Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Drone Strikes.

  Drone strikes are where we send unmanned aircraft with bombs attached "drones" to hit and blow up people that our government believes should be dead--in order to best fulfill the needs and goals of the United States Government--all without arrest warrants, search warrants, jury trials, appeals, death warrants, nor any of those cumbersome aspects of due process of law. I am opposed to drone strikes. Drone strikes are similar to gun confiscation. Germany once had a relative benign Weimar Republic which was democratically elected and administered Germany from approx. 1919 until 1933. One of the actions of the relatively benign Weimar Republic was to pass legislation outlawing ownership of guns by ordinary German citizens, and ordering the government confiscation of all privately-held guns. Of course, years later, when Hitler came to power, it was very easy for him to order the extermination of the German Jews because they had all been disarmed by the predecessor Weimar Republic and they were unable to resist their Nazi Executionors. The same argument is made in favor of drone strikes. The argument is that Barak Obama is a relatively nice man, a relatively benign man, and a member of a minority himself. Based on that, people feel comfortable with President Obama having the authority to order drone strikes on civilians--whether American citizens or not. I have noticed that none of President Obama's drone strikes have been against clean-shaven people, people that wear baseball caps, and people that look like ordinary Americans. How do we know that President Mitt Romney would feel the same about clean-shaven people, people that wear baseball caps, and people that look like ordinary Americans? How do we know that President Obama's successor would feel the same as he does about clean-shaven people, people that wear baseball caps, and people that look like ordinary Americans? Precedents are being established that could come back to haunt us. As your Congressman, I pledge to do what I can to end the drone strikes against civilians while America is not in any declared war. Stepp for Congress 2014!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Eastern approaches

Ex-communist Europe

Ukraine in crisis

The disappearing country



THE KIEV authorities' hold on Donbas and much of the wider region of eastern Ukraine has disappeared. President Oleksandr Turchynov had said that a military operation was imminent and that anyone who left the seized buildings by 6am on April 14th would not be prosecuted.
But by nightfall, as fog covered the Donbas, it was clear that no concerted government action to take back the region was under way. The region’s police appear to have defected en masse to the pro-Russian side. Police buildings in the town of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk fell to armed men on April 12th and there were reports of other municipal buildings being taken elsewhere. A Ukrainian security services operation to restore authority in Sloviansk failed. Military or police helicopters flew over the town and unconfirmed sources said crowds prevented them from landing.
Along the highway leading from the regional capital, Donetsk, barricades have gone up, manned by men wielding clubs and metal batons. Some are armed with guns. At the entrance to Sloviansk, bigger barricades have been erected. In nearby Kramatorsk, small groups of men stood by the police station and nearby barricades.

On the morning of April 13th Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian interior minister, announced that a fight-back for the east of the country was beginning. A few hours later a film was circulating of stalled armoured personal-carriers, a slumped man who appeared dead and another one on the ground apparently wounded. Mr Avakov said that one had died and five had been wounded in the shootout.
Another film showed a group of well-organised men in military uniform storming the police station in Kramatorsk. They are seen to be followed by men in civilian clothes. On April 13th a few dozen unarmed men were manning new barricades by the police station. The military unit seen in the film was no longer in evidence, having possibly moved elsewhere. Ukrainian officials say they are troops from Russia.
Earlier in the day, at the barricade leading into Sloviansk, the first line of defence was a group of old ladies holding icons and saying they wanted nothing but peace. Behind them was a tyre barricade. On the side Molotov cocktails were being prepared. Behind this were men with clubs, who appeared to listen to orders being given by two uniformed armed men.
Russian flags and those of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic were flying at all the barricades and seized buildings. But what people want is unclear. Some say they want more autonomy, some want a federal Ukraine and some want to be incorporated by Russia. In Sloviansk small groups in front of the barricades by the seized police station chanted: “Donbas rise up!”
Many people railed against their low quality of life. They shouted that they worked hard while western Ukrainians were lazy and had to be subsidised by them. No one who supported the Ukrainian government was in evidence. On the outskirts of Kramatorsk, Dimitry Padushkin was quarreling with a small group of men sent to stand at the entrance of a decrepit and non-functioning municipal airport that he said he owned.
Away from the group of men, who said they had been posted there to see that no Ukrainian forces landed, Mr Padushkin said that local pro-Ukrainians were frightened. “Of course there will be conflict,” he said. And for Russia, “this region will not be enough. They want everything. They will take all Ukraine.”

