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Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

"nonviolent water protectors" ? Somehow seeing people standing on a burned out truck and blocking access on a state or federal highway does not seem so peaceful. And look at all of the trash that was left behind when they were gone. Water Keepers is not how I would describe these people.

Posted by erlyirn on 03/24/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

Paul

Don't you get to choose your tenant ?!?!?!?
It seems you should exercise better judgment.......
Unless you ere the other kind of landlord,..........the slumlord

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Posted by Snakelover on 03/24/2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

A common feature of editorial pages these days appears to be non-historian academics venturing historical opinion as professional field commentary - all knowing full well that they would be the first to squawk if the reverse was attempted.

One can certainly Stand with Standing Rock, acknowledge the human suffering of the Trail of Tears, and advocate for the full inclusion and receipt of justice for the First Nations in American life - and not have to use Andrew Jackson as a voodoo doll or throw in the verbal hand grenades of "genocide" and holocaust." (Read on before you call up the phone keyboard.) These later terms made there way into discourse on AmWest history after the mid 1970s, after which the European Holocaust became an acceptable topic of conversation after initial concerns over traumatizing the survivors. The political popularity of appropriating the terms quickly overrode the less dramatic historical narrative of exclusion and assimilation. One can acknowledge the human suffering resultant from the transition from semi-pastoral and nomadic lives, and the disregard of 19th-century US policy for cultural preservation, without resorting to simplistic Custer = Hitler and Little Big Horn = Auschwitz analogies. That does disservice to both the injustice suffered by Native Americans and the attempted extermination of European Jewry. One can be assured that a real genocidal regime, of which we have real 20th century experience, would have left no survivors at Pine Ridge to write accounts of Wounded Knee.

Moreover, Jackson can be given a black mark without ignoring the context of his time. Jackson was a hard man for a violent era, during which the existence of his nation was a debatable concept. After Andrew Jackson, the concept of a foreign dismemberment of the US was moved from the conceivable to the moot - and the safeguarding of borders would not be unfamiliar to practitioners of intertribal warfare on the Northern Plains. Jackson demanded acknowledgement of the Federal Govermment's sovereignty from British, Spanish, renegade South Carolinians, and First Nations alike - a hard policy for many, but one that today insures that the US does not endure the precarious existence known by such places as Tibet, Kurdistan and Ukraine.

As a geographer, Rudzitis should at least understand that.

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Posted by Joedixon1 on 03/23/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

Quote from article..."We will never know in what ways the many individual tribal societies would have emerged and grown, had we let them do so." Yeah, maybe if white man had never came never to North America they could still be living in tepees and hunting buffalo. Do you really know any natives who would like to be doing that today?? No, they love cars, cell phones, tv's, heated homes, health care, food, free stuff, etc, etc, just like the rest of us. It's a good thing they weren't conquered by the Muslims. Look at the history of what Muslims did when they conquered new territory in N. Africa, the Middle East, Asia, etc. They murdered EVERYONE, except for a few who fled w/o being killed.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 03/23/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

Well Paul,I do not feel like using the power of the State to guarantee your investment or to collect money for you.. You already have a priveledge in the choice of renters. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen.

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Posted by tfs1150 on 03/23/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

Let the oil flow through the safest pipeline ever built in the USA. By the way, if you were at Standing Rock and talked to protesters there, you would have found out that the vast majority of them have no job, they suck off the government (taxpayers) via welfare, medicaid, food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. Or they still suck off their mommy and daddy. For the most part, the majority that were there really don't contribute anything to our society. Mostly takers who look at protesting as a big party with lots of alcohol and drugs. Others who are bored and want to make themselves feel good by protesting for something. Don't believe it?? Show up at the next one and find out.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 03/23/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

So if we let a pipeline be finished after jumping trough all the hoops of the EPA, etc. and having it approved, we are disrespecting the Indians?? Really? They are being mistreated??? Here on the CSKT Reservation the Federal government spends about $23,000 a year on every tribal member here. While our Lake County budget comes out to only $980 per person. Doesn't sound like mistreatment to me, and on top of that they get job preference by being a tribal member, and full college for free if they take advantage of the programs offered. And more perks for Natives that would make you jealous. Who's really being mistreated??

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 03/23/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Standing Rock and the lessons of Andrew Jackson

It is disgusting the way the Native American are being mistreated.ITS UNAMERICAN.The President SHOULD HONOR THE TREATIES>The Native Americans were here FIRST.SO I Feel THIS IS THEIR LAND .TRUMP NEEDS TO READ THE CONTSITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS.He NEEDS TO BE ACTING LIKE A GOOD PRESIDENT AND TREAT THE NATIVE AMERICANS WITH RESPECT AND HONOR AN STOP THE DAPL OR GET OUT OF OFFICE> I Stand With Standing Rock!!!!

