If the U.S. Senate general election for Kentucky were held today, who would you vote for?

If the U.S. Senate general election for Kentucky were held today, who would you vote for?

If the U.S. Senate general election for Kentucky were held today, who would you vote for?

If the U.S. Senate general election for Kentucky were held today, who would you vote for?

If the Democratic Primary were held today for U.S. House KY-05, who would you vote for?

If the Democratic Primary were held today for U.S. House KY-05, who would you vote for?

Friday, April 11, 2014

The issues in the Democratic Primary.

In his recent BlogSpot, Billy Ray Wilson, a Democratic Candidate for U.S. House KY 05 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.

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 and Paul squaring off!

"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 17, 2014

HAL ROGERS AND THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION!

IN THE FEW TIMES THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HAS RANKED HAL ROGERS' VOTING RECORD, THEY HAVE CONSISTENTLY GIVEN HIM ZERO PER CENT (0%)! "Legal Issues 2001-2002 American Bar Association - Positions 0% 1999-2000 American Bar Association - Positions 0%"


HOW CAN YOU CONTINUE TO RE-ELECT HAL ROGERS AS YOUR CONGRESSMAN--A MAN WITH SUCH A DISMAL VOTING RECORD? THIS 2014 ELECT THE DEMOCRAT STEPP FOR CONGRESS KY-05!

Hal Rogers and the $17,000 Drip Pans. Do you want a Drip Pan?

"2:05 pm "Wed September 12, 2012 "Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers "By Phillip M. Bailey "A national watchdog group has named Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., among the most corrupt lawmakers in the country. "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-partisan group, released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report Wednesday, which lists 12 members it alleges have engaged in misconduct. "The report calls out Rogers for directing millions of dollars in earmarks to a Kentucky-based company that has contributed to his campaign. Phoenix Products Co. located in Maceo, Ky., has been paid $6.5 million by the U.S. Army for hundreds of leak-proof drip pans for military helicopters. "Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Phoenix Products was paid $17,000 per drip pan, but that competitor businesses said similar products cost only $2,500. "Melanie Sloan is executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She says Rogers is a frequent offender, and constituents concerned about fiscal responsibility should be alarmed. "While these may be made in Kentucky this is hurting America. We have a huge deficit. We can’t afford all of our bills. And here it is we’re paying over $14,500 extra for each drip pan. And that’s taxpayer money. So we should all be concerned,” she says. "The company’s owners have been political donors to Rogers’s re-election bids and have personally given over $20,000 since 2004. Another $17,000 has been contributed by employees via the company's lobbying firm since 2002. "For years, Rogers has been dubbed the "Prince of Pork" by critics for his ability to attach pork barrel spending to legislation. Despite Rogers's reputation clashing with the austerity push of the Tea Party movement, he is currently the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee "Rogers’ office did not return a call seeking comment for this story. "From the New York Times: "A Congressional aide said that Mr. Rogers inserted the earmark after Army officials went to him with concerns about fluids that were leaking into the cabins of Black Hawks, splattering not only crew members but also wounded soldiers being airlifted to hospitals. “The Army came to the boss and said this is an issue,” said the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in discussing internal communications. "The Army, however, said it was simply following a budget directive from Congress. Mr. Rogers’s earmark came before House members informally agreed to ban such provisions to for-profit companies. “Congress mandated a leakproof transmission drip pan,” said Dov Schwartz, an Army spokesman. The contract was awarded without competitive bids because Phoenix was the only company deemed “approved and certified” for the work, he said. “The number of people that make leakproof transmission dripping pans is few and far between,” Mr. Schwartz said, adding that the steel required for such pans is more costly than the plastic used in other versions. "Mr. Rogers continual, long-term (and) generally corrupt behavior of exchanging earmarks for campaign contributions is the kind of thing that makes Americans so disgusted with their government," says Sloan, adding her group has filed a complaint against Rogers with the Office of Congressional Ethics and asked the U.S. military to investigate."


Well, if you want the government to keep on buying seventeen thousand dollar ($17,000.00) drip pans, then you should vote to re-elect Hal Rogers to the U.S. House. Kenneth Stepp will vote in favor of the two thousand five hundred dollar ($2,500.00) drip pans. Hal Rogers is another reason I am a Democrat. Stepp For Congress KY-05 Democrat!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thank you Sarah White of Massachusetts!

Thank you Sarah White of Massachusetts for your help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for your cash contribution. It was used to purchase television advertising. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. You have my best wishes. Kenneth Stepp Former Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District

Thank you Conrad Stepp.

Thank you Conrad Stepp for your volunteer help with the Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for stapling up campaign posters along the campaign trail, going with the candidate as I stapled up posters in the District and attended campaign rallies, helping me by distributing campaign cards in the District. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. You have my love and best wishes. Kenneth Stepp a Democratic Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District!

Thank you Wilma Stepp.

Thank you Wilma Stepp for your volunteer help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for going with the candidate as I stapled up posters in the District, helping me distributing campaign cards in the District, and helping me by discussing the Congressional race with voters in the District. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received the previous time I was in a general election. You have my love and best wishes. Kenneth Stepp Former Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District

Nonfarm employment improves with the Democrats. Elect more Democrats. Elect Stepp to U.S. House KY-05!!

Let's Oust Hal Rogers.With the last Bush Administration, things got worse and worse. With the Obama Democratic Administration, nonfarm employment has gotten better and better. It's time to elect more Democrats. If you did not have so many obstructionist Republicans in office like Hal Rogers, then we'd all be much better off. This 2014 vote for Stepp for Congress KY-05 D.

The Freedom Index #35!

The Freedom Index reports; "35 Afghanistan Withdrawal (Defense Appropriations Reduction). During consideration of the Defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2012, (H.R. 5856), Rep. Barbara Lee (D- Calif.) proposed an amendment to cut overseas military spending by almost $21 billion. The intent behind the amendment was to allow enough funding for an orderly withdrawal from the unpopular war in Afghanistan but not enough to continue the conflict. According to Rep. Lee, the original bill includes over $85 billion for the war in Afghanistan. The House rejected Lee's amendment on July 18, 2012 by a vote of 107 to 312 (Roll Call 485). We have assigned pluses to the years because the massive expenditure on undeclared foreigh wars and nation building is unconstitutional and unaffordable."[The New American Oct 22, 2012, p. 24]. Hal Rogers voted agsinst Rep. Lee's Amendment, but Kentucky Rep. Yarmuth voted for it (H.R. 5856). Kenneth Stepp would have voted for Rep. Lee's Amendment (H.R. 5856).


  Elect more Democtats. Elect Kenneth Stepp to the U.S. House KY-05!

Who is the Champion of the MIddle Class?

