance that, despite what he might say publicly, Rickman believes that Obama’s nationality is an open question.  He would not be the only editor in Montana to hold such an opinion. Frank Miele, who runs the Interlake, is a proud birther.

Anyway, I doubt that a reporter will digging into the IR incident any time soon.


Civil War, Anyone?

Speaking of the Helena IR, and speaking of crazies, am I the only one who was surprised when a full week passed after Intelligent Discontent and this blog wrote about it before the IR decided to report the fact that the Montana Tea Party has mounted an effort to get Montana to secede from the Union?  Unable to live under the terrible yoke of an Obama presidency, unwilling to move en masse to Canada or someplace else, and wholly approving of the actions of the Confederacy in 1860, the Tea Party in Montana and in many other states has launched a secession movement.

Like everything else the Tea Party does, this effort will flop because of consists of imbeciles who can barely read or write, let alone organize a mass movement.  However, as with other Tea Party antics that humiliate the GOP with image problems, the IR decided to wait on reporting it until a slow news day with few readers, the day before Thanksgiving.

Fortunately, the Cowgirl Blog told the story shortly after it broke, which is why we continue to be Montana’s number one site for politics.



46 Comments on "Give Thanks, for the Crazies in Montana"

  1. Not complaining overmuch, Cowgirl, but you coulda linked. Would have only been polite.

  2. How could I have missed this! I will add a link and thanks : )

  3. Yeah, Cowgirl, we’ll get right on that investigation. The idea that Rickman or any publisher would waste his time with such small-potatoes fiddling with the copy-editing of a garden-variety AP story is too ridiculous for an adult to take seriously. The explanation offered by the IR, on the other hand, makes perfect sense to this 32-year veteran of newsrooms. I once put “frozen monkey gizzards” into the AP’s daily commodity story, to see if anyone on the desk ever read the damned thing, and of course they didn’t.

    There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on in Montana; we don’t need you making up fantasies for us.

    • Kemmick: as best I can determine, a large chunk of Montana Republicans, perhaps even a majority, believe that Obama was born someplace other than America.

      Rickman is a very conservative man. And, he’s sometimes taken decisions and actions at the IR that I believe to have been motivated by conservative politics, such as canceling endorsements this year (because he knew his board would go for Tester). Or, such as the forceful anti-abortion editorial which he penned, which addressed not even a Montana issue but an abortion law in another state.

      I believe it is plausible that whoever in the newsroom did this was not playing a prank at all; but that when the thing blew up in the IR ‘s face, maybe Rickman cut him a break. As I said, I believe it’s plausible. Then again, it is possible that it was a prank.

      But it’s not at all unreasonable to speculate. Speculation is invited when a newspaper wears its politics on its sleeve.

      • Here’s a scenario no one appears to have considered: Mr. Rickman holds views so extreme they strike his professional colleagues as comic. Pretty soon everyone in the building knows the editor has trouble with objectivity. They come up with a secret handshake and special language that mocks Mr. Rickman’s anti-journalistic perspective. Not unusual.

        It was an error made because a couple of folks were quietly making jest of the caricature – not because everyone at the IR drinks the Tea Party Koolaid or because everyone at the IR is a fool willing to compromise journalistic ethics!

        Continue to read and support the IR – just temper it with MT public television, the LA Times, and this blog! Who knows? Maybe Mr. Rickman’s own views are being tempered by this tempest! How cool would that be?

    • I’m with Kemmick. When I was a student journalist in college, long before laser printers and direct to plate, our copy was set at the local newspaper by a Linotyper who “accidentally” added or dropped a letter whenever he felt like raising hell. He usually did it when setting corrections — and took special delight in planting word bombs in the edition that was sent to the alumni. I still remember a sports story that should have read, “Johnson scored on a goal line plunge, upping the count by six.” Our typesetter dropped a letter in “count.” The volume of mail we received proved that all of the college’s graduates could spell and always read sports stories. So, yeah, I can believe the IR’s explanation.

      • hmmm … you say your buddy intentionally wrote BS stories and/or intentionally dropped letters from words for self-serving kicks … and because of your ignorant friend who did that – you “believe” the IR’s explanation?

        Like your psychotic friend, the IR intentionally wrote a BS story by intentionally inserting one false word.

        The IR, like your friend, do not deserve respect.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2012 6:56 AM at 6:56 AM |

          Agreed. The moron who purposely made the change seriously THOUGHT that he was doing the right thing by adding “allegedly”. Why? Well, the moron thought that to be legally safe and accurate, the word allegedly had to be added since this was kinda like a criminal case in which although the perp is PROBABLY guilty, just to be on the safe and legal side, doubt must be inserted!

