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Re: “The old ball game

My pleasure, Mr. Mirisch - Jer

Posted by JW on 08/15/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Understand trade-offs

The sad part of these groups isn't about liberty but about being a republican controlled group. Republicans in general don't want individual liberty or less government. Just remember the Republican majorities during the Bush years when spending increased, the national debt increase and spying by the government on it's citizens increased. I think people should vote Libertarian this year and send those political groups a message that while it's nice to have non-partisan groups speaking out AFP is as non-partisan as Forward Montana who only supports Democrats, while AFP only supports Republicans.

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Posted by david on 07/17/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Don’t be fooled

i hope people aren't fooled by the lies in Stacey Anderson's letter. Personhood doesn't interfere with fertility treatment nor miscarriage. Recognizing each human being's right to life only means that it's illegal to kill that human being (with criminal intent or criminal recklessness) from the beginning of life. Fertility treatment is about creating human beings, not killing them so it would be unaffected. Miscarriages are not criminal either.


Government's primary job is to protect the innocent. Just because government is far too invasive in our lives doesn't mean it shouldn't do it's primary job. So, of course, government should protect every human being, even the weakest and most vulnerable, those in the womb.

Posted by Drew Hymer on 05/08/2014 at 6:33 AM

Re: “From the source

Perhaps we should ban swimming pools - a child is far more likely to drown in a swimming pool than be killed in a firearm accident.

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Posted by Pachistima on 04/24/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “"Big Lick" banned

See also "The big lick: Horse abuse for fame and fortune." Don't miss the X-ray of the nail-filled hoof--and then imagine the agony in each and every step. This piece includes links to short videos, photos, and more.

Posted by Other Nations on 04/24/2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “From the source

The statement, "There have been 63 school shootings in America since the Sandy Hook tragedy..." is misleading at best. It appears to be an updated number that comes from a highly flawed "study" from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization that is "for civilian disarmament. This fact escaped a few of their early members; politicians who considered reading the name of the organization sufficient due diligence." They have lost more than 50 members in recent months due to their agenda and lack of credibility.

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Posted by Jonathan Ashley on 04/20/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “From the source

I am also the parent of two school age students in Missoula. I understand that school violence is a concern in our country and I respect your opinion and efforts to get to the root of this issue. PLEASE consider this...
If a person wants to hurt people and do illegal things nothing will stop them.
I think it could be useful to look at a possibility of another root. What has become of childhood and adolescence in our country? What types of morbid emotional suppression are our children and citizens experiencing that puts them in such desperately destructive situations? Why are so many people suffering from mental health issues and living on nutritionally deficient food and pharmaceuticals? JUST MAYBE... We have created an overly isolating ,intensely lonely and fearful culture. I DON'T THINK NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS can protect US from this. I am happy that we as a community are talking and looking for solutions regarding this horrific situation in our society.

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Posted by mommazula on 04/19/2014 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Bipartisan support

Here are some substantive comments based on the actual text of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act. These comments are provided from the perspective of a hunter/conservationist who has spent a lot of time on MT's RMF:…

It also should be mentioned that the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association has come out publicly supporting Rep Steve Daines massive mandated logging bill, the so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” (HR 1526).

As such I really don’t think the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association knows much about federal public lands policy, or really even has the best interest of our public lands, wildlife, wilderness and backcountry in mind.

Here’s why. In Montana it’s estimated that Rep Daines logging bill (supported strongly by the MOGA) would result in a 6 fold increase in National Forest logging across the state.

These dramatic increases in logging would be achieved by undermining America’s public lands legacy by simply having members of Congress mandate dramatic increases in industrial logging by exempting ALL National Forest logging sales up to 15.6 square miles (10,000 acres) in size each from public input, environmental analysis and gutting the Endangered Species Act.

Rep Daines’ “Logging Without Laws” bill also has the US Congress simply closing the US Federal Court House doors, forbidding any citizen lawsuits on certain types of industrial logging projects, which is inherently undemocratic. Daines’ bill applies to all of America’s 155 National Forests, not just those National Forests in Montana.

