McConnell Bribed by BAE?

Hate to beat a dead horse but we have a question or two. For reference, Mitch McConnell is being criticized for pushing $25 million in earmarks for corrupt BAE, the British company under investigation for big-time bribery.

Mitch McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee (PAC) just this year pulled in $2,000 from BAE Systems.

BAE Systems USA PAC
1300 17th St. N
Arlington, Virginia 222093803
03/28/2007
2000.00

Think that $25 million could be payback? Just wondering.

Or what about the tons of money BAE has given Mitch’s 2008 Senate Campaign?

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The McConnell Smear Machine

BlueGrassRoots has a great story on Mitch McConnell’s shameless attempt to smear journalist John Cheves with typical right-wing spin.

Since Cheves’ exposé last year about McConnell’s connection to Red China and the overall downfall of society, “Team Mitch” has been up in arms. They’ve been unsuccessful at changing the subject but they haven’t stopped trying.

Here is their basic argument: John Cheves was paid by a bunch of Commie liberals last year to spread lies (lies, damnit!) about Mitch McConnell in the Herald-Leader. After the LHL was caught red-handed, they were shamed into handing the Commie money back to the Reds. Fast forward to this year: John Cheves has returned to Lexington to spread more lies about McConnell. And where has he been? Why he’s been working for Sen. Ron Wyden (Communist-OR), busy plotting how to take down the Republicans with liberal propaganda.

Some of Mitch’s mindless minions use this argument: “if they’re so non-partisan, where is the research showing a corrupt Democrat”?!? Well, Billy, sit down and let me actually show you that. From CIR’s own website, we see CIR’s Will Simon ripping the Democratic leadership in the Senate to shreds in the pages of the LA Times. He scours Harry Reid, Robert Byrd, Herb Kohl and Jack Reed for hypocrisy on earmarks, as they publicly denounced them but filled legislation with pork to go back to their district. How’s that for ya?

Spin aside, there’s no way for McConnell to escape the dead weight that is China. It’s his Achilles heel. And we don’t know anyone who would want to be associated with the recent flood of dangerous products flowing from his inlaws’ shipping operations in China.

Rumors on the Internets: Cold Again Version

Light posting today. Chasing a story.

Doing the right thing can be inconvenient. Ashley Cecil (the Painting Activist) battles her conscience as she explores the implications of her actions in today’s world. From dining out on sushi that isn’t factory farmed to avoiding waste at the grocery store, it can be a tough mindset to adopt. But it’s a mindset worth considering and as we edge closer and closer to reality it’s nearly become a necessary fact of life. Check Ashley’s site out– it’s one of our favorite reads. [Ashley Cecil]

Strange bedfellows: egotist and governor-elect. Heather French Henry will serve as part of Steve Beshear’s Governor’s Office Transition Team. Excuse us, but, what on earth does she know about government and the governor’s office? Thought she was off somewhere making dresses and defrauding publishing companies while her husband breaks every law known to man. We predict lots of drama. What’s this appointment payback for? [PolWatchers]

McConnell plays disruptor on Iraq. Mitch, as usual, has to try to make the rules up as he goes along. Always offering his own versions of bills. Almost always uniquely pork-laden. Democrats cave and will continue to be ineffective. Eye-rack forever! [Guardian – UK]

End of an era. Tonight is the Al Smith’s final appearance as host of Comment on Kentucky. KET @ 8:00 P.M. Eastern. 1 hour. Watch it. Al Smith knows everything about everything. We’ll miss this hilarious old codger and look forward to his memoirs. [H-L]

Ashland: chock full o’ nuts. First it was the duct tape bandit. Now it’s the dude who robbed an ice cream parlor with a stapler. For real. A chrome-plated stapler. Hoo boy. Can’t get any better than that. [Daily Independent]

Hebert has the tape. The Sam Beverage tape. Highlights include alleged Stumbo road work scandals, Ernie ordered all highway dollars to be spent in counties of his supporters, discretionary funds are like candy and there’s corruption in government. Surprised? Of course not. [Mark Hebert]

The War on Reality Update Dept

Mongiardo isn’t stupid, won’t resign from the Senate. Nice try, David Williams. Who in their right mind thought he’d resign before the December inauguration and swearing in, anyway? Williams came up with quite possibly the dumbest demand yet. [PolWatchers]

