Posted: December 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

A TEA Partier Goes Fact Finding

A recent meeting of the Ravalli County Commission ended with the chair of the county planning board, TEA Partier Jan Wisniewski, offering his observations from a “fact-finding” trip he took across the state, the Ravalli Republic reports.

Wisneiwski said he had a conversation with law enforcement officials in Havre who complained about their jails being filled with “drunken Indians” off the reservation. As the Bitterroot Star reported:

According to unofficial minutes of the November 20 meeting, Wisniewski stated that he had made some visits to numerous counties in Montana and the Dakotas and found that Indians from different tribes come in to non-reservation areas and get drunk and then try and run back onto the reservation so they don’t get caught. He noted that the Havre jail had about 58 [Indians in the jail].

The point of the meeting apparently was to discuss how upset the TEA Party controlled County Commissioners were to lose the…wait for it…800 dollars in tax revenue if the Salish put their own, tribally owned land into trust because of the sacred sites located in the area.

TEA Party Commissioner Suzy Foss said she “appreciates history but has a real issue with taxes being taken off the tax rolls.”

The TEA Partiers in Ravalli aren’t known for their money management skills, as you may have read in the news.

The County Commission, after hundreds of complaints from the public flooded their offices, voted to formally aplogize to the tribe.

board chairman Jan Wisniewski’s attorney that said the commission “has neither the legal nor moral authority to apologize for the words of a private citizen of this county.”

It sounds like the letter was one of these “non-apology apologies,” which apologizes not for the remarks but “if the comments caused offense.”

When questioned about his comments, the Bitterroot Star reported that Wisniewski said “that what he said is factual and they can dispute it all they want, but he is just stating the facts.”

Wisniewski was one of a bunch of local TEA Partiers who, embarrassed at the fact that they have become a national joke, the Montana Tea Party has resorted to an attempt to invade and infect the Democratic Party, Trojan Horse style, and take it over last spring by running as fake Democrats for local party organizing positions.



  1. Carlotta Grandstaff

    But wait, there’s more! The Havre Daily News reported on Dec. 2 that Wisniewski didn’t actually speak to the sheriff of either Hill or Blaine counties. The Hill County Commission Chairman told the HDN that he couldn’t find a single county official who even met with Wisniewski, much less spoke with him. At yesterday’s public interview of Wisniewski for reappointment to the Ravalli County planning board, one of his two supporters defended him by linking his name to Hitler’s. Now there’s a ringing endorsement. The commission will vote on whether to reappoint him on Jan. 2.

  2. larry kurtz

    The statistical evidence and tragic stories recounted in this report demonstrate beyond doubt that American Indian children on the reservations and elsewhere in Montana are moving into the school-to-prison pipeline at an alarming and tragic rate.

    Do you folks really expect Republicans to have the tools for the work that remains?

    • Mike


      “Hill County Commissioner Mark Peterson said he could not find any local officials who had met Wisniewski, much less made the comments.”

      “County officials have made their own inquiries. Brostrom provided the Havre Daily with a copy of an email conversation between officials in the Hill County and Ravalli County attorney’s offices, which reports that Ravalli County Commissioners Jeff Burrows and Ron Stoltz “both said that Jan mentioned speaking with a commissioner (not law enforcement, as reported in the paper), but didn’t give a name.”

      Ravalli county commissioners did not return phone calls from the Havre Daily News requesting comment!

  3. MTNativeEyes

    Once you vanquish your enemies with smallpox and armies, tiny minds agree, it’s best to paint every situation with a broad swath of bitter discrimination. I wonder how well most smug white folks would do if they had to move out of their homes, speak a different language, quit their jobs, and give up their religion.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    Bored this Saturday? Well then, listen to Jesse, one of the last real Americans! He has a new book on the Kennedy coup. Jesse is fearless, for who’s gonna try to take him out? I would LUV to see a Jesse/Schweitzer ticket for president, two of the best former guvs in the country! Unbeatable is the only word that comes to mind!

