Ruh Ro: Some Big VA Money Scandal

Oh snap. There’s a big ass V.A. scandal going down. Here’s Hebert’s teaser.

And here’s the C-J story:

Fourteen people were indicted yesterday in Louisville for conspiring to defraud the Veterans Administration out of $1.9 million by fabricating phony claims for disabilities.

The indictment alleges that the ringleaders were Daniel Ryan Parker, 37, a supervisor at Disabled American Veterans in Louisville, and Jeffrey Allan McGill, also 37, who worked at the VA regional office in Louisville and whose job was reviewing claims.

The indictment also alleges that 11 veterans falsely claimed to suffer from bipolar disorder, hearing loss, frostbite, back injuries and other ailments and disabilities.

The veterans allegedly received lump-sum payments for back pay and then kick backed as much as two-thirds of it to Parker and McGill, according to the indictment.

This is the lowest of the low. Lower than anything Robert Felner ever did. Dishonoring and taking advantage of the one segment of society who TRULY deserves to be put on a pedestal and taken care of forever? Scum of the earth.

Meanwhile, hundreds of veterans are homeless and dying in Kentucky thanks to inadequate care and support from these douche nozzles.

Keep checking the C-J story for updates from Andy Wolfson, one of the best reporters on-staff at the Courier-Journal.

And be thankful for David Huber and the rest of his crew in the U.S. Attorney’s office. Here’s hoping the Obama Administration keeps him around.

Thursday Morning Roundup of Crazy Sorts

Ashley Judd will be at a KDP GOTV rally on November 1. Iroquois Park Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, Lousville. Doors open at 3:00 P.M., program begins at 4:30 P.M. Other guests: Dan Mongiardo, John Yarmuth, Mayor for Life, Bruce Lunsford, Crit Luallen, Jack Conway, fake Democrat Todd Hollenbach and other electeds and candidates. [Email Blast]

More on the investigation into Sen. Joey Pendleton. Multiple sources confirm to Page One that there is, indeed, an ongoing investigation. [WHAS11]

Republicans have begun to eulogize what could be Mitch McConnell’s final term in the U.S. Senate. [Still Acting Racist]

Mitch McConnell received an honorable discharge from the military after he had a U.S. Senator get him out of service. It was all due to an “eye condition.”  More questions are left unanswered than before. [PolWatchers]

Speaking of Mitch McConnell’s military records, Michael Rogers is digging in hardcore. And he claims to have possess documents that he cannot talk about. “McConnell’s discharge was expedited by Cooper’s claim that the enlistee needed to be released quickly to attend New York University. NYU records, however, indicate that McConnell never applied to the school, and at the time of his discharge he had already earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky. Why exactly would a United States Senator write to the Commanding General of one of the nation’s most important military instillations with false information about a member of the US armed forces?” … “No matter how you slice it, McConnell’s story just doesn’t add up. That’s why I’ve encouraged him to consider the facts and truth his allies, not a problem. He should come clean with the American people. A speedy release of his records and openness with the public is the only thing that will help clear this matter up once and for all.” You definitely want to read this. [BlogActive]

Michael Rogers Questions McConnell Military Record

Michael Rogers, the guy notorious for his role in the Mark Foley and Larry Craig stories has written a letter to Mitch McConnell’s chief of staff. We got wind of it from a tipster in Washington and finally have our hands on a copy. We haven’t contacted Rogers for comment, but plan to do so in a bit.

Here’s the letter:

September 19, 2008

Mr. Billy Piper
Chief of Staff
Senator Mitch McConnell
361-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Via: Hand Delivery

Dear Mr. Piper:

I am a reporter in Washington, DC writing stories on a number of candidates for election and reelection to the Senate and House of Representatives.

I am currently looking into writing a story about Senator McConnell’s service to our country as a member of the United States Army from mid-March
through mid-August of 1967.

Read the rest after the jump…

Read moreMichael Rogers Questions McConnell Military Record

Wednesday Morning Dept of Camps Heat Up

Ben Chandler finally grew a pair and he started campaigning for Bruce Lunsford. [Fort Mill Times & H-L]

That’s right. The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky is the second most important national election. [HuffPo]

Even Faux News is all up on the race. Shilling for Mitch McConnell, but still on the race. They interviewed Bruce yesterday, as well. [Faux News]

The Los Angeles Times has taken notice. “In Kentucky, even McConnell’s supporters concede that the senator is in a tough contest.” That’s gotta burn a little. [LA Times]

Oh, the Chicago Tribune, as well. “McConnell is one of at least a half-dozen Republican senators in danger of being booted from office.” [Chicago Tribune]

Religiocrat Mike Huckabee’s Political Action Committee sent out a fundraising email blast for Mitch McConnell. Huckabee says the media is trying to call the race before it’s officially over– which means he’s terrified of the polls. And he says there are strong conservatives across Kentucky who are on the ballot. Hahahaha. Oh, how pee-inducing. Oh, and he says Mitch supports lower taxes and less government, which is the oppositve of what he means. In addition to only supporting “traditional marriage” between one man and one woman. How quaint. [Email Blast]

Ruh ro. Greg Stumbo called on Mitch to release his military discharge records. “He’s obviously not proud of his record, Sen. McConnell isn’t, or he would have shown it by now… Something isn’t correct about it that might cause a lot of people, including veterans, to take a second look at him.” Naturally, McConnell’s campaign is now terrified and spinning out of control. You’re going to want to read the rest of what Greg had to say. [PolWatchers]

Okay, reporters, working for a crappy station in eastern Kentucky is NOT an excuse for terrible grammar and awful work. Buck up, folks. If we can do it sometimes? Surely to goodness you can do it. [WYMT]

It’s Thursday & Our Puter Still Hasn’t Shipped

We’re in meetings and such for a couple hours. Don’t burn the barn down while we’re away.

