Some of the major issues I will be writing about today include Malmstrom’s nuclear security, health insurance rate increases, the bathroom lawsuit, the topless picnic, and Slurpee Day 2016!
Malmstrom Nuclear Security:
The Great Falls Tribune has a story posted this morning about Malmstrom Air Force Base and the security of nuclear weapons. As of 6:00 a.m. this morning the Tribune story on the website began with these two paragraphs:
Many of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana are in remote areas, farmer’s fields, or may otherwise appear to be unprotected.
But a complex security network ensures each of the nuclear weapons in the care of airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are secure at all times.
First, there are not “450 intercontinental ballistic missile sites across 13,800 square miles in Montana.” There are 150 missile sites in Montana. There once were 200, but in 2007 the congressional delegation (Sens. Baucus, Tester, and Rep. Rehberg) allowed the Air Force to start the process of removing 50 missiles.
Maybe the Tribune “military” reporter should take a road trip to count the missile sites?
U.S. Senator Steve Daines told his constituents in a May 2016 press release “Right now, our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in Americans’ backyards.”
I called Daines’ statement “pure BS” and I’ve been proven correct many times since then. The article from the Tribune once again proves Daines is a failure at understanding defense issues.
Mike Dennison of MTN News reported that Health insurers selling individual and small-group policies on Montana’s Internet “marketplace” are seeking 2017 rate increases averaging up to 62 percent, citing big losses on previous policies.
It did not take long for the anti-Obamacare folks to start their attacks on social media.
I have said from the beginning that both sides should come together to make Obamacare better for all. The “gotcha” politics won’t help – pull a chair up to the table and make it better for all.
MTN reported that the state of Montana joined other states Friday in filing a lawsuit against the federal government for imposing the new nationwide transgender bathroom policy.
MTN also reported that a total of 10 states are included as plaintiffs: Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. Montana was signed on to the lawsuit by Attorney General Tim Fox.
This is a good campaign tool for Fox, who is up for reelection this year. In signing on to the lawsuit, Fox gives some red meat to his conservative base. It’s like Fox is using taxpayer money to campaign.
I don’t think the 10 states can win their lawsuit.
In case you missed it, the big news is there was a topless picnic in Helena, Montana, Friday. The opening sentence in the Helena newspaper started with, “There was more pizza than skin on display at the Picnic to Normalize the Human Body…”
I was not too happy with the “coverage” of the topless picnic – the photo gallery in the Helena Independent Record contained a total of four photos.
Free Slurpee Day:
Today is July 11 (7-11) and it’s 7-Eleven free Slurpee day! Unfortunately, if you live in Montana you may need to drive a few miles to find a 7-Eleven. Click HERE for a store locator.