to the month from hell. I'm sure we can all agree that having your primary business system go down is a very bad thing. If you're a college bookstore, having it go down on the second day of textbook buyback is even worse.
An absolutely "must read" letter appears in the Bozeman Chronicle today. The ramification's of Kevin McGuire's agenda are far reaching indeed, as he would have us put an end to modern music. Quinton King asks the question that I am dying to have an answer to:
So what exactly do McGuire and his Alliance have in their iPods?
Simply put, work has been kicking my ass. I work where I do because I enjoy the atmosphere, and I am allowed some freedoms about controlling my time. But no one who works in information technology can completely avoid the circumstances where you just have to work really hard, under stress, for long hours, many days at a time. It comes with the territory. This is such a time for me.
I have finally updated my Montana links to more accurately reflect the sites I (try to) read daily. Often I access Montana sites from the Billings Gazette blog roll, but its probably kind of rude to the people I admire to not let them see that they have an individual referring them. Truly, my bad.
BUT!, he cries happily, lest all be weariness and boredom, it's time for the next installment of the Kevin McGuire show. I'm certain that by now, you all remember our National Analliance buddy running for the Bozeman school board, so I won't flood you with links to previous postings about him. On Tuesday night, Kevin got to meet the public at the Bozeman School Board Candidates Forum. Let's just say that his reception was ... less than cordial.
Please read the article, but there are a few quotes worth reviewing.
McGuire said since so many were upset when he advocated equal treatment
for whites, they must be filled with "white guilt," which probably came
from the schools.
"White Guilt". In the singular circular reasoning of the white supremacist, that term might make sense. After all, it's not like people of northern European extraction are blameless in the racial atrocities committed throughout the history of America. But to insinuate that people are hindered from reason by a recognition of those events is to assert that those atrocities were a) not atrocities at all, but rather inevitable and/or righteous events that move history forward, or b) that there were no atrocities and rather white people have been made to feel guilty for nothing. Either one is a pretty handy defense, because it is self-referential. I didn't do it, but I'm oppressed because it might have happened. No harm, no foul, gimme equality baby.
I actually buy into that argument ... IF (and it's a big fricken if) ... anyone can show me that whites are being repressed, subjugated or made unequal. No one has been able to do so, certainly not Mr. McGuire. I'm pretty certain that that's because no one who isn't delusional can. The argument is predicated on a falsehood, that whites are somehow being unfairly judged. Who's judging, besides the National Alliance? On what basis could such a judgment be made? Here's some truth: I've never owned a slave, or shot a Native American woman in the back. I've never rounded up a group of blacks, or Nipponese or American Indians and herded them into pens. But others have. That's history. Only a twisted reason would accept that I am flawed for recognizing these things as a wrong, and worse, that I would never want them to happen again. Only a grossly perverse intellect would assume that striving for these horrors to never happen again would equate to some kind of "guilt". It's not about blame and guilt; it's about justice. And I think we can tell where Mr. McGuire comes down on that subject.
McGuire did get support from Brandon Berg, who said he was concerned
the schools promote homosexuality. A man in a tie, who refused to give
his name, held up McGuire's flyer and said, "I love it."
Yes, fags must die, and schools actually promote the fagish fagness that fags exhibit in their fagitude. </sarcasm> Jesus Marimba in a jumped up sidecar. There are some really scared people out there. HOW? Really, how are schools "promoting" homosexuality? By accepting people as people, regardless of who they are attracted to? Scourge the Queers, I tells ya'!!! Force 'em to watch Jenna Jameson videos until we can scourge them for the sin of masturbation!!1! Come on. I'm not so sorry, but I'm just not going to accept terror motivated Drama queens as convincing support for anything.