Meanwhile, here’s some stuff and things for you ladies to complain about.

Mitch McConnell. WATB. He’s all sad because Bruce has more money than his chickenhawk self. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell is attempting to run fro the party he helps lead, even while bragging about his clout. What a walking contradiction. And the rest of this Wall Street Journal article is kind of a waste of words. Even though Bruce Lunsford is the economic wave or whatever. [WSJ]

Don’t ask, don’t tell. A soldier’s legacy. Just in case you missed this wonderful article from the New Yorker. Give it a read. [New Yorker]

Hi, my name is Marcus Carey, and I just make shiz up because Barack Osama is one of those scary blacks! FEAR! Barack will say anything to get elected! You know those Democrats lie and want to raise your taxes! [Gag]

Barack Obama’s campaign for the Presidency just said it’s considering spending money in Kentucky. Ruh ro. It’s getting closer, ladies, and Grampa John McCain will have to retire to a “home.” [West Virginia Gazette]

Haha, oh god, Levi Johnston has been told he wants to say something. [236]

That mean, librul Courier-Journal is upsetting Mitch McConnell again. This time the editorial board calls McConnell what he is– a chicken– who doesn’t have the balls to face his constituency, his opponent or the truth. [C-J]

What’s the Story About McConnell’s Discharge?

By now we all know that Mitch McConnell was discharged from the military shortly after being called up over an eye condition. With McConnell’s recent decision to use veterans in commercials that further his political career and his obvious lack of service, we thought it’d be a good idea to examine Mitch’s past.

If Mitch McConnell’s medical condition was bad enough for him to be discharged, why did he need Senator Cooper’s help?

Let’s take a look at the telegram Senator John Sherman Cooper sent on McConnell’s behalf demanding that he be discharged:

Army (hold)

McConnell,Mitchell
COPY

AUGUST 10, 1967

MAJOR GENERAL A. D. SURLES
COMMANDING GENERAL
FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY

PVT MITCHELL MCCONNELL, ER 15 767 802, BEING MEDICALLY DISCHARGED YOUR STATION OPTIC NEURITIS. PAPERS IN OFFICE

SPECIALIST HUMMER, COLONEL FLETCHER BATTALION CO. MITCHELL ANXIOUS TO CLEAR POST IN ORDER TO ENROLL NYU. PLEASE ADVISE WHEN FINAL ACTION CAN BE EXPECTED.

JOHN SHERMAN COOPER, USS

OFFICIAL

DAY LETTER

KSF

Optic Neuritis, medical condition, yadda yadda, fine and dandy. Right?

Senator Cooper said Mitch needed to be let go ASAP because he would be enrolling at New York University. Why didn’t McConnell go to NYU? Was it all a farce?

McConnell’s got some ‘splainin to do. Senator McConnell needs to clear this matter up once and for all.

Call Mitch’s office. Ask him why he dodged the war. Ask him why he bailed on Vietnam while thousands of young men and women were dying.

P.S. Someone needs to check out the John Sherman Cooper Papers, Senatorial Series II 1956-72, Office Copy File from 1967, Box 792, at the University of Kentucky. Margaret I. King Library, Special Collections.

Thursday Update Dept of The Olympics Are UGH

The middle class is progressive. Maybe Democrats and stop pretending they’re center of left now? [Barefoot & Progressive]

Bruce Lunsford went for Mitch McConnell’s jugular last night at the homophobic, law-breaking Kentucky Farm Bureau debate. “The last 24 years, you’ve had an opportunity to do some great things for this state and this country. And in my opinion, you’ve failed,” Lunsford said. [PolWatchers]

Older than dirt Grandpa John McCain says he doesn’t disagree with re-instituting a military draft in the United States of America. “I don’t disagree with anything you said.” [Think Progress]

Presidential weener alert. ALERTA! ALERTA! [Wonkette]

Phillip Butler, a man with whom John McCain was a prisoner of war, wrote an op-ed for the Military Times about how he refuses to vote for Walnuts. That’s kind of, um, bad, right? [Military Times]

Bruce Lunsford will unveil his plan for a Kentucky Women’s Bill of Rights on September 25 in Lexington. Carrick House, 312 N. Limestone, 7:00 P.M. [Kentucky Women]

The grand jury subpoenaed 13 road contracts in the Leonard Lawson-Bill Nighbert snafu. What a hot mess. [H-L]

In other news, the latest Bigfoot hoax has Kentucky’s newsosphere in quite a tizzy. The latest gossip is all about the amazing movie Harry and the Hendersons. Our sources say a number of Louisville reporters, including former WHAS11 journalist Sean Bartel, thought the movie was better than The Godfather, which is a huge effing travesty. [Terrible First-Hand Accounts]

Why can’t Elaine Chao do something about the Red Chinese winning all of our damn medals?!?! UGH! MITCH: Send a memo to your wife, damnit. Tell her THOSE ARE OUR MEDALS. Got it? [Ugh. Make it stop.]