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McConnell Declines to Take Questions

By Ronnie Ellis | CNHI News Service

TOMPKINSVILLE – The day after his campaign manager quit in the wake of an expanding Iowa campaign bribery investigation, Mitch McConnell was posing for photos, shaking hands and riding in the Watermelon Festival Parade here.

What he wasn’t doing was answering a reporter’s questions.

When the reporter approached McConnell aide Terry Carmack about 10 minutes before the parade Saturday and asked to interview the Republican U.S. Senator, Carmack said, “We’re on a very, very tight schedule.”

After conferring with McConnell, the two men walked away. But McConnell continued shaking hands with other parade participants and posed for a photo or so before walking back to the convertible that was to carry him through downtown Tompkinsville.

Benton, a long-time confidante and aide to Ron and Rand Paul, resigned Friday after Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty on Wednesday to accepting $73,000 from Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign to switch allegiance to Paul after working for the campaign of Minnesota Republican Michelle Bachmann.
Benton, who is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter, served as political director for the 2012 Ron Paul campaign. He also managed the 2010 general election campaign of Kentucky’s other Republican Senator, Rand Paul.

6 votes

How Iowa Scandal Could Touch Rand Paul, McConnell

By Josheph Gerth | The Courier Journal

Jesse Benton may have mitigated harm to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign when he resigned in reaction to a burgeoning bribery scandal on Friday, but it could send shock waves through the expected 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul, who is his uncle by marriage.

Benton quit following the guilty plea announced Wednesday of Kent Sorenson, a former Iowa state senator who admitted to switching his support in the 2012 Iowa caucuses from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to Paul's father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, in exchange for $73,000.

Sorensen claimed in a recorded phone conversation that Benton, who was Ron Paul's political director at the time, knew of the payoffs.

Benton has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the payoffs and of any wrongdoing. Furthermore, there has been no allegation of improprieties in the McConnell campaign.

5 votes

Iowa Probe: A Ditch for Mitch?

WASHINGTON -- The five words a senator least likes to hear are not “you have lost the election.” They are “the federal investigation is ongoing.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky might have a reason to be concerned that the second sentence could lead to him hearing the first.

On Wednesday, a federal investigation in Iowa forced a state senator there to plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges stemming from $73,000 in bribes he admitted taking from Rep. Ron Paul's campaign in 2012.

A key figure in that 2012 Ron Paul campaign (and the 2008 Ron Paul campaign as well) was Jesse Benton. He ran the 2010 Kentucky Senate race for Rand Paul -- a fitful McConnell ally. And until yesterday, he was officially (but not recently, in fact) running McConnell’s 2014 race.

9 votes

Pet Vaccines with guest Dr John Robb

We are joined by Dr John Robb to discuss pet vaccinations and possible side effects. Check out the full archive here http://angrybeaverradio.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/pet-vaccine...

13 votes

Police unions fight to keep military gear for police force

Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.

Law enforcement groups argue a Pentagon program that provides surplus military gear helps protect the public, and they are gearing up for a fight with lawmakers and the Obama administration over whether it should be continued.

18 votes

Does the House of Representatives really represent? You decide!

How many people really know how many people one Representative represents? It can vary from State to State, but the average is 700,000+ people.

Do you know when they fixed the amount to 435? Some people debate 1911 or 1929.

Either way, is this really a representative Republic?

I break it all down here:

http://thedailyfed.com/house-representatives-apportionment/

8 votes

UPDATE: Propagandist at the Daily Beast attack Ron Paul because he "dons truther tin foil"

*the Daily Beast continue there assault on Ron Paul:

"Michele Bachmann was right!"

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/31/the-one-tim...

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Former Rep. Ron Paul believes that the government knew beforehand, in detail, about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and that the information has been kept from the public in a classified section of the 9/11 commission report.

16 votes

Back to School: It's the Students' Turn! (To See Their Bill of Rights Violated)

It's long been true that teachers had to watch what they say in the classroom,(for example, a history teacher mentioning the benefits true Christianity brought, or a science teacher mentioning the evidence of intelligent design).... while the students had more liberty. Now the students are feeling the jackboot of statism on their backs as well. John Whitehead, of the Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves lists several ways the student is being treated more like a dissident from a police state, and less like a free citizen.

2 votes

400% rise: Fee to renounce US citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350

400% rise: Fee to renounce US citizenship goes up fourfold to $2,350

"The cost of getting rid of US citizenship has quadrupled to $2350, up from $450. The changes will come into effect on September 6th and the State Department says it is necessary to cover the real cost of processing an application to lose citizenship.

7 votes

Palestine to Israel: End occupation or face ICC

Hamas has finally agreed with the PLO's request to take israel to the International Criminal Court.

http://rt.com/news/183340-palestine-un-israel-occupation/

Palestine will ask the UN Security Council to set a “timetable” for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories, a senior official said. If the request is denied, Palestine will take senior Israeli officials to the ICC over the killing of thousands.

5 votes

The Importance of Silver To China

The Importance of Silver

In the importance of gold to a nation, we discussed the monetary importance of gold. Silver, while important as a monetary metal, is also important as an industrial metal - especially to China.

China Is the World's Second Largest Silver Producer

China's Industrial Demand For Silver

https://smaulgld.com/china-boosts-silver-production-domestic...

10 votes

The 12 Days of Police Militarization: What did they Really Get?

So I read through the complete list of the Pentagon's 1033 program, and came up with the following gems:

http://shadesofthomaspaine.blogexec.com/index.php/entry/the-...

From the grotesque to the fantastic, it's all there in a searchable spreadsheet. If you'd like to look at the complete list, there's a link for download at the bottom of the article.

What's the craziest thing you found?

5 votes

Google Search Trends versus Official Election Results. Presidential Primary and General Elections 2008 and 2012.

Comparing presidential candidates' popularity on "Google Trends" for 2008 and 2012 Primary and General presidential elections (all 3 links refer to the same document):

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D8116125_655_257128428
http://www.scribd.com/doc/238143984/Google-Search-Trends-ver...
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=172...

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