November 19, 2014

Various Ron Paul bribery scandal updates

Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul.
It appears that Ron Paul is spending a great big bunch on attorneys. See: Russ Choma/ Open Secrets | Ron Paul’s Presidential Campaign Shells Out for Lawyers in Wake of Disclosures.

Kesari attorney Jesse Binnall and Paul attorney David Warrington are connected in another way, no one has noticed. Both clerked for the recently retired Virginia Circuit Judge Jonathan C. Thacher. (Warrington from 2006-2007, Binnall from 2009-2010.)

Also recently as April 2014, Warrington was also involved with Paul's 501(c)(4) Campaign for Liberty in their fight against IRS not to hand over their donor list. Paul and Warrington talk about that situation in this video which appears to be behind a paywall.

According to Robin Eublind, Dimitri Kesari is still on the Hamilton, VA town council. (I verified that tidbit in September.)
And because no Paul bribery scandal update is complete without a dash of Jesse Benton, here's his unappreciated tweet congratulating Senator Mitch McConnell, and all his "great friends" who are presumably Senate staffers, on McConnell's election as Senate Majority Leader. Seeing as he got one favorite and no retweets, I'm not so sure everyone agrees they're "great friends:"

November 16, 2014

90 pounds of cocaine, the scandal Mitch McConnell narrowly push beyond the election, lives on

90 Pounds of Cocaine Found on Ship Owned by Mitch McConnell's Family

November 14, 2014

City of Anchorage sues to evict children who were victims of abuse

The City of Anchorage filed suit in October to evict victim children from the city, according to a Uspiritus blog entry:
"Anchorage Mayor Thomas Hewitt and the six-member city council filed the lawsuit Oct. 15 in Jefferson Circuit Court. The act surprised Uspiritus, because both parties had privately agreed to settle a dispute over a 16-year-old zoning agreement that the city never sought to enforce previously. 
The city’s lawsuit claims public safety is at issue. However, the children of Bellewood haven’t been charged with violent crimes against residents and there’s no crime wave in the small town. Nonetheless, Uspiritus leaders have worked to resolve fears from the mayor and council members over the last 18 months by increasing supervision and overnight staff and locking doors. 
“We do not believe the city’s leaders of the City of Anchorage are speaking for the people of Anchorage, who know us as their neighbors,” Drane said. 'We urge citizens to speak up and urge their leaders to drop the lawsuit.'”
Just wow.

Update 11/18/14: News, Weather

Who is John Gant? And what kind of message does his appointment by Mayor Fischer send?

Carbide Industries Explosion, 2011. (Photo:
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appointed John Gant as the economic development director of the Louisville Forward Team.

So who is John Gant? Although John Gant appears to be as adverse to government regulation as the similarly-named fictional Ayn Rand character John Galt, the former was Carbide Industries' General Manager at the time of a deadly March 21, 2011 explosion.

The explosion killed two people and injured two others. Two years later, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a report firmly placing the cause of those deaths and injuries on Carbide Industries. They were preventable deaths. Preventable injuries.

Per WLKY News | Report blames Carbide Industries in plant explosion:

November 12, 2014

'Raise the Wage' opponent Varanese gets Yelp review scrubbed, it's our move

At Monday's Metro Council's Labor and Economic Development Committee, John Varanese got a chance to speak in opposition to raising Louisville's minimum wage. 

November 10, 2014

Palestinian Activists Smash Hole in Israeli Apartheid Wall

From Facebook:

On November 9, 1989, the East Germany government announced, with little planning, that East Germans would be able to visit West Germany and West Berlin. Through an awesome bureaucratic error, the person making the announcement wasn't briefed on when or how that policy was to begin. When a reporter asked, he said more or less "now." Within hours, an outnumbered guard made the call to open the border completely. Celebrations in the streets ensued.

This. Could be like that.

November 8, 2014

(UPDATED W/ACTION ALERT!) Blackwell, Welch, Fowler and Yates: Four Heartless Councilmembers of the Apocalypse

From Facebook
Four Louisville Metro Council members are being shamed in Louisville's social media for their opposition to raising the minimum wage. Currently, Louisville's minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, and the proposal before the Council seeks to raise it only to $10.10 per hour. Tuesday, San Francisco became the second US city to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Seattle was first.) 

The shamed councilmembers are, from left in the image above, Rick Blackwell (District 12), Vicky Aubrey Welch (District 13), Cindi Fowler (District 14), and David Yates (District 25).

All four of these Council members are Democrats who were elected after pledging to Louisville labor leaders to support working people.

In October, Congressman John Yarmuth spoke before the Council's Labor and Economic Development Committee in support of raising the wage:

November 3, 2014

McConnell in-law's Liberian-flagged ships held by Panamanian corporations

Ji May is tracked by as flying a Liberian flag, but this photograph taken at the Port of Amsterdam by Alf van Been, shows the Ji May flying the Netherlands' flag.
By using foreign corporations to hold titles to their ships and registering those ships in Liberia, Senator Mitch McConnell's in-laws, the Chao family, likely do not incur any U.S. tax liability.

November 2, 2014

Cocaine trafficking allegations sharply contrast with 'Chao Family Legacy' video

A video uploaded by Mitch McConnell's sister-in-law, Angela Chao, provides a more flattering view of the "Chao Family Legacy" than the one formed solely from a report by Lee Fang with the Nation:

The Chao Family Legacy - Honored at Harvard Business School from Angela Chao on Vimeo.

Fang reported Thursday that Colombia is investigating 90 pounds of cocaine found locked inside a chain storage locker aboard the Ping May, one of Foremost Maritime Company, LLC's Liberian-flagged ships. From a report published here in August, Chao will have 23 ships in his fleet by 2016, with the newest ones costing around $58 million each.

Laura Flaunders said in 2004, "[Elaine Chao's] story is one of success for sure, but it's not a story that is generally true..." Flaunders was one of the first writers to bring public attention to the reality that Chao family's story is far from the typical immigrant experience.

With that, remember to vote on Tuesday.

Related stories on the McConnell-Chao empire:

Louisville News Doge released much wow storyboard on WDRB coverage of LMAS

While WDRB isn't covering stories about the drug-trafficking investigation of Mitch McConnell's family, they have manufactured a full-on slut-shame of a public official for being an attractive female.

But they won't get away with it in this town. Because Louisville News Doge is on the beat: