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“Natural Man” Accuses Gallatin County of International Banking Conspiracy

Internet sensation “Natural Man” is back in the news this week for refusing to appear in court without a white flag on which he had written “truce.”  This apparently was some kind of legal strategy which he believes will prevent him from being held accountable for his actions.  Ernie Wayne Tertelgte, which is the natural man’s actual name, also accused Gallatin County of being part of an international banking conspiracy.

Tergelgte and his pals in the local militia and Oathkeepers have been spouting bizarre and ludicrous arguments popular with the so-called Sovereign Citizens Movement.  As KTVM reported,  “the FBI considers sovereign citizen extremists a domestic terrorist movement.”

Tertelgte’s posse have threatened to kidnap the judge who presided over Tertelgte’s last court appearance. judge

You can see the latest on KTVM’s website here.

A Natural Man

A former Republican state legislator spoke out in favor of a man spouting extreme anti-government rhetoric in a Bozeman courthouse yesterday.

Joel Boniek spoke outside the courtroom door in defense of Ernie Wayne terTelgte, a man who repeatedly cited “natural law” as his defense for resisting arrest, an outstanding warrant, and fishing without a license. terTelgte refused to obey the court and instead “launched into his natural man speech” three times, was found in contempt of court, and sent back to jail.

In past court appearances terTelgte, wearing a tricorn hat, Continue reading

New Right-Wing Propaganda Flick to Feature Montanans

Another group of Montana right-wingers is turning to propaganda filmmaking to get its message out and recruit new members for the Oath Keepers and militia movement.

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The new film is entitled Molon Labe and may soon be available in theaters near you.  The title comes from the phrase which inspired these excellent TEA Party tattoos: it basically means “if you want my guns come and try to take them from me.”

Molon_Labe 2The Oath Keepers-the military arm of the TEA party–is producing the film in hopes that it will serve as a recruitment tool for the Oath Keepers–and some hope for the militia movement.

“Here is another opportunity to join this movement to reinstate the Constitutional Militia of the several States. Support money continues to come in, but the sooner it’s in, the more quickly James [Jaeger, the filmmaker] can finish this film and make it available. So you are invited to take action by spreading around the film’s website and trailer, and/or by sending in a donation to help cover the costs. Your help is appreciated by James Jaeger and by Oath Keepers.”

The Oath Keepers you may recall is a group composed of active and retired military and law enforcement personnel who swear an oath disobey laws and orders that conflict with their world view–which is packed with conspiracy theories involving domestic prison camps and “the New World Order.”  Former Montana lawmaker Joel Boniek is “a card-carrying member.”

So this will be world-class cinema no doubt, especially if the trailer for the movie (now on Youtube) is any indication.  The trailer, from start to finish, is mostly a string of interviews featuring your standard TEA Party pablum intermingled with mindmeltingly slow narration.  There’s also a seemingly random sprinkling of old footage of people being shot and still shots of 1940′s war machinery.

The film is based on a two-thousand-plus page tome called “The Sword And Sovereignty.”  And in spite of what I’m sure is overwhelming interest, the book not “yet” in publication and is available “as a CD-Rom only.”

As the movie critic at Ammoland.com tells us, Molon Labe will feature Chuck Baldwin, “Oath Keepers’ national chaplain,”–as well as known racists Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul.   Oath Keepers founder Stuart Rhodes, who lives in Montana, also appears in the film–and the segments featuring Rhodes and Baldwin were both shot in Montana. Baldwin ran for Lt. Gov. on the GOP ticket in Montana in the 2012 primary. Each will tell a piece of the story of

 “how the Second Amendment is the answer to today’s tyrannical General government in Washington D.C….We are the Militia, all of us, and as we’ll see in the movie, the Constitution mandates it.”

Just last year, a right-wing Republican who was once a movie producer in Hollywood and now lives in Kalispell also made a propaganda film.

That movie was called “Obama 2016” and was also based on a book, this one entitled “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”   The message of producer Gerald Molen’s film was, apparently, that America’s great wealth is on the verge of falling to the masses of people of color and that Obama’s rage could be to blame.

