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Matt Rosendale, a Montana candidate for U.S. Congress, released a new ad this week which shows him pretending to shoot down a government drone. Not only is he seen shooting down a fake government-owned drone, he goes on to say:
The federal government is too big and too powerful. More taxes and regulation put Montana families out of work.
I'm not sure when the last time Matt Rosendale looked at the Montana state budget, but federal dollars account for almost half of the entire state budget:
The state’s Legislative Fiscal Division recently released its final analysis of the budget passed by the legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, which shows that in addition to again growing the state budget by double digit percentages, federal dollars now account for over 46 percent of spending in the main budget bill, HB 2.

Although Montanans have a long tradition of considering themselves independent, these budget numbers highlight a long-running trend of the state taking huge sums from the federal government.  

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

In fact, Montana receives $1.77 for every $1.00 that it pays into the government. And that's not all:

In addition to receiving a disproportionate amount of federal money, Montana also uses several taxes to shift tax burdens onto out-of-state visitors and tourists.  While the state is one of the few without a general sales tax, it does levy a seven percent lodging tax on hotel visitors.

In addition, a handful of smaller communities in the state — like Whitefish and West Yellowstone — also levy additional resort taxes of two to three percent on some goods and services.  Communities must meet certain guidelines established by the state in order to be allowed to charge the resort tax.

So, the federal money that runs the national parks and generates huge financial gains for the state, also generates millions in tax revenue on the backs of visitors.

Does Matt Rosendale or any Montana Republican really want big government out of Montana? Seems like that would be worst-case scenario for all residents of Montana.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Well (5+ / 0-)

    untiil you can get a Bagger to fully admit that they live OFF OF gubmint, you'll never convince them they need the Feds.  Cut those checks off though and we'd see an insurrection alright - a bunch of old white people will storm the Capitol...  Would be damned funny to see that, I think.  Especially when one considers that most of the Baggers are of SS eligibility age, just sayin.

    •  These people should be careful what the wish for. (0+ / 0-)

      Small government would stem the flow of cash from states like the one I live in to the money transfer to the larger, more rural states.  I would imagine that just with the National Parks and USDA, Montana gets lots of Federal funding that is not paid for my Montana taxpayers.  That drone that this guy wants to shoot down may just be observing how Montanans are spending their Federal welfare.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:24:39 PM PDT

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  •  nice editing, Matt - now try it in reality (5+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:21:37 AM PDT

  •  The blowhard at the coffee shop yesterday (4+ / 0-)

    was talking loudly about the 50 cal gun that he was buying so that if he sees a drone over his property he can shoot it out of the sky .
    I wanted to tell him that his plan could get him in real trouble . Shooting a gun to kill a drone is not legal . The drone is not threatening his life . Shooting a drone is not hunting . When the bullet goes up , it must come down , he is endangering people . The drone might be looking for a lost child , shooting it down might be a very negative thing to do . The drone might be up in the air doing something positive .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:22:27 AM PDT

    •  But its most likely use is to spy on us (0+ / 0-)

      The negative far outweigh the positive.  Especially when they're flying domestic skies armed.

      Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

      by The Dead Man on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:05:48 AM PDT

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      •  Wild . (1+ / 0-)
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        i saw an old tree today
        Especially when they're flying domestic skies armed.
        I know of no armed drones in U.S. airspace being used to spy on U.S. citizens . Do you have a link or proof of this happening ?
        The negative far outweigh the positive.
        You may well think that , but that does not let you violate the law and cover the use of a gun .

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:04:05 PM PDT

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        •  Current drone use (1+ / 0-)
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          https://www.aclu.org/...

          U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government. Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas.
          Once they get "nonlethal" as accepted it's only one crisis away from having hunter-killers in the skies.

          Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

          by The Dead Man on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:12:48 PM PDT

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          •  So that is a no to any link or proof (2+ / 0-)
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            of any armed drones in U.S. airspace being used to spy on U.S. citizens .

            "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

            by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:22:03 PM PDT

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            •  They aren't armed (0+ / 0-)

              Yet.
              They are used for a variety of law enforcement activities that certainly could be characterized as spying and worse.
              Some law enforcement uses for these tools are certainly beneficial,search and rescue for instance,but citizens have every right to think the para military forces now employed by the wealthy to enforce a 2 tiered system of 'justice' is worthy of suspicion.

              'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A..Einstein

              by unfangus on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 06:25:49 PM PDT

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              •  And there's no proof that televisions will become (2+ / 2-)
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                unfangus, Wisdumb

                Orwellian televiewers. We have to get rid of all televisions because it might become so!

                For shit's sake, get a grip on reality. Any government attempting to put armed drones up against the citizenry would be voted out of office in the next election. En Masse.

                Please come visit us here in the real world. It's really a nice place, rarely marred by assholes.

                •  Excuse me pollyanna, (1+ / 0-)
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                  but did you just call me an asshole?I thought this site had higher standards that took a dim view of potty mouthed jerks.In any event you might want to get your head out of the sand long enough to realize that the the wishes of the citizenry are rarely reflected by their governments actions anymore.Your thoughts on voting on drones is so preposterous on so many levels that I can only smile at  your ignorance and naivete.

                  'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A..Einstein

                  by unfangus on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:55:48 PM PDT

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                  •  Are you inteding to prove you are? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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                    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

                    by JeffW on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:29:27 PM PDT

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                    •  If you disagree (0+ / 0-)

                      with my concerns about the continuing encroachment on our 4th amendment rights,you could say something intelligent instead of taking this cheap shot.My comments don't deserve this and neither do I.The county north of where I live has had one of the pilot drone projects in action for about a year.It is used for everything from spotting and tracking vehicles suspected of potential drug and illegal alien smuggling to alerting law enforcement personnel of speeding.Other commenters have noted that there has already been an application to arm them with non-lethal armaments. These may indeed be valid and necessary,but they are a new and different strategic tool available to domestic law enforcement that requires a discussion about their constitutionality and the proper application of them.That you would disparage and denigrate my thoughts on this issue is disturbing and I can only speculate on your motive and (lack of) manners.

                      'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A..Einstein

                      by unfangus on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:08:46 PM PDT

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                      •  You said: (2+ / 0-)
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                        These may indeed be valid and necessary,but they are a new and different strategic tool available to domestic law enforcement that requires a discussion about their constitutionality and the proper application of them.
                        There's been a previous body of fourth amendment law, as I recall, as to aerial observation and photography.....something called the 'open fields' exception.

                        It goes to the concept that there is no protection against searches conducted from areas plainly visible on a property from a location either outside the boundaries of the property or from above the property from air navigation.   The latter came up with EPA Region 5 once did a fly-over of the Dow Chemical complex in midland, MI in the 70s.   As a recall, the controlling law of the case is there is no fourth amendment shield or defense against an open fields or aerial observation of a property.

              •  And if they were armed (1+ / 0-)
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                would someone tell us? I doubt it. Can I be sure that no police department anywhere is using the armed versions, perhaps military surplus they purchased cheap?

                The rush to use drones for everything bothers me terribly -- not because it's the federal government (I'm more worried about local cops on steroids), but because the potential for abuse and mistaken targetting is enormous.

                But a US Congressman taking it on himself to shoot down a US drone? really? Isn't that like, treason -- the equivalent of firing on a US tank?

            •  right wing idiots call drone use for (2+ / 0-)
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              environmental enforcement purposes "spying"

              Drones are particularly useful for aerial inspection of concentrated animal feeding operations by EPA or states in which the drone can spot illegal process wastewater and/or storm water from CAFO production areas, and process wastewater spills (dry weather discharge) in the land application of CAFO wastewater  [stormwater from production fields (not the production area) are exempted under a provision of the Clean Water Act.

    •  I've been shot at by much bigger stuff than that (2+ / 0-)
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      and I'm still here.

      Now let's suppose that the drone belongs to the local police or sheriff's dept and he somehow manages to shoot it down.

      Do you suppose they're just going to say "Oops! Lost one!" or do you suppose they might send a few squad cars to his house to arrest him?

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 02:25:47 PM PDT

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      •  ... (0+ / 0-)
        Shooting a gun to kill a drone is not legal .
        vs
        Do you suppose they're just going to say "Oops! Lost one!" or do you suppose they might send a few squad cars to his house to arrest him?
        Even if it is not shot down they probably are going to want to have a little face time if they know someones been taking shots at their drone .
        I've been shot at by much bigger stuff than that and I'm still here.
        Did you ever get hit by a 50 cal
        cause just being shot at isn't what does the trick .

