Monthly Archives: February 2011

Nullify Obaucas care

The following 20 republicans voted against (HJR 20) nullification of the bad law here in Montana.

 

We need to ask them all to explain that vote.

1.       N  Ankney, Duane

2.      N  Arntzen, Elsie

3.      N  Bangerter, Liz

4.      N  Berry, Tom

5.      N  Cook, Rob

6.      N  Esp, John

7.      N  Evans, Lila Walter

8.     N  Fitzpatrick, Steve

9.      N  Gibson, Steve

10.  N  Hoven, Brian

11.   N  Klock, Harry

12.  N  McNutt, Walter

13.  N  Milburn, Mike

14.  N  O’Hara, Jesse

15.   N  Peterson, Ken

16.  N  Reichner, Scott

17.   N  Small, Sterling

18.  N  Taylor, Janna

19.  N  Yates, Max

20. N  Welborn, Jeffery

 

Can contact them using this online form: http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/62nd/legwebmessage.asp

 


Tea party Rally and the Dumocrats

I thought I should share this with everyone that has been looking at the response from the left and portrayed by the media.

 

This came from a stumping speech given by Bozeman Senator Hawks that stopped in Townsend to tell our commissioner and the people of this county how bad things are in the legislature and with the tea party republicans.

 

The top of the handout at this meeting said this.  “For your reading pleasure, here are some of the major pieces of legislation that have been 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 are currently taking priority in the Montana legislature.  Enjoy.”

The handout continued to go through a list of 18 bills with a censured short title of each bill.  Here are a couple examples of that list.

2. Create fully armed militia in every town (House Bill 278

3.  Allow legislators to carry weapons in the capitol (Senate Bill 279)

9.  Eliminate all state incentives for developing wind power (House Bill 244)

12.  Give Sheriffs authority over the federal government in terror investigations (Senate Bill 114)

 

The list continued on and we are sure that the meeting was set to discuss these listed bills, but our tea party tenacity to aggravate those that need it prevented them from discussing this agenda.

 

FYI, For those of you that remember we had the speakers come from Idaho to speak about racism and the tea party movement being a terrorist organization needing watching.  That meeting was held some time back here in Townsend.  One of the Democratic organizers of that event informed me that there is a professor from Idaho doing research on that issue with the tea party movement and the connection with the supremacists.

 

Mark your calendars and join together on the 4th to send our Anti American Governor a message about the nullification and the pushing back of government intrusions of our lives here in Montana.  Come support those legislators that are carrying bills that we have promoting our sovereignty and insuring our freedom to keep and bear arms across Montana.

1.     This is an open carry event.  To comply with the permit, all weapons must be unloaded.  This event is not the place or time to challenge the 2nd Amendment violation of Helena but will be the foundation for that challenge.

2.     The Tenth Amendment will provide relief for the people of this state as long as we continue to stand for sovereignty and push back the federal government that is infringing on our basic rights.

3.     We always have fun and remain safe in our events, and that is something that we are all proud of.

 

See the attached flyer and please run a few copies and send out across Montana.

 


Olsens take on the capital

First stop in helena – live radio broadcast with Voices of Montana host – Aaron flint.

Aaron did a great job – as usual.

Opening my introducing my dad and I as the ones who got appearance on rachael maddow show last year at our open carry rally.

Can listen to his show here

Then up to the capital to make our politicians nervous. All sorts of lobbyists were stalking the halls. Saw all sorts of people I knew.

Headed to 4th floor for house state admin committee hearing and walked in right as they were trying to argue Office of Political Practices needed more $$$? WTH? What do you not get about cutting the budget?

Perhaps the need for extra $ is due to federal lawsuit brought by Montana Shrugged concerned free speech? Looks like it could possibly cost the state a million buckaroos before it’s over.

Side note- as we were climbing the stairs of the capital we got stuck in the middle of a gay rights press conference where they were complaining about not having enough time to testify on a specific bill. I do not remember the bill number but I must point out that not everybody gets to testify. Sometimes people only get 2 minutes. Our legislature only meets for 90 days every other year and has to look at over 2000 bills (WAY TOO MANY) so I would suggest that if you do not feel you have enough time to testify then you should lobby your representatives to change the way we do business in helena. What if the legislature meets every year?

Next we got to enjoy a lunch thanks to the GOP women. Got to sit and talk with some of our legislators – Tom Burnett (R-Bozeman), Ed Walker (R – Laurel), and James Knox (R-Billings) and his family.

Montana Shrugged Founder, Eric, talks politics with his Senator, Ed Walker

House session began at 12:30 pm where James Knox was kind enough to not only introduce us but also made an announcement on behalf of our group inviting all Republicans and Democrats to our legislative town hall that will be this Friday, February 25 at Petro Hall on the MSU-B campus.

