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Montana town wants to be the new Gitmo

posted at 9:10 am on April 25, 2009 by

Several years ago, my wife and I were sitting in our home in beautiful So. California, sipping on some delicious hot coffee,  talking about the need to pick a new State to call home, and the need to get our son’s out of harms way before they got stuck in California. We both made a list of criteria that we each deemed necessary, compared lists, modified, and started our search. This was a drastic plan of action, as our immediate family members all lived close by. Following two years of research, we settled in on a specific area of Montana. We then broke the news to our parents and siblings. We started construction of our new home in Montana in 2005,  made the permanent move in 2006.

A few days ago, we learned that a city near us built a prison on the basis of “build the facility, and the criminals will come.” While spending most of our adult lives in California, we watched as government forced their will upon the citizens, making decisions that left us shaking our heads in disbelief. This morning my wife and I were enjoying a delicious cup of hot coffee, shaking our heads in disbelief of the current news of a possible relocation of Gitmo prisoners coming to a town near by. It boggles the mind how government claims to be the representative of the people, while sticking it to us at every turn.

From the Billings Gazette:

The long halls of the Two Rivers Detention Facility may be empty and dark, but the building is aglow in the national spotlight. The executive director of Two Rivers Authority, which owns the facility in Hardin, is fielding calls and giving interviews to national media since word came out the organization would like to house Guantanamo detainees.

From Fox News:

The development authority in Hardin, a city of 3,400 people bordering the Crow Indian Reservation, built the $27 million, 460-bed jail two years ago and has been looking for tenants ever since. Its construction loans are in default.

Montana residents do have some good news as well:

The rest of the state’s congressional delegation — Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg — agreed that bringing Guantanamo prisoners to Montana is a bad idea, though they support efforts to find some other use for the jail.

Montanans have stocked their shelves with guns and ammo since the election of Barack Obama, fearing an attack on the 2nd ammendment will be a vocal point of the new administration. Having international terrorists delivered to our backyard; well, that was not the original purpose for recent purchases…

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Yep, keemo, it might provide a slew of prison management jobs, and related service jobs….

But, and this is what is one of my key gripes in all of this…”landed immigrants” or more specific, resident aliens.

Johnson v. Eisentrager, has already established that nonresident enemy aliens shall have no access to our courts in wartime.

However, once a nonresident enemy alien arrives on US soil…he becomes a resident enemy alien…and has full access to our courts in wartime.

I’m not willing to sacrifice that legal precept for a handful of new jobs…

coldwarrior on April 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Maybe you two could open a Chinese-Uighur restaurant after the move, Keemo? It looks like you’d have plenty of cooks and wait staff available.

andycanuck on April 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

andycanuck on April 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Damn, that’s funny.. Thanks for that.

Keemo on April 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I’m not willing to sacrifice that legal precept for a handful of new jobs…

coldwarrior on April 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

This story has brought out some real anger in this area. The entire closing down of GITMO in it’s current form, is ludicrous beyond comprehension! Idiots playing politics at the expense of the American people.

Keemo on April 25, 2009 at 3:04 PM

the need to get our son’s out of harms way

made the permenant move

fearing an attack on the 2nd ammendment will be a vocal point of the new administration.

This is the sort of writing that the Lefties use to prove how stupid the knuckle-dragging reichwingers are. The professional reporters in the legacy media love to brag about how they have their platoons of fact-checkers and editors that prevent such embarrassing copy from being seen by a reader.

Sadly, proofreaders who know the rules of English grammar cannot be entirely replaced by computerized spell- and grammar-checkers, but they can catch the two obvious misspellings. (The spell-checker feature in Firefox highlighted them, as well as the neologism “reichwingers” and the HTML tag “blockquote” above.) If you want your message to have a chance to be received well, you should not insult the intelligence of your readers. Learn and apply the rules for the use of the apostrophe in English.

I know that it’s fashionable to consider folks like me “Grammar Nazis” (usually written “Grammar Nazi’s”, sometimes by people who actually appreciate the irony) but consider who it is that dictates fashion. Miss California’s answer to Paris Hilton was “unfashionable”. Think about the correlation between sloppy use of language and sloppy thinking. Dr. Cosby’s Pound Cake Speech spells it out clearly.

Disclaimer: Muphry’s Law states that I have likely committed, somewhere in this rant, at least one egregious spelling, grammar, or usage error. If so, nail me on it. But that would not negate the importance of decent spelling, grammar, and usage.

The Monster on April 26, 2009 at 9:25 AM

The Monster on April 26, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Your critique is necessary and appreciated.

Keemo on April 26, 2009 at 9:39 AM

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