  5. Norma Duffy

    And the commenters who ask as an American do you live here in America? As if thats a prerequisite for commenting as an American. The American who knows what the rest of the world thinks of us, Is likely to be smarter then the redneck who never stepped outside his own property to find out what people think. They have seen what other people do in times of trouble or Jubilation and are enriched for those experiences of edification.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Sorry, wacko dudes, but us lefties OWN the blogs! Why? Because you morons are IMBECILES! You can’t TOUCH this!

      Now, show me the inbreb nazzi equivalent of THIS, and l’ll agree that you inbreds have a big tent in STEAD of a big tin foil hat! But so far, all’s I seen of your “enter TAIN ment” is duck dynasty!……………………………………….


      Oh, and Tubby Keith and Lee Greenturd, two dudes who make a LIVING off the sacrifices of our troops!

      “I’m proud to be an Murcan
      Where at least I own a TV
      And I watch the duck man embarrass hisself
      On a show called dynasty”

      “But I’d proudly stand up next to you
      On any city block
      And put my head and tin foil hat
      Right UP the ass of the brothers Kockh!”

      sniff. I get kinda weepy here viewin’ such patriotism from chickenshit chicken hawks like Tubby Keith and Lee Greenturd! Makes me REAL proud to be a Murcan knowin’ that the chicken hawks got our backs!!

  6. Lynn

    “I met a wheat farmer not long ago in Montana whose family operation was getting nearly $300,000 a year in federal subsidies. With his crop in, this wealthy farmer was looking forward to spending a month in Hawaii. No one suggested that he pass a drug test to continue receiving his sizable handout, or that he be cut off cold, and encouraged to grow something that taxpayers wouldn’t have to subsidize. ”

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Ah yes, and Montana’s own ex-senator Booby Brown emphatically APPROVES of all this! Wonder if Booby is still getting his retirement check from his time in the Lege? You see, it’s medical! If a person eats too much fat, they get hardened arties! If a person like Sen. Booby Brown and co. drink too much of that hated gummint TITTY milk, they get hardening of the heart! Right, Booby? The shutdown was a great thing, un LESS of course you were dependent upon government help! And Dipshit Daines is a FINE statesman for shutting down the government for no reason! Costing the government TEN BILLION DOLLARS! And sen. booby brown is a FINE elder statesman who is in NO way handicapped by his rabid Alzheimer!

      Booby’s people:

      “As the year ends, this argument is playing out in two of the most meanspirited actions left on the table by the least-productive Congress in modern history. The House, refuge of the shrunken-heart caucus, has passed a measure to eliminate food aid for four million Americans, starting next year. Many who would remain on the old food stamp program may have to pass a drug test to get their groceries. At the same time, Congress has let unemployment benefits expire for 1.3 million people, beginning just a few days after Christmas.”

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        Here is a very emotional Sen. Booby Brown expressing his support for Dipshit Daines and the Teat Party shutdown in his younger years! I didn’t know Booby could act! But HEY, booby ain’t one of those guys who lives his faith, he’s one of those guys who PROFESSES his faith! Go Booby!

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          But in all fairness to sen. booby, he can’t help himself. He is a CINO, a Christian in Name Only! There’s LOTS of CINO’s on the Pube side! It helps their careers in the Big Kockh scheme of things. Nazzi Jesus is the one, true Jesus of the Buybull!

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

            Sen. Booby brown’s people. Here, Booby, dee fend YOUR teat party folks! BTW, just HOW much of that hated gummint money you gettin’ from your time in the Lege? And health care? And teacher retirement?? You see, Booby, you DON’T get to call yourself a Teat Party supporter IF’N you got YOUR lips firmly attached to Unca Sugatit! And that’s YOU, dude! So, find a different name for yourself. Hey, I got it! How ’bout hypochristian?! Works for me!


              • Craig Moore

                WOW!!!! you linked an article from October. Here’s one from December.

                WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could have a “meltdown” and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.

                Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.

                “If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

                  • Craig Moore

                    Conspiracy???? Were you thinking of the 60% of women that oppose Obamacare?

                    Support for the Affordable Care Act has dropped five points in a month to a record low, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

                    The poll finds that just 35 percent of the public supports the law, compared to 40 percent in late November.

                    The drop in support indicated in the poll could be particularly troubling to the Obama administration because almost all of it came from women, whose opposition rose from 54 to 60 percent in a month. The administration has tried to highlight advantages for women, such as free preventative care that covers mammograms.

                    • larry kurtz

                      Thank you, apologist for the Church of the Holy Roman Kiddie Diddlers. Rich women have full reproductive rights: they merely fly to facilities that serve their needs. What part of discrimination escapes you, Craig?

                  • Norma Duffy

                    Thank you Mr Kurtz,

                    Its a shame Craig has become a puppet of the GOP, and not to see that the law doesn’t apply to the rich. The rich apply the laws to the poor.

                    Most of us Democrats want the laws same laws to apply to everybody. We aren’t winning every fight some days, and most days– we are burning the propaganda people like Craig are taught to Parrot.

                    None of it is true Craig! Women are the majority of the population. Do you think Elizabeth Warren was told to be quiet about this, or Nancy Pelosi. Really? Are you shitting me, It would be all over women publications, and its not!

                    Its a manufactured fear, and you’re spewing it, with hundreds of others parrots in your party of Fear!

                    Stop it, and you will be a free American. Stop Believing this crap and step out from under your rock.

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

                  Um, craig, since bobby brown is one of yours, maybe YOU could tell us just how much of that hated gummint tit money ol’ booby boy is suckin’ UP, and how much ol’ booby is willing to give up for his grand ideal of smaller gummint? The hypocrites in the Teat Party STINK up the place! Ol’ booby boy spent twenty-five years in the Lege, and most of his LIFE in hated gummint jobs! What happened? What suddenly turned booby into a gummint hater! Did drinkin’ all the hated gummint titty milk make the dude’s braind go sour?? What a douche!……but typical ReePube!

                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

                    craig, there’s a word for what I do. Perhaps you’ve heard of dog shaming, where the owners place a funny sign around the neck of their dog explaining their offense, like “I ate the slippers and shit on the floor”. Well, what I do is called Pube Shaming! I put a HUGE public sign around the necks of ReePubes who claim to be for smaller gummint while at the same time SUCKING large offn’ the hated gummint titty! Like ol’ booby brown!

                    I put a sign around Booby’s neck for all to see! Here’s my sign for Booby:

                    “I suck gummint titty while whining for smaller gummint”!

                    No more free passed for Pubbies and Teatards! The press won’t do it so I must! It’s my duty!

  7. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    Yep. We must face the TRVTH. The CIA wacked the Kennedys. We must deal with that, for that was our coup. The ReePube criminal element took over the government at that time, and the perps are still there! ie. bushes, kockhs, etc.

    A very important article.

  8. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    The Chamberpot of Commerce will NOT be having this guy speak any time soon, but he is speaking the most important reality that you NEVER hear discussed anywhere! Science sucks, ’cause first of all, it ain’t Jaysus, and secondly, there ain’t NO escapin’ it! Guess that’s why the Buybull thumpers don’t believe it. Fairytales are easier to believe than the TRVTH!

  9. Tommy Waters

    Jan Wisniewski and the other Ravalli-Taliban are enemies of the United States with their constant disregard of the Constitution and our basic rights and freedoms. They make it known that they carry guns and threaten that we must do what they say “or else”. The actions of the Ravalli County Commissioners are nothing less than homeland terrorism.

    They have the valley terrorized so much that everyone is even afraid to do anything to stop them. Waiting for elections is not fast enough because look at the harm they will do by then. And if they get what they are pushing for, complete secession of the county from the US government, then there will be no elections.