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Rehberg v. blogs

Well, well, well. Apparently blogs are getting under Montana Representative Dennis Rehberg’s skin. In an interview on Yellowstone Public Radio last night, Rehberg not only trashed blogs, but suggested that they need “controlling”:

JIM GRANSBERRY: Well, we’re almost to time, and here’s a question, and I asked this one last on purpose because it says, “why do you refuse to debate your opponent, Monica Lindeen, in a public forum? Don’t you think the citizens of Montana have a right to have both candidates answer questions in a debate format? Or are you afraid of having to defend your ideas and positions in person?” This comes from Jaime in Helena.

DENNIS REHBERG: Well, thank you, Jaime, because it once again gives me an opportunity to for me to correct blogs – blogs are something we’re going to have to deal with in the future. You can write or say anything. Uh, Jim, you know as well as I do that – what was it, two months ago? You asked me to do a debate in Billings and I said, “yes.”

Make no mistake, Dennis Rehberg is no friend of the First Amendment. This is not the first time he’s made threats against people for speaking out against corruption and law-breaking.

One can only wonder how Rehberg is planning on “dealing with blogs” in the future. That’d make a nice question at some future debate, eh?


Conrad Burns just can’t help himself, can he? In other news, Phyllis had to take Greyhound.

Matt begins his series of endorsements for state legislature with Kalispell’s Randy Kenyon. Check it out and throw the man some coin.

Liberal Wacko gives you a reason why it’s crucial to have a Democratic majority in the state legislature: Republican John Sinrud.

Cece caught Dennis Rehberg on Yellowstone Public Radio last night. Yikes! It was ugly. You can listen for yourself.

New West’s summary of Howie Rich’s initiatives, fraud, and their fate across the country.

Colby’s going to the Butte debate, which should be crazy, considering the MT GOP is trying to “prevent” a Democratic crowd by “bringing Republicans from all over the region.”

Wait! Apparently Burns is under investigation

Apparently, we’re already conducting military operations inside Iran.

Cafferty: “This is the same jive we were fed in the run-up to Iraq.”

Olbermann: The President owes us an apology.

Canadian kidnapped, sent to Syria, tortured. By the U.S. Too bad he was innocent.

McCain’s opposition to torture puts him on the outs with Republicans. Um…do I need to give you any more reason why you should vote for your Democratic candidate?

Is George Allen anti-semetic, too? Seems a stretch…but watch the video…and Kos digs up some examples of Allen hiding his Jewish heritage.

Bush to acknowledge global warming? If so, prepare yourselves for a sudden shift in rhetoric from all the conservative nay-sayers. By the way, a Bush u-turn on the issue would be a good thing.

Tristero mulls over Bush’s possible “October surprise.”

No wonder the government is so dead-set against real health care reform. Apparently the industry’s inefficiencies are propping up our economy. What a clusterf*ck.

Speaking of the “growth of wages,” the WSJ believes stock options are inflating the numbers.

Ugh. Those of you who dismiss right-wing Christian fundamentalism as a non-threat should watch this clip from Jesus Camp. Worshipping a cardboard cut-out of President Bush? Double ugh.

Dave Neiwert on the anthrax letters: probably a right-wing domestic terror attack. Thus, the silence.

It’s official. Dennis Rehberg has come unhinged.

Now we know why he’s been in hiding.

The first glimpse into Dennis’ world is a Billings Gazette piece on the House candidates’ stance on the Iraq War.

Rehberg, who has twice visited Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion there, said the situation is not a failure. Things are getting better, he said. The Iraqi army and police forces are improving; the government continues to become more functional.”Real progress is being made,” Rehberg said.

Progress? If falling into civil war is progress…then…perhaps…H*ll! Who am I kidding? I can’t even joke about it! This is a moronic statement!

On Monday…just Monday!…thirty-nine Iraqis were killed in Baghdad alone! Thirty-nine! And that doesn’t include the seventeen tortured bodies found!


But let’s revisit the fantasy world of our Representative:

Rehberg said he views the war in Iraq as a way of creating democracy there and stability in the Middle East.”What is the mission in Iraq? It is to make something positive happen in Iraq or keeping something from happening there or somewhere else,” he said, adding that a free Iraq with a stable, democratic government will be a “springboard” for freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

What is the mission in Iraq? Maybe it’s to give Bush administration lackeys a job. Where is our representative on this issue? Why hasn’t he spoken out?

Here’s the best part, where Dennis Rehberg plays Montanans for idiots:

Rehberg said he thought oil played no role [in the origin of the war]. The war, he said, is about freedom for the Iraqi people and bringing “security and stability to a country that has harbored terrorists (and) used weapons of mass destruction against its own citizens.”

Dennis – and I know you’re reading the blogs (more on that later) – um…if you’re so keen on stabilizing Iraq, why do you support the administration’s rudderless war policy? Don’t you care about our troops? Don’t you want some semblance of victory? Bush has had more than three years with this thing, and it’s only grown worse. He’s totally and utterly bungled the war.

Let’s quote Monica Lindeen, who summed it up nicely:

“Obviously, the status quo is a failed policy,” she said.

Go and read the article. See who has the better grasp of reality. See who recognizes Iraq is a distraction, that our reasons for going in were bogus, who understands the situation on the ground. See who thinks maybe we should actually be going after terrorists.

Honestly, our Representative’s views are vintage 2002. The views were questionable then, and downright dangerous now. We’re in a time of crisis. It’s time for good men to act.

Unfortunately we’re stuck with Dennis Rehberg.

That can change.

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