"Robert L. Borosage. "President, Institute for America's Future "GET UPDATES FROM Robert L. Borosage "Who Stands With the Middle Class? Posted: 10/05/2012 12:44 pm "Today, the Campaign for America's Future, of which I am co-director, and TheMiddleClass.org released a the 2012 Middle Class Voter Guide, available here. "The broad American middle class is disappearing. Working families have been struggling with stagnant wages and rising insecurity for over three decades. From 2002-2007, Americans witnessed the first "recovery," in which the typical household suffered declining income. Then came the collapse of the housing bubble and the Great Recession. Middle class Americans were hit with ruinous losses of jobs, of wealth -- particularly in the value of their homes -- of income and of security. Coming out of the recession, the top 1 percent captured a staggering 93 percent of the nation's income growth in 2010, while the middle class struggled to stay afloat. "Every politician claims to be for the middle class. But time and time again, the wealthy and the most powerful corporations get the gold and the middle class gets the shaft. "So who in the Congress stands on the side of the middle class, and who sits on their backs? The 2012 Middle Class Voter Guide provides a scorecard for every legislator to help answer this question. It grades every Senator and House member on the basis of 10 votes over the last session of Congress that we consider central to middle class concerns. It is presented in a user friendly web page, that allows voters to locate their legislators by zip code, see their total grades, and probe their votes on each of the 10 issues. Voters can also click on their state to see how the state delegation ranks on these issues. We highlight the worst of the worst, who vote against the middle class consistently, and the best of the best, who are middle class heroes. "We removed any partisan bias by picking the issues before recording the votes. With the House and Senate under different party leadership, we found it necessary to choose different votes for each body, since very few issues received a vote in both houses. "We focused on "kitchen table" issues -- the concerns that Americans struggle with at night over their kitchen tables: jobs and wages, affording health care for their families and college for their kids, wondering about how to afford a secure retirement. "The issues we've chosen reflect common sense. "Jobs. With 23 million Americans in need of full time work and a faltering recovery, middle class Americans have a direct stake in government action to create jobs. As Europe has shown, inflicting austerity at this time is the path to a double-dip recession. The conservative head of the Federal Reserve and the director of the International Monetary Fund share this perspective. It is also the stated assumption of the directors' report of Simpson and Bowles and of the Rivlin-Domenici Commission. So we score members on their votes on the American Jobs Act and on other measures that put Americans to work. "Protecting Core Security. Middle class Americans see Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as basic pillars of family security. By overwhelming margins, across political lines, they do not believe these programs need to be cut to help reduce deficits. They reject efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program. They worry about the layoffs of teachers and want more investment in education. So we score members on their votes on the Ryan budget plan, passed by the House and defeated in the Senate. "Empowering Workers. Over the last thirty years, Americans have struggled with wages that aren't keeping up with costs. Workers have not been able to capture a fair share of the rising productivity and profits that they have helped to produce. Falling union density has reduced their ability to bargain collectively. Corporations have moved jobs abroad and used the threat of off-shoring to squelch wage demands. So we score members on their votes on strengthening the right to organize, and on ending tax benefits for companies that move jobs abroad. "Balanced Trade. America's corporate trade policies led to trade deficits of over $2 billion a day before the economic collapse. These imbalances, the IMF concluded, were destabilizing and unsustainable, contributing directly to the bubble and its eventual bust. In 2009, the G-20 reached a consensus that surplus and debtor countries must move to more balanced trade. For the middle class, our trade imbalances have meant the loss of good jobs abroad, stagnant wages and have contributed to the economic calamities of the Great Recession. Not surprisingly, despite bipartisan Washington support for more trade accords, Americans are increasingly skeptical of our corporate trade policies. We score legislators on their votes on the bilateral accord with South Korea, whose mercantilist trade policies contradict any notion of a level playing field. "Financial Protection. Middle class Americans juggle mortgages, credit card debt, auto and student loans. They struggle to save money for retirement. Too often, they are victimized by lenders, tricked by complex small print agreements, defrauded or mistreated by banks that have grown too big to manage. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the only financial regulator tasked solely with protecting consumers. In its few months of existence, it has already proved its worth. So we score legislators on their votes to weaken or compromise the Bureau. "Fair Taxes. Americans are concerned about deficits; they realize that choices have to be made. Strong majorities support raising taxes on the rich as part of the effort to address deficits while protecting vital investments. Extreme inequality now contributes directly to the decline of the middle class. So we score legislators on their votes on repealing top end tax breaks. "Safe Energy. Middle class Americans want affordable energy. But they also value clean air and water, and protection against toxics and poisons. They support environmental review of projects that might do damage to their environment. So we score legislators on their votes to weaken or eliminate environmental protections. "Clean Up Politics. Middle class Americans are also increasingly concerned about the big money that is undermining our democracy. They see Washington dominated by corporate lobbies that rig the rules to their own benefit. They see legislators compromised by their need to raise money from those very interests. They want Washington cleaned up. So we score members on their vote on at least forcing disclosure of all campaign related expenditures. "We limited ourselves to issues members of Congress voted on. One of the most destructive actions to the middle class -- the debt ceiling debacle that undermined a fragile recovery and resulted in a destructive compromise that began to inflict austerity on a weak economy -- is not included here. The real damage was done in holding the debt ceiling hostage, which entailed avoiding a vote, not casting one. "We argued long about including the vote on the compromise as a vote against the middle class. It forced untimely and unbalanced cuts in domestic programs, while setting up the "sequester" process that makes austerity the focus rather than measures to get our economy going. The problem was that the alternative -