We needed to be back at the convention hall before 2 so we listened to a bit of discussion on house floor and headed into the senate chambers.

Got to make the democrats nervous – especially my own senator – Kendall Van Dyk. No introduction needed there- they knew we were present.

Deg and I listening to debate on House Floor

Eric gave a presentation on Montana’s Natural Resources – path to prosperity. About 100 patriots sat in for his presentation.

I didn’t get a chance to watch the presentation given by Carl Graham of MPI but I would have liked to.

The rest of the afternoon left us listening to a live broadcast by Roger Hedgecock.

Lots of candidates called in and were present to talk about issues and why they are seeking office.  Congressman Denny Rehberg called in from Washington DC, Gubernatorial candidate Ken Miller called in from Kalispell  and by the way he had got the best reception from the crowd.

Other gubernatorial candidates Rick Hill and Corey Stapleton also got a chance to be on the show. US house candidate Steve Daines also got a few minutes among many others.

Was a great show – Hedgecock is sure a funny guy. Glad somebody can make a few jokes in these bad times that we are in.

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit…..wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad” Hedgecock

To finish off the night many of our legislators joined us as a panel of speakers to tell us about effectiveness in contacting them. Because I had to use my cell phone to record this session I did not get away with any worthwhile recordings.  Here are a picture:


We appreciate their willingness to work with us.  As you can see all of the legislators who sat on the panel are republican. That is not to say we didn’t invite democrats- they just tend to not reply back and show up. That’s their loss. Remember – we are Americans working on American problems. We are not republicans, democrats, or independents – we are Americans!

On to day 2 of the convention.

Grassroots activist training was the first discussion of the morning.  It opened day two of the convention at 8 am.  Panelists were Mark Meckler (TEA Party Patriots), Scott Sales (new AFP director for Montana), and Carl Graham (MPI).

TEA Party Patriots (a national “spokesperson” for the tea party movement, often seen on Fox News) has over 3300 tea party groups affilieated with them with over 21 million members across the nation.

Scott Sales says that he believes that liberals have a heart and a soul and passion for their cause…..he said that they are NOT trying to destroy America and either is Obama.  He sure got a lot of ‘boos’ from the crowd with that comment.

Carl Graham gave great tips on where to find all the information you need to educate yourself including multiple informative websites.  He did give me a hat tip on behalf of Montana Shrugged for all of the great work we do with media.  I believe he said I am now engraved into his phone because of all the posting I do to facebook and video I post to youtube.  Guess we should keep it up?

Next up was a “TEA party Panel”- it was made up of four members to discuss various activities.  I chose to take a trip to the capital so I have nothing more to report on this one.  Eric stuck around to keep his presence known.

A couple of patriots and I took a trip to the capital.  We watched both the house and senate discuss bills on the floor.  Took some great pictures as you can see –

Jan and I peer over railing onto Senate Floor

Back to the convention after lunch the first presentation was “Indian Nations” with Representative Sterling Small from the Cheyenne Tribe near Busby, MT.  His presentation was limited to his campaign and limited stories of his early life.  Nothing notable on Native States.  He was completely without Knowledge about Crow Water Compact…He stated that he would side with tribal management as they know what is best for tribe…That certainly worries us.  We all know that if President Barack Obama signs it – it is NOT necessarily good for the people.

Representative Sterling Small

Following “Indian Nations” was a presentation by PSC Chairman Bill Gallagher.  He let us in on the facts that there are 18 additional taxes included on your power bill each month.  He talked about what the PSC really is and what it does.  He was quite informative as most people tend to not even know that the PSC exists.

To finish out the convention we had a wonderful dinner with keynote Roger Hedgecock-been doing radio show since 1990.  He is concerned about the future of our country.  Just about given up on CA. But he did make the point that there are a lot of rumors about California….most of which are TRUE!

Mark Meckler also spoke during the dinner of the TEA Party Patriot’s “40 year plan”.  Ultimately the message is – in order to fix our country it will take 40 years.  In order to do so we need to fix our Finances – budget problem, Education system, Politics and stop the voter fraud!

So…..convention came to an end and that is when we found out about all of the vandalism that happened to our vehicles while in the parking lot.  Everybody was ready for their trip home only to find flat tires and stickers on their side doors, windshields and bumpers that read “tea” with a circle and a line through it.  Luckily for most of us they used mailing labels.  The weather so bad most vehicles were dirty enough that the stickers didn’t stick very well.  Guess even the left are having troubles raising money in these bad economic times?

Surely didn’t get much better for us on our attempt to drive home…..don’t even get me started…..bottom line- took us 12 hours to finally get to billings. Kodiak “parade truck” broke down (and while we were sitting broke down outside the town pump gas station in Livingston a couple of high school kids asked my dad to buy them beer…..we figured maybe we should take their money and tell them to call us when they turn 21? Ha, they would have probably been upset with us.

