Fabricated Support of Hypocrites

By now you’ve all see the Freedom’s Watch ads which use fear in an attempt to drum up support for the death trap that is Iraq. At the end of the 30-second spot you’re urged to call your elected officials in Washington with a number provided on the screen. It turns out that number rings at a call center (contracted by Freedom’s Watch) which exists to transfer your calls to Congress. The catch? They only transfer callers who support the war.

Americans United for Change recorded one of the calls and is sharing it with the world. See for yourself.

If the ads themselves weren’t filled with enough hypocrisy for you, this should break the bank.

Credit to Open KY

New Ad: Instilling Fear in Kentuckians

Conservative group Freedom’s Watch today launched ads in Kentucky in support of the Iraq War.

In the ad, the group uses the mother of a solider killed in Iraq to tell viewers another 9/11 attack will occur if we change course.

See the ad for yourself:


The organization’s website says they’ll be spending $15 million through mid-September.

Call us crazy, but apparently some have forgotten that Iraq wasn’t responsible for what occured on September 11, 2001.

UPDATE: Ari Fleischer is heading the group. Here you may examine a chart of the ad buy. They’re spending over $260,000 in Louisville and Lexington alone.

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Andrew Horne on Soldier Suicide

Soldier suicides are at a 26-year high and the Army confirmed 99 committed suicide while on active duty last year. 900 more tried to kill themselves. More than a quarter were those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reports say attempts are directly linked to the number of days troops serve in these war-torn countries.

Sound troubling to you? Troubling to Kentucky’s Col. Andrew Horne, Senior Advisor at VoteVets.org, as well. He was on Live with Dan Abrams on MSNBC last evening along with Pete Hegseth, a Vet for “Freedom”.

Take a look. Two-parter for your convenience.

Part 1:

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Part 2:

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The full segment is available on YouTube for your use. Links back when mentioning the clip are appreciated.

Andrew comes off sincere, as the gentleman he is and poses a great question at the very end. Can we do this for ten more years?

Full Disclosure: I worked on a previous campaign of Andrew Horne’s and consider him a good friend.

Bringing Fame to Kentucky

Grace is GoneThe non-political side of Bruce Lunsford (love him or hate him, your political opinions aside) and his Kentucky-based production company, with business partner Ed Hart, has snagged Clint Eastwood to compose the soundtrack for their new flick, “Grace is Gone.”

We bring it up because the movie is about a father (John Cusack) faced with telling his daughters that their mother was killed in Iraq. Since it won the audience award at Sundance earlier this year, the wingnuts may go crazy over it. You know how they love the hippy movies dealing with the realities of this righteous bloodbath.

Exclusive: Michael Kelley to face Geoff Davis in KY-4

Davis not looking like such a shoo-in anymore?

Page One has learned there is a challenger for 4th District Congressman Geoff Davis (R), something that may surprise readers of the Kentucky Enquirer. In his Sunday column, Pat Crowley wrote that no candidate has stepped forward to face Rep. Davis in 2008. Specifically, “Kentucky Democrats struggle to even name any potential challengers to Davis.” We like Pat’s reporting, but we’ve learned Dr. Michael Kelley of Oldham County filed for 2008 candidacy just a few weeks ago, and is set to face Rep. Davis come the fall.

Side Note: Crowley reports Heather French Henry is the only name to surface as a potential challenger, despite, well, many factors. Sources say Henry has repeatedly informed Democratic Party insiders that she will not run for U.S. Congress for career-related reasons and, honestly, why would someone with as solid a career as the former Miss America give that up to run for office?

Our sources say Kelley will not be a candidate just for candidacy’s sake— he won’t be the sacrificial lamb— that he’ll have support similar to that of Ken Lucas in 2006. If you remember the horde of commercials purchased on behalf of Lucas (and the $1.5Million the FEC says he raised that year) you realize this could potentially be big bucks— and aid— for Kelley.

According to a contact at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, “Kelley will garner strong support from the state and national party because he’s not a career politician. He’s not your average hack from Halliburton. He has a simple plan that hits home with the voters and he connects with people on a personal level that career-types like Davis cannot.”

Kelley FamilyPage One sat down with Kelley earlier this month. We’d like to share a portion of the interview with more to come later in the year.

Michael Kelley, 41, is a family man and lifelong Kentuckian. He’s been married to his wife, Gretchen, for eleven years and they have four children together. Three daughters and one son, ages 5, 6, 9, and 10. He is a self-described country physician who graduated from the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine in 1993. In 1997 he joined a small medical practice and as a direct result has become concerned about the flaws in the American health care system. Dr. Kelley is also strongly opposed to Republican-led efforts to prolong the war in Iraq.

The cornerstones of Michael’s plan, which will be released in coming weeks, are as follows:

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Oh Snap Monday

Thou Shalt Not — Al Cross calls out the Gubnuh, he’s bearing false witness against Beshear by saying he wants to take away your guns. Nevermind that the facts don’t support Ernie’s charges. (Yeah, we’re a little biased toward the truth on this one) [C-J]

Girls Left Out? Ellen Goodman says all political bloggers are pasty white guys. Ladies, show some initiative, would you! Don’t you realize you don’t exist if Ellen doesn’t know about you? It’s an Arianna-only world, apparently. As you can see, starting a blog is as easy as… [C-J by way of Boston Globe]

The War at Home – Mitch McConnell is getting some love from veterans – one group is airing ads supporting him for sending 3,680 soldiers, and counting, to their deaths in Iraq. Vets for Freedom? Is this another Swiftboat Vets for Truth? Kentucky’s Andrew Horne chimes in. [H-L]

Treasuring One Less Office – Melinda Wheeler makes her case for getting rid of the treasurer’s office, without mentioning her criticism of the current office holder. Will the News-Enterprise give her opponent, Todd Hollenbach, a chance to respond or is this a free campaign ad? [News-Enterprise]

David Adams (the guy with the best one-liners ever. seriously.) of Kentucky Progress condemns Kos’ take that he had something to do with Chandler’s victory and Harold Ford, Jr. alleges the site Markos Moulitsas operates is but a platform for anti-semitism. [KY Progress, dailyKos]

Bush’s Brain tucks tail and runs. He “just thinks it’s time”… since his rump is on the line. Now everything will be puppies and rainbows, right? RIGHT? [WSJ]