The Fear

Bill Johnson “not looking backward”, except for an extinct organization

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July 13, 2011
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I asked KY Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson this question on Monday, in response to his call for current KY SoS Elaine Walker to resign for letting homeless people vote without an address (Kentucky policy since the 80′s):

Should Trey Grayson have also resigned from office, because he used ACORN style tactics (letting homeless vote)?

Today on his Facebook page, he announced that he is going to file formal ethics charges against Elaine Walker tomorrow, because she is implementing the same policy that every Kentucky SoS has implemented since the 1980′s:

I will be in Frankfort tomorrow at 1:00 PM to file an ethics compliant against the Secretary of State and Board of Elections for their memorandum SBE 11-31 advising county clerks to register voters without an address. This is in violation of Kentucky Law KRS 116.155. Advising county clerks to violate the law is unethical and opens our elections to fraud.

I replied with this question:

did you file the same complaint against Trey Grayson when he did this for 8 years?

Here’s the amazing stuff that followed:

Johnson: Joe, I am not looking backward. I am concerned about the future. Trey worked hard to throw ACORN out of Kentucky and Alison grimes is inviting them to return. I am sure your employer will have many comments on my complaint. I will post here for all to debate.

Me: you do know that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore, right?

Johnson: LOL, they exist only under different names. You don’t honestly expect me to believe that they just all decided to call it a day

Me: just curious, you ever listen to Alex Jones?

So he’s not looking backward on Republican Trey Grayson implementing this longstanding and perfectly rational and American policy of letting homeless people vote, but he is looking backward on an organization (ACORN) that DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE.

Kentucky is under just as much of a threat from ACORN as we are from being attacked by a herd of T-Rexes. Things that do not exist cannot hurt you. Simple logic.

But Bill Johnson is not alone. There are scores of other Republicans around the country that are screaming with fear about how ACORN is going to steal our democracy and insert Barack Obama as our overlord once again in 2012. Amanda Terkel’s great piece from HuffPo last week only scratches the surface. And it’s kind of easy to see why. ACORN is such a perfect political bogeyman (poor minorities working for the Obama Devil!) that they know it would really be a shame if they couldn’t stoke up fear against them anymore.

So remember to look under your bed tonight, Kentucky. There may monsters or an ACORN Army of the Homeless wearing Obama 2012 sticker under there.

Mitch McConnell: send Bowling Green prisoners to Gitmo because of Casey Anthony

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July 11, 2011
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How far is Mitch McConnell willing to go when it comes to the blatant partisan hypocrisy and fearmongering on the terrorists charged in Bowling Green?

This low
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MCCONNELL: These foreign terrorists are enemy combatants. They should be taken to Guantanamo, they should be tried in military commissions, new legislation that we passed just three years ago precisely for the purpose of dealing with foreign terrorists. These are not American citizens. We just found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult it is to get a conviction in a U.S. court. I don’t think a foreigner is entitled to all the protections of the Bill of Rights. They should not be in U.S. courts. They should be at Guantanamo and before military commissions.

Pat yourself on the back, Mitch. Not only are they going to use Muslin Prison Magic to blow up the entire state of Kentucky (not Eastern Kentucky, King Coal is already on the job), they will go free just like Casey Anthony. Who is obviously just as guilty and a perfectly accurate and justifiable analogy to use.

I’ve said it all before, but as MM says:

This isn’t theoretical. We’ve tried it his way, and there’s a substantial amount of data to show that when it comes to punishing terrorists, the civilian court system is much more successful than the military tribunals McConnell and the GOP prefer — especially when the criminal case has been tarnished by torture or other violations. But in McConnell’s mind, we should ignore all that because we’re angry a jury let Casey Anthony walk.

But at least Mitch’s argument will win over Angry Grandpa: (very not safe for work)

Did Bill Johnson want Trey Grayson to resign for using ACORN-style tactics?

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July 11, 2011
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As we learned last week, Bill Johnson says that KY Secretary of State Elaine Walker should resign and his Democratic SoS opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes is not fit for office? Why? Because they both agree that Kentucky should follow state law and policy in place since the 1980′s, allowing homeless people to vote even if they don’t have an address (they can only vote in the county clerk’s precinct). Because we’re, you know, America.