      An expansionist Russia is contrary to America's interest.  We should be very generous sending materiel to the Ukranian authorities.  The Russian seizure of Eastern Ukraine is similar to the "Bloodless Coup" in which Hitler grabbed Czecholsovakia for Nazi Germany.  Applications for NATO should be freely accepted and ruled upon by NATO from the nations surrounding Russia, the former Soviet Socialist Republics, and the former Warsaw Pact countries.   I believe almost all of the former Warsaw Pact is already in NATO.  The expansion of  Russia should be met by an expansion of NATO.   After all, NATO was not designed for combat in Asia, it was designed as an alliance to protect European and North American peoples from Moscow's expansion of territory and influence.   I'd hate to see war with Russia, but we need to get more members of NATO.  Maybe what's left of the Ukraine--former home of Nikita Khruschev--could join NATO.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The issues in the Democratic Primary for U.S. House, KY-05!

In a rambling blog titled "The Reason I’m Seeking Political Office: Myths and Continuous Wars" my opponent in the Democratic Primary for U.S> House, KY-05 explains his position on many of the issues.

He begins, "The Reason I’m Seeking Political Office: Myths and Continuous Wars".

Billy Ray begins by explaining, "April 2, 2014 – I watched the movie ‘Noah’ and earlier in March 2014, I watched the movie trailer ‘Son of God’ to see how the directors/producers presented the mythical stories to the international community."
That's one difference between us two Democratic candidates.  I believe that the Bible is true, and is the inspired word of God. 
Billy Ray adds, "The ‘Son of God’ was what I expected. I don’t know how tickets sales were for the movie but I know local churches leased the theater screening the movie several times. From the trailer, I confirmed my opinion why too many citizens of Red States are recipients of multiple sources of government assistance." 
Kenneth Stepp responds, "I am a member of a local church.  Our church sometimes uses videos and high tech devices to better teach the Bible to people.  Our church believes "No Creed but Christ; no book but the Bible".
  Billy Ray, my Democratic opponent, adds, "The majority of the Red States Christians believe the myths of the Bible they will be resurrected from death should they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior which would occur at Jesus’ return to earth. Unfortunately, the after-life myth wasn’t in the original text from which the Bible was published."   The Bible says it, so I believe it is true and that settles it.  It is correct that the Old Testament does not promise eternal lives; yet there are hundreds of promises of God in the Old Testament and Jewish People and others who believe in, and practice the teachings of the Old Testament are literally "Standing on the Promises of God".  In the Old Testament Ten Commandments, a long life is promised to anyone who Honors His Father and His Mother.   I knew a lawyer who kept a statue of Moses on his desk, and kept his framed Bar Association certificate, and his father's framed Bar Association certificate hanging on his wall; he lived to be ninety five.