AAA and Livingston Tow Company jerked me around and I’m really happy to be back home now!  Thank God for people who will drive hours on their Sunday to come pick you up!  That is the wonderful thing about all the networking we have done within the TEA party in Montana.

God Bless America!

 


Natural Resources – Montana’s Path to Prosperity

There has been tremendous response to our presentation on Natural Resources so I’ve decided to post it here for you.

You can watch Eric giving the presentation HERE.

You can see the Q & A HERE.

Or you can download the presentation by clicking on the link below.

Natural Resources – Montana’s Path to Prosperity


direct email is the least effective, USE the phone and web form

A digital message is any message that is sent via the internet, fax or other electronic means that uses a system of “digitization”  instead of transferring  voice pulses into electronic signals, or similar.

In practice, if you e-mail the legislator, or an entire committee, and use the electronic  message system on the MT.GOV website, the recipient will get it in a printed, half-sheet message placed on his/her desk.  They are either blue or canary yellow, depending on whether it is a phone or internet message.

Here is the procedure:

Search for MT.GOV on your internet explorer search bar.

Go to the RH side, and under the governor’s section , click on the “Legislative Branch”

“Welcome to the Montana Legislature” comes up.  Click on the upper left side bar on  “Find a Legislator” under “Home”

Near the bottom of the page, there is a yellow link to “Contact a legislator“.

Click on that, and “Contacting Legislators” displays.

There you will find instruction to contact them by phone, Internet, mail or fax.  The part they don’t tell you is that these phone and online messages are paper messages, and are place on the legislator’s desk, and they stack up, are highly visible, and are brightly colored.

The down side is that phone messages only go to 5 recipients at once, and online messages only go to ONE at a time, near as I can tell.  But you can e-mail an entire COMMITTEE and contact 20 or so at once.  Maybe if we prod the legislative branch, we can get them to make it so we can contact more than one at a time.  The form is tedious to fill out, unless you have a program to fill in your personal info automatically.  There is space for
1250 words in the message.  You could use the copy and paste function for multiple messages to different legislators.

I hope this helps you get word to the people who need to hear from you!

Remember,   you  can email the legislature, and they can fail to notice, delete it, or set their settings to put yours in the trash.

For a way that they cannot fail to notice, also send a message through the legislative message service!  When you send digital messages or phone messages to the legislature, they get a BLUE  or  YELLOW half page on their desks.  It will come at odd times, and even when they are voting on the floor.

They notice these, and cannot escape.  On big bills, they measure the stacks in “inches” of support or opposition.  REALLY

They may only glance at the title and the bill number, and read SUPPORT or OPPOSE,  but they will notice.  They also count and compare.

We are talking PAPER MESSAGES!  Think of it:  logging, natural resources, jobs, industry, and commerce in MONTANA!  And, we can influence legislation.

Create MONTANA jobs, and kill bad bills-  a winning combination!

Go to it!

 


YES ON HB 278

YES ON HB 278

 

 

Please send a message to the House State Administration Committee, where this bill is stalled out.

http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/62nd/legwebmessage.asp

 

 

Ask them to vote “YES” on HB 278, which provides for a volunteer Montana Home Guard as part of our organized state militia.

I believe this bill is stalled because Committee members are spooked by the word “militia”.

 

 

All recent governors have learned that they cannot rely on state National Guard units for in-state needs to address problems such as wildfires, prison riots, flooding and more, because National Guard units are federalized and often gone when needed.

 

Our Montana Constitution specifies that all able-bodied citizens are members of the militia.  Our organized militia is divided into the Montana National Guard and the Montana Home Guard. Statutes on the Home Guard are very brief.

 

Please vote –  ask the Committee to vote “YES” on HB 278 to flesh out these statutes and to provide for the Home Guard as an important safety resource for our citizens.

 


For Immediate Release: STOP the Crow Water Compact

For Immediate Release, February 16, 2011

Contact: montanashrugged@gmail.com

The Crow Nation is fighting a Federal water compact which takes away private water rights in return for $460 million for tribal leaders to build a modern water system. There is a long history of corruption in Crow Tribal Leadership – embezzlement, cronyism, intimidation tactics.  Many former Crow Chairman and officials are in prison. Former Crow Chairman Carl Venne, who made candidate Obama an honorary Crow, died in 2009 at the age of 62. During his reign the 1948 Treaty was eliminated and replaced in 2001 with a modern version replicating three branches of government.

This treaty changeover was done with an illegal vote maneuver from the secret ballot to a sudden rule change at the meeting in 2001 to a voice vote. Concerned Crow Tribal members have been fighting to get their voices heard since that tragic day and they feel that a NO vote on the Tribal Water Compact would do just that as the President of the US, Governor Schweitzer, Congressman Rehberg, Senators Baucus and Tester all support it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqnPiJxtqw0


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