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GOP Gov. Ads Provide Comic Relief

It’s pretty difficult to take the Republican TV ads for the governor’s race seriously when they all run together on the local news broadcasts.




We watched three in a row Tuesday. One (Ahlquist spot) would have you believe Raul Labrador and Brad Little are running as partners with Tommy Ahlquist running against Barack Obama. That one was immediately followed by a spot showing Brad Little wearing one of Butch Otter’s old hand-me-down cowboy hats opposing gay marriage.

Raul finally spent some of his donated cash (Ahlquist would have you think it was taxpayer money) for TV spots which SEEMED to supported Planned Parenthood.

As it sits now, the GUARDIAN sees a Hispanic Mormon running against an Emmett farmer who wears Butch Otter’s old hat and a Donald Trump developer with an M.D.



If Paulette Jordan, the Indian maiden on horseback, comes out for the general election after beating the rich Boise school board guy, A.J. Balukoff in the Democratic primary it will be even more fun.

The political comedy is interesting and we eagerly await your comments, serious or light hearted.

Air Force Aborts Scoping Meetings

With only a few hours notice, command staff at Mountain Home Air Force Base aborted a public scoping meeting to be held Today (3/12/18) at the Boise Public Library from 3-6 p.m.

The GUARDIAN sought an explanation from Sheri Robertson, environmental chief at the base and she said, “There is no further explanation. It was a command decision.” Meetings in Meridian, Eagle, and several other towns were also canceled until further notice.

She said meetings in Twin Falls and Glenns Ferry were attended only by the respective mayors of those cities and a meeting at Grandview drew only a single citizen. Opponents of the F-35 bed down led by the Citizens For a Livable Boise group were eager to attend the meeting, judging from their social media bombing run.

The “scoping meetings” set for a total of nine Idaho cities, including Boise, were reportedly to “clear up misconceptions” about the use of lasers and war games to simulate “close air support (CAS)” over urban areas.

Here is an official USAF letter sent to an interested citizen prior to the aborted mission:

The GUARDIAN first reported on the plans last week. Legacy media had previously ignored all attempts to inform citizens of the Air Force plans, but KBOI-2 quoted an Air Force spokesman Monday who said, they to provide a full panel of representatives to answer all questions. “We needed to reschedule these meetings to ensure we had all parties available,” the Air Force said.

We certainly hope the USAF is better at bombing true enemies than it is at community relations. THEY scheduled the meeting and then cancelled to ensure they had all parties available?

War Game Plans Over City Ignored By Legacy Media

We are at a loss to understand why the legacy media has refused (declined) to share the plans of the United States Air Force at Mt. Home to expand its training range to include the sky over the city of Boise and eight other Idaho towns.

Several GUARDIAN readers have asked why there has been no coverage in the local TV or print media. They have even gone so far as sending copies of the public notices the Air Force has issued, but still no news.

In short, Mountain Home plans to practice “urban warfare” in the sky over Boise to be coordinated with ground forces who are said to be parked in paved parking lots and along paved streets. The ground troops will be “plain clothes” and use laser beams to identify targets for flights of either two or four F-15 fighters to electronically attack targets.

The Boise public hearing is set for March 12, 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Boise Main Library, Marion Bingham Room 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

Public scoping meetings are also being held at the following locations:

March 5, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Twin Falls Public Library
201 Fourth Avenue East, Twin Falls, ID 83301

March 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Glenns Ferry High School Library
639 N Bannock St, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623

March 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
The American Legion Hall
410 Roosevelt Ave, Grandview ID 83624

March 12, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Boise Main Library, Marion Bingham Room
715 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

March 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
The American Legion (VFW Post 26)
515 E 2nd S St, Mountain Home, ID 83647

March 14, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Eagle Public Library
100 N Stierman Way Eagle, Idaho 83616

March 15, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Meridian Library (Main Branch)
1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian ID 83642

F-35 Meet Like Watching A Bad Movie Twice

Visitors to public meeting were met by anti F-35 group as they entered venue.

If the Tuesday public meeting at the Wyndham Convention Center on Vista had been an aerial combat mission, the Idaho Air National Guard would have suffered a major ambush from the group opposing the F-35 being based in Boise.

Citizens For a Livable Boise managed to set up a giant “information table” complete with maps, charts, and political-type campaign buttons opposing the F-35. The meeting was the last ditch effort by the Idaho Air National Guard and proponents of attracting the F-35 following the December decision by the Air Force to base the aircraft at Dannelly Field in Alabama and Truax Field in Wisconsin. Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) studies are underway by private contractors at five locations in case one of the “preferred alternatives” doesn’t work for some reason.

While both sides used mostly the same old maps, statistics, and posters, the GUARDIAN found that none of the Idaho Air Guard people had heard about the USAF separate plans to expand the Mountain Home AFB training range to include the sky over Boise (see previous GUARDIAN post below). We find it somewhat disconcerting that our military officials haven’t told the local flyers of their plans to use lasers and F-15 fighters over Boise to practice “urban warfare” in a realistic setting. The official PROPOSAL

Nine urban centers have been identified for this training: Boise, Mountain Home, Burley, Twin Falls, Grandview, Glenns Ferry, Bruneau, Hammett, and Mountain Home AFB. There will be a scoping meeting March 12, 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Boise Main Library, Marion Bingham Room 715 S. Capitol Blvd

Public scoping meetings are also being held at the following locations:
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Air Force Plans War Games Over Boise

Our first thought when we read the Air Force memo was “retaliation for opposing the F-35 bed down at Gowen Field?” Our next thought was “the AR-15 pales when compared to the F-15.”

The memo we received from Mountain Home Air Force Base via GUARDIAN readers is potentially as explosive as the missiles on the deadly supersonic fighter jets the United States military plans to fly in “close air support” training over Boise and eight other Idaho urban areas.

No doubt the fighter jets with their laser-guided bomb simulations will be the “sound of freedom” to many of our readers. According to the Air Force, the ground staff will be in civilian vehicles and not wearing uniforms.

As long as they keep their bomb runs over St. Luke’s hospital, the State House, City Hall and the North End residential areas, the realistic training is probably worth the risks of high speed low level flights.

We would be eager to hear from local officials–including Team Dave–to learn if they were aware of the plans, their reaction to war games over the most densely populated area between Salt Lake and Seattle, and if they knew why haven’t they told the citizens.

The official PROPOSAL

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