    Billy Ray's BlogSpot continues, "In the movie, Jesus calmed a raging sea, placed his hands in the water and the fisher’s net became full, he made a blind man see, he provided food and drink for the multitudes, healed the sick, and additional miracles for the people seeking socialism."  Socialism is the government ownership of the means of production.  I don't believe that socialism was invented until the 1800's, and it has been a scourge since then.  The Soviet Union collapsed because Socialism doesn't work; and National Socialism failed, too, because it didn't work either.
    The movie critic Billy Ray continues, "In the movie ‘NOAH’ were scenes, maybe director/producers license to enhance the film, that I do not recall being taught during the religious brainwashing of my youth. For example, I never knew fallen angels became entities made of rock but were able to speak, walk, fight, think, and assisting in the construction of the Ark."  I missed the movie, but have often heard of fallen angels.
      Billy Ray talks about where the movie was filmed:  "Maybe another director enhancement but the terrain and people where the alleged Noah’s activities occurred, in the film, aren’t compatible to the indigenous and environment where the original stories originated. In fact, three separate Arab cultures wrote about the mythical flood but only the Noah’s Flood myth involved an Ark and two of each non-human surface/air species."    Again, not having seen the movie, I'm perplexed, but I notice in most movies, the backdrop--whether of a Western, a horror flick, or a World War II combat film, looks strangely like Southern California.
    Billy Ray is good at spotting bloopers in the movie as he adds, "The movie ended with two females; Noah’s wife and an adopted female. There were four males; Noah and his three sons. The middle son leaves his family, at the Ark’s surface impact area, to search for life, especially a spouse."  If the movie had all humans wiped out but four men and two women, two of Noah's sons won't be able to find a spouse.
       My Democratic opponent adds, "Equally interesting to me is the academic community’s reporting of the birth place of Noah and his family and Abraham and his clan. The location is known today as the sovereign nation of Iraq."  I don't recall Iraq being mentioned in the Bible as the birthplace of either man.
     Now Billy Ray seems to refer to Jews as terrorists when he says, "Jesus’ birthplace is recognized to be the ancient Roman Province of Palestine. The last foreign occupier of Palestine, prior to Jewish terrorist control, was the British Government under a United Nations Mandate."  Louis Brandeis of Louisville was Jewish, but he certainly wasn't a terrorist.  I think the label "Jewish terrorist" is an oxymoron.
       Billy Ray Wilson adds,     "There was never a sovereign country of Israel until 1949. Yes, there were two Kingdoms in the Province of Palestine known as Judea and Samaria but, as stated, never a recognized state of Israel. The population was mixed ethnic groups and races just as present day Israel."  Again, authority for there having been a sovereign country of Israel prior to 1949 rests in the Bible, in the Books of Joshua Judges Ruth, and I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, and II Kings.  If King David and King Solomon never existed, then who wrote the Psalms and Proverbs attributed to them?  I believe they existed almost three thousand years ago, and were the rulers of ancient Israel.
Jews claim the God of Abraham promised them a Jewish homeland. How many homelands were they promised if my brainwashing memory is correct, an Egyptian Pharaoh gave a land area called Goshen to the Jews, as their homeland?
Jews were never forced to leave the land of Palestine. In fact, Arab and Jewish leadership made a treaty/agreement for Jews to remain in the Middle East but would have to pay an annuity to Arab governments.
In 1898, an organization was formed called Zionism. Zionists demanded the international community establish a homeland for those of Judaism.
From the establishment of Zionism, the international community soon entered a Great Depression. Economic actions, by the Jewish community to expedite migration to Palestine, were instrumental in our country’s greatest economic depression.
In Pre-World War I Germany, those of Judaism reaped the economic and security benefits of the German state but demanded recognition as Jews instead of German nationals.
Historically, Germans were winning World War I prior to the entry of the United States in the war. A false flag incident occurred that brought the United States into the war. The assumption by many historians was German Jews and Wall Street Investors were responsible for Germany’s defeat.
The Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I was extremely punitive against the German government and her people. The treaty humiliated the Germany people and took the nation into economic ruin.
In desperation, the German people established the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (NAZI) to replace the former government domination by Jewish bankers and made laws to restrict the Jewish community.
