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Coverage of Ryan Zinke makes 4 of the top 5 Most Read Posts Ever on The Montana Post

5. The Discrimination at Greg Gianforte’s Petra Academy is Worse Than We Thought

Sept. 14, 2016

These are the conditions that can keep a student from entering Petra and which permit a student’s expulsion from the school:

Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Autism, Emotional or Behavioral Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Gifted, or Physical Disabilities. For the purpose of this policy, it is not important whether or not the condition was accurately diagnosed and is a genuine disability or exceptionality.

They even helpfully note that that list is not exhaustive, and they can block students for other causes.

Even worse are details of the policy, which make it clear that students with disabilities cannot expect the reasonable accommodations that are legally mandated in businesses like your local coffee shop. Among its policies, Petra notes that:

  • If it becomes apparent that a child has a severe disability/exceptionality the parents will need to withdraw the student in order to obtain proper assistance for him/her.
  • Children with a mild disability/exceptionality will be given the same amount of individual instruction and encouragement as their classmates.
  • minor accommodations shall not necessitate appreciable time commitments from the teacher(s) outside of what is normally needed for students without mild disability/exceptionality.
  • If after implementing minor accommodations in a particular situation, the Headmaster determines that it is not in the best interest of the school and/or the child to continue, the Headmaster may discontinue the same, at his discretion. If needed, he may also ask the parents to withdraw the student in order to obtain proper assistance for him/her.

4. Does Congressman Zinke Even Live in Montana or is He California Dreamin’?

Oct. 4, 2016

So where does he live? The evidence suggests that it could very well be Santa Barbara, California.

On July 20, the Santa Barbara Independent reported that Congressman Zinke held a fundraiser in his home for a GOP Congressional candidate. Here’s how they described it:

Zinke is married to Lolita Hand, who grew up in Santa Barbara and now resides part-time in Hope Ranch. Zinke allowed Republican congressional candidate Justin Fareed — now facing off against Democrat Salud Carbajal — to use his home for a campaign fundraiser earlier this year.

While the Independent changed the headline on that story, their Facebook page retains the original headline “Part-Time Hope Ranch resident Ryan Zinke Speaks at RNC.” The original headline is on the left, and the changed one appears on the right.

3. Secretary Zinke Blocks Outside Magazine Editor for Honest Coverage of His Terrible Fishing Ability

Dec. 11, 2017

After mentioning this at the end of the article the editor of Outside Magazine was “blocked” from the next conference call held by the Department of the Interior where Secretary Zinke was busy attacking the outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, for daring to stand up to him and his illegal action of shrinking National Monuments. Outside Magazine reported:

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, was not pleased. On a Tuesday conference call with reporters he called Patagonia “a special interest group.” (Outside was not on the call. Despite repeated efforts to join, one of our editors was blocked. The previous day, the magazine had published a critical profile of Zinke by Elliott Woods that illustrated, among other issues, the secretary’s struggles to properly rig a fly rod.)

2. Secretary Zinke Gets Caught Raiding Wildfire Funds for Expensive Travel

Dec. 29, 2017

In what comes as no surprise to Montanans Ryan Zinke has once again been caught with his hand in the cookie jar misusing taxpayer dollars for expensive flights. In an expose published in Newsweek based on information gathered through Freedom of Information Act requests it has come to light that this time it wasn’t just any taxpayer dollars, these funds were specifically set aside for fighting wildfires. Even for Secretary Zinke this is a new low.

The biggest punch in the gut is that he was using this money in his plans to gut National Monuments. The way that Secretary Zinke evaded this issue is classic Zinke. His spokesperson claimed it was a billing error when Newsweek caught them.

1. His Former Commander Exposes Ryan Zinke’s Navy SEAL Career and Defective “Moral Make-up”

May 30, 2014

An excerpt of Captain Bailey’s letter follows:

The statement by a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief sums up the essence of Ryan’s character.  The man told me personally that Ryan is PNG (persona non grata) at his old SEAL team, primarily for the misleading statements he has made about his rank and importance at that “special” team.  That is a sad commentary on a man who had all the potential in the world and has, instead of coming clean about himself and his mistakes, tries to re-write his personal history in order to achieve political office.

I am certain that Ryan would have acquitted himself well if he had led his men in actual combat instead of being a theater manager of the combat units assigned to him.

I am sure that Ryan will do his best to rebut these serious allegations.  He can prove me wrong by making his unredacted DD-214 available for public examination.  I would like nothing better than to have been shown that I was wrong, but that won’t happen.

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