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A James Knox Update: Attacking and Hacking?

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Representative Knox has been out of the news the past few weeks at the session, but I presumed his silencehad been to conduct a comprehensive examination of the citizenship status of his fellow legislators. It turns out I was wrong: Mr. Knox has been busy attacking other Republicans, suggesting that his “followers” harass a critic, and potentially trying to hack into a blog account. You can view the forwarded e-mail here.

We’re not talking about human rights advocates here or liberal bloggers. We’re not even talking about employees that Knox failed to pay. Knox is attacking fellow conservatives and Republicans in a manner entirely unbecoming a public official, especially during a floor session of the House. I, for one, am glad that the Legislature provided Knox a personal laptop for this critical government function.

I think the good people of House District 47 have already realized that one term is one too many for this clown.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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    • "Teawanker party" ur a dick for a environmental rump ranger. Mike miller and denny rehberg are both good reps of the teaparty here in montana. The gop is doing lots of good brings us back out of the shadowy dark places, so why repleal mmj? I believe they're voting out of fear and pure ignorance. Fear of the money, And ignorance of the difference between real medicine in real drugs. Mister knox is a boozer who drinks dailey and smokes imported cigars how much of that booz do you think is also important he is un american. James knox is a lair!

  • Hello Dave F.

    I've never had much faith in the intelligence of the teabaggers what with their leaders' Sarah P's incoherence and M. Bachman's bat-shit craziness. But Damn son, you sound ignorant.

    Thanks for the reinforcement!

  • Knox even lies in his email signature.

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/George_Washington

    * It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.

    o Washington is known to have made some official statements of public piety, but this is not one of them. Though this assertion is very widely reported to have been said in Washington's Farewell Address (17 September 1796), this is not actually the case, as any search of the documents would reveal. It has also been presented as having been part of his Proclamation on January 1, 1795 of February 19th, 1795 as a day of national Thanksgiving in this form:

    It is in an especial manner our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe, without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. Religion is as necessary to reason, as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to.

    In the above paragraph the italicized portion appears to be entirely bogus, and there is no actual record of such a statement ever having been made by Washington. The first sentence is an almost accurate rendition of one from Washington's official proclamation, being a portion of this segment:

    In such a state of things it is in an especial manner our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience. Deeply penetrated with this sentiment, I, George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever, within the United States to set apart and observe Thursday, the 19th day of February next as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation…

    It is to be noted that there is genuine piety expressed in this statement, but it is not of any sectarian kind, Christian or otherwise. The last portion of the bogus statement which uses it is a truncation of a statement attributed to him in an undocumented biography written for children. In A Life of Washington (1836) by James K. Paulding, Washington is quoted as having stated:

    It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.

    In the spurious version of the Thanksgiving proclamation which uses a portion of this, Washington's allusions to Voltaire's famous statement that "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him" has been omitted. In the cases of these "quotations" it seems that if statements suitable to their sectarian interests do not exist, some people feel it necessary to invent them.

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