Unaccepted by most Jews and too many Americans, the NAZI government, not the special divisions of the NAZI Party, assisted Jews to depart Germany for Palestine to establish a German presence in Palestine. This assistance included para-military and other training for those departing for Palestine, as well as other assistance to many. The German Government was not the enemy; the enemy was international Zionism and US Wall Street Investors.
Sadly, the Jewish actions Germany suffered following the establishment of Zionism is alive and rampant in our country. For example, the Congress of the United States legislated and the President signed into law Acts/Resolutions that mandate the American people support, both economically and with physical force, the Socialist Nation of Israel.
In April 2014, the United States Supreme Court, 5-4, ruled the wealthy could donate the maximum dollar amount to political candidates, in each election cycle. The last Presidential Election, a Jewish Casino owner and his wife donated 93 million dollars to candidates running against President Barack H. Obama. The money wasn’t to elect an American to assure the economic and physical security of the United States but to elect a traitor, like the casino owners, to assure the establishment of a Greater Israel.
April 4, 2014, NBC Evening News reported the presence of former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter attended a stage play titled “Camp David” based on the former’s President and Mrs. Carter negotiating skills during the Camp David Accords Peace Talks.
The opposing parties were President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel in the first real effort to bring peace and resolution between Egypt and Israel regarding the 23,000 sq. mi. Sinai Peninsula captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1967 and the 1973 War between Egypt and Israel under the leader of President Sadat to recover the Sinai.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, we learned Sadat was born Muhammad Anwar Sadat on December 25, 1918 (Christmas Day) in the village of Mit Abu al-Minufiyah, Egypt to a poor family. He was one of 13 brothers and sisters.
During the years Egypt was a protectorate of the United Kingdom, he was fascinated by Hitler’s NAZI German Army for their quick ability to become a strategic threat to Britain.
Sadat became a senior member of the Free Officers who overthrew King Farouk in 1952. He succeeded President Gamal Abdel Nasser as the third Egyptian President in 1970.
In 1971, we learned President Sadat endorsed a letter to a United Nations (UN) Peace Proposal by UN negotiator Gunnar Jarring with the ambition leading to a full peace with Israel based on Israel’s withdrawal to its pre-war borders. The peace initiative failed as neither the United States of America nor Israel accepted the terms.
President Sadat’s approval of the Camp David Accords resulted in his assassination. The Muslim Brotherhood and government leftists felt Sadat had abandoned the establishment of a Palestinian State.
Menachem Begin was born in Brest (Brest-Litovsk) part of the Russian Empire, today a part of Belarus. He was the youngest of three children. His mother was descended from distinguished rabbis. Begin’s father was a timber merchant, community leader and admirer of the founder of Zionism.
In June 1941, after Germany attacked the Soviet Union and Begin was released from prison, he joined the Polish Ander’ Army and later assigned, via the Persian Corridor, to Palestine in 1942.
Menachem Begin, in my opinion, was the worst terrorist in my lifetime. This individual was the leader of the terrorist group that blew up the King David Hotel, a hostel for British military and civilians administering the United Nations Mandate to govern Palestine, and other horrific acts against the British and Palestinians.
Another Jewish terrorist group ambushed and murdered the United Nations Representative dispatched to negotiate the establishment of the two states, Palestine and Israel, per the Balfour Agreement and its White Paper.
In my opinion, the Prime Ministers of Israel should be added to the history books, along with former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Richard Cheney, as war criminals.
I learned of the 1967 War of Aggression by Israel from an article in Playboy Magazine, written by a former Illinois member of the US Congress, when I was stationed in Southeast Asia. The article described the IDF, air and naval forces, attacking the United States Navy Ship Liberty on station in international waters, north of the Sinai Peninsula. Of the 34 killed were naval officers, two Marines and one civilian, 171 Navy wounded and the Liberty severely damaged resulting in salvage.
Later research revealed the IDF Navy attacked seaman overboard even those in life rafts. At least one of the Israeli Air Force pilots was an American citizen who was later Courts Martialed by the Israeli Air Force because he would not attack the known United States Ship.
A US Navy Carrier, in the region, launched strike sorties to defend the Liberty; however, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, President Lyndon B. Johnson or both ordered the recall of the sorties. A rumor circulating related President Johnson said he would not embarrass an ally.