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 03:09:17 PM PDT

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        •  I'm well aware of the hitting power of a .50 cal (2+ / 0-)
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          I had four of them mounted in the tail of my G-model.

          His .50 caliber rifle is either single-shot or maybe semi-automatic. I'm not sure if anyone even makes a semi-automatic .50 for the civilian market.

          To hit an aircraft with a bullet you either need to be extremely lucky or have enough firepower to fill the air with lead.

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 03:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  The laughable thing is (6+ / 0-)

        Most military have trouble shooting down an aerial target. A drone is far smaller than an airplane that is hard to down without a guided missile or heavy machinegun (which is also quite difficult, as WWII footage quite well shows).

        The only thing one does in shooting into the air is endanger the lives of anyone within three miles.

    •  lol He's a moron. The Predator cruises & operates (2+ / 0-)
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      at greater than 10K feet of altitude, he'd never see or hear the damned thing, much less be able to get a bead and shoot it.

      A pertinent aside- I'm unaware of how the FAA has decided to classify UAVs. Firing a gun, (or a laser), at an aircraft is a federal offense with serious prison time, I don't know if there is any penalty for firing on a drone. There will be significant questions about how much of the airspace people own/control  above their own property. The FAA ceiling(floor?) is 500 feet over residential areas, operating an aircraft below 500 feet will get you at least a fine if they get the N number and file a complaint.

      It's an area I'd love to see some enterprising lawyer take up and address before state legislatures get ALEC instructions to indemnify all UAV operators.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 09:14:32 AM PDT

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    •  "You Know, A Penis Pump Would Be A Lot Cheaper" (6+ / 0-)

      "...and you could probably get Obamacare to pay for it!"

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:14:29 PM PDT

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  •  Can a person actually shoot a drone out of the (5+ / 0-)

    sky with a rifle like that?  I'd imagine if they flew at a low enough altitude the Taliban would be doing it all the time.

    Or is this guy just a gun nut who wants to show off the fact that he can shoot a gun.

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:23:15 AM PDT

    •  If a person can shoot a bird out of the sky (0+ / 0-)

      they could shoot a drone out of the sky .

      "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

      by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:25:45 AM PDT

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      •  Right, but shooting birds usually involves (6+ / 0-)

        shotguns at relatively short range. Unless the drone is landing on his doorstep with a package from Amazon, his neighbors would be a lot safer if he stuck to making obscene hand gestures or mooning the drone.  And his chances of bringing it down would be about the same.

        •  ... (0+ / 0-)
          When the bullet goes up , it must come down , he is endangering people . by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:22:27 AM PDT
          his neighbors would be a lot safer if he stuck to by TKO333 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:18:20 AM PDT
          ..................
          If a person can shoot a bird out of the sky
          they could shoot a drone out of the sky .
          Right, but shooting birds usually involves
          shotguns at relatively short range.
          I didn't say how far or what equipment , what I did say was
          If a person can shoot a bird out of the sky
          they could shoot a drone out of the sky .
          and that's just the plane simple truth . If the bird can't be hit because its to far away , the drone can't be hit because its to far away . If a person can hit a bird with a rifle shot , they can hit a drone with a rifle shot , if they can't hit a bird with a rifle shot , they can't hit a drone with a rifle shot .
          Unless the drone is landing on his doorstep
          30-40 yards with a shotgun for a kill , farther for a wounding . A rifle shot will reach farther of course but the shooter must have greater skill or luck .

          https://www.google.com/...

          Longest confirmed sniper kill. Longest confirmed sniper kill. Where: Confirmed by GPS, Craig Harrison (UK) of the UK's Household Cavalry killed two Taliban insurgents from a distance of 2,474 m/2.47 km (8,120 ft, or 1.54 miles) in November 2009.

          "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

          by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:49:27 AM PDT

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          •  Yes, I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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            You did say exactly what you said you said.

            And since the star of the video is armed with a rifle, I'm sure we can both agree that the discussion is about shooting at a distant and relatively fast moving target (a drone) with a rifle.

            I will further stipulate that shooting down a drone with a rifle is not impossible, just as shooting a flying bird with a rifle is not impossible.

            The record of 1.54 miles for a long range kill by a trained military sniper is impressive, but irrelevant unless the politician is a trained sniper and the insurgent were flying.

