Back in 2019, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a bill to keep sanctions in place on Russia’s largest aluminum producer. In January, as the Senate debated whether to permit the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Russia’s largest aluminum producer, two men with millions of dollars riding on the outcome met for dinner …
Mar 19 2021
Russian Oligarch Pulls Plug On Moscow Mitch
Aug 16 2019
The Russian Connection: Kentucky’s Catch 22
The Senate Majority Leader, Moscow Mitch, has put his home state, Kentucky, behind the proverbial 8 ball with his Catch 22 legislative maneuvering to secure a deal with a still sanctioned Russian aluminum oligarch, Oleg Derepaska. His economic treason has left his state’s legislature and the US Congress no room to reign in Russian interference …
Aug 15 2019
The Russian Connection: Moscow Mitch Pas de Deux With Putin
Last month, on the heels of Robert Mueller’s report and testimony before two House committees, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, formerly known as “The Human Hybrid Turtle,” blocked consideration of two bills that were aimed at protecting the US voting process and combating Russian interference. It earned him the new nickname “Moscow Mitch” that prompted …
May 17 2016
2016 Primaries: Oregon and Kentucky
Next up in the race to the Summer conventions are Oregon and Kentucky. The primary in Kentucky is for Democrats only and is a closed primary, you must be a Democrat to vote, which gives a slight advantage to Hillary Clinton. It is, however, a tough race to call because a lack of polling. Donald …
Oct 05 2010
Grayson Untangles the Web of Fraud in the ‘Foreclosure Mills’
Citigroup, Ally Sued for Racketeering Over Database
By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Thom Weidlich – Oct 4, 2010
Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. units were sued by homeowners in Kentucky for allegedly conspiring with Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. to falsely foreclose on loans.
The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering class action on behalf of all Kentucky homeowners facing foreclosure, also names as a defendant Reston, Virginia-based MERS, the company that handles mortgage transfers among member banks. The suit claims that through MERS the banks are foreclosing on homes even when they don’t hold titles to the properties.
The homeowners claim the defendants filed or caused to be filed mortgages with forged signatures, filed foreclosure actions months before they acquired any legal interest in the properties and falsely claimed to own notes executed with mortgages.
Forgery is No Joke.
Neither is being evicted, by Banks who ‘really don’t own’ your Home.
Sep 25 2010
It Would Also Make California a Laughingstock
By Arnold Schwarzenegger
September 24, 2010
Los Angeles Times
It would also make California a laughing stock.
But you already did that.
Republican Governor of CA, Arnold Schwarzenegger Smoking Pot
Sep 10 2010
Disabled Vet: Contractors Should Be for Cafeteria Services That’s It
We had a great time last night in a Q+A with John Waltz, a disabled veteran and Progressive who’s running for Congress in Kentucky’s 4th district. This answer cracked me up and at the same time made me yell out.. RIGHT ON!
Spandan Chakrabarti John, another question about the military, specifically defense contractors. I understand some are needed, but how do you view the Bush era explosion in defense contracting and contractors who operate outside the UCMJ, and is there a way to rein them in?
John Waltz When you privatize military functions, you’re creating an incentive, specifically a profit, to go to war and stay in war. Use of military contractors should be kept to an absolute minimum. Maybe cafeteria services and that’s about it.
The full Q+A is below the fold
Crossposted to the Daily Kos and Progressive Electorate
Jun 09 2010
On Balanced Budgets, Or, Hey, Rand, Why Not Show Your Cards Now?
Those who are regular visitors to this space know that I post stories across the country, and to do that I have to follow stories from a number of states.
Because I post at Kentucky’s Hillbilly Report, I’ve been paying particular attention to the Rand Paul campaign, and the news from the Bluegrass State (via “The Rush Limbaugh Show”) is that Paul’s planning to write his own balanced budget proposal for the Federal Government.
But there’s a catch.
He doesn’t plan on doing it until after the election.
Well, now, why in the world would a guy who’s running for office based on his really good ideas want to hold back the best one?
That’s not a bad question, and if we make the effort we can probably figure out the most likely answers.
May 24 2010
SCANDAL! Rand Paul MUST return Neo-Nazi funds NOW and DENOUNCE Stormfront.org
This must be seen across America.
Stormfront.org, which was founded to support David Duke for senate by another KKK Grand Dragon, Don Black, has been promoting and contributing to Rand Paul’s moneybombs. Palling around with WhiteSupremacists much?
That’s a tweet from Don Black, head of the white supremacist group Stormfront. Wow.
So, Trey Grayson should reject donations from Republicans who voted for the bailout……..but it’s okay for Rand Paul to accept donations from Stormfront?
I will state this loudly and clearly. Over and over at the top of my Jewish lungs.
Rand Paul MUST return Neo-Nazi funds NOW and DENOUNCE Stormfront.org
But he can’t.
More below the fold
May 22 2010
A Few Quick Words About Small Government
We don’t have a lot of time for a big discussion today, but I wanted to take a second and talk about basic Federal Government economics as they apply to Rand Paul.
It is his stated vision to reduce the size of Government…and it is an undeniable reality that the vast majority of the Federal Budget is focused on only a few areas of spending.
Today, we’ll quickly run through that economic reality, and we’ll challenge Dr. Paul to tell us where he stands.
Mar 12 2008
Congressional Poverty Scorecard – Anti-Poverty Legislation Blocked
On Monday, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law released its 2007 Congressional Poverty Scorecard. The President of the Center, John Bouman, noted that in states with the highest poverty rates, their congressional delegations tended to score the worst.
“Poverty is everywhere in America, but it is interesting that in states with the highest concentrations of poverty, the Congressional delegations seem least interested in supporting initiatives that fight poverty,” said John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, which released the study. “This appears deeper than simply opposing spending. A member could have opposed any of the measures we analyzed that called for new spending and still could have voted to support half of the poverty-fighting measures on our list.”
Former presidential candidate John Edwards was also on the center’s conference call with reporters.
“We can get the national leadership and we can get the congressional leadership we need,” Edwards said. “But first voters need to be educated as to who is doing the work and who is not.”
Feb 07 2008
Don’t Give To The Red Cross
If you want to donate to the tornado survivors in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, a better bet would be to make your donation to any charity other than the Red Cross. Other info can be found in this diary.
Because the Red Cross is actually an organization which, per a commenter under the above-mentioned diary,
is thoroughly politicized, the Bush hacks who aren’t competent enough for government work are corralled there.
There are too many worthy charities to waste money on that quasi-governmental mess.