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Re: “The other side

You know what I love about this paper? Its complete failure to follow up on stuff, just like the article. You have all of these people ranting and raving about how great a kid this Gerald Kemp is. I pillar of the community and a person that would do no wrong. People stating how he was a victim of the evil Missoula Police Department.

Well: Kemp and former Griz cornerback Trumaine Johnson were involved in an altercation with Missoula police last fall, when the two were tased during a post-game house party at their residence. Kemp and Johnson pleaded no contest in Missoula Municipal Court to charges of disorderly conduct.

What does pleading no contest mean? Let me educate you. In short it means that if this were to go to court, the defendants agree that there could be enough evidence to find them guilty.
http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?sel…

Like I said before! Even money says that Kemp was being a jerk to the officers, who reacted to him and nothing more. Makes you wonder what would have happened if Kemp just did as the officers asked him to do without all the bantering. I would say it’s a safe bet that nothing would have happened to him.

Also Hoopmaster, I am a minority so don’t lecture me on the woos of a minority life.

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Posted by Shadow on 04/14/2014 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Justice

I agree with you, Greg. It's always about money - if it costs more money, then out the door goes the sensibility. In a lot of cases, I don't think the mentally ill belong in prison - they belong in a hospital. But that's the MENTALLY ILL and this shouldn't be used so loosely or taken advantage of, either.

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Posted by Amy on 04/13/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Justice

Asking what a child's life is worth is subjective...how much were you worth as a baby??? You grew up to be an adult - like everybody else. We all start somewhere. Who knows...this baby could have been a very important person. That is why there's no way you can say the 40 year sentence is excessive. I'm sure the judge felt it was appropriate for a reason. As far as "when is it paid for?", I would think it would take longer to pay for killing a baby than someone older - simply because this child had no chance to live a life whatsoever...it was snuffed out. And the only reason this guy hasn't killed an adult is probably because he couldn't get away with it as easy as a baby. In my opinion, he got what he deserved.

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Posted by Amy on 04/13/2014 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Where are they now?

I worked for the Independent during the spring and summer of 1991, in ad sales. I wasn't very good at it. But I learned a lot from Eric and Erik and Deanna and the others, and remember them well. After my Montana sojourn, I returned to Baltimore, went to grad school, got degrees, and became a college professor and administrator. Please send my greetings to anyone who worked at the Independent in 1991 and who might remember me. Cheers, Andree Catalfamo

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Posted by Andree on 04/11/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Clean water

I assume you don’t eat beef or live in a home built under code or constructed with wood.

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Posted by Shadow on 04/11/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Water

Correct me if I'm wrong, and I may well be as my memory does not serve me as well as it used to, but didn't the City sell Mt. Water to Park Water? The whole fiasco brings back memories of the Montana Power failure. And then there's the issue of the County funding Fred's personal crusade to redeem himself. It never ends. And people wonder why there isn't sufficient funding for city and county road maintenance and other necessities.

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Posted by Shianne on 04/11/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Clean water

Ah yes, the usual suspects : the National Association of Home Builders, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the national and state Farm Bureau Federations (Where was the timber industry -- how or why did it miss the opportunity to weigh in on this one?)

As they do 99% of the time in such instances, they sent out their paid-hack-mouthpieces to parrot the usual charges, whenever a new regulation is promulgated to protect the public's interest, whining that it's a “tremendous new roadblock to ordinary land use activities”, "an agency already 'running amok'”, and it's "a 'step too far' by the EPA and the administration"

And then there are the paranoid over-reaching worse-case fantasies : “This proposal … would require cattlemen like me to obtain costly and burdensome permits to take care of everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture or cleaning out a dugout” and
“There’s a fear that they could be in every irrigation ditch and every low spot and every grassy swale in the state if they wanted to be”

I hear and read so much of this nonsense that I completely discount it all.

Oh, by the way, I'm surprised they didn't drag out the hoary old canard, "Them damn inviromintalists is jist a-tying' 't put us outta bizniz!"

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Posted by alf on 04/10/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Water

Why do Missoula's elected officials continue to pour our hard-earned money down the drain? And how long will we put up with it?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/10/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Justice

What is a 3-month old child's life worth - 40 years of a man's life? Seems excessive to me.

It's a terrible thing that happened, but when is that paid for? I don't view this man as a threat to society.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 04/10/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Justice

“The detractors who challenge the diagnosis of ‘shaken baby syndrome’ now known as ‘abusive head trauma’ do not appear to have the support of the medical profession,” McLean wrote. The judge added that “pure second guessing … does not warrant a new trial.”

This is where the judge went wrong. The issue is not whether or not "shaken baby syndrome" exists, but whether the SCIENCE that was used to convict is no longer accepted within the medical profession, and the answer there, is that it almost certainly is not. The very foundation of SBS has changed dramatically in the past 5 years, and even supporters of the diagnosis have been forced to recognize this shift. In other words, the "evidence" used at trial would no longer support a conviction.

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Posted by Jeremy Praay on 04/10/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Medical care

Billings Clinic CEO Nick Wolter explained during last week's press conference that Community isn't the only hospital looking for a for-profit partner. Declining admissions, lower reimbursement payments from the federal government and changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act are prompting nonprofit hospitals across the country to merge with comparably flush partners.

And it’s only going to get worse as the Affordable Care Act kicks in completely. I do believe I called this and was told that I was basically full of sh!t by several of the posters on this site.

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Posted by Shadow on 04/08/2014 at 6:26 PM

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