Nazi Lit in Missoula
In Missoula this week, American Nazi Party literature showed up in Missoula, the Missoulian reports:
Fliers citing the American Nazi Party have appeared on some Missoula doorsteps, touting “the white working class” and disparaging Jews.
Readers may have noticed that the Helena IR also published the Missoulian story on neo-Nazi lit drop in Missoula. Except that the IR version included a live link the the website of the neo-Nazi group. The Missoulian somehow managed to report the story without including that.
Meanwhile in Billings, the Last Best News reported (and later KRTV after overwhelming traffic crashed LastBestNews.com) that Larry Heafner, the owner of the Coffee Tavern in Billings was caught posting “hate-filled racist and sexist rants on Facebook.” Here are a few screenshots of some of his posts.
Heafner, who also owns a construction company and event production firm, said he wants to provide a festive, tavern-like venue appropriate for all ages.
“We’re leaning toward the family atmosphere, where kids can enjoy stuff,” he said.
Heafner actually told the Last Best News, no joke, that he “has ‘tons’ of black friends.”
Legislative Leadership Choices will Be Telling
Who the GOP will elect as its leaders Monday will be telling. Certainly there are a few conservatives in the Senate at least who understand that the good of our state is more important than TEA party talking points and if one of these relatively reasonable and intelligent people are elected to leadership positions the legislature could go O.K. for everyone.
It will be easy to tell if this is not going to happen: Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas and Senate President Scott Sales. Recall that this would mean that the GOP was making the public face of its party the arch-conservative who’s own wife was caught embezzling $45,000 from a senior citizen–her own mother, who was living with Sales at the time.
When asked about this by the media, the Billings Gazette reported that Sales said he “felt extorted by the request to pay back $45,000.” In other words, he would like us to believe he never noticed when tens of thousands of extra money hit the couples bank account.
Sales and his wife were also caught up in the meth house scandal with American Traditions Partnership which was covered in a nationally broadcast documentary on Frontline called “Big Sky, Big Money“. Sales settled with the commissioner of political practices (unlike Art Wittich.) Sales is one of the most divisive, obstructionist, and uninformed, and ineffectual figures in legislative history:
Montanans will best remember Sales as the speaker of the House during the disastrous 2007 Legislature, a session that featured the Republicans, with the narrowest one-vote majority, deciding to re-write the Schweitzer budget rather than take it as the governor submitted it. That ill-advised decision under Sales’ leadership resulted in a deadlock that
wasn’t resolved during the legislators’ regular 90-day session, outraged citizens, embarrassed serious legislators and made Republicans generally look incompetent.
Fred Thomas is another retread, the architect of Energy Deregulation himself, the most disastrous policy ever enacted by the Montana legislature, a program that swiftly led to the bankruptcy of the Montana Power company and with it the savings, pensions and retirement accounts of tens of thousands of Montanans. He’s one of only 10 Montana senators who actually voted to keep prison time for gay people.
There are probably few who remember that it was Fred Thomas who, in 1999, sponsored a bill that Libby asbestosis victim testimony pointed out would have helped W.R. Grace avoid litigation by steering victims of disease away from court and into the time-consuming and often difficult administrative process. The testimony from Libby victims in opposition to Thomas’ bill was so horrific and heart-wrenching that he was forced to shelve it on the spot.