What should and must be taken from the previous quote is this: McGuire will have some support. Whether it's fags, prairie niggers, darkys, ragheads, kikes or what have you, there are those people who want comfort and safety (as they see it) beyond all else. They will support Kevin's run for school board, just as they will support anything that keeps them feeling safe. This is the real danger, folks. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with people's comfort zones, the line they won't cross. You can't draw a line in the sand, against terror or drugs or poverty or illegals or blacks or jews, without creating hate. You can make a choice; it's as simple as that. Tolerance has nothing to do with accepting everything (as the stupid ass righty liberal haters would have it.) Tolerance has to do with making a choice: this I will accept, and that I won't. McGuire's run for school board is all about that choice. And when a choice is made, be aware who runs on what side, with you or against you. If you don't like those who have chosen to be with you, then maybe you haven't made the best choice. Just sayin' ...
After the rather thoroughtrouncing that Koopman took from a couple of Montana websites yesterday, the fates decided he could use a little more bad news. Well it wasn't the fates, I guess, but rather one of Gallatin county's more respected civic leaders. John Vincent, after hearing Koopman's line about "lice on the body politic" decided that he's had enough of Roger's crap, and will run to unseat Koopman in 2006.
Yes, I realize that State House political campaigns don't make for exciting blogging, but if you are convinced, as I am, that Koopman is a complete freaking nutcase, then Vincent's announcement couldn't be more welcome. As the Chronicle article clarifies, John Vincent is an accomplished educator, twice Teacher of the Year, he has served 16 years in the Montana legislature, twice as Speaker of the House, and has been mayor of Bozeman, and Gallatin county commissioner. In addition, John Vincent is a board member of the HRDC District 9, and served on the Governor's Council on Families. Add to this, the fact that Vincent actually lives in the district for which he will be running, House District 70, unlike Roger Koopman who lives in Bozeman, but ran in HD 70 because he didn't stand any chance of winning in the district in which he resides.
To sum it all up, Koopman stands precisely *NO* chance of being re-elected next year (if he even chooses to run again). Let me alter that, he stands a chance if Vincent is somehow unable to run, a possibility always, but hope tells me that won't happen. Matt Singer says of Koopman:
His district is only lean-Republican. It isn’t crack-smokin’ crazy.
He’ll be a target next time around. And if the opposition is
successful, Koopman can rediscover the liberty of not being a
Look forward to that liberty, Roger, 'cause John Vincent is going to put you down.
An article from The Daily Princetonion has Michelle Malkin feeling all icky about her ... you know ... down there ... that place. Must we speak of such things in polite society? After all, according to Michelle's brand of paranoid delusion, having ... sex parts ... obviously leads to molesting young boys. (Right, like any healthy 14 year old boy wouldn't jump at the chance to have "hot for teacher". It's been immortalized in rock songs, and a staple of adult fantasy since before the Renaissance. What the hell do people think all those medieval cuttings of guys reading books while getting blowjobs are all about, anyway? Lets face it, what that teacher in Brooklyn did was wrong. But it sure as hell didn't happen because she had a ... tooky ... velvet pillow ... a dirty spot.)
As part of your therapy Michelle, I want you to say these words with me: Vulva. Vagina. Mons Pubis. Labia. Clitoris. See, that wasn't so hard, was it? And what you may not know, Ms. Malkin, is that every girl ... just like you ... has these parts. God made them as a part of your beauty, as a part of who you are. They do not lead to deviant behavior, as you have implied, but rather to the loving sexual congress that God intended. Now, I've looked for the parts of the Bible that tell us that God will damn a knowledge of our own bodies, but I'm just not finding it. Perhaps you could help me on that subject, Michelle. At least if you don't have to acknowledge that you too have a ... cooze ... poon ... box. After all, that would be gross, and presumably unChristian; since no good Christian has ever used terms like Vagina or Vulva. I'm sure that only Democrats and Terrorist even refer to ... that place down there. And when they do, it's always as a "cunt", or "pussy". And learning about such ... things ... even if you have one, does not actually lower higher education. Rather, it expands it to include a knowledge of God's gifts, to women (and to men, no doubt). We should celebrate the Vulva, not fear it. As long as we don't lower ourselves to actually having to discuss it, right Michelle?