Moreover, most Americans do not know the truth regarding the 1973 War in that Israeli Defense Forces were initially defeated by Arab armies; however, President Richard M. Nixon authorized the near depletion of military stores on the east coast of the United States to replenish the IDF ending with Israeli retaining the Sinai. Nixon’s actions created diplomatic discord with NATO leadership as the munitions provided Israel was stored to defend Europe from a possible invasion by the Soviet Union.
Carter’s actions obligated the United States to provide Egypt and Israel with billions of dollars annually and provide US Forces to secure the Sinai after the peninsula was returned to Egypt.
In compliance with the Camp David Accords agreement, two hundred forty eight soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY, returning from temporary duty in the Sinai, were killed in an aircraft crash at Gander, Canada. Eight Arrow Contract Aircraft crewmembers were killed.
In 1982, IDF, under Israeli General Aerial Sharon invaded Lebanon with a greater goal of engaging Syrian Forces. As usual an American President, this time Ronald Reagan dispatched a 1500 man US Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Israel. October 23, 1983, an indigenous force killed 220 Marines, 18 Navy and 3 Army at the Marine’s Barracks in Beirut. Shortly after the attack on the Marine Barracks, 54 French soldiers were killed. (Reagan’s authorization allowing US Navy warships offshore to fire rounds at the villages in the mountains around Beirut killed Druze and other Arabs not aligned against the Israeli.)
One could write paragraph after paragraph of the crimes by Israeli and American Jews against the government of the United States and our countrymen. Currently, American Jews and the Israeli Prime Minister is applying political pressure on President Barack H. Obama to pardon an American Jewish traitor, a Jonathan Pollard, convicted for spying against the United States, for pay, by the state of Israel in 1987.
President Obama’s new budget authorizes 3.1 billion dollars for the IDF. Also, from a recent Israeli news report, I learned the US paid the majority for Israel’s defense.
In 2013, Congress approved and President Obama signed an Act tasking the American taxpayers to assure the economic and physical security of the socialist nation of Israel. Later in the year, Congress attempted to pass another Act/Resolution stating; if Israel attacked Iran, the US Armed Forces would join Israel in the aggression against Iran.
From the brainwashing as a youth and renewed brainwashing since my return to my home in London, KY in 2001 plus knowing the truth about the Hebrew Arabs AKA Jews in ancient Palestine and their exodus from the Middle East to the Americas, Asia, and Europe under the guise of religious persecution; I take exception to the traitors in Congress, the owners of the Federal Reserve System, Jews and Old Testament Christians to their efforts to destroy the United States as they did Germany, Uganda, and the former Soviet Union.
On May 20, 2014, I ask for the Democrat vote to defeat an opposing Democrat candidate, Attorney Kenneth Stepp. On November 4, 2014, I seek the votes of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans to unseat KY’s 5th US Congressional District’s member of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Harold Rogers.
Congressman Rogers, during his decades in the House of Representatives, has helped many military veterans, including myself, with the Department of Veterans Affairs. From news reports, one learns he brought jobs to Kentucky, organized committees and agencies to clean the district, search and destroy marijuana crops, and end drug abuse. However, I disagree with the Honorable Congressman’s open ended support for the illegal nation of Israel, failure to enforce the Separation of Church and State, and not using his powerful position to force the vote to Audit the Federal Reserve.
I have no need for power or become a millionaire, as are too many members of Congress; I want a Congress that adheres to the dictates of the United States Constitution and the spirit of the Declaration Independence. Our government is a Constitutional Republic.
As a 100% Service Connected (SC) Veteran from the Vietnam Era and the preparation for the first war against Iraq, I seek a government that doesn’t send armed forces to occupy foreign lands for their fossil fuel reserves and precious minerals; spread democracy to emulate what our founders envisioned, and assure the Hebrew Arabs AKA Jews become masters of the Middle East, if not the world.
Wars are no longer fought with Vietnam Era weapons but with advanced weaponry and munitions, remote controlled explosive devices, and the utilization of banned Weapons of Mass Destruction. Forty – fifty years following deployment, exposures mature killing the former active duty members, the National Guardsmen, the Reserve member and wives/children. Also, the number of National Guardsmen and Reservists committing suicide greatly increased from previous wars.
Lastly, it is mind boggling religious zealots and members of Congress would subvert this great nation in the name of an unseen or unproven supreme religious entity while Hebrew Arabs AKA Jews continue their 5,744 year murder and occupation reign.
Thank you for your attention and vote.
With respect, I remain.
BILLY RAY WILSON
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE, US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, KY’S 5TH US CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DINO