Ruining lives one by one. The Kentucky Board of Education has picked a finalist to become Commissioner of Education but won’t name them. No one on the board realizes it’s juvenile to tease the public. Not to mention– no one on the board realizes their “finalists” are complete and utter failures with no relevant experience. What a disappointment. [Mark Hebert]

Jody Richards wastes time and money. Again. He’s appointing a dozen state reps to be part of a work group to study the possibility of allowing casinos to set up shop in Kentucky. Don’t we already know the outcome? Why are we wasting time on this? Could Jody Richards be any more ineffective? We can’t openly and honestly resolve the Peabody issue but we can devote man hours and dollars to studying what’s already been studied. Great. [PolWatchers]

Corruption in Lexington schools. Superintendent Stu Silberman ran a high-performance principal off, lied about it, tried to cover up his tracks and then made up a secret “investigation” that no one knows about. What the heck is going on in Lex Vegas these days? First the jail and now the schools? Seriously, people. Em-bar-ass-ing. [Bluegrass Institute]

Moving in. Ernie gives Beshear’s transition team Steve Pence’s old office suite in the Capitol. Nice place to work, isn’t it? Team members are slowly moving in and are beginning to stake their claim on state government. No better place to be when moving a new regime into Frankfort. [C-J]

Mitch: The New Earle Clements

While examining Mitch McConnell’s first television commercials for the 2008 election cycle David Hawpe brings up the absurdity of McConnell’s self-comparison to former Sen. Alben Barkley.

Turns out Mitch isn’t keen on playing with facts and likes to ignore information that could make him look like the Red Chinese Money Broker that he is. And he’s not the second Kentuckian in history to lead his party in the Senate. The second would be Earle Clements in the 1950s. But who cares about facts? Definitely not the Dear bowtie-wearing Senator.

McConnell wants to draw a connection between himself and Barkley because the latter was not only powerful but also a popular, avuncular figure in Kentucky politics, especially in Western Kentucky, which has been a key to McConnell’s success. The truth is that one can draw more and better parallels between McConnell and Clements.

Both qualify as cool, crafty and reserved figures. Both built the state machinery that has dominated their respective parties for significant periods of the modern era. And both were county judges.

…Clements, unlike fellow Western Kentucky Democrat Barkley, was not widely loved. McConnell, unlike his Republican predecessor John Sherman Cooper, also isn’t widely loved.

And let’s not forget that Alben Barkley II– who is prominently featured in the new McConnell ads– has some major experience in the sexual harassment department. He was found guilty by the state Personnel Board of trying to make a sexytime or two with a secretary in his office.

Does McConnell think everybody has forgotten that Barkley II, as state secretary of agriculture, was involved in a sensational sexual harassment incident? A secretary in the ag commissioner’s office, Ann Hester, told the Personnel Board that Barkley once asked her to be his “lover,” that he asked to look down her blouse, that he put his arm around her waist and hugged her, and that he often told her she looked “sexy.”

Birds of a feather, boys and girls.  Birds of a feather.

More Corruption: McConnell Aide Becomes Tax Lobbyist

McConnell in a BowtieLesley Elliott, a former legislative aide to Mitch McConnell, has been hired by travel conglomerate Expedia. Why? To lobby Washington for “tax issues.”

It’s nothing new for McConnell staffers to get paid millions for knowing Mitch (remember Hunter Bates?) but is it really a good idea for his former employees to be out and about lobbying like this at a time when he’s done nothing but scream about taxation? At a time when he’s about to have the campaign battle of his lifetime?

Mitch’s bowtie must be on a little tight these days. Jeez.

Jim Waters – Commish Search II: The Sequel

The right and left should all agree with Jim this week. The state school board’s “search” for a commissioner is laughable and embarrassing.

Get a grip, people! Call this “search” off and start fresh. This Barbara Erwin clustercrap has to stop.



Commish Search II: The Sequel

By Jim Waters

Al Smith, longtime host of “Comment on Kentucky,” is right in urging the Kentucky Board of Education to wait and conduct a national search for a new education commissioner – like other states do.

But his plea falls on deaf ears.

The board’s haste – along with the insipid candidates it has attracted – confirms Solomon’s reckoning that: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be.”

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