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  • Montana's Roadkill Tastes Like Hypocrisy

    Montana, there are so many things to adore about you! Your bizarro state legislature, unfortunately, is not among these adorable things:

    Montana's House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would permit people to salvage meat from game animals killed in traffic accidents.

    Nothing wrong with that! Responsible adults should feed themselves as they please. Plus, times are hard and waste is bad. "We're just looking for something good for Montana so they can use the meat," noted the bill's sponsor, whose name is Steve Lavin (I know, you were thinking Ron Swanson).

    While the Roadkill: It's What's for Dinner bill sailed through the Montana House on a vote of 95-3, another bill looks like it will have trouble passing.

    That's because it's not about roadkill. It's about The Gays.

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    Tags: Food, LGBT, Montana, State Legislature
  • Tuesday's Links: Happy Birthday, Darwin!

    * This isn't creepy at all.

    * Darwin: A Graphic Biography.

    * Arizona has some weird laws: NSFW.

    The Trumans' story. Perfect Valentine's Day reading.

    * A Montana TV station warns everyone about a zombie attack.

    * Who said it: Charles Manson or Ted Nugent? Frankly, it's hard to tell.

    * President Obama gets some much-needed advice for tonight's SOTU.

    * If you haven't gotten enough of the Petraeus scandal, here's a new book.

    * You might not want to play golf during a thunderstorm, Pope-for-Now Benedict.

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    Tags: Charles Darwin, Charles Manson, Daily Links, David Petraeus, Energy & Oil, Evolution, Harry S. Truman, Montana, Pope Benedict XVI, State of the Union, Valentine's Day, Zombies
  • Montana Legislator Demands to Be Paid in Gold, GOLD!

    These really are exciting times in politics, aren't they? We have a black president, an openly lesbian senator and — apparently — our first leprechaun state congressperson

    State Rep. Jerry O'Neil, R-Columbia Falls [Montana], is spooked enough about the country's fiscal picture to request that his legislative pay come in the form of gold and silver coins…

    "They might just go to the coin shop and get me gold and silver coins, or they might say I have to do it myself," he said. "I don't know."

    I wish I knew what Rep. O'Neil thinks is going to happen with the economy. And, as of this time, he could not be captured for further comment.

    (via Political Wire)


    Tags: Money, Montana, State Legislature
  • Meet Krayton Kerns, America's Greatest Defender of Liberty and Hater of Bambi

    Look to the person on your left. Now to the right. If those people are America-loving patriots, it's statistically plausible that you are the traitor. According to a Rasmussen survey, only 70% of American Adults agree with the statement that "governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed."

    Who are those 30% of Americans who disagree or are unsure about a fundamental statement in the Declaration of Independence? Certainly, they are not Krayton Kerns, a member of Montana's House of Representatives and self-described "conservative cow doctor."

    Every week, the veterinarian and most conservative member of the state house issues forth a Platonically-perfect rant for FREEDOM predicated on the premise that, "Liberalism is a disease from which you can be cured. Trust me, I'm a doctor!"

    On this July 4th, let's absorb some of his wisdom

    On Disney and environmentalism: "Whether Walt Disney was a cause or an effect is uncertain, but his personification of animals allowed activists to gift Bambi rights equal to those endowed us by our Creator. Simultaneously and incrementally, government schools began promoting the religion of environmentalism until eventually state sponsored worship of the earth and creation surpassed worship of our Creator."

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    Tags: 4th of July, Conservatives, Environment, Health Care, Montana, State Legislature
  • Montana GOP Convention Features "Obama Outhouse," Newt Gingrich

    Since losing the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich has become a loyal campaign surrogate, requiring only that the "Romney campaign fund Gingrich's travel and lodging in Montana" in exchange for the former speaker's participation at a fundraising breakfast and a keynote speech delivered at the Montana Republican Convention.

    Gingrich hit on the usual themes — executive overreach by the Obama administration in exercising discretion over the deportation of undocumented youth, the tyranny of federal environmental regulation and the need for the United States to adopt a "21st century model," presumably so that Gingrich could sleep with it.

    But what made the Montana GOP convention different from all the other GOP conventions?  An outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library" parked outside Missoula's Hilton Garden Inn, where the gathering took place

    Nothing on the outhouse indicated who was responsible for it, although it made an appearance in the Memorial Day parade in Corvallis in Ravalli County.

    The outhouse was painted to look as though it had been riddled by bullets.

    Inside, a fake birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama made reference to the disproven controversy over the president's origins. It was stamped "Bull– ." A graffito advised "For a Good Time call 800-Michelle (crossed out), Hillary (crossed out) and Pelosi (circled in red.)"

    State GOP Chairman Will Deschamps of Missoula said he didn't know who'd brought the outhouse, but dismissed it as "a sideshow."

    In other words, this convention had the distinction of hosting a large gas-filled thing AND an outhouse. Even for a state whose economy is geared toward resource-extraction, that many noxious fume-spewing things in one location amounts to overkill. No wonder the EPA is on Montana's back.

    Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Birthers, Montana, Newt Gingrich, Republicans