I'm a Democrat.  I'm proud to be a Democrat.
I'm from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
Now, we have a lot of DINOs around here.
What is a DINO?  It is a Democrat;
Democrat
In
Name
Only.
The following people were Democrats that were not DINOs:
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy  Adams
 Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
James Knox Polk
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Andrew Johnson
Grover Cleveland
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Jimmy Carter
Bill Clinton and
Barak Obama.
Are you a DINO?
Are you a Democrat In Name Only?
What is the evidence of DINOs?
Look at your election statistics. 
     Last time, I carried Elliott County against Republican Hal Rogers in the general election.  Elliott County (2013 figures in the rest of this blog) has 4674 Democrats and 245 Republicans; President Obama and I both carried Elliott County Kentucky against Republican opposition in 2012.  Thank you Elliott County.
     Now let's look at some of the counties that Hal Rogers carried against me in the most recent general election: Kentucky has 1,669,536 Democrats and 1,175,497 Republicans.  The Kentucky Fifth District has 253,798 Democrats and 235,470 Republicans.  Pike County Kentucky has 34,308 Democrats and 11,110 Republicans.  Floyd County, Kentucky has 25,907 Democrats and 3,278 Republicans.  Harlan County--where I used to work in the Courtrooms--has 14,332 Democrats and 5,334 Republicans.  Knott County has 10,575 Democrats and 684 Republicans.  Perry County has 15 thousand Democrats and 4 thousand Republicans.  Magoffin County has 7 thousand Democrats and 2 thousand Republicans.  Letcher County has 11 thousand Democrats and 3 thousand Republicans.  Lawrence County has 6 thousand Democrats and 4 thousand Republicans.
      Let's talk about it.  Why do so many of you Democrats prefer to have Republican Hal Rogers rather than Democrat Kenneth Stepp as your Congressman?   Basically the Democratic Majority in the Kentucky Fifth District decides who will be the Congressman representing the Fifth District.  It seems most Democrats in the Fifth District are DINOs--Democrats in Name Only. 
     Look at the issues.   Food Stamps.  Hal Rogers voted to abolish Food Stamps.  When the Democratic Senate stopped that from happening, Hal Rogers and the Republicans had to settle for a big reduction in Food Stamp Benefits.  Kenneth Stepp is in favor of restoring food stamp benefits to their October 2013 level.  If you want to cut food stamps, then you are a DINO because the food stamp program is a program that most Democrats support.   If your are a real Democrat then you should vote for Kenneth Stepp.   DINOs vote for Republicans.
       Look at the warrantless wiretapping and unreasonable searches and seizures.  If you want everyone's phone lines tapped, then you are a DINO, because freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is something that most Democrats believe in.   If your are a real Democrat then you should vote for Kenneth Stepp.   DINOs vote for Republicans.
      Look at the government shutdown!   The Democrats acted reasonably in the budget dispute last year, but the Republicans chose to force a government shutdown last year rather than making a reasonable effort to agree on a budget.  The government shutdown was the Republicans' fault.