 

 

Former TEA Party Lawmaker’s Trial Gets Weirder

Today’s TEA Party news comes to us courtesy of former GOP lawmaker Joel Boniek, who is using his trial to put forth conspiracy theories and frivolous arguments to defend himself against charges that he ran a police roadblock in 2012. Because of his behavior, the court was forced to issue an official ruling to limit what Boniek can address in his upcoming trial to try to keep him on topic.

Cowgirl readers will recall that last year, Boniek was hauled into court to answer charges that he’d sped through a roadblock in defiance of an officer’s order to keep out. Boniek was trying to get to his house, but his house was in an area where a forest fire was burning and had been evacuated and blocked off due to the emergency. As a devoted Tea Partier and general wingnut, Boniek did not recognize the authority of the policeman to keep him away from his private property. Also, during his encounter with the officer before he crashed the barrier, Boniek allegedly reached for a gun that he had with him in the front seat. As the Livingston Enterprise reported, he:

“allegedly argued with the officers and eventually ‘dropped his left hand near what looked like a holster’ before a deputy brought him to the ground….The deputy removed a loaded handgun from the holster, according to court documents.”

For his day in court, Boniek brought with him an angry mob of supporters, who shouted down the Judge and Prosecutor in such a menacing way that they fled the courtroom fearing for their safety. At that point, Boniek stood up and proclaimed himself regent over the courtroom, and decreed himself innocent of all the charges (before the bailiff told him otherwise, while brandishing his own weapon).

Boniek, who is representing himself, has been asked to stop bringing up a number of frivolous and conspiracy-related arguments.

The first is “jury nullification” which is when a jury ignores the evidence and or instructions of the judge and returns a verdict of “Not Guilty” despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation he or she is charged with. This appears to be a primary focus of Boniek’s self-defense, and the case is being closely followed by the jury nullification crew, as you can see from their press release on the case. He and his band of TEA Partiers have also been ordered not to distribute TEA Party pamphlets around the courthouse before the trial tomorrow, May 10.

During a hearing of his court case on Friday, the Livingston Enterprise reports, Boniek himself “lodged multiple complaints and objections, including that the court is fraudulent and that officials are treating him as an “artificial person” because his name appears in all capital letters on legal documents.”

He’s also accused the judge and everyone involved with the trial of being “fraudulent” so therefore his trial should not proceed. Boniek alleges that the judge will see personal financial benefit from his trial and any fines related to it.

Boniek is also angry with the Livingston Enterprise,who he has demanded show him every story they write about him before it is printed. The whole Enterprise article on the case’s latest developments is a must read.

Tea Party Proposes Law to Invalidate Police Roadblocks

by Cowgirl

Former legislator Joel Boniek

Former legislator Joel Boniek

Sen. Jennifer Fielder R-TEA Noxon

Sen. Jennifer Fielder R-TEA Noxon

Last year in Montana, a right-wing lunatic state legislator named Joel Boniek was hauled into court to answer charges that he’d sped through a roadblock in defiance of an officer’s order to keep out.  Boniek was trying to get to his house, but his house was in an area where a forest fire was burning and had been evacuated and blocked off due to the emergency.  As a devoted Tea Partier and general wingnut, Boniek did not recognize the authority of the policeman to keep him away from his private property. Also, during his encounter with the officer before he crashed the barrier, Boniek allegedly reached for a gun that he had with him in the front seat. As the Livingston Enterprise reports, he:

“allegedly argued with the officers and eventually ‘dropped his left hand near what looked like a holster’ before a deputy brought him to the ground….The deputy removed a loaded handgun from the holster, according to court documents.”

 

For his day in court, Boniek brought with him an angry mob of supporters, who shouted down the Judge and Prosecutor in such a menacing way that they fled the courtroom fearing for their safety.  At that point, Boniek stood up and proclaimed himself regent over the courtroom, and decreed himself innocent of all the charges (before the bailiff told him otherwise, while brandishing his own weapon).

Boniek is no longer in the legislature, needless to say, so to rectify his situation he has apparently prevailed upon a new Tea Party legislator named Jennifer Fielder, to introduce a new law.  This law, SB360, quite simply would allow a person to openly defy police authority and run a roadblock.   The bill would allow such an action, even if it involved brandishing a weapon, to go unpunished.

Alas for stupid Boniek and Fielder, they don’t seem to be aware that you can’t get somebody off by the hook by passing a law after the fact.