But why does Bill Johnson disagree? Because following the law and allowing citizens to vote is simply an ACORN, black president and George Soros plot to steal the election and give Obama another term. Evidence? We don’t need no stinking evidence.

Here is what Bill Johnson put up on his campaign’s Facebook wall on Thursday, with a link to this completely hysterical blog post accusing Walker and Grimes of “ACORN like tactics” for continuing to let homeless people vote in Kentucky:

And he followed up this weekend to let you know that Grimes “stands with ACORN”, even though ACORN DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE:

So I have a question for Bill Johnson, who believes fanatical things such as that Barack Obama is using Jerry Lundergan’s daughter and an organization that literally does not exist in order to swing the election for him in Kentucky by using the precious electoral commodity of homeless people:

Should Trey Grayson have also resigned from office, because he used ACORN style tactics?

Really. This policy has been in place since the 1980′s, and it was in effect during both of Trey Grayson’s terms. Was he not fit for office? Was he part of the Clinton/Soros/ACORN/Obama/New Black Panther Party conspiracy to steal our Liberty?

Inquiring minds want to know.

In the meantime, here’s Bill Johnson telling you in this very glitzy campaign video how he’s going to protect us from Barack Obama using an imaginary organization using homeless people to STEAL his election in Kentucky.

Embarrassing. The kind of behavior you’d expect from someone who put out official campaign stickers like this, eh?

UPDATE: From the smartass in the comments:

“Will Johnson demand that John Kemper (Republican for Auditor) not be allowed to vote once Kemper’s house is sold by the master commissioner in foreclosure?”

Mayor Joe Denning of Bowling Green is not a coward

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July 6, 2011
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Just like most Kentuckians, and unlike Senator Mitch McConnell. Phillip Bailey at WFPL got Denning to say why, unlike McConnell, he has faith in the American justice system and the people of Bowling Green:

McConnell has said publicly the decision to have the trial in the state could result in retaliatory attacks and is widely opposed by Kentuckians, but Bowling Green Mayor Joe Denning told WFPL the location of the trial should be left up to the judicial system and not lawmakers.

“I don’t know the Senator has access to more statistical information than I would have, so I’m not going to argue or debate whether or not those statistics are true or not, but I do know our community and I know the people in our community,” he says. “And our vote last night—a majority vote—represents I think what the majority of people here in Bowling Green feel.”

Initially, Denning supported the measure but changed his mind as a former law enforcement official, saying the city, state and federal government will do everything to ensure citizens remain safe while the men are being held in federal custody.

“I didn’t feel that it was right for us to request that it be sent to some other jurisdiction, some other community. It happened here so let the trial be here,” says Denning.

McConnell does more pants wetting on Bowling Green trial

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June 27, 2011
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Mitch McConnell took to the editorial page at the Herald Leader this morning, producing another round of recycled pants-wetting fearmongering about trying terrorism suspects here in Kentucky. You know, the same fearmongering that he never used during the Bush administration. But I guess we know how that whole “the president is a Democrat now, so go for it” thing works, don’t we, Mitch?

Mitch finally gets around to his point at the end of the piece, and it’s a bit of a head scratcher:

There is no question that we could prosecute these men in civilian court, but after Congress created a $200 million, state-of-the-art facility in Guantanamo Bay precisely for this purpose, why would we want to?

OK… so we could totally try them here effectively, but you’re saying that we should move them there just so we use what we spent money on? Try again.

It simply makes no sense to saddle Kentuckians with some of the security and logistical costs associated with ensuring the safety of our residents during the trial.

Look no further than the 2006 trial of Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria, Va., as an example of what we can expect.

The Washington Post reported that the town was turned into “a virtual encampment, with heavily armed agents, rooftop snipers, bomb-sniffing dogs, blocked streets, identification checks.”

So this is what we can expect? This is the same trial that, like all of the other terrorism trials in America, did not result in attacks on the city. But there were dogs and law enforcement with guns? Oh, how terrifying. There’s no way that Bowling Green could recover from this tragedy, eh?

But here’s where McConnell is the most off base about the Moussaoui trial being an example of what we can expect:

Mitch McConnell never made a single complaint about the Bush administration trying him here in America.