Would someone ... ANYONE ... please, for the love of God, explain to me why Michelle Malkin is not hailed as the kook she really is?
Well it appears the state has a budget now. I'll leave it to the wonks to dissect that at their leisure. What really got me all fired up happened last night at the end of the session. It seems Bozeman's own Roger Koopman decided once again to proclaim that Democrats have forgotten (don't believe) in Freedom. Yes, that Roger Koopman. The one who wanted death certificates filed for abortions (but strangely enough neglected miscarriages), the one who wanted certain candidates for office to have to take tests on Montana and the Constitution before they could serve (Oh the irony there!), the very one who wanted a vote of censure against the Montana Supreme court (what a crybaby). Yep, that would be Roger Koopman.
"I believe that's out of order,'' protested House Democrat Floor
Leader John Parker of Great Falls. "We're not going to stand here and
be told that we don't believe in freedom on the last day of the
Legislature. We've had it fed to us too many times. Let's talk about
the budget, but no one's belief in liberty is going to be questioned
Rep. Walt McNutt, R-Sidney, who was serving as presiding
officer of the House, told Koopman, who only the day before had
referred to lawmakers as "lice on the body politic,'' to keep his
comments to the bill.
I've wasted more than a few moments wondering just exactly what the body politic is, in our free society (FREEDOM!), if our duly elected representatives are the lice upon it. I'll keep pondering that, but let's get back to the exciting finish of the next round.
After the session, Parker got all up in Koopman's face, and the two had to be separated by other lawmakers.
Exactly what happened is unclear. Koopman said he wasn't angry and encouraged Parker to calm down.
"He was very upset. He just came at me a verbal torrent of angry words,'' Koopman said.
Poor Roger, never understanding why he is so maligned, attacked and misunderstood. Yup, this is the guy who wrote into the Bozeman Chronicle bemoaning the angry reactions from his fellow Bozemanites because of his harmless attempt to grant living status to some zygotes. People would call him up, and be all mad like. What had he ever done, the poor poor man? And now he must face such anger from someone that he just blatantly insulted? What is the world coming to?
Few things in my world are more pathetic than passive aggressive egoists, and Koopman really kind of takes the cake in that department. As always, though, I think he's the product of a much larger paranoia (cowardice). It's been a consistent and pathetic mantra of idiots like Koopman for 3 years now that anybody who disagrees with them are traitors, freedom haters, against America. If some dumbass bloggers, or that pathetic walking turd Jonah Goldberg, or Coulter or Hannity want to spew that kind of fear-filled mental diarrhea, then fine. It gives them the excuse to play Dennis and scream "Help, I'm being repressed!" when someone says "Um, that's mean, unfounded, anti-democratic and just not right". He not only insults half of his colleagues, but every person who exercised their American rights and freedoms (FREEDOM!) to put those colleagues in the legislature. Koopman can hide in the back of his closet and quiver in fear at the corruption of our Republic on his own time. On my time, he's in Helena to do a job. And insulting me isn't part of that job.
It was reported on the radio this morning that Koopman told Parker that he was being "overly sensitive". You're rather lucky that that wasn't me, Roger. I'm "sensitive" enough about my state, my country, my freedoms and my money (that you're wasting) that I'd have probably decked your passive aggressive ass. And you would've damned well deserved it, too. The radio reported Parker's response as telling Koopman that he is a "disgrace to the legislature".
"We're (the National Alliance) not motivated by hate, we're motivated by love of our own people
and our desire to survive as a people. We are strictly non-violent, 100
percent legal at all times. ... Our message is about self-love and
In McGuire's view, public schools often neglect European-Americans, and he would ensure they "get their fair share."
Define "fair", Kevin. Just askin'.
George Washington and other founding fathers are put on the back
burner, or described as racist slave owners, while students spend a
full month learning black history, and are taught "Martin Luther King
saved the whole world," McGuire said.
