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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?

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

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

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

"Montanans can do a better job than D.C. bureaucrats who've never driven a pick-up and have a hard time finding Montana on a map,"

Of Daines' tweet -- pop country is the most simplistic crap...speaking of simplistic, have you ever been emailed any of Daines' Q and As? Simplistic to the point of being an insult to one's intelligence and impossible to answer with any intelligence. The questions are designed to be answered by only one side of the political spectrum who buy into the issues of the moment as created by the puppetmeisters of right wing propaganda.

Daines does not represent Montana, never has and never will, and never will be anything more than a national GOP puppet. It takes a lot more than what Daines is to represent Montana. Tester is a good example of someone who works for the people of Montana.

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Posted by Joe Bear on 03/08/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Should retirement homes have liquor licenses? The Montana Tavern Association (surprise, surprise) says nay.

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls. -WHO
Falls threaten seniors safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. -NCOA

Serving alcohol would undoubtably lead to an increased risk of falls among our elderly in Montana. Iverson is right, pharmaceuticals would be negatively impacted by alcohol. Older adults metabolize drugs differently. Your comparison with young adults is invalid. Furthermore, who will manage the alcohol and pharmaceuticals? It's hard enough for our nurses, CNAs, and caregivers to keep up with the polypharmacy and care required in our older adults. This would add more complication to the process. The risk is far greater than the benefit in this case.

Posted by Be_aware&care on 03/04/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

Well done, that was a pleasure to read!

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Posted by Peter Brown on 03/04/2017 at 1:18 AM

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

Greg, I invite you not to speculate on my background. Thanks for reading.

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Posted by Dan Brooks on 03/03/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

Yes Greg we will remember.

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Posted by Craig Stevenson on 03/03/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

Ahem Mr. Strandberg, "isn't going anywhere" is the way we say it in English. Poor grammar does nothing to infer that you are more Montana than Mr.Brooks. Argue the points he makes rather than where he was born. As for your prognostic abilities, we shall see if you are correct.

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Posted by tfs1150 on 03/02/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “How dumb does Steve Daines think Montanans are?

Dan's not from Montana, and I think he's only lived in Missoula, so sometimes we have to cut him some slack on his level of understanding.

Once again, here are the numbers.

2012: Daines 53%, Gillan 42%
2014: Daines 58%, Curtis 40%

Daines ain't goin' nowhere.

Oh, and by the way...the election isn't for another 3.5 years. Do you think anyone is going to remember whatever it is you're angry about?

Will it matter?

You don't have the votes. What are you going to do...convince a bunch of young people to vote? Good luck with that.

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 03/02/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Should retirement homes have liquor licenses? The Montana Tavern Association (surprise, surprise) says nay.

The main problems with the current license framework in our great state of Montana are 1) licenses are limited and 2) licenses are transferable from one entity to another. The best way I can think to solve the problems is to phase in changes to these problems over a multi - year time frame. This would allow entities that have large investments in a license to not incur losses. A long term phased in approach would be good for the state economy, MTA, MBA and the citizens.

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Posted by fishjd on 02/23/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Conserving energy extracted from public lands should be a no-brainer

"...whom will our Republican friends in the Senate listen to when it comes to a vote? Will they listen to the high-paid industry lobbyists, or will they listen to their constituents...." A rhetorical question, I assume. We all know damn well who they listen to !

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Posted by alf on 02/23/2017 at 12:28 PM

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