NEXT TIME, DON'T BE A DINO.  ELECT KENNETH STEPP TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit



"2009 Rand Paul Speech: Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit



Monday, 07 Apr 2014 03:23 PM
By Sandy Fitzgerald
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Sen. Rand Paul claimed in 2009 that former Vice President Dick Cheney exploited the 9/11 attacks in order to lead the United States into war in Iraq to benefit military contractor Halliburton, where Cheney had been CEO before heading to Washington, a video unveiled by blog Mother Jones' writer David Corn shows.

In the video unearthed of a speech given at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney opposed the first Bush administration's plans but changed his mind over Halliburton, Corn reports.

 "He's being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and he says it would be a disaster, it would be vastly expensive, it would be civil war, we'd have no exit strategy. He goes on and on for five minutes — Dick Cheney saying it would be a bad idea," Paul says in the video.

"And that's why the first Bush didn’t go into Baghdad. Dick Cheney then goes to work for Halliburton. Makes hundreds of millions of dollars — their CEO. Next thing you know, he's back in government, it's a good idea to go into Iraq."

Paul, a presumptive Republican presidential candidate in 2016, also said in the speech that 9/11 "became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq."
 The unearthed video was shot shortly before Paul announced his Senate candidacy plans.

Paul's 2009 theory wasn't unique, as Iraq war opponents used the same claims about the beginnings of the war, Corn noted.

Corn notes that Cheney blasted isolationists in his own party March 29 at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring leadership meeting at casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's hotel.

"One of the things that concerns me first about the [2016] campaign, that I'm worried about," Cheney said, "is what I sense to be an increasing strain of isolationism, if I can put it in those terms, in our own party," Cheney told the various Republican leaders at the private event.

While he did not name names, Corn contends that he was talking about Paul."

So Paul and Cheney are squaring off?  It's about time some Republican disagreed with Cheney and his neo-cons.   I disagree with Cheney and his Iraq war too.  Stepp for Congress!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Two Immortal Horses!