Not one. I guess he didn’t see it as an opportunity to cynically drum up fear for his political advantage back then. But I guess times change, like the occupants of the White House.

And it’s also striking that Mitch McConnell has already abandoned the “we’re all going to die!” argument, in favor of the “we can’t take the site of dogs and law enforcement with guns in our state” argument. Pretty lame, Mitch. You should know as well as anyone that we need a good scare if you’re going to manipulate us to your advantage. Step up your game, already.

The craziest political ad of 2011 (so far)

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June 22, 2011
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Unfortunately it’s not from Kentucky (yet). For the 2011 prize so far we have to go out west to Nevada, where GOP Congressional candidate Mark Amodei assures us that if he is elected, he will prevent Chinese troops from high stepping if front of the US Capitol Building:

Don’t get me wrong, the beat poetry beauty of Jon Huntsman below is very impressive, but our new Chinese Overlords win the prize easily.

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McConnell says terrorists are ready to destroy Bowling Green and kill us all

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June 20, 2011
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Mitch McConnell stepped up his pants-wetting fearmongering on Friday, holding a press conference where he claimed that if we prosecuted alleged terrorists in Bowling Green, as we’ve done hundreds of times in America (without a single word of protest from McConnell and Republicans during the Bush administration), Kentucky will suddenly become a giant target for terrorists around the world.

From cn|2:

“Finally just let me say for those who participate in the trial. How would you like to be the judge on a case like this? How would you like to be the prosecutor? How would you like to be a juror? Before this ill advised decision to try these foreign terrorists in Bowling Green, I think I’m fairly safe in saying there’s probably not a foreign terrorist in the world who could have found Bowling Green, KY on a map. They know where it is now.”

Be very afraid, Kentucky. Be very afraid.

Rand Paul steps up and says what’s right (yes, I typed that non-sarcastically)

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June 17, 2011
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In the race to see who is the biggest pants-wetting coward afraid of Muslin Prison Magic in the state of Kentucky, we now have two new entries joining David Williams, Greg Stumbo and Steve Beshear: current KY Attorney General candidates Todd P’Pool and Jack Conway.

Here’s P’Pool (prounced “pee pool”, and French) doing his best to bait Conway into an idiotic “Who’s Scared of Muslims in a Jail Cell More” war:

“As a conservative and a prosecutor, I believe the first and foremost priority of government should be keeping our citizens safe from enemies—foreign and domestic,” P’Pool said in a news release. “Terrorists should be tried as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, not here in Kentucky.”

Jack Conway, of course being the Jack Conway that we got to know in his race last year, was happy to join Mr. P’Pool in wetting his pants:

“This matter is being handled by the U.S. Department of Justice, not the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office,” says Melissa Wideman, a Conway campaign spokeswoman. “And for the record, Jack Conway believes terrorists should be tried in military tribunals, not civilian courts. He took on President Obama on this issue when terror trials were scheduled to be held in New York City.”

Yes, Jack was very brave to take on Mr. Obama, wasn’t he?

And just when it looks like every KY pair of pants in Frankfort and DC would be soaked, here comes somebody who will to tell the truth.

Rand Paul?

“I think the people who are on the ground and look at court safety and trials will have to look at that,” Paul said, ” And I think the only other way to look at it in a logical way would be to look at the other terror trials and – like I say – we’ve had several hundred terror trials in the U.S.”

“I think in this instance, if you capture them here, I think the federal courts probably can take care of them much more swiftly than Guantanamo and actually give them very lengthy sentences if they are found guilty,” Paul said.

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“We have convicted over 400 terror suspects in the United States,” Paul told WHAS11, “I think we’ve done a fairly good job and our conviction rate is actually very high. I would differentiate with (9/11 mastermind) Khalid Sheik Mohammad in the sense that he is such an international figure that there could be a great danger to holding the trial here. But, there’s ample evidence that we can try people here (and) imprison them. And then we get away from the backlash we get from other countries if we hold people without determination.”

OK, so I disagree with him on Mohammad, but… relatively speaking… bravo?

Congrats to Steve Beshear, Greg Stumbo and Jack Conway. You just made Rand Paul look good.