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Posted by Helen Barker on 03/23/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

perhaps the author here should look into how utterly helpless a landlord is when having to deal with the "tenant from hell" and how complicated it has been legislated recently for a landlord to evict someone. months it may take, all the while the landlord is not receiving income from his investment.if both tenant and renter would do the right thing, there woulkd be no need in legislation, but alas someone is always getting screwed, so bring on the laws and penalties. after all they have been earned

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Posted by Paul Middleton on 03/23/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

If Newman wants to carry a gun and arrest suspects why doesn't he join local law enforcement?

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Posted by Sven Nyquist on 03/20/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Montana deals with its antiquated laws on rape

Better late than never. It still amazes me how none of the real criminals in the case involving the rape by the Grizz football players ever went to prison. I can think of a few police, lawyers and MSU administrators who should be in prison today for their obstruction of justice during the rape in question. Some times I have to believe that until vigilante justice comes back into style the criminals in charge will still remain in charge even with the new laws in place. That is just the way our government works. It is sad but true the worst offenders of our civil rights, constitutional rights, and human rights falls directly on government officials federal state and local. Kind of like the fox guarding the hen house. Nuff Said

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 03/19/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Most of Dan Brook's "stories" are satire. And usually, compared to real satire, not that good.

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Posted by niam on 03/17/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Satire on -- if everyone packed heat and went around shooting at imaginary misdemeanors, it would do great good towards human population control...great good if enough of us (the right kind of people) survive it.

Satire off -- James Newman's sanity and ability to posses any kind of fire arm, including toy bows and arrows and sling shots, responsibly and safely, needs to be evaluated ASAP before the innocent suffer in his attempts to kill suspected shoplifters.

He was flinging lead across a shopping center parking lot at a car driving away from him -- there was no threat to Mr Newman. It would seem that James Newman tried to play god because he had a gun in his hands. An attempted murder charge against Newman would be logical, but this is no longer a logical America.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 03/17/2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Well, Pam, I'm sorry if I made a mistake in thinking that the author meant what he wrote -- but it is hard to recognize "satire" when the article is no more ignorant that much of what gets posted by much of the rabidly "pro-gun" media online. You might note that you are the only one (so far) who has assumed the author intended his comments as satire.

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Posted by Tom Currie on 03/16/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

No cheaply made chinese garbage from Penneys is worth killing someone over.
This is more of a case of MYOB.
Don't risk your life or some innocent bystander over a fake leather jacket or some socks...
Just sayin...

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Posted by STFU on 03/16/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Tom Currie, while you're looking up the word "impeccable," please also take a peek at "satire."

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Posted by pamenglish on 03/16/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

I think there are laws against discharging a firearm inside most city limits. The story should have read "Man with poor marksmanship skills lucky he didn't kill an innocent bystander. Shows even worse judgement." Devildog do you remember JJDIDTIEBUCKLE?

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Posted by timinmt on 03/16/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “In Billings, an armed vigilante drives hard bargain at Penney's

Your support for the Second Amendment may be laudable, but this article is complete crap!

You have the nerve to say "Newman is a trained and responsible gun owner. As such, he did not shoot any bystanders while deploying deadly force" -- which is apparently where you set the bar for considering a gun waving lunatic a "trained and responsible gun owner." Shortly after that you refer to his "judgement" as "impecible" clearly demonstrating that you do not understand the meaning of one or both those words.

His actions were legal (up until the last few shots) but his judgement was incredibly flawed and regardless of the police giving him a free pass, the video of the event clearly shows that at least his last two shots were both irresponsible and illegal. It is pure luck that he didn't "shoot any bystanders". Random wild shots into a public area with no concern for where his rounds were going is not the action of "a trained and responsible gun owner" -- if the police had reviewed the video, he would probably have been arrested. Certainly once the video became available he should have been charged with mutliple counts of Wanton Endangerment.

If you consider this an example of "a trained and responsible gun owner" demonstrating "impecible" judgement, then I have to seriously question your judgement, training, and responsibility.

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Posted by Tom Currie on 03/16/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “A legislative legacy. Sort of.

It'd be wonderful if the rest of the repuglikan cretins in kongress missed as many votes and were as unsuccessful in getting their garbage bills passed as that idiot. Let's hope he's as much of do-nothing in his new "job" as he was in the last one.

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Posted by alf on 03/09/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “A legislative legacy. Sort of.

It's unfortunate that we measure the success of our representatives by how many new laws they created.

Do we need more laws?

How many do we have now?

Maybe we should get rid of some. Rarely do we see our representatives try to give us more freedom by doing away with laws; mostly they just limit our freedom by creating more.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/09/2017 at 9:26 AM

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