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We’ve Got a Screamer

Anti-intelligence candidate Jon Arnold has filed for office on the Republican ticket.  He says he wants voters to send him “kicking and screaming” to Helena.

 I will go kicking and screaming into Helena, pushing our leaders to try to take back our powers that have been restrained from us by the federal government.

I think Arnold is confused about what “going kicking and screaming” means.  But that’s no surprise, considering that he’ll tell you straight up: “intellectuals” are the problem:

We have a despotic, unconstitutional fourth branch of government, comprised of a small army of two million bureaucrats….Many of these people are considered to be “intellectuals.”  The problem with intellectuals is that they are not smart enough to know the things that they don’t know.  This was the brilliance of our founders.

Well, it is “the brilliance” of Jon Arnold anyway.

Jon Arnold is running for legislatureIt used to be that being smart and getting an education was viewed as important in America. But now, it’s the dumb that we put on a pedestal.   And to what do we owe this gift of dumb? Right-wing fundamentalism, both religious and political. We have a Presidential candidate who is worried that Satan is attacking America.  Rick Santorum says, in public, that college is all part of Obama’s evil plan to corrupt the nation’s youth.

Arnold further demonstrates his aversion to smart when he asks voters to:

Imagine if ten years from now there is a “sin tax” (such as those for alcohol and tobacco) for the purchase of a cheeseburger…The only protection against such injustices is to not grant the government this power to begin with.

What Arnold doesn’t know is that there is already a gaggle of Montana politicians clamoring for policies that would require a massive food police bureaucracy–at an enormous expense.  However, they are all members of his own party.  Here is a list of legislators (all Republicans) that signed an op-ed in favor of the idiotic boondoggle. The “evidence” for the claims made in the op-ed comes from TEA Party Republican Tom Burnett’s own blog and “research” paper.

Representatives: Tom Burnett, Janna Taylor,  Salomon, Wayne Stahl, Jonathan McNiven, Pat  Ingraham, Tom McGillvray, Ken Peterson, Jeff Wellborn,  Cary Smith, Jerry O’Neil, Bob Wagner, James Knox,  Dan Skattum, Wendy  Warburton, David Howard, Jerry Bennett, Jesse O’Hara, Christy Clark, Kris Hansen, Champ Edmunds, Krayton Kerns, Ron Ehli, Mark  Blasdel, Doug Kary, Austin  Knudsen, Kelly Flynn, Walt McNutt, John Esp, Pat Connell, Matt Rosendale, Cleve Loney, Mike Cuffe

Senators: Debby Barrett, Ed Walker, Ryan Zinke, Bob Lake

Arnold is a Republican candidate Montana Senate District 43, which includes Anaconda and surrounding communities.

Top Ten Larry Kralj Nicknames for Republicans

Readers to this blog have no doubt come across the colorful language of commenter Larry Kralj.  Kralj always seems to come up with funny nicknames for the GOP-ers. Like people’s names in American Sign Language (ASL), the names usually include some inherent characteristic of the person’s being, hobbies, or job.

Here are ten favorites.  Enjoy.

Congressman Dopey Reeburp

Sen. Corndog Buns (Sen. Cornhole, etc.)

Gen. Robert E. Skees, a guy who fancies himself a great rebel and secessionist

Pastor Chucky Cheesey Bulbdim

Jumbo Jimmy Knoxious

Pope  Really Windy Wendy Wharpedburpin‘, our very own Palin/Bachmann moral arbiter and God talker

The Chamber Pot of Commerce

The Nits of Columbus, perennial protesters of women’s rights. Women not allowed.

Crank Mealy, birther columnist of the Daily Inter Lake

Neil Livingscam, Qaddafi’s lobbyist


UPDATED: Take the Money and Run (and Take the Benefits, Too.)

James Knox is out-of-touch, with reality.A major Tea Party figure in the Montana legislature has moved out of the state, apparently for good. But he is refusing to surrender his government health benefits.

State Rep. James Knox, who as a legislator has railed against “anchor babies,” Obamacare, welfare, and “too much government spending,” has moved to Texas. He is no longer fulfilling his legislative duties. He has not attended his regularly scheduled committee hearings at the Capitol and is rarely, if ever, present in Montana. He no longer has a residence here.

Knox also has not filed for re-election, and another republican has filed to run in his place.

UPDATE: This is the Republican that has filed for Knox’s seat.  As to his political leanings, it doesn’t look good.  He has  co-signed a recent guest editorial in the Billings Gazette with TEA Party legislators Greg Hinkle and Verdell Jackson.

Some constituents want to know why Knox–a loud and proud member of the Tea Party movement that took the Montana legislature by storm in the 2010 elections–has decided to keep collecting the free government healthcare that is given to all legislators. Presumably, this is the reason that he has not resigned.

Knox has offered no response.

Miller Campaign Takes the Gloves Off

The Miller campaign is taking the gloves off – calls themselves “country,” and their GOP rivals, “country club.” The attack is a reference to rival Rick Hill’s career as an Insurance Industry Executive and Neil Livingstone’s bid to get Libyan dictator Meammar Qaddafi to hire him for for $10 million.  

Here’s the video. You can also find it on Youtube.

The list of people who have endorsed Ken Miller includes:

Top Three Cowgirl Blog Posts of 2011

Here are the most viewed blog posts of 2011 from the Montana Cowgirl Blog:

3. Montana Birther Nut Lawmaker Becomes National Joke on CNN

Look no further for proof that the actions of the current legislature are making Montana a national joke than this video.  (Once again, Montana newspaper editors missed out on a great story.)  You really must watch as Anderson Cooper schools TEA Party Lawmaker Bob Wagner (R-Harrison) on his birther bill for a look at how our TEA Party legislators represent Montana to the rest of America.

And a note to the rest of the nation, this legislator is but one of many who have proposed outrageous, unconstitutional, extreme and pointless legislation in Montana.  If you’ve found this story, you’ve only scratched the surface.

2. Montana TEA Party Leaders Call for Violence Against Political Opponents

The leader of the Billings Montana Shrugged TEA Party and a TEA Party Republican state lawmaker were been caught posting remarks online that imply support for shooting their political opponents.

The incident came on the heels of another Montana TEA Party scandal.  TEA Party leader Tim Ravndal was forced to resign after his comments about lynching gay people Matthew Shepard style were reported on blogs and in the state and national media.  The latest exchange, which was captured today via screenshot after it caught the sharp eye of Billings politico Kayla Corcoran, can be viewed here.

1. Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature

Finally, the top post of 2011.  For your reading pleasure, recall some of the major pieces of legislation that were put forward by the Tea Party Republicans who are now in control of the legislature.  This is not a joke. These are real bills, and they represented the priorities of the Montana legislature.