Caught My Eye…

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. – Douglas MacArthur

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME). Be careful today – it’s Friday the 13th!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a 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 to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include Malmstrom helicopters, unsecured nukes, Gianforte’s donation, the Gianforte jacket patch update, my newspaper column, Trump/Ryan meeting, Stamp Out Hunger, and much more!

Malmstrom Helicopters:

It was not a surprise to me that the Air Force decided to use the normal (slower) acquisition process to replace the UH-1N Huey helicopters at Malmstrom Air Force Base instead of the (faster) process pushed by the Montana delegation. The Great Falls Tribune has the story HERE.

The Montana delegation (U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke) ticked off the Air Force when they came out against the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex last year.

Face it, the Air Force is not going to jump too high for the Montana delegation.

Nukes Unsecured?

U.S. Senator Steve Daines fired off a press release about the Malmstrom Air Force Base helicopters which contained a quote or two that showed Daines is lacking when it comes to knowledge about Malmstrom AFB. His lack of knowledge probably caused harm to our nation.

Daines was quoted in his own press release saying:

“We have an obligation to secure our nuclear weapons at Malmstrom,” Daines stated. “Right now, our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in Americans’ backyards. We need a strategy to secure our nuclear arsenal.”

It’s pure BS for Daines to say, “our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in Americans’ backyards.” As everyone knows – at least those of us who care about Malmstrom – there are Security Forces working round the clock in the missile complex providing security for our nation’s nukes. These Security Forces men and women are some of the best and brightest, not only in the Air Force but in all of the Department of Defense.

To make matters worse, Daines used about the same language in a joint press release on Thursday with Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Daines has pretty much embarrassed himself beyond repair with veterans and military personnel. Besides that, Daines has probably caused some people to believe that the most powerful weapons on earth are sitting unsecured in the middle of Montana.

Shame on him.

Gianforte Donation:

Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte is planning on donating $8 million to Montana State University in Bozeman to create an endowment and to rename the computer science department the Gianforte School of Computing. Somewhere on campus an auditorium will be named the Gianforte Auditorium. (AP/GF Tribune)

There’s no truth to the rumor that the Gianforte Auditorium will only have limited access…

Seriously, I like his generosity, but it looks like Gianforte is trying to buy publicity and votes. Therefore, the Board of Regents should not approve it. If Gianforte is still feeling generous after the election, I’m sure his donation will still be accepted.

The Gianforte Patch Update:

It was way back on May 4 when I first inquired with Team Gianforte about a patch being worn on the jacket of Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte in his campaign ad “That’s Why.”

It’s still a mystery. Here’s a photo of the patch:

Gianforte Patch

It’s been 8 days and about 22 hours. I know they have been busy; it’s been one tough week for Team Gianforte. If you know what the patch is for, please leave that information in the comment section, or email me at

My Newspaper Column:

This week I authored a 500-word column titled, “The GOP deserves Trump” that I sent to several newspapers around the state. The Helena Independent Record (IR) published the column very quickly and there are over 40 comments – so it generated some traffic for the newspaper! Thank you, Helena IR! Some other newspapers have shown interest, too.

You can read the column HERE.

It’s very difficult to find a good email address for opinion page editors in many newspapers in Montana. It should be published on the opinion page website each day.

Trump/Ryan Meeting:

Did anyone else get a laugh out of how much press coverage there was for the meeting between Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan? It was over the top.

The anticipation and build-up to the meeting reminded me of when the aliens were coming to earth in the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

One More Thing:

Saturday (May 14) is the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Please donate what you can.

Stamp Out Hunger 2016

The USPS says that with 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

Just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

More information can be found HERE. #StampOutHunger


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  1. You probably have this but JIC,

    • Thanks Doug. It’s funny, but I missed the Beacon. I have added it to my list for next time. -JmB

  2. The rich and entitled like Ryan and others are very afraid of Trump. That tells me that my choice to vote for him – should Hillary be the nominee – is the correct one.

    • Greg – Thanks. It should be an interesting race. -JmB

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