02.25.11

Montana dental floss

Posted in Permanent Fail at 9:00 am by George Smith

I might be movin’ to Montana soon
Just to raise me up a crop of dental floss
Raisin’ it up
Waxin’ it down
In a little white box
I can sell uptown — Frank Zappa

Montana politicians elected as members of the Tea Party and what they want for the state, according to AP:

Some of their bills are moving through the legislature. Others appear doomed: an armed citizen militia, FBI agents under the thumb of the sheriff and a declaration that global warming is good for business …

[The Dem governor] is watching, describing many of the proposals from the new majority as simply “kooky,” such as a plan to make it legal to hunt big game with a spear.

Hardly a day goes by, however, that the merits of “nullification” aren’t discussed …

The nullification debate reached a fever pitch this week when tea party conservatives mustered enough votes in the House to pass a 17-point declaration of sovereignty.

“It would be hard for anyone to top what is going on here in terms of the insanity of it all,” said Lawrence Pettit, a retired university president and author living in Helena. “One could be amused by it, except it is too dangerous.”

What happens when you elect the political equivalents of Ted Nugent to office. And it’s neither pretty nor funny. While the governor has veto power, making it look like none of the extremist bills have a chance, things have a way of always going upside down in the 2011 US of A.

For example, here’s a recent story from the Billings Gazzette on a state bill to form paramilitary groups:

A Republican legislator said Friday that Montana needs an armed paramilitary group of volunteers to help authorities in emergencies, a proposal favored by gun rights advocates and conservative lawmakers skeptical of the federal government.

Rep. Wendy Warburton, of Havre, told the House State Administration Committee that House Bill 278 would let residents organize military-like companies called “home guards” that would answer to the governor and sheriffs during emergencies …

Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, said he supported this and the other bills as a way of shifting power from government to the people.

“The question here is where that slider is located on that range between anarchy and tyranny,” Marbut said. “We’d like to nudge it back a little toward anarchy.”

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think this was going on elsewhere.


Newspaper article on US business interests wishing to expand shipments of Montana coal to Asia. Making global warming good for business.

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