The irony is overwhelming, here. Every kid in school knows who George Washington is, and what he did for our country. Jefferson, Gallatin, Madison ... its impossible to get through the Montana school system without studying their achievements, and why our most promoted rivers are named for them. But we obviously spend too much time in our schools on such overbearingly well known folks as Booker T. Washington and Jefferson Davis. (Are you catching the nominal irony here, yet?) That a month, A WHOLE MONTH!, should be devoted to guys like ... them ... well that's just absurd. And I don't know about you folks, but when I was growing up, the only person that I was taught saved the whole world was a Jew named Jesus. And I sure as heaven and hell didn't learn that in history class.
Students can't learn Christmas songs, but they learn about Jewish Menorahs and Kwanza, he said.
Um, I'd never even heard of Kwanzaa until I was 25 and re-entering college. I guess the Montana school system isn't quite as good at multi-cultural indoctrination as Kevin might have us believe.
McGuire advocated returning control of education to local parents,
instead of "a lot of born-again beatniks in Washington, D.C., who are
dictating to our local schools."
Though he didn't attend Bozeman
schools, McGuire said he believes they teach, under dictates from
federal "socialists," that homosexuality is acceptable.
The HORROR! that there are fags among us, schools are acknowledging that, and they're even okay as people! The schools have failed ... failed, I tell you ... that homos might be missed for the masquerading monsters that they really are. And it's people like Frist, DeLay, Santorum, Burns and Rehberg who are at fault for this hideous deception. Damn beatniks!
He would reverse the "dumbing down" of public schools, and institute
more challenging curricula. He would demand respect for teachers and
discipline in classrooms, which now operate like "zoos." He would have
brighter students taught separately, and mentor slower students, so all
can reach their potential.
Shorter McGuire, he wants your children beaten.
Asked if he thought Bozeman High School's African-American principal is
unqualified, McGuire replied there are bright individuals in every
race, and Bozeman schools are some of the nation's best, so it appears
he's doing a good job. It's easier in a school that doesn't have big
crime, drug and gang problems, he said.
My, how gracious of Kevin. "The Boy", he be doin' an okay job, as long as he don't be spreaden' the pestilence or rapin' the white women. Now, if'n Bozeman be haven' a real school, why that princ'pal, he probably be sweatin' his job, or out there wit' the boys rapin' the white women. Just to be certain, why don't we get's us some seperation of the races, fire his ass, and send him away from the white worshipin' homeland we want to build here.
Look, satire aside, you can't have it both ways. Kevin has pronounced his desire for a white's only environment in Bozeman, Montana. Of course, he's not a hater or violent (wink, wink), but as a school board member, he has control over the job of the Principal. Seriously, would you vote in your own boss, knowing that he is predisposed to send you packing?
McGuire said his group has a lot of support here, though some are afraid to express it publicly.
said he has been threatened a few times, since coming forward as one of
those dropping National Alliance leaflets ("Missing -- A future for
white children") at night in Bozeman neighborhoods. Now he's
distributing campaign fliers, featuring a photo of himself in a cowboy
"I think what I believe in is worth fighting for," McGuire said. "I'm not going to be be stopped by fear."
OOHhhh, Kevin's been threatened. By whom? People pissed that he's been trespassing in the middle of the night? Small fricken' wonder. As for him having support from those who are afraid to "express it publicly", he's probably right. He does. We'll find out just how many in May. I'm betting not too many at all. But here's the really interesting thing: Kevin McGuire's particular brand of crap is playing very well right now. There are many who do believe our school systems are administered according to a particular brand of PC style dictated by Washington, DC. There are many who believe that the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy is on the verge of achieving its Jewish controlled ends, and many who believe that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is in the pocket of the Zionist oppressors. Truth is, very few of us trust our neighbors without a seed of doubt gnawing at our beliefs. In Montana, for the most part, we have a particular arrogance that lends itself to believing the unbelievable. We tend to accept that those in control do not have our interests at heart, and those who fight the power just might be right.