            So I still think the macho drone-hunter in this video is more likely to put his bullets through a home or a car or a neighbor than he is to hit a drone.    

      •  People don't hunt birds with 50 cal single (2+ / 0-)
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        shot rifles.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:07:42 PM PDT

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      •  Predators cruise @ >10K feet. Not a chance. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Calvino Partigiani

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
        ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

        by FarWestGirl on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 09:03:43 AM PDT

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    •  he's auditioning for a movie role, not Congress (1+ / 0-)
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      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

      by annieli on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 10:41:02 AM PDT

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    •  Doubtful (2+ / 0-)
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      Something like a Predator will fly well out of small arms range. Hitting one with a rifle would be pure dumb luck.

      Scoring a kill against an aircraft with small arms fire requires massed automatic weapons fire and it's still a low probability.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 02:21:47 PM PDT

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  •  What a Guy (1+ / 0-)
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    These people should be locked up to protect them from themselves....

  •  As the old marketing say goes, (0+ / 0-)

    "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."

    Taking that in to consideration, it is an excellent ad. Sorry, I won't pan it just because a freeper puts it out.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:46:19 AM PDT

  •  Fact check commercial should be aired (0+ / 0-)

    by one of our 'speak truth to power" organizations.
    Pointing out that Montana, like most red states, is a taker state, with the facts posted in this diary, would definitely be a public service.  And if it could be aired right after this guy's ad, that would be so sweet!

    We want you to terminate the GOP's command. With extreme prejudice. (from "Utopia Soon")

    by oddmike on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:14:22 PM PDT

    •  Nah. (0+ / 0-)

      Conservatives like Rosendale are hooked on symbolism. Facts make no difference at all to them.

      If he could have gotten away with it, Rosendale would have shot at a dummy with an Obama mask on it.

      Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

      by Idaho07 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:27:48 PM PDT

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  •  Lots of drone suspicion out here. (0+ / 0-)

    But in 5 years or less, Rosendale. if he's smart enough to keep hi ranch that long, will be sending out a little drone from his back yard to check on his livestock or read the power meter on his irrigation pump.

    Outfitters will be using them to find out where the elk herd are, park rangers will be keeping an eye on a grizzly bear with one, forest fire fighters will be monitoring a remote blaze from a lightning strike with one, and another one will be looking for a lost Boy Scout.

    Bush pilots won't be crashing in the middle of mountains much anymore by then, poachers will be nervous, and nobody will notice the drones because they will be so common.

    And they'll be sold at Sears and Home Depot.

    Rosendale might have well whipped out his cell phone and used it for a target. Drone technology is too useful and versatile to remain exotic for very long.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19:57 PM PDT

  •  He's Ready for the Nut House (0+ / 0-)

    You know any drone could stay well out of range of your pee shooter and take you out from several thousand feet.

    You wouldn't even know what hit you DUMBASS!

  •  Only complains about gubment when (0+ / 0-)

    there's a Democrat in office.

  •  a lot of Montana is federal land (0+ / 0-)

    and the govt gets and returns revenue in a few ways. Royalties from coal and oil for one. Third largest coal producing state. They also get these revenues to maintain roads in those counties that have like ten people and are the size of small states. I think it's called payments in lieu of taxes.

    There is a large anti government sentiment across the west though, especially in rural lands. Many people in the rural west have been very adversely affected by decisions made by officials living far away. Many people make their living outside, logging, ranching, mining, and people like to hunt for the winter's meat supply. All of these things have been hit hard by decisions our government has made.

    It's too bad. Most people like many things the govt does and the people who work for the govt, all the social welfare programs and many people working Forest Service and BLM, Parks etc.  and owning houses in the west.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 05:45:01 PM PDT

  •  So he doesn't want the Feds? (2+ / 0-)
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    Cut the Federal funding for the state and it's residents!

  •  Matt Rosendale (0+ / 0-)

    Matt Rosendale is a Koch funded little coward who doesn't know his ass from the hole that should be put in his forehead. He is an insult to the collective intelligence of all Montanans. BUT, he is the face of the Bagger intelligentsia, so he is a good candidate for a permanent Drone hunt and kill mission; of course he isn't a target for corporate drones and since the Gov't really doesn't use Drones to spy on citizens like he would have you believe, he has wasted Koch money on a nonsense ad, and that is a good thing.

