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Montana TEA Party Republican James Knox is in the news again, this time for claiming that he overheard Billings Firefighters plotting to sabotage their own vehicles. He heard the conversation, he says, in a Billings restaurant and he immediately contacted the fire chief to report the dangerous plot.
Knox claims that they were plotting to cut the break lines on their new vehicles, and put sugar in the gas tanks. It seems unbelievable that the active firefighters would sabotage vehicles they themselves would be relying on when performing their job duties, thus threatening their own safety, unless a suicide pact conspiracy was in the works.
Throughout the entire legislative session, women in Montana have been shocked at the callous cruelty with which the majority of Republicans have voted against women at every opportunity. They even compared women to livestock and property, comparing us and our “value” to pregnant cattle.
Now, all that may be changing.
A hero for women has emerged, leading the way as a shining example of how women really should be treated. That man is Representative James Knox (R-TEA Billings Heights.) It has recently come to light that Montana Republican James Knox is now championing respect for women, proudly posting how to demonstrate respect (in order to get us to spread our legs) on his Facebook page.
Knox’s message came through loud and clear. The way men should demonstrate respect for women is by paying us with jewelry to spread our legs. Ladies, isn’t there some kind of award we can give this man?
The best part of this news? Now that leaders like Knox are spreading this enlightened view of women, we can now expect similar respect for our equal rights as citizens and members of society.
It appears that a Billings Republican’s yard sign cameras have had an impact beyond what he intended, striking a nerve with some Montanans and sparking a flyer alerting others of the matter.
James Knox, Republican TEA Party Candidate for House District 47, bragged on the internet about planting hidden “spy cameras” and GPS trackers on his campaign yard signs for his race for the Montana Legislature.
The yard sign spy camera’s of TEA Party Republican James Knox revealed not that his opponent was stealing his signs, rather, that a city employee had moved them after they were presumably placed illegally.
However, when the results of the spy camera’s came in, KTVQ news in Billings reported, it was not his opponent that he “caught” on camera, but a city code enforcement officer charged with moving signs that violate code.
It should come as no surprise that Knox’s neighbors, after hearing about the cameras on the news, would be none too happy to learn their actions may have been videotaped.
Now, the results of the spy camera’s are in, but, as KTVQ news in Billings reports, it was not his opponent that he “caught” on camera. The KTVQ website has the pic.
Knox says just a few weeks ago his phone alerted him that a few of his signs had been moved. Using this technology, he was able to see that it was a city employee who was removing his signs.
City code enforcement removes signs that are placed illegally in the public right of way, including signs for garage sales, real estate signs and political signs.
Knox lays on the spin by claiming that the cameras have had a preventative effect on the supposed “theft” he says he was experiencing, but his own technology has failed to prove the sabotage he has accused his opponents of enacting every time he runs for office.
Here we see Dale Peterson, a Republican candidate for the position of Alabama Ag Commissioner use precious ad time to accuse his opponents of stealing his yard signs. Seems the ad didn’t work so well, as this subsequent ad is evidence that this individual appears to have lost. Accusing someone else of stealing your yard signs is not exactly an indication that a candidate is focused on the needs and concerns of voters. However, it is an attack one Montana candidate has focused on extensively in Billings. TEA Party Republican James Knox, candidate for House District 47 in the Billings Heights, has focused on accusing others of “yard sign theft” to the extent that he has even bragged about planting hidden cameras in his yard signs.
Now, a letter to the editor in this weekend’s Billings Gazette from a former city council candidate reveals that the tactics Knox is attempting to use against Pam Ellis are nothing new. Take a look.
Making it official that he is one of the most paranoid individuals in all Montana, Republican TEA Party Candidate for House District 47, James Knox, has actually planted hidden “spy cameras” (plural) and GPS trackers on his campaign yard signs for his race for the Montana Legislature.
Don’t think that James Knox is just going to be another cog in the wheels of the international socialist agenda: when the UN one-world-government comes to steal his yard signs in the middle of the night, he’ll be waiting. Those that plot against James Knox WILL. BE. EXPOSED.
Sadly, this appears to be “for real.”
Then, in a move that sort of defeated the whole point of his undercover plot, he posted his scheme on the internet, forgetting that the internet is not actually, top secret. Being a “computer expert” you’d think he’d be aware of this by now. It’s a fact any third grader can tell you.
Here is a screenshot of James Knox’s Facebook post, where he writes (grammatical errors Knox’s own):
Okay so the D’s heard about my spy cameras and GPS on my signs. They seem to think it is a joke. Looking forward for them to take one that is “loaded” for it is only a matter of time that I will be laughing with their picture in hand or a map to follow their path.
These same followers will be interested to know that evidence has recently been uncovered that the fascinating Knox has other personalities, or alter-personalities, as they are known to initiates. The field of psychology has determined that the alternate personality is often a defense mechanism, and it appears to serve as such for Knox as well. These personalities manifest themselves as Knox “supporters” who come to his aid whenever Knox feels under fire. When Knox needs a supporter, he simply becomes him or her.
I am looking forward to Mr. Knox’s campaign on city truths he informed me he is about to publically[sic] present. He told me he will make it his responsibility to show how Billings pays employees to sit around on Sundays, how as an employer, the city is being held captive due to the public’s not knowing the truth. I am sure since he is not on council he will have a lot more leeway to tell the truth. Thanks Mr. Knox for your efforts and I look forward to seeing you serve in the future.
However, the most compelling evidence that “Nancy L” is Knox appears when, halfway through one of “Nancy L’s” postings defending Knox, Knox apparently switches back to the main personality by signing a “Nancy L” post as “James Knox” (and here’s the screen shot)
Nancy L said on: November 6, 2009, 9:58 am
My mistake I thought the QRV where picked up on that trip but it was a rescue vehicle. The QRV are in process. Still it is the same point that the union did not allow firefighters to pick it up. Tina has supported the Fire Chief. As for cost there is cost in any time and energy legal review from the City’s attorney. Though I planned on not continuing this debate here, I wanted to follow up on what I found and publically[sic] make the correction that I thought it was the QRV that was picked up but it was a rescue vehicle. Again signing my name and being honest. Last note. This post was not due to any sore losing. I have no issue with losing, it was a really close race! This is about what I learned when I ran and what I would of brought out in the council seat or now.
Thank you, James Knox
Stay tuned, as there are, I am told, other Knox personalities that could manifest themselves at any time. It’s not clear whether or not Knox picked up this habit, or spiritual practice, of adopting other personalities in San Fransico, where he is from.
But fear not, dear reader, whether Knox has the full support and backing of the Republican Party. He does. Regardless, someone should tell Knox won’t be able to bring along his gaggle of alter-egos when he goes to the polls to vote in November.