Oath Keepers Play Dress Up for the Apocalypse in Idaho

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The Associated Press offered a surprisingly generous story about a three day jamboree of a group of self-proclaimed survivalists, John Birchers, and assorted whack jobs, including state representatives from Washington and Idaho who met to prepare for the inevitable collapse of the American economy.

Enough virtual and real ink has been spilled about the state of a political party whose members are actively rooting for the collapse of the country that I’ll avoid discussing it here, but that won’t prevent me from mocking them just a bit.

My favorite part of the “Patriots & Self Reliance Rally” is that these rugged, self-reliant individualists chose to meet at Farragut State Park in Idaho. I’m presuming they enjoyed the roads to the park and the amenities offered there, including paved parking lots, restrooms with electricity, and well-lighted areas to practice target shooting.  And attendees didn’t need to worry about getting lost on the way there, as volunteers posted signs on the highways around the camp site to help direct attendees.

If that Emersonian rugged experience wasn’t enough, the speakers covered topics ranging from “Sharp Knife/Hot Flame” to “This is JBS,” “Common Core is Here!” to “Hand Made Water Purifiers.” Don’t worry! The kids were covered, too, with “free market activities” at the open market.

Montana’s own invasive species from Florida, Chuck Baldwin, was one of the speakers at the event, and I imagine his topic was bilking gullible conspiracy theorists for all they’re worth.

No word on whether John C. Calhoun was able to attend.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an 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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Norma Duffy
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Sigh! If people talked like this around 1943, they would be arrested for treason. I can bet that not one of those nutcases, who camped next to paved roads, had anything to say about the republicans in congress who are trying desperately to destroy the country so they can play all of their war fantasies for real. So where is the jobs “Leadnecks”??? You’re so worried about your gun rights you don’t even see the ammo and gun manufacturers screwing you. If I buy even Montana Ammo here in the state from the manufacturer, it costs more than online from… Read more »

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Norma Duffy
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So your selling the lies too B ig Joke??? Michael Snyder is a fundamentalist wack-job and Christian crank who has started numerous blogs as a testament to his raging insane belief that the world is about to end…. Doesn’t seem to faze Snyder one bit that every one of his past predictions of economic collapse were dead wrong. Apparently you believe in his horrendous track record, and raving codswallop. So do you equate anyone who hasn’t accepted the word of God like he has equivalent to rapists, murderers and child molesters? Michael does Do you believe it is not a… Read more »

Big Johansson
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Big Johansson

Must be a racist too. Right Norm?

Attack the messenger. Ignore the message.

Norma Duffy
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The message is Whacked just like the messenger. Need I go further?????

Tokarsk
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Tokarsk

The world seems to have many ponds that we can look into withote seeing reflections.

Rob Kailey
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Withote? Hold tightly to your belief that everyone else is an idiot, Mark. It makes it that much more amusing when you prove that you really are …

Norma Duffy
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OMG! Does this mean Mark believes in Vampires??????

Tokarsk
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Tokarsk

I don’t believe that everyone else is an idiot. If only it were that simple.

There are layers … Don’s post here is really saying “I am morally and intellectually superior to my opponents,” while you’re saying “Yeah, that’s a typo.” One of the two of you is a little more complex.

Norma Duffy
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Do you divine tea leaves as well?? Seek help Mark, you not seeing a reflection in the waters just a delusion!

Rob Kailey
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I agree, Mark. Making fun of you is very simple. And for the record, when one is morally and intellectually superior to another, there is no shame in saying as much. Yet, ‘withote’ any evidence, you make that claim all the time. Perhaps the one blind to the mirror pool is you?

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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lizard19

please Larry, don’t color outside the lines.

PogieBut
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PogieBut

I should be surprised by you endorsing a hate group, Liz. But anything to fit the narrative.

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lizard19

did I provide the link, Don? I was merely advising Larry to not wander from the pen where you herd animals congregate.

Don Pogreba
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Occasionally, people outside of the norms of society are brilliant, insightful thinkers who contribute valuable, new ways of thinking.

Most of the time, though, they’re just wrong.

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