You can learn some more specifics about Daines logging bill here:…

As a dedicated backcountry hunter myself I believe that some serious changes need to be made to the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, while Daines’ mandated logging bill should just be dismissed out of hand for all the ways it undermines America’s public lands legacy. Too bad MOGA doesn’t understand these simple truths. Thanks.

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Posted by Matthew Koehler on 04/18/2014 at 7:51 AM

Re: “From the source

I am honestly for a 2 year mental evaluation check for gun holders. And that it is required that anyone with a gun register with the NRA. You fail to do either one, and you are simply denied your gun.

5 year mental evaluation check for people who live with a gun owner.

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Posted by tikibomber on 04/17/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “From the source

If Ms. de Pastino would have taken a moment to question her assumption that we are in the midst of an "epidemic of gun violence", she may have discovered that violence is actually at historic lows. Since the early 1990's when "shall issue" concealed carry laws gained traction, rates of violence have dropped 50%. Places were violence remain a problem are "Gun Free Zone" urban areas where citizens still remain unable to carry a firearm for self-defense. Most violence in these areas is drug-related.

Regarding attacks on children in school, since the "Gun Free Schools Zones Act" was implemented in the late-1990s, sociopathic killers have understood that we make our students convenient defenseless targets. It should be obvious to all that defenseless kids are not safe. All defending them requires is allowing staff with permits to carry like they do everywhere else. This will deter the vast majority of cowardly kid killers.

The history of gun control is one of failure. Assumptions that "more guns = more violence" clearly aren't confirmed by the facts. It is past time for Americans to wake up and stop listening to Bloomberg-funded propaganda - and to take responsibility for self-defense. Our kids depend on it.

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Posted by Ken Soderstrom on 04/17/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “"Montucky" offends

Good lord, it seems like people these days are offended so easily. I mean, WHO CARES?! In fact, the term Montucky does not have anything to do with Kentucky. It's just a slang term like Pennsyltucky, slang for Pennsylvania. Get off your period already and lighten up!

Posted by Volkswagengurl on 04/11/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Callous comments

footloose should have to tell the truth or not be printed. Time and again someone in their organization puts out a lie on a weekly basis to get votes on their ballot box biology which should be illegal in the Montana constitution as it is no way to follow the North American plan that has brought all the wild life, including wolves, to a viable population throughout the country. Some folks think it is legal to allow their dogs to chase game animals, horses, etc., they also don't know it is the law to either have them on a leash if they are not trained to mind and be in your immediate control. These same people run their dogs on wintering deer and elk in closed area because they think they have a right to break the law. I for one will not let someone from a sterile land as Germany, who lives in the Bitteroot tell me and the F&G how to handle our states wildlife

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Posted by biologist on 04/02/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Unnecessary fear

for an objective overview of trapping:

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Posted by BearHands on 03/20/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Unnecessary fear

“Over 50” is a small exaggeration. In 2012-13 MFWP reported 50 dogs caught and 26 of those were at large. Another 4 were with owners trespassing on private land. According MFWP 2013-14 reports that number dropped nearly in half to 26. With MFWP estimated 50,000 traps you have a .05% chance of your pet being caught in a trap. It is your own fear and the misinformed information from the anti-trappers that is keeping you off of public lands. “Montana has a proud history of sharing public lands”, but your animal rights activist group wants to destroy that history based off of fear and misdirected lies.

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Posted by Jason Maxwell on 03/20/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Moron manifesto

Great letter, although there are a lot of morons that won't get it!

Posted by Steve Coffel on 03/16/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Moron manifesto

What a perfect juxtaposition in this week's "voices." An entertaining, articulate, and meaningful challenge to stop marginalizing alternate points of view as moron talk; followed by a diatribe, written by an elected official, who declares (in his FIRST SENTENCE) that any and all who identify as Democrats are morons. Thank you Tim Petersen for speaking up. Thank you Bob Lake for proving Tim's point.

