MT Cowgirl blog, two days ago:
The leader of the Billings Montana Shrugged TEA Party and a TEA Party Republican state lawmaker have been caught posting remarks online that imply support for shooting their political opponents.
Matt Gouras, writing for the AP, today:
A Republican Montana state legislator said Wednesday he was talking about weapons of the mind in an online discussion with a tea party leader about stocking up on “ammo” to “attack” socialists.
Rep. James Knox, of Billings, raised some eyebrows with a recent conversation on Facebook.
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While I’m glad (and I suspect Cowgirl is as well) that over one hundred news outlets have picked up this story about TEA Party extremism, it would certainly be nice if the guardians of truth in the halls of journalism would acknowledge the debt they owe to those unprofessional, Cheetos eating bloggers living in their basements, wouldn’t it?