(PS- the countdown now begins for the next time Rand Paul talks about Obama’s brown shirts breaking down your door to enslave your toilet bowl and put cameras in your light bulbs, so that we can go back to criticizing him)

Williams campaign says that Beshear is not hysterical enough

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June 17, 2011
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Yesterday the David Williams campaign sent out an urgent warning to Kentuckians, via the Facebook and CAPS LOCK, that Steve Beshear was putting their lives in eminent danger. You see, real live muslin terrorists are in a federal prison in Kentucky, which means that we are all about to die in a massive explosion. In fact, I’m really shocked that I’m even alive this morning to write this post.

And in predictable fashion, Gov. Steve Beshear immediately sided with him, providing yet another knee-jerk response that he ain’t no Obama Guv:

“Regarding the men in Bowling Green who are facing terror charges, I am fine with the federal government sending them to Guantanamo Bay. My main concern is to get them out of Kentucky.”

Well, I guess that settles it, right? Both Williams and Beshear agree that the muslins will use their special prison magic to blow up the state of Kentucky, therefore we should take them to a place that we don’t mind getting blown up.

Or does, it? Great mind and Williams spokesperson Scott Jennings was able to read between the lines and discover that Steve Beshear’s heart really wasn’t into fear mongering like a Real Amurkan:

After Beshear spoke out for the suspects’ removal from Kentucky, Williams spokesman Scott Jennings called it a “languid reaction.”

YES. Good call, Scott. You know why Beshear’s response was half-assed?

#1: No CAPS LOCK. How are we really supposed to believe that you are very frightened and scared of two guys in a jail cell unless you speak in CAPITAL LETTERS? It just doesn’t come off as authentic or cowardly, you know?

#2: He failed to emphasize that people who weren’t born here in the US of A don’t have rights like us. Because that is, like, so true and stuff. Why does Steve Beshear want SPECIAL RIGHTS for terrorists?

#3: He is a DEMOCRAT. Sure, they might “say” they believe in Muslin Prison Magic that will kill us all, but can we really believe them? For example, when the Bush administration prosecuted 100 or so Islamic terrorists in US civilian court over the course of his administration (that Scott Jennings served in!!!), that was OK because he was a Republican. But when Barack Obama tried to continue the Bush administration policy, he was rightly called out as wanting to (A) set them all free to murder us, and (B) let them kill us from their jail cell, as that is one of their magic powers. Can we really trust his very good friend and mentee Steve Beshear?

For example, look at this bloody carnage from New York when a Gitmo detainee was tried there:

Kind of hard to argue with the proof in that video, isn’t it?

So let it be know from here on out:

The only way to show that you are a Real America who is tough and dedicated to keeping America safe is to wet your pants and cower in fear of terrorists, use CAPS LOCKED hysteria, and abandon American principles.

What Larry, Cenk and Sister Rachel say:

Williams says Beshear won’t keep us safe from the Muslins (UPDATE)

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June 16, 2011
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David Williams, the 21-point GOP underdog in the KY gubernatorial race, has an urgent CAPS LOCKED message for his devoted Facebook fans: STEVE BESHEAR IS GOING TO GET US ALL KILLED BY THE MAGIC OF MUSLIN TERRORISTS!!!

The Bowling Green terrorists don’t deserve rights/privileges of American citizens. Should be sent to Gitmo for military trial. Speaker Stumbo (D) agrees with Sen. McConnell and me. Gov. Beshear refuses to join us in demanding Obama do what is in best interests of KY.

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The fact is fingerprints from one of these terrorists was found on a BOMB IN IRAQ. They are ENEMY COMBATANTS and should be tried in a MILITARY COURT, not in a civilian court in KY. Beshear’s failure to see how leaving them here in KY instead of sending them to Gitmo puts our state at risk is a troubling lack of judgment.

I kind of figured desperate stuff like this would be pulled out in the final week of the campaign after Williams’ people realized they were going to lose by 14 points, but I really didn’t expect it to happen by June.

UPDATE: Beshear, right on cue, separating himself once again from our Kenyan Overlord:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2011)—“Regarding the men in Bowling Green who are facing terror charges, I am fine with the federal government sending them to Guantanamo Bay.  My main concern is to get them out of Kentucky.”

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