          I’m thinkin’ the dude is just stoopid, not malicious. He simply didn’t know. He was trying to be legally correct. But Ricketyman thought it would be a good joke!

    • To: Kemmick –

      Cowgirl did not make anything up. The IR intentionally put that one false word in the AP article because the IR likes to spew BS stories.

      The fact are: The IR intentionally inserted a word in an AP story that was never there. Then, once the IR was busted for making up BS in the AP story, the IR says “oops” we didn’t mean for our little BS joke to actually go to print.

      Then you have the nerve to say Cowgirl made this story up.

      Kemmick – I wonder, did you fail reading comprehension? Do you even know the difference between fact and BS?

      • You might want to read my comment again. What Cowgirl made up out of whole cloth was that the publisher had something to do with the insertion.

        If anything, you could argue this from the opposite perspective — that the copy desk people at the IR are so left-leaning that it was considered a piece of high humor to insert “allegedly” into the sentence, making the sentence so absurd that the next editor in line would see it and laugh out loud … before excising the word.

        I have to add this, for those who don’t know or forgot: Many years ago, when copy was still printed out on film-paper, waxed and physically affixed to a page for printing, the Gazette had a long sheet of “filler” copy that was used whenever the church listings failed to fill the allotted space. The filler ran across four or five columns and said, “This Sunday, worship at the church or temple of your choice,” or something like that.

        Well, the person who typed up a whole sheet of those fillers thought it would be funny to change the last one to, “This Sunday, make blood sacrifices at the coven of your choice.” Naturally he assumed it would be a laugh for the night crew and that it would never, ever, make it into the paper. Except that it did, because the people doing paste-up were so used to pulling out that page of fillers and slicing off and pasting up a line of type that they didn’t even look at the type anymore.

        The Gazette ran a front-page apology from the publisher, who promised heads would roll. Heads did not roll and the perp was never positively identified, though most of us had strong suspicions. But the point is, the super-religious segment of our readership was absolutely convinced, and probably remains convinced to this day, that the insertion was done on purpose and was part of a nefarious Satanic plot to snare the unsuspecting. So yeah, go ahead and believe this flap at the IR was a political conspiracy.

  4. In terms of giving thanks on Thanksgiving, I wrote this 2 years ago at LITW. I share it again.

    A little ‘thank you’ before dinner.

    We give thanks:

    For food in a world where many walk in hunger;
    For courage in a world where many walk in fear;
    For fellowship in a world where many walk alone;
    For earthly angels that share their lives helping others;
    For tolerance and forgiveness from those we wrong;
    And for the opportunity to make tomorrow better than today.

  5. Lee Enterprises stock plummets 50% on poor circulation, shitty copy, paywalls:

  6. Birtherism is a religion for people who believe it. Case in point, Bob Wagner humiliated himself on CNN for the cause. No rational adult would believe someone would be willing to make himself a national fool, yet, it happened.

  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 21, 2012 5:49 PM at 5:49 PM |

    Now THAS what I’m talking about! BALLS as big as Montana! THAT is what’s sorely lacking in this country! So you get fired. What the f*ck. Get a different job but KEEP your integrity intact! Jimmy Strausballs (like mouse balls only smaller) and Ricketyman, and ALL the lameassed “news” people in Montana could take a lesson from THESE two real reporters! I haven’t seen this much courage in a reporter since Cathy Siegner tol’ ol’ Mark Ratco to go play with himself!
    There IS hope in the news field!

    Accordint to Socrates, how does one become a courageous person? You do courageous things! They done’er!

    Suck on THAT, Puber Murdoch!

  8. The 2500 commenters on the HuffPo article don’t seem to impressed with the IR’s explanation, that’s for sure:

  9. That’s why the IR is known as the idiot review down at the Blackfoot

  10. Can we declare all those who sign the ‘Pledge to Secede’ ILLEGAL ALIENS and thus withdraw ALL privileges, like their ‘gummin’t ID card, medicare, medicaid (YES, there are quite a number of ‘baggers’ who draw those gummint’ perks), military retirement and VA benefits (irks me even more when I see such ill-guided and racist behavior in Veterans, who of all citizens should know better) and THEN DEPORT ’em, so let’s get the trucks ready and dump ’em out!!!!

  11. The Judge should issue a warrant and hold this idiot in contempt, and have police grab him off the street when his
    crowd of misfits ain’t around.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2012 6:49 AM at 6:49 AM |

      Confucious say man who take gun to court eventually shoot OWN self in balls!

