If I was going to write another piece on Montana connections to the Oregon Nonsense Here’s What I’d Say
The Billings Gazette is now reporting this morning on one aspect of the Montana connection to the armed takeover of Government buildings in Oregon – essentially the same one that the Cowgirl blog wrote about over the weekend. I’ll add three key pieces of information the Gazette story did not include:
- There are a bunch of these groups, such as the Pacific Patriots Network, who go around engaging in such anti-government “actions” around the U.S. The most recent of these actions, before the occupation of the Masher Wildlife refuge, was in Montana at the (no joke) “White Hope” gold mine near Lincoln, MT. This was a national news story, and the same bunch were involved.
- The second Montana connection that did not appear in the version of the Gazette story posted this morning is that one of the top demands of this bunch (besides more snacks) is the takeover of public lands, which is the issue being flogged to death by the Vice Chair of the Montana GOP, state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. This seems like a key piece of information, given how many times Fielder and Americans for Prosperity and the ALC have tried to force it through our state legislature, under strange circumstances. The Washington Post was among the many national news outlets to point out this key connection.
- Finally, the Gazette story did not include anything about the growing tensions between the Oathkeepers, which is based in Montana, and the Bundy bunch. The beef started in Nevada and has continued to escalate. Down at the Bundy “action” the Oathkeepers heard that there was going to be a drone strike – that the federal government was going to bomb them (yeah, I know). So the Oathkeepers moved all of their guys (and I’m sure they were all guys) out of the supposed “strike zone.” Well this angered Ryan Payne and his bunch who essentially said that in his view, this move amounted to desertion and that they were lucky not to be shot in the back for that. Fast forward to today – while the rest of the “coalition” that showed up at the Bundy Ranch, including the Pacific Patriot Network and others who came to the White Hope Mine, resurfaced in Oregon, the Oathkeepers said they were not coming. In fact, they said – look, the Hammonds are surrendering, the Hammonds don’t want us. The Oathkeepers have since written a plethora of scathing posts about the rest of the Oregon standoff bunch.
Bitterroot Star Untangles More Dark Money Connections Behind the Montana Growth Network
The Bitterroot Star has once again proved itself one of the few news outlets left that is both interested in and capable of good old fashioned investigative journalism. Star reporter Michael Howell has uncovered some additional connections behind the dark money donors behind the Montana Growth Nework, which elected TEA Partier Laurie McKinnon to the Supreme Court. I’m not going to reveal these here, but you can go to the Star website to read about them. (Hint: It involves connections between donors and additional donations from corporate entities they control, connections no one else has made to date.)
Billings Gazette Unloads on Gianforte
Billings Gazette editor Darrell Ehrlick is correct when he writes that “residents, voters and the media cannot let Gianforte simply take a pass by not answering questions about his beliefs. How he believes is how he will govern.”
Gianforte’s donations extend far beyond what can be called “Christian charities.” They include fake medical clinics, anti-gay groups, and creationist organizations and museums. What I have found here was only what came up with 10 minutes of googling, and it does not look good. Gianforte knows it, apparently: he’s scrubbed his wikipedia page of this stuff. But anytime reporters try to ask about it, he suddenly claims he’s NOT actually a candidate for governor (just exploring the option), and so no, he says, he shouldn’t have to answer to the public about it. If you haven’t read the Gazette opinion, you’ll want to.
Where are they Now
Remember Ken Miller, the TEA partier and religious conservative from Laurel who once ran for Governor in the GOP primary, who became a crusader against education standards in Montana schools? He’s announced on his Facebook page he’s got a new job.
Personally, I won’t be requesting a ride until they unionize.