Don't get me wrong. If Kevin McGuire's electoral support were sugar, he wouldn't have enough to make a weak cup of coffee drinkable. But the NA is on to something here, tapping into distrust, replaying the ideas that many of us have had concerning the status quo, and making those ideas work for themselves. I still think this will be a fun election. I'm just glad we finally got a good look at what we have to vote for.
You know, I don't really care who blogs anonymously, and who doesn't. I can state that as an absolute fact. The truth is, most of the people I read everyday I don't know, I've never met, and likely never will. Half of them, I don't even know their names. That shouldn't be a big deal at all, until someone gets caught lying. Then, yeah, it's kind of an issue.
Since Demosthenes is so proud of his Montana heritage why is he
trying to stay anonymous? The domain name dirtbetweenlightbulbs has
the following registration contact information:
1 Montana Ave.
Big Sky MT 59000
Fake address and fake phone number fake zip code. I asked him about it and was told he just wanted to remain anonymous.
The domain is registered with www.addresscreation.com and in the
registration agreement that he had to accept to get the domain name he
agreed to the following:
You are required to submit and keep current the following
information, as part of the registration process. This information must
be current, complete and accurate.
Your name and postal address (or if different, that of the domain name holder)
The domain name being registered
The name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and
where available, fax number of the administrative contact for the
The names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, voice telephone numbers,
and where available, fax numbers of the organizational, administrative,
technical, and billing contacts for the domain name.
So what's the deal? Providing fake information can cause the domain
name to be pulled. What is he trying to hide? I write under a
nom-de-plume but if you look up my domain info you will find my real
name. I write under my nom-de-plume because I want to, not because I am
trying to hide something.
I again tell Demosthenes, the truth will set you free, fess up.
You'll notice that at no point did Sam accuse Demosthenes of being a fake Montanan; but he did rightly call him out on posting fake information as to his website concerning Montana politics. This is tricky ground, folks. All that follows is just my opinion, but here goes: if you want to have anonymity, you'll have no problems with disclosure concerning who you are. If you want to have credibility, then you'd best be prepared to be called on the carpet concerning any willful deception on your part.
Now sadly, both Dave and Demosthenes want to treat this issue as if it one of attacking them specifically for their views. They continue, and likely will, to ignore the fact that a general distrust of them will remain; not because of their views, but because they made willful efforts to obscure, without clarifying right up front as to why. They have used that as a defense with claims such as "If we really wanted to deceive, wouldn't we have ..." That's meaningless, and unfortunately reinforces the negative views of the real issue. Guys, take note now, and take note often, what caused this to be an issue is simply because you played others as if they were fools. The written behavior was confident in proceeding as if no one would ever ask the questions: "Why are you doing this?" "What is your stake, here?" "Who, exactly are you anyway?" It should be noted that many people asked those questions of Duncan Black, hidden as he remained for so long (a deception of omission to be certain), and when he answered it wasn't with cries of oppression or false accusations of Ad Hominem attack. His answer was simply that his life situation demanded anonymity. You'll see the difference, I'm sure. Atrios expected people to accept his explanation or not. Regardless, it made no difference to his decision. The DBLB guys, on the other hand, have mostly acted like its our fault, as readers, that we would see a deception where one was willfully and meaningfully employed. That deception remains a hallmark of of anonymous blogging. Accept it as a choice you made, or blame the readers. To be honest, I don't care, but I will take note of the reaction, and give my trust accordingly.