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Posted by coldwaterjournal on 03/16/2014 at 6:21 PM

Re: “More to the story

Thank you George Price and Indian People's Action for organizing against the megaloads and the tar sands blight upon the Earth.

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Posted by Other Nations on 02/20/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “ESA abuse

Great letter pointing out the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration.

Posted by Pachistima on 02/18/2014 at 11:26 AM

Re: “ESA abuse

See also: "Facts, science dispute misinformed lawmaker’s views on sage grouse"

By Ben Deeble, Co-chair of the Dillion, MT working group on sage grouse – comprised of agencies, conservation groups, academics and ranchers.…

Posted by Matthew Koehler on 02/15/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Cat concerns

Be sure you test those cats for ALL of the following diseases, or I hope the recipient of one of them that you adopt-out sues you so bad you never recover from it.

These are just the diseases these invasive species vermin cats have been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae, Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, and Rat-Bite Fever can now also be added to that list.

Yes, "The Black Death" (the plague) is alive and well today and being spread by people's CATS. People have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. For a fun read, one of hundreds of cases, Google for: Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneumonic Plague

Oh, by the way, you did know, didn't you, that giving a rabies shot to a cat that already has rabies does not cure it of rabies? Google for: RABID KITTEN ADOPTED WAKE COUNTY (for just one example of hundreds of rabid cats adopted from outdoors). A vetted cat can STILL transmit rabies if it was harvested from unknown living conditions with an unknown vaccination history. May one of those cats you adopt-out have rabies too. Is your liability insurance in excess of $10M? Either quarantine them for 6 or more months at your OWN expense (as required by national and international law), or euthanize them. Those are your only 2 options to be relatively certain you are not handing rabies to someone. Isn't reality fun?

Due to TNR practices (trap, neuter, re-abandon), cats are now the #1 domesticated animal to transmit rabies to humans (the cats testing positive after a bite, scratch, or attack). This is why the CDC has now given the following conclusion and warnings on all TNR practices for idiots that don't know how rabies vaccines work.

onlinelibrary.wiley D0T com SLASH doi/10.1111/zph.12070/abstract

Cats' most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their excrement into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms (herbivores can contract this parasite in no other way). This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can make you blind or even kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised by disease or chemo and immunosuppressive therapies. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lickers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers; as well as increasing the suicide rate in women almost 2-fold even though they've never suffered from any mental or emotional health issues previously. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.

scitizen D0T com SLASH neuroscience/parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509 D0T html

Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases (like The Plague from rats and fleas, many people have died from cat-transmitted Plague in the USA already, it is alive and well and being spread by cats today). If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last one of hundreds of cats on my lands.

Another interesting experiment. They wanted to find out if dogs could possibly transmit cat-shat Toxoplasma gondii oocysts. A dog infected with T. gondii from a source-cat cannot. That stage of the parasite's life-cycle is 100% dependent on cat-physiology as its primary reproductive host. But if dogs ingest oocyst-laden cat-feces then dogs can pass the oocysts produced by cats & their common brain-hijacking parasite.

ncbi.nlm.nih D0T gov SLASH pubmed/9477489?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn

It is interesting to note: That these Toxoplasma gondii oocysts shed by cats can even survive the hydrochloric stomach acids for the duration that they remain in a mammal's digestive tract. And then they doubt my words when I tell them of the studies where they found that this parasite's oocysts (seeds) can even survive washing your hands in bleach. You could wash your hands and garden vegetables in hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes for the same duration that food remains in an animal's digestive tract and even that won't destroy it. Your hands would be dissolved into a digestible pulp long before you could kill the Toxoplasma gondii oocysts.

Yeah, "basic hygiene" is going to keep your kids safe from going blind sometime during their life, becoming autistic, or die if they ever require any immunosuppressive therapies during their lifetime if they had ever played in a sandbox that a neighbor's cat has defecated in.

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Posted by Nature Advocate on 02/06/2014 at 7:42 AM

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