      What a freakin’ clown this idiot is! He took a GUN and his band of merry morons to court WITH him! Is there a bigger definiton of a dickweed? I mean, who the hell takes inbred backup to court with them?

      Methinks that Boinkneck is NOT long for free society. This dude is a pyschopath. He will end up in the big house eventually, for that is the trajectory that he is on. He maybe should study the Freeman episode a bit before embarking on a criminal career!

      But THIS is the new Pubbie party in Montana! If ya don’t get your way, it’s CIVIL WAR! bwhahahahahahahahaa! Right, David Duke Howard? Here’s a new general for your “cause”, Gen. Boinkneck!

      And just HOW are normal people supposed to find common ground and compromise with psychopaths? Should we allow Gen. David duke Howard and Gen. Boinkneck to shoot only HALF the judges in Montana? And have only HALF the counties in Montana secede? Yes, it’s true. These dufi are not slow, just half fast!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2012 12:38 PM at 12:38 PM |

        The standard issue weapon of the First Montana Inbred Irregulars. Gen. David duke Howard orders ALL his Inbreds be equipped with the latest in armament, because, let’s face it. They are a farce to be reckoned with…..or laffed at! I report, you decide!

  12. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2012 7:06 AM at 7:06 AM |

    OH MY GOD! I had no idea! Open your hearts and give as much as you can on this Thanksgiving Day! Do it for the Norwoogians!

  13. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2012 10:02 AM at 10:02 AM |

    WTF?? Ken, next time STOP after you shoot yourself in ONE ankle! And I wish you a speedy recovery!

  14. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 23, 2012 4:41 AM at 4:41 AM |

    Jesus on Black Friday. Do it for Him!….and the Chinese. They have TONS of worthless shit they need to get rid of! HEY, somewhere in the world, little kids are STAVING for plastic shit from China! So, you should appreciate all the crap in that cart at Walmart you’re pushing around!

    And a happy free market black friday to you!

  15. Kattle addressing pot | November 23, 2012 8:15 AM at 8:15 AM |

    I just want to take this opportunity to that Democrats for making sure that in the last election we had a real choice between crazy and spineless. I am not sure that crazy is our lesser evil.

  16. The drama queens here have convicted , based on rumor , inuendo, and assumption that Rep. Boniek was armed in court. His coat was open as he was leaving the court room. The deputy asked Boniek for permission to search him as he was exiting the room with no probable cause. Boniek was not armed. Those who need to demonize him are forced to make things up.
    Those who believe it are slack jaw stupid demagogues.

  17. Cowgirl… You really should consider cleaning up the crap you post. Unless you have first-hand knowledge of the things you arrogantly blather on about, it’s nothing more than heresay. In a court of law, well, you know how far that would go.

    Those who witnessed the courtroom action know the truth. Those who didn’t and try to speak as if they are somehow in the “know” are nothing more than crap-flappers!

    Larry… why in the world would anyone take you seriously with all that “bwahahahahahahaing” going on? Who’s the inbred?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 28, 2012 6:07 PM at 6:07 PM |

      Beegee, I find you guys to be heelarious. I’m sorry. I know that I should not laff at dudes like Napoleon Bonikpart because it seems as if there’s sumthin’ wrong with the dude. But I can’t help it. Does that make me a bad person???

      I will try to hold it down to a muffled guffaw instead of a bwhahahahahahahaha!

      Hope this helps.

  18. Larry… how do you know if I’m one of the “you guys”? Sigh… Further, if you don’t personally know Mr. Boniek, you have no valuable input on anything related to him.

    Brings to mind the old maxim… “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 28, 2012 7:08 PM at 7:08 PM |

      Beegee, take note.…..bwhhahaahahahahahahaa! Too funny.

      Yes, you are “one of them”!
      Highest grade level achieved, dude? And just WHAT were those degrees in again? You are a great pretender.

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 28, 2012 8:30 PM at 8:30 PM |

        Beegee, easy answer, dude. Tell ol’ Napoleon Bonikpart to come on this forum and defend his actions. The dude don’t have a hair on his ass if he’s too afraid to do that. I mean, if you’re willing to threaten a judge, what could POSSIBLY make you afraid to show up on this site? Other than getting your ass HANDED to you for making yourself look like a fool! And that’s why I’m bettin’ Napoleon Bonikpart won’t show up here. And that’s too bad. I would LUV to see him and Rob Kailey in a legal debate over his recent actions.

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