Monday, August 21, 2006

Meet the Candidates

Mary Jolley (HD22) and Fred Burow (Cascade County Commission) are hosting a FREE picnic at Odd Fellows Park (just south of LaQuinta Inn) in Great Falls on Saturday, August 26, from Noon to 6pm.

Meet these candidates for the State Legislature and County Commission, and let them know which issues concern you!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

It's just your money...

While the Trib has been fretting over mercury emissions, at least one person has been asking a question about Public Power that taxpayers want answered: Should city residents have voted last year on public power before the city issued $1.5 million in bonds for the coal-fired plant?
Coal plant process questioned

Based on an ordinance the city initially approved to establish and operate an electric utility, however, "if bonds are to be issued that are payable in part from the general fund or taxes levied by the City, such bonds may be issued only if approved by the electors."

"But we didn't have a vote and the general obligation bonds were approved," [Mary] Jolley said.

The action also raises questions as to why voters this year will decide whether the city issues $2 million in bonds to support city pools, while a vote wasn't needed for $1.5 million for the power plant, she said.


Of course, the Trib doesn't think this is that big a deal; they've been sitting on the story since Aug 4th.

Bias? What bias?

Gwen Florio reports on the Friday veterans' rally for Conrad Burns in Helena:
Armed Services Committee chairman stumps for Burns
It appears Gwen-0 just couldn't bring herself to talk to any of the veterans who turned out for the rally about their reasons for supporting the Senator. Instead she dug up a Tester supporter for the requisite 'Burns isn't good enough' whine, slipped in the 'issue' that burns so brightly for the Empty Suit's campaign, and repeated the 'dwindling support for the war' mantra.

She follows up in Sunday's paper with:
Burns vs. Tester: Gloves come off in blogs
Isn't it interesting that Tester's foremost media enabler is so eager to spotlight his connection to Kos?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Would you vote for liars?

Let's talk 'negative campaigning.'
Democrats & the media declared outrage over Republican 'mud-slinging' when the GOP asked "what would Jon do?" about the Iraq war, about defense of our country.

Then Dems trot out their TV ad, featuring supposed veterans, to pound Senator Burns' record on defense. Delightful propaganda, and it no doubt sells well in the insulated liberal enclaves of Missoula & Bozeman--but enraging to veterans like me who actually pay attention to military issues.

Here are the facts:

Dems say:“Voted Against Funding for More Armored Vehicles in Iraq”
The FACTS:
Burns voted for the bill which included a 3.1% pay increase for all Military personnel. Bill authorized $610 million for new up armored vehicles in Iraq. Dems are referring to an amendment to spend more money that was not requested.

Dems say:“Voted Against Billions for Veterans Healthcare.”
The FACTS:
Actually, Veterans Healthcare funding has increased by 49% in the last five years. Specific Burns accomplishments have directly benefited the more than 100,000 Veterans in the state of Montana.
They include:
• Creation of community-based outpatient clinics in Anaconda, Kalispell, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Billings, Miles City, Sidney, and Glasgow
• Funded Veteran’s transitional housing in Helena
• Funded Veteran’s clinics in Lewistown and Cut Bank.
• Creation and expansion of the services offered by the VA center at Fort Harrison.
• Creation of an additional Veteran’s Cemetery in Missoula.
• Secured federal funding for Liberty House.

Dems say:“Voted Against an Increase in the Death Benefit for Soldiers.”
The FACTS:
Burns voted to increase the death gratuity (benefit) for all active duty soldiers to $100,000 retroactive to October 7, 2001 in Defense Appropriations Act of 2006.

Dems say:“Voted himself a pay raise 4 times.”
The FACTS:
It’s a cost of living adjustment that is required by law. There is no up or down vote on a pay increase.
Note to Republicans: if this mischaracterization is allowed to fly, does this mean the GOP can insist that Max Baucus 'voted himself a pay raise 4 times' in the next senatorial election?

Just a few facts...PLUS, don't forget that Burns is a former Marine who has consistently been a champion for our armed services in general and for our Guardsmen & Malmstrom AFB in particular.

This bald-faced propaganda is disgusting, and more proof that the Democrat party has become the party of flagrant liars. Maybe that sells in Massachusetts or at DailyKos, but I don't think it's going to go far in Montana.

Veterans and families! Be sure to make it to the Veterans Rally in Helena on Friday, August 18 (Capitol steps at 11:30am). Show the media and the Dems that Montanans know who takes care of Montana veterans, and who is committed to the defense of our country.

Friday, August 11, 2006

This is making the email rounds

You may have seen this, but thought, with the dems waving white flags frantically and quivering at the thought that the evil US & Israel are making lunatic terrorists mad, we all could use the reminder that the best in the world are on the front lines--watching out for us, with a will to win.
Thank God.

Dear Terrorists,
I am a Navy Aviator. I was born and raised in a small town in New England. I come from a family of five. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father.

My dad worked a series of jobs in finance and my mom took care of us kids. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Church.
I have a brother and sister and I am the youngest in my family. I was the first in many generations to attend college.

I have flown Naval aircraft for 16 years. For me the flying was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because, although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable. I do it because many of my friends have left for the airlines and someone has to do it.

My government has spent millions to train me to fly these multi-million dollar aircraft. I make about 70,000 dollars a year and after 20 years will be offered a pension. I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough.
I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger. I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation.

I tell you all this because when I come for you, I want you to know me. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not.
I will be in a U.S. Issue flight suit. I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a Navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane.

I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground, So we will have to do this a different way.

I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a 2,000 lb weapon through a window from 10,000 feet up. I generally only fly at night, so you may want to start sleeping during the day. I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you.

I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I take aim at you.
My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget!!

I am coming. I hope you know me a little bit better...see you soon...sleep tight.
Signed
A U.S. Navy Pilot
Oh, and check out this comment on the past days' events from Neomadison at RightMontana. He gets it.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dementia? Or treason?

Iranian Leader Speaks To Mike Wallace on August 8, Whines About Disrespect

As preening media hacks high-five over their precious exclusive,
anonymous heroes catch homegrown jihadists (from Michael Moore's neck of the woods),
adventuring Egyptians wander the country,
and flights are put on hold while harried salesmen dump their shampoo.

Ya know, the anti-war freaks are probably right: if we all bowed down to Ahmadinejad, we'd be safe forever from insane Islamist blighters...yeah, and I got a bridge to sell...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Questions the media should ask Tester:

Hey, farmer Jon, do you support deployment of missile defense systems?
Would you vote to expand funding to appropriate levels?
Would you wrangle a deal for assigning global missile defense to existing bases, like Malmstrom?

Didn't think so.