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Montana Human Rights Network 1, Rob Natelson 0

I intended to write earlier about UM law professor Rob Natelson’s totally irrational argument about the Montana Human Rights Network, but the MHRN offered a much better response:

“Dear Professor Natelson –

“We received the following e-mail, and we wanted to alert you that it appears somebody has hijacked your personal e-mail account.  The rambling and unsubstantiated content of the message appears to have come from a person transcribing Fox News programming.  With no facts or specific information included, we cannot believe a law professor would have sent it.  We suggest you take measures to secure your e-mail account so this type of thing doesn’t happen in the future.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • While some may think Natelson has adopted Palin-speak, in fact, GOP software engineers have developed a Vista-based rant generator. This program helps the intellectually challenged members of the far right wing of the party post to blogs and write speeches that are comprehensible only to their double-digit IQ colleagues. There are some bugs in the software, however, made evident yesterday when Palin got caught in a campaign stump speech logic loop when she spoke to the Republican Governors Conference. Crack GOP software engineers are working on the problem.

  • Rob is really, really out there. I’d never really understood how nutty this professor is until he started writing at the electric city webblog. He’s goofier than I had ever imagined. It’s a good thing that he is allowed free reign there to write. He recent rants about not allowing certain people to vote should be required reading.

  • rob natelson has been irrelevant for decades now. his disagreeable nature and insane political viewpoint has been resoundingly rejected by voters at least twice in the state of montana. the university of montana has tried without success to fire him but he is protected by some invisible force shield of tenure that insures his continuing access to infect the minds of young law students with his far right gibberish. he is not viewed among his peers as having any particular scholastic achievements or abilities in the classroom yet he clings to his post and continues to draw a large salary from montana’s taxpayers with no detectable benefit to our state other than the satisfaction we can derive from pointing to him and declaring that we pride ourselves on allowing even crack-pots like the mean-spirited and ultra-partisan professor natelson to lecture our kids. now that is the very embodiement of free speech folks. this annoyance is proof positive that freedom can be very painful in practice.

  • Not only that, it’s very sad to see that gregg smith has given this nutjob free reign at his site. Gregg’s site used to be a place where all sides could meet for some fun discussion, but since the nutty perfesser, bobby nasalsound, showed up, NO criticism of him or his goofy ideas is allowed. He really is a sick individual. It is kind of interesting though to attempt to figure out just how a person gets to be this way. What makes a guy like nasalsound tick? I don’t get it. Was he raised in his parent’s basement? And just think, there are rightwing wacko families all OVER Montana homeschooling their younguns in the Nasalsound theory of government! Gee, isn’t THAT a reassuring thought!

  • As a voter, I definitely want to know any connections Montana politicians have to hate-groups, para-military organizations, and other extremists.

    Natalson obviously wishes they weren’t providing this service, as many of the crazies the Human Rights Network has shined a light on have been Republican candidates.

    Take, for example, Shawn Stuart, a member of the National Socialist Movement which bills itself as ‘‘America’s Nazi Party’’ who said local Republicans were aware of some of his views when he told them of his plans to run for office. http://www.helenair.com/articles/2006/04/05/montana/a01040506_02.txt

    The GOP Chairman said he didn’t know his candiate was a Nazi party member until reading it in the Montana Standard, who was alerted to the fact by the Human Rights Network.

    Maybe Natelson would do better to run his candidates though a Network background check BEFORE they file, instead of after.

  • nobody cares what natelson does anymore. that’s what is so satisfying about this election. extreme right wing lunatics like natelson have been rendered irrelevant. their views are extinct. nobody cares what he has to say and it must be humiliating to be a professor of law for a bazillion years and to have washed up on the blogosphere as a laughingstock. i read him strictly for the comic relief. he is no threat and there is no there, there. the only brief he is likely to write is his name on fruit of the looms with a sharpie.

  • Or, Pbear, to be more exact, the Fruit of the Loons! Nasalsound truly is a pathetic creature. And still, I have a perverse curiousity as to just what makes loons tick. You see, the nutty perfesser and I are about the same age. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out how a person gets to BE the way he is. I mean, did he MISS the entire sixties? We KNOW that little bobby missed Nam. He had an excuse, like Flush Blimpaugh, but it wasn’t a cyst on his ass. It was sumthin’ else. (at least that’s what he claims). But it IS kinda funny that all the greatest herioc rightwing warmongers NEVER SERVED! (or deserted like bush). I guess that this is what makes them such great warmongers! (or chickenhawks, as Royoko used to say). But Bobby’s a phony, pure and simple. And why in the HELLo did Jack Mudd ever invite him to Montana for I’ll NEVER know! What did he see in the guy? I don’t get it.

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