There's a proposal before the Missoula city council to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Naturally a bunch of closed-minded bigots will have problems with that sort of thing, but this one is really special. NotMyBathroom.com allegedly represents 17 or so groups opposed to the proposal because it would allow men to use the ladies' room and thus frighten and confuse children.
I shit ye not.
It will also force ministers to perform gay marriages, give homosexuals 'special' rights, and the usual litany of orgiastic end-times tribulations.
But they don't hate homosexuals. Really.
And the various groups that are part of the umbrella organization can't be identified because, you know, gay bashing isn't protected speech. And since contributing over $100 to a political campaign goes on the public record, everyone who gave more than $100 to California's Prop. 8 suddenly felt threatened and oppressed by homosexuals.
Who is behind the frightened people in the bathrooms? Tireless WalMart-funded anti-porn crusader Dallas Erickson. It doesn't matter that there's hardly any porn where he lives, that most of it is in the form of Playboy, Penthouse, and video equivalent, and next to impossible for someone under 18 to look at. He's one of those guys who stays up late all night worrying that someone is having a good time. Scroll down to Time to stop this permissiveness to see one of his great anti-porn rants.
You know how first / emergency responders have large-scale drills to work out various scenarios. A bunch of people with nothing better to do act like they've been killed or injured by an earthquake, terrorist attack, bioweapon oopsie, whatever, and the coordinated police, fire, and appropriate other agencies figure out how well their plans would work when there's nothing else happening outside of the few blocks they've roped off.
How do you do that when you don't have much money? Actual headline:
The concept of getting paid to be a fireman who plays with army men and Hot Wheels must be giving 8-11 year-olds total hard-ons.
Where do you go if your end-times, Mormon-offshoot religion is too freaky-weird for Utah and Idaho? Montana!
A religious group led by a man who claims to be the Holy Ghost has moved to the Fromberg area after a brief stay in a small Idaho town where residents protested the group's building plans.
Their Fromberg neighbors are wary of the group and law enforcement officials have been notified of the group's activities in Utah and Idaho.
Members of the Church of the Firstborn and General Assembly of Heaven had fled to Idaho from Utah last year after their large home in a Salt Lake City suburb was raided by federal officials investigating claims of child sexual abuse and assassination threats against President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Last September, the group started moving from Idaho into two homes on a lot at 605 Bridger-Fromberg Road. The main home had been rented by Larry Daniels, who was sentenced last week to prison for murdering his adult son in the house.
The church is led by 43-year-old Terrill Dalton, who said group members are peaceful and felt drawn to Montana.
"We all prayed about where to go next and a lot of people had the same feeling that we ought to go to Montana, somewhere nigh unto Billings, not the city, but nearby," Dalton said.
Geody Harman is the church's co-leader, Dalton's "first counselor." Asked how many people live on the property, Harman had to stop and count.
"Fourteen or 15, something like that. No, it's 16," Harman said. That number includes the 36-year-old Harman's wife and their nine children.
The article continues at the link to the Missoulian. It's '90s nostalgia. These folk are the Church Universal and Triumphant of this decade.
Our good buddy Brent Wilson just can't keep his mouth shut. The headline in the early edition of the paper I get has a much better headline: Alleged house thief continues to mouth off. "Mouth off" isn't as good as "sasses," but is still pretty good.
Brent is obviously crazy, and medication would likely help him, especially since he insists on acting as his own lawyer, but I think he's great. The way he attempted to steal the houses is totally batshit crazy, yet he managed to get a home equity loan for one of them. He claims to neither have nor need constitutional rights, which is probably his justification for treating Deborah, sorry, Judge Christopher, just like any other person. A bit dickish perhaps, but it's not like he called her a bitch or threatened her. He's just asking to be held in contempt of court and/or in crazy lockup, but it could all be weird judicial kung fu.
There's no video of Brent mouthing off, but here's a direct link to the video when he first sassed Judge