An interesting email from Concerned Citizens of Western Montana (the right-wing group from the Flathead opposing rights to water for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes) was accidentally disseminated today. The email was sent by Terry Backs, titular head of the organization, to Kate Vandemoer a birther blogger who once infamously launched an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the U.S. government by ousting President Obama, which she called the Usurpathon.
Backs is asking for marching orders on how an email to legislators opposing access to water for a tribe in northwest Montana should be handled. Particularly interesting is the embarrassing question of whether or not it should go to all legislators or to all except Tutvedt and Salomon (as though they could somehow be kept out of the loop) and the overall impression that Dr. Kate is the eminence grise of this outfit. Also, note that “Montana Land and Water Alliance” and “Concerned Citizens of Western Montana” are the same bunch.
You can see the entire email below.
The most important thing to know about “Dr. Kate” Vandemoer is that she has some pretty extreme, marginal views–and some writings that reflect the soundness of her judgement and the rational of the effort to stop a tribe from getting water.
She co-hosts a radio show with white supremacist Red Beckman, who wrote that the Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews because they worship the devil. Besides the usual racist birther garbage, Vandemoer’s blog features the ravings Eustice Mullins, who “claimed that Jews kidnap Christian children, ritually puncture their veins, and drink their blood as a restorative for their own degenerate bodies,” The Atlantic reported.
Vandemoer herself has written that, “the Rothschilds (translated ‘Red Shield), Rockefellers, and many other monied JKhazar Jews, who together form a cabal acting like a synagogue of Satan that is in full gear enforcing its agenda on America, including Agenda 21.”
But back to Vandemoer’s Usurpathon–her campaign to organize 10,000 TEA Partiers and birthers from across the U.S. to descend on Washington in 2010. The goal: unseat “the Usurper,” President Obama, with a national event she called “The Usurpathon.”
“Out from the depths, out of every seam on the sidewalk, from every neglected corner, from the ether we come–filled with the mission of thousands, and the intention of millions to begin the usurpathon–the siege and removal of the Obama administration.”
Unfortunately for Vandemoer, only two people showed up for the Usurpathon. (She claimed after the fact that she intended only two people to show up because more than three people would have required her to get a government permit.) The Cowgirl blog has obtained an actual photo of the Usurpathon, which is posted here.
It is shameful that, on advice of the Usurpathoner and crew, the 2014 legislature failed, for the first time in the 34-year history that the water rights commission has existed, to pass a water rights agreement that was already negotiated between the state of Montana and a tribe.
You can see the entire email from Terry Backs to the Usurpathoner below:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Concerned Citizens of Western Montana <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 7:11 AM
Subject: Flathead Water Compact – Quantification Information
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, KathleenHD61@bresnan.net, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rep.Andrea.Olsen@mt.gov, Rep.Carolyn.Pease-Lopez@mt.gov, Rep.Casey.Schreiner@mt.gov, Rep.Christopher.Pope@mt.gov, Rep.Chuck.Hunter@mt.gov, Rep.Denise.Hayman@mt.gov, Rep.George.Kipp@mt.gov, Rep.Gordon.Pierson@mt.gov, Rep.Janet.Ellis@mt.gov, Rep.Jessica.Karjala@mt.gov, Rep.Kathy.Kelker@mt.gov, Rep.Kathy.Swanson@mt.gov, Rep.Margie.MacDonald@mt.gov, Rep.MaryAnn.Dunwell@mt.gov, Rep.Moffie.Funk@mt.gov, Rep.Nate.McConnell@mt.gov, Rep.Rae.Peppers@mt.gov, Rep.Ryan.Lynch@mt.gov, Rep.Steve.Fitzpatrick@mt.gov, Rep.Susan.Webber@mt.gov, Rep.Virginia.Court@mt.gov, Rep.Willis.Curdy@mt.gov, Rep.Zac.Perry@mt.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Sen.Bradley.Hamlett@mt.gov, Sen.Cynthia.Wolken@mt.gov, Sen.Gene.Vuckovich@mt.gov, Sen.Jill.Cohenour@mt.gov, Sen.Jim.Keane@mt.gov, Sen.JP@mt.gov, Sen.Lea.Whitford@mt.gov, Sen.Mary.McNally@mt.gov, Sen.Robyn.Driscoll@mt.gov, Sen.Sharon.Stewart-Peregoy@mt.gov, SenatorJWB@gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tutvedt@montanasky.us
Cc: “Dr. Kate Vandemoer” <email@example.com>
Now that the Compact Commission has voted to forward the CSKT Compact to the legislature for consideration, we have attached the first of a series of informational documents describing the still outstanding issues involved with the Compact that were not resolved during the 2013-2014 limited renegotiations. This first document is from Montana Land and Water Alliance lead attorney, Richard A. Simms, and discusses the “quantification” proposed in the CSKT Compact.
Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions
Concerned Citizens of Western Montana and Montana Land and Water Alliance
From: TerryK [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 9:37 PM
To: Dr. Kate Vandemoer
Subject: email to legislators
Hope the meeting this evening wasn’t too much of a bummer for you.
A few questions on the email for Richard’s letter in the morning:
- Ok to use email@example.com?
- Out to All legislators? Including Salomon Tutvedt etc? Richard did say all but I’d like to make sure.
- What kind of cover letter do you want? Something from MLWA or concerned citzens. Have any thoughts about what to say?
Sleep well. Talk tomorrow.
“For I know the thoughts I think toward you,” says the LORD, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. “