    •  Koch-funded? Looks like he's a self funded (1+ / 0-)
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      carpet bagger from Maryland.  Truth be told, if it's going to be a Republican who wins this seat, I would like it to be Rosendale.

      The more Teabaggers in the House, the more dysfunctional the GOP majority is as a whole.  This sets the stage for a retaking of the House on HRC coattails in 2016!

      Dont Mourn, Organize !#konisurrender

      by cks175 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:21:27 PM PDT

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    •  I guess it's a Maryland accent (1+ / 0-)
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      How's that working for him anyway?

      Congressional Candidate Matt Rosendale Speaks for Montana… with a Maryland Accent
      http://www.iagreetosee.com/...

      'Rosendale moved to a Montana ranch with his family in 2002. And although he may have succeeded in leaving what he terms the “inherent liberal socialism” of the East Coast behind, it seems he’s stuck with the Maryland accent for life.'

    •  Dislike. (1+ / 0-)
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      NO ONE should have a hole put in their head. This is reprehensible.

      ...if you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind. (RH/JG)

      by telebob1 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:27:19 PM PDT

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    •  Benefit of the doubt (0+ / 0-)

      I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not advocating murder with this little comment

      Matt Rosendale is a Koch funded little coward who doesn't know his ass from the hole that should be put in his forehead
      I am going to give you a chance to explain to me HOW I am taking this wrong and what you REALLY meant.  If I hear nothing, I will drop an H/R on you, and report it to the Help Desk.

      It is unacceptable to advocate for violence, even if the subject is reprehensible.

      It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness- Unknown -7.50, -5.03

      by dawgflyer13 on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 07:14:40 PM PDT

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  •  Real drones shoot back. (3+ / 0-)

    Boom....human mist.

    And it would never get close enough to be shot down by a gun freak.

  •  Sounds like an f'ing moron (1+ / 0-)
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    AYM MATT ROEHSENDAYLE. An THIS is how AY'D LOOK from a guverment DROEHNE.

  •  Farmers Support Cities Full Of Gays, Welfare Moms (0+ / 0-)

    illegal immigrants, jews, egghead intellectuals....

    In their world, they think that every dairy farmer supports a thousand  welfare recipients, and that the cities are nothing but financial drains.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:17:06 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, this moran definitely deserves (3+ / 0-)
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    ridicule, but take note that he, and other disingenuous right wing morans are successfully (and absurdly) positioning themselves as defenders against domestic spying activities by the federal government - an issue Democrats should be leading on. Meanwhile, here on the nation's largest Democratic blog, dozens of regularly contributing kossacks today are gleefully signing on to the disgusting proposition that Edward Snowden is, in the words of one particularly silly rabbit, a "fucking traitor."

    Rupert Murdoch to Fortune Magazine, 4/10/14: "I could live with Hillary as President." I don't doubt that for a second.

    by WisePiper on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:42:05 PM PDT

    •  I completely agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      Goes to show you how far the Democratic party has fallen from representing the 99% when populism can get so easily taken away by GOPers.

      In fact, if the GOP ever manages to lose its teahadist anchor around its neck, it will be by making it look like they're the populists. My prediction? That's the kind of Republican that wins the White House sometime in the next decade.

      Only Nixon could go to China, and all that.

  •  That's the problem, lol. (0+ / 0-)

    The nasty ol' feds are pouring money into state government coffers, resulting in an insufferable growth of local busybody government. When teahadists say local control, they mean really local control, at the clan level.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:43:12 PM PDT

  •  Someone must ask Rosendale (0+ / 0-)

    if he would support budget cuts to defense spending and/or homeland security.  If not, then why is he shooting down homeland security enforcement hardware?  

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 06:36:17 PM PDT

  •  Why do we have this rash of violent imagery (1+ / 0-)
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    all of a sudden from republicans?   Why is it happening now?

  •  There are laws against shooting at aircraft (0+ / 0-)

    Shooting at any aricraft is illegal and very dangerous.  Even pointing a laser pointer at an aricraft is illegal.
    Shooting a drone down with a scoped rifle is highly unlikely.  The field of view of the scope image is too small to accurately lead the target.  Basically this entire stunt is a fraud and it incourages wackos to try some very bad stuff.

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