The Wednesday Read

Tolerance is ensuring others have equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness even if you don’t agree with their choices. – Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Bullock for President
  • Pentagon’s $1.5B Wall Transfer
  • A Fun Run

Bullock for President:

It all started on Tuesday at 4:00 a.m. Montana time when Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) announced that he was running for President of the United States via a very-well-done video titled “Fair Shot.”

The Associated Press (AP) reported it like this:

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field’s only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016.

I think Bullock’s announcement makes him the 22nd Democrat to announce a run for the Presidency. That’s quite a crowd and it will be hard for some of the lesser-known candidates like Bullock to get recognized.

I would like (as many others) for Bullock to take on Republican Steve Daines for U.S. Senate here in Montana, but that does not look like it will happen.

The Montana Republicans did not take long to put out a statement about Bullock saying:

“Governor Bullock joins a long list of 20-plus Democrats hoping to take on and defeat President Trump, and he’s doing it at the Montana taxpayers’ expense. Montanans are footing his campaign bill so he can jet-set off and raise millions of dollars from lobbyists, special interests, and liberal activists. Just because Gov. Bullock’s ego thinks he can become President of the United States doesn’t mean that hard-working Montanans should be left picking up a nearly $300,000 tab to pay for his pipe dream.”

I guess I missed the Montana Republican Party’s concerns last year about Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale campaigning for U.S. Senate and jet-setting around the country to raise money when he was being paid to do the job as State Auditor. Political parties have a pretty shitty memory.

The fact is that Montana Republicans have not beaten Bullock. That probably leaves a bad taste in their mouth. Bullock has beaten some big names in the Montana Republican Party during his election history. Bullock easily handled Republican Tim Fox in 2008 for Attorney General. Then he beat former Congressman Rick Hill for Governor in 2012, and then he whipped current Congressman Greg Gianforte for Governor in 2016.

Montana Republicans might think twice before going after Bullock with all the success he’s had against their candidates. They might piss him off and then he might decide to stay in Montana and send Daines packing.

Pentagon’s $1.5B Wall Transfer:

The Hill reported that the Pentagon’s move last week to transfer $1.5 billion from defense accounts to President Trump’s promised border wall will pull from funds including those meant to upgrade Air Force surveillance planes and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system, according to Defense Department documents.

It was also reported that about $24.3 million will be taken from the Air Force’s Minuteman III ICBM program, which needs updates to its launch control center.

Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls, Montana, has 150 Minuteman III ICBMs.

Montana’s senior Senator, Democrat Jon Tester, noticed what the administration is doing. Tester and his fellow Democratic Defense and Military Construction Appropriators said in a letter that they “have concerns that this reprogramming comes at the expense of the readiness of the Armed Forces.”

This action by the Trump administration reminds me of the movie “Dumb and Dumber” when Lloyd and Harry were returning a briefcase full of money and decided to spend most of the money and replace it with IOUs.

After all, is said and done, that might be what our military gets – a bunch of IOUs.

Fun Run:

I think they have finally come up with a race just my distance – a 1k race! It’s also probably a race for me because they will be serving beer and donuts.

It’s called the “Lard Butt 1K” and it’s being held in Missoula on July 20 – I kid you not.

According to the ABC/Fox Montana the race is designed to appeal to the “below-average athlete and weekend warrior in all of us.”

That’s me!!!

There’s plenty of time for all of us “Lard Butts” to train for the donut and beer portion of the race!

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