In the epic of the Iliad, were two immortal horses--two of the three horses that pulled the chariot of Achilles as they carried Achilles' best friend, who was wearing Achilles' armor, into the battle against the Trojans. Later the two immortal horses sadly lamented the death of their mortal rider, slain by the sons of Troy three milleniums ago. Every hundred years or so, some poet tries to add to the Iliad by writing some poetry about the two immortal horses of Troy. For the twenty-first century, I'll give it a try: IMMORTAL HORSES What became of ye? Oh, immortal beasts of yore? Are ye locked in stalls in a barn in Texas tonight? Or do the Mongols hold you in a desert somewhere? Dumb beasts! Man's trail ends in death! Achilles, Hector, Ajax, All tred the path to demise! But thou, oh dumb beasts, Know not that most creatures are born to die, But know not that you alone among horses and men, Will never be burned on a pyre, or covered with dirt. But thou, oh dumb beasts, Have seen your masters come and go For three thousand years! Yet you do not know of the threat of death, Or the thirst for life. First young Helios was given you by an immortal, And you saw him grow old and give you to his son, Achilles. Next Achilles lent his armour and you to his best friend, And his best friend was by Hector slain! Alas! Alas! By Hector slain. By a Trojan Slain! Next your master, scores of Trojans slew! But none slew you, for you immortal are. Hector fell. Achilles fell. But the equine duo lived on! Death, Death, all around. But the equine duo lived on. Never knowing why brave warriors at their feet lay, Never to move again. Sadness, Sadness filled equine breasts, While their Masters sedate lay, Never to sit and speak again. Never to lead horses into battle. Nevermore chariots to ride. Nevermore swords to wave, Nor powerful Trojans to slay. No, Paris and Helen had their tryst, And the Face launched a thousand ships, The price of the tryst was a city in ruins, The young men dead, the rest in slavery. Such a price to pay for a ten year tryst. Such a price to pay for abandonment of mores. Such a price to pay for enjoying another man's wife. Such a field of dead and dying--from shipdocks into City. Alas, Alas, Troy is fallen. Alas, Alas, her young men will fight no more. Alas, Alas, Greek-speakers annihilating Greek-speakers. No Mercy, No Mercy shown. When the fires burned, Then the losers were put to the sword, Or became sex-slaves, or work-slaves, or child slaves. While the winners enjoyed the spoils of war. Many heroes' bodies were burned on the funeral pyres that night! Kind words were spoken as the flames licked the wood and flesh! Corpses strewed the woodland and the fields. No mercy! No mercy, to the vanquished was shown. Yet ye, oh dumbest beasts! Ye saw it all! Ye saw the battle rage--to favor the Trojan, then the Greek! Then ye saw the quietness of the battlefield, With dead bodies covered. Dead bodies of pagan heroes, in an age of paganism. In an age when a man was judged by swordsmanship. Swordsmanship and nothing more. When Ajax, Achilles, Hector, and Paris walked the killing fields. And ye, oh dumbest beasts, Though you live three thousand years, Though you saw it all. Ye cannot explain what you saw, or why it happened, or what of the future. Two immortal horses that never age, In side-by=side stalls in Texas or somewhere. Sure people keep your secret--survivors of the Trojan war. Perhaps you were there at the Alamo, too, With war horses, few. Perhaps with the war horses at the Somme, Where men's lives were quickly spent. Perhaps in the final horse charge in Poland spent, Against the Nazi Panzers--steel walled machines. Yea, the days of the war horse are over. Nowadays, horses are kept for sport, in fields of Lexington and Ocala, But there was a time when immortal horses led men into battle, And sorrowed over their heroes slewn. Now, I'll drive my Buick, and you drive your Corolla, And we'll look out in the countryside, and perhaps we'll see There on the field--a herd of immortal horses! Kenneth Stepp   

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Congress Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low In Gallup Poll

"Congress Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low In Gallup Poll "The Huffington Post | By Ariel Edwards-Levy Posted: 08/14/2012 6:12 pm Updated: 08/15/2012 9:08 am "Just one in 10 Americans approves of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, tying the branch's lowest approval rating in 38 years. Congress originally hit the 10 percent mark in February, before bouncing back several points. "The approval rate for Congress hasn't passed 20 percent in more than a year, according to Gallup, and is far lower than the personal approval ratings for most members of Congress. Prior to 2007, it sank below 20 percent only twice. "From Gallup's analysis: "It is difficult to pinpoint precise causes for these extraordinarily negative views, although the continuing poor economy is certainly a major factor. The fact that control of Congress is now divided, with a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, may provide an opportunity for Americans of all political persuasions to dislike some aspect of Congress. With Congress divided, however, it is difficult to assess what impact its low ratings will have on the November elections, now less than three months away. "In contrast to the partisan gridlock within Congress, Americans' distaste for the institution is entirely bipartisan: Only 11 percent of independents, 10 percent of Republicans, and 9 percent of Democrats approved. "The trend in the Gallup poll roughly matches that found by other national surveys that track congressional job approval. A CBS News/New York Times survey conducted in July found just 12 percent of U.S. adults approve of the job Congress is doing. Congressional job approval was slightly better (19 percent) in a July survey of likely voters conducted by National Public Radio, but even that result was the lowest NPR had measured since 2009. "Another poll, released Wednesday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos and the SEIU, found that 60 percent of voters agreed that "this is the worst Congress ever." "The Gallup poll interviewed 1,012 adults by live phone interviews between Aug. 9 and 12, and had a 4 percent margin of error. The PPP poll was conducted with automated telephone interviews of 1,000 registered voters between Aug. 9 and 12, and had a 3.1 percent margin of error." Dissatisfied with Congressman Hal Rogers? Vote for Stepp for Congress KY-05 in 2014!