Fortunately for this country, many people aren't fools, and they ask those important questions. One of the more important questions here is "What makes a Montanan?" I think that's an awfully good question, with no good answer. Truth is, I myself am not native to Montana, (though I am a native of the mountain west). When we moved here we we're all told that it would take 20 years for people to accept us as "locals". 35 years later, I think I've earned my stripes. I think the truthful answer to the question lies along the lines of who should care, and why do they? This again, is where DBLB has gotten themselves into a little trouble. It is obvious that they wish to promote Conrad Burns, denigrate Brian Schweitzer and promote Republican politics while sliming Democrats with general accusations. (Bad language alert!) What is odd is that they don't deal well with the obvious next question: Why the FUCK do you care? I've been reading Dave Budge for a shorter time than I've been reading DBLB, and I've noticed that when Dave holds a position concerning Montana politics, he does not spout general StrawMan accusations about Democrats, but explains his position, often in personal terms if it helps. I have yet to encounter such an exposition of position from the guys at DBLB. Instead, there seems to be a general defensiveness against anyone who asks the question. At the risk of generalizing Montanans, I would posit that just ain't the way we do things here. If you have something to say, say it. If you get called on why you've said it, don't blame me for asking why, just answer the damn question. I've actually asked a man why he's so against Max Baucus, and his answer was "I don't like the way he wears his hat." I can respect that answer, even if I disagree. That's personal, it hides nothing. It's pure Montanan.
To be honest, I've been meaning to write this post ever since this debacle got started. And I don't want either Dave Holman or Demosthenes to think I'm just another "hater". Of course, if they do, I just shouldn't, and really don't care. I've decided I'll continue to read DBLB, but I will not cut them any slack due to Montana cred. I don't think they have a great deal of credibility left. What comes now must be earned, by logic, good reason and sound advice. You're welcome to your anonymity, folks. But you'd best understand that trust is a gift, not a right. Earn it, don't demand it.
And (though it should probably be a separate post), in Wulfgar's happy non-sequiter fun hour, we have a really direct op-ed concerning Denny's latest efforts at selling Montana interests down the river for National credibility. Well done, Rehberg, you whore.
Ya' know, I was more than willing to embrace the two of you into the fold of Montana blogging, political differences aside. I'm just kinda trusting that way. But the truth is, you've got a little explaining to do. Demosthenes, you offer us the factual tidbit that Dave is from Montana, but why the hell are you telling us all, in this state, what we should value and believe? What is your connection here?
And don't pretend that throwing out a Latin term for a logical fallacy invalidates any suspicion, or bolsters your flagging credibility. It doesn't, certainly not with me. You see, I have a degree in philosophy (heavy on the logic) and here's what logic tells me: You have an agenda for this state and support of its junior Senator. To promote that agenda, you have started a website, with full pretension of it being Montana based. Admittedly, that was simply your reader's problem if they didn't understand such a deception by oversight. Fool me once, shame on you, and all that.
But here's where the deception goes from being oversight into the realm of complete BS coercion: Dave, at his other site, posts to promote a new and important website for Montana politics, and fails to mention that he is involved. You both refer to state politicians as your own, though neither of you have any claim to that. You, in your anonymity, have shown no connection to Montana at all. This is willful masquerading. You emailed myself, and I presume other Montana Bloggers, with an offer of reciprocal links, promoting yourself as having a Montana blog. Now, you can equivocate all you want about what "Montana websites" mean, but it's patently obvious what the hell it meant to the people you mailed. And DBLB ain't one of 'em.
Simply put, you boys are shills; shills for the RNC and shills for Conrad Burns. You are exactly the Sophists that Matt referred to you as. Is that an Ad Hominem devaluation of your arguments? Obviously not, but it at least let's us know more of the biases that you employ, and the sad ethics you are willing to follow in such employment.
Here's a clue, gentlemen, (and I use the term loosely at this point), we already have Montana conservative voices, in Craig, David, Dave, Rocky and others. They have a vested interest in our state because they live here. You, on the other hand, have a growing credibility problem. I suggest you address it.
Update: Unless he's just a really good (well researched) liar, it would appear that Demosthenes is originally from Stevensville, in the Bitterroot valley. I await conformation of some sort. So, it would seem that both of the DBLB guys have Montana connections. It's kinda' sad, though, that their own obfuscations lead to such a level of distrust.