Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Song lyrics for the day…

When I think about you
I think about 17
I think about my old Jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night

-Eric Church “Springsteen

In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:

  • I Survived the Fourth in GF
  • New Montana Laws
  • Large-Scale Exercise
  • Reading Assignments


Congratulations if you are reading this, apparently you survived another Independence Day. I did not have to use my garden hose! I survived another wild-west Fourth of July in Great Falls, Montana!

Here in Great Falls, I stayed in the basement with the dog. CNN had a great program that aired from different spots across the country called, “The Fourth in America.” REO Speedwagon played a few songs during their concert in Missouri. Chicago played a few songs, as did Foreigner. They had more than classic rock. They showed the fireworks shows from New York to California. CNN did a good job.

In Great Falls, I think the main problem is people not obeying the rules set for discharging fireworks. There are some dumbasses in this city. I can understand setting them off a few minutes later than the deadline, but an hour or two or three is a deliberate disregard of the rules. No matter what the hours are, some will break them, and they need to suffer the consequences.

I’ve seen a lot of complaints on social media – especially about people shooting fireworks after hours. I think they need to allow the Great Falls voters to decide if they want residents shooting off fireworks or just leave it to the pros. They would need to triple the firefighters and police officers to make people follow the rules. I understand there were several fires across the state from fireworks.

It’s just not worth the hassle anymore. People are afraid to leave their homes to go see professional shows because they may lose their homes because of some idiots not paying attention.

The city of Great Falls needs to make some changes.


In case you missed it, MTN News is reporting about the new laws that have just taken effect, as of Thursday, July 1.

One of the most embarrassing ones is House Bill 112, which bars transgender women and girls from participating in competitions designated for female student-athletes.

Check out the rest of the new laws by clicking HERE.

Be careful out there…


No, a “large-scale exercise” is not me going to the gym!

The Bismarck Tribune is reporting the Air Force is planning another large-scale exercise in the massive Powder River Training Complex in the Northern Plains.
The training area covers nearly 35,000 square miles of airspace in the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming — the largest over the continental U.S.
Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota say multiple types of aircraft will take to the skies July 19-23, and that could cause loud noises.

I have supported the Powder River Training Complex from the beginning. The Montana Congressional delegation did not support the expansion, basically saying Montana’s skies were closed to military aircraft. It was approved anyway.

I hope the planes disturb all those in Montana (like Tester, Daines, etc.) who were against it.

That noise is the sound of freedom – something the current delegation knows nothing about.

Read the full report (with maps!) from The Bismarck Tribune by clicking HERE.


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