I'm a little surprised at myself for even mentioning this, because I'm usually pretty laid back about what goes on in the world. I suppose I should be more opinionated on things. There are so many sad, ridiculous people in the world who think that their beliefs/thoughts/actions are the only beliefs/thoughts/actions that are "right". And they'll do anything to get their word out. I'm not talking huge, geo-political ideologies here. I'm talking about very small groups of people who can get the masses so riled up that they end up making a name for themselves. Unfortunately, most of these groups beliefs/thoughts/actions are based only on hate (often times stoked by a keg or two of Bud Light). Being a lifelong Montana resident, it's painful to say that there's a couple of groups like this who also call Montana home.
So why do I mention this? Helena (and Missoula) will be getting a visit from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS on Feb. 13th & 14th. For those of you who have never heard of them, I suggest you check out their site. If you note their URL, you'll get a good idea of what they're all about. But only go there if you think you can stomach it, or have a sense of humor that will allow you to laugh at what you read. There's no ugly pictures, but some of the most vile, hateful thoughts ever put on a website. And they've been around for years. Which is the scary part. I'm guessing that I'll probably have more to say on the matter after they've been in town. I'll keep you posted.