Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Buddy, Steve. Again.

Here is a post, a broadcast if you will, from the republican Senator from Montana. I reprint it in it's entirety.

Dear Mike,
We face a new frontier. One that disregards process, neglects the American people, and compromises the civil liberties that are fundamental to our foundation as Americans.
We enter a world where the government has expanded power to hack our personal devices and conduct surveillance.
Click on the video below to hear my statement on protecting civil liberty on the Senate floor yesterday:
Starting today, the federal government has the power to hack millions of Americans’ computers with one single search warrant. And the government isn’t even required to ensure those subject to a computer search are notified.
How did this drastic change in policy occur? Through changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These changes were sought through an opaque process conducted by a little known judicial conference. We know that in today’s world, law enforcement need tools that reflect 21st century realities. But instead of engaging in a deliberative process that involves the American people, the Department of Justice decided to circumvent Congress and seek this rule change behind closed doors.
Over the past several months, my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to put a stop to this unprecedented expansion of government hacking power. Our efforts have been resisted by those who claim changes to Rule 41 are simply a venue issue, and do not implicate our civil liberties. It is frankly alarming that proponents of this rule insist the changes go into effect immediately. Why not give Congress the time it needs to deliberate this policy and conduct this debate in a way that is transparent to the American people?
This unilateral erosion of our civil liberties is unacceptable and I will continue fighting in the Senate to protect the privacy rights of all Americans.
As always, I encourage you to contact my office to express your concerns or opinions on policy issues important to you. And if we’re not already connected on social media, I invite you to follow my daily updates on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s my number one priority in Congress to represent the values and interests of the people of Montana, and your input is very helpful. I also invite you to visit my website,, so we can stay in touch.
Best Wishes,

Steve Daines
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
p: (202) 224-2651
222 N. 32nd Street, Ste. 100
Billings, MT 59101
p: (406) 245-6822
Great Falls
104 4th Street North, Ste. 302
Great Falls, MT 59401
p: (406) 453-0148
30 West 14th Street, Ste. 206
Helena, MT 59601
p: (406) 443-3189
13 South Wilson Avenue, Ste. 8
Bozeman, MT 59715
p: (406) 587-3446
218 East Front Street, Ste. 103
Missoula, MT 59802
p: (406) 549-8198
40 2nd St East, Suite 211
(KM Building)
Kalispell, MT 59901
p: (406) 257-3765
609 S. Central Ave. Suite #4
(Central Plaza Buidling)
Sidney, MT 59270
p: (406) 482-9010
310 N Center
Hardin, MT 59034
p: (406) 665-4126

My Response:

You should have thought of this before, eh? Before you and your party put the demagogue Trump on the thone. 
Good lord, Steve. (staffer, don't take this personalty) 
You are a .22 in a .44 magnum world, to put it in Montana terms. You're a hack, and remain in office because of your campaign funding from the GOP big donors, who don't care about you except it puts a GOP person in the state. 
You might try used truck franchise, might work in MT. 

Mike Mulligan

Oh yeah, like all of my emails, this goes to my blog at:


  1. The reason I did this one is this guy really pisses me off. He's a fucking right wing nut, who was apparently a Seal. And uses that at every opportunity in his campaigns.
    Thing is, my father in law was the founder of the seals, the grandfather frog. Adm. D.l. Kauffman.
    He would have looked at Daines with contempt. I knew Draper, and his politics.
    Also, minor point, I'd bet that in between Marble Mountain and the Delta, in 66-68, I saw more combat than Daines ever dreamed about.
    The guy is a political hack.

  2. Fuck this guy. Keep needling him, dad!

    1. Mind your language, young lady. Your mother might be watching this.....

  3. I had to read this several times in disbelief. He's concerned about civil liberties?! His king will make sure and take them away.

    1. And for Montana, though we've had some exceptional one like Mike Mansfield, he's not the far right up here. He's just a political hack. Which I despise.

  4. Too much anger on this holiday season. What can the little guy do? Congress has long ago quit listening to us.

  5. Well, I suppose we could postpone our anger until after the holidays, but by then it will be too late, and we'll be hunted down and sent to "re-education" internment camps for electronic reprogramming.

    There, we'll have a neuro-chip implanted that not only monitors and records our thoughts before replacing them with the new party's acceptable Tweet-musings, but provides our precise location at any given moment. You see, we get three chances to accept the inevitable before being 'disappeared' (probably vaporized by laser snipers).

    So, I say piss and moan and needle while you still can. If that becomes not enough for you, learn how we the people can legally prevent him and his minions from taking office and join the movement. Express you anger: it might soon be the only thing you have left!

    (My mother once told me, before I knew what it meant, that Facetious was my middle name. I prefer Sardonic, myself.)

    1. Martha, remember the saying from our feckless youth? 'Come the revolution....'?
      Well, when it comes, come on out west, I'll reserve a spot.

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  6. Ah, Mike Mansfield, there's a name that brings a warm and fuzzy feeling to my heart. He was definitely one of the best to ever serve this country.

    1. He, Wayne Morse, a few others of that ilk and generation. Jerry Brown is an interesting compare and contrast with those ones, eh? What would the like of Adlia or Hubert think of Jerry, and how he's adapted.

      Wish you gave more of your insight and opinion, my friend. A lot people could learn from it is my guess.

  7. Mike-
    I respect your grit and candor. We all should communicate with our elected reps, with frequency and fervor. Delighted to the father-daughter exchange by the way. Reminds me of people who share my blood and who once domiciled under my roof.

    1. Yeah, true enough and what our system is based on, Tom.
      A guess.........for every say, 1K emails sent to a rep or senator, how many actually are read, and how many by the rep or senator himself. I bet 5% is a inflated guess. And 1 % by the actual addressee. Maybe less.
      Trump is showing us ignoramus how to bypass the system entirely, and to no disadvantage: Don't have press conferences. Don't answer questions. Keep feeding your base, the 'alt right' quotes on twitter and have occasional 'rallies' such as Hitler had, to keep up the fervor as long as you want it.
      The press complies, the congress is his, and who knows what Roberts will do on the bench.
      I don't think many realize what an important time, and what is at stake, we are currently going through.

  8. Giving congress the time it needs to review anything would take about 27 election cycles and we would be stuck with all the rest of the same bullshit for more generations.

  9. We have now got what is called the "Snooper's Charter" in Britain. These demagogues who promise freedom and choice to "ordinary people" really want totalitarianism.