Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday!

“Caught My Eye” is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little. Basically, nothing is off-limits!

Today I write about Malmstrom AFB, Americans for Prosperity, Denny Rehberg, Jon Tester, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, birthdays, quote for the week, and we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Malmstrom Cheaters:

No matter how you try to paint it, the story about 34 Malmstrom AFB missile launch officers cheating on proficiency tests does not help the future of the land-based nuclear forces. That problem comes on top of the illegal-narcotics investigation, the failure of a major inspection, the blast door being left open, and at least two high-ranking officers in the chain of command being fired.

If officials at the Pentagon and in the Obama Administration are looking to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and save money, the issues at Malmstrom AFB will make that selection much easier.

Meanwhile, the Wing Commander at Malmstrom AFB, Col. Robert Stanley, has been nominated by the president for promotion to brigadier general. A promotion that I wrote should not happen – and that was before the latest problem at Malmstrom.

The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) family is rather small. The Air Force needs to completely clean house in the 341st Operations Group at Malmstrom and its three missile squadrons (10th, 12th, and 490th) and bring in new leaders – I’m talking about the O-4 (Majors) up to and including the O-6 (Colonels) who have apparently failed to properly lead those they command and supervise.

Finally, supporters of Malmstrom AFB should be on high alert – there has never been a time that the base is more vulnerable for closure. Malmstrom has a black mark on its record that will take years to overcome.  They may not have that long.

Americans for Prosperity:

After I happened to catch Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) new television ad that thanks Montana Congressman Steve Daines and urges you to call and thank him for voting against the Affordable Care Act, my first thought was do we really need to start this “S&*%” already.

There’s a story in Lee Newspapers that reports, “Since August, AFP has spent $22 million on ads targeting the Affordable Care Act.”

They could have saved a whole bunch of money and just sent Daines a thank you card.

Members of the group were also guests on the conservative Voices of Montana radio program Thursday. They were not that interesting…

I’m betting 2014 will be the year of “third-party groups,” – you know the “third-party groups” that can’t coordinate with the candidates they support because it’s against the law. Yes, those groups. Buckle up!

Rehberg Won’t Run in 2014:

Former Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) decided not to run for any office in 2014. Listed below are my comments about this major decision – a decision that seemed to capture most of the Montana media’s attention this week:


Tester’s Transparency!

I always enjoy reading press releases from Senator Jon Tester, although for some reason his press people won’t sign me up to get his releases in a timely manner.

Congratulations go to the soon-to-be senior senator of Montana for being “named the most transparent U.S. Senator by the government watchdog service”

I am so looking forward to seeing the results of his next ethics audit. I remember Tester promised he would “set an example — by asking a Montana judge to conduct an ethics audit of his office every year.”


USA Today has a story today about a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs that says 48,000 “Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were either homeless or in a federal program aimed at keeping them off the streets during 2013.”

As the greatest country on the face of the earth, we should be humiliated at this report. Every current elected official should be ashamed – and they should be held accountable.

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Billings Gazette: Brian Duane Remmick, 47, who “has admitted driving drunk and crashing into a van full of children received a three-year deferred sentence in District Court on Tuesday on the condition that he complete Impaired Driving Court.”

Do you get to drink alcohol in Impaired Driving Court?

The Gazette also reported that Remmick “had a blood alcohol level of 0.261 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, court records state.”

I don’t know which actions embarrass Montana more – the actions of Remmick or the actions of Judge Gregory R. Todd, who let him off with a slap on the wrist.

Happy Birthday:

Betty White turns 92, Muhammad Ali is 72, Jim Carrey is 52, First lady Michelle Obama turns 50, and Zooey Deschanel is 34.

Quote for the Week:

“As the Republicans run to the crazy Tea Party right, they leave behind the huge mass of genuinely moderate and independent Americans that make up the majority of voters. The ones that used to consider themselves now-extinct moderate Republicans. They’re up for grabs. And the Democrats have to grab them!” -Jennifer Granholm (Former Michigan Governor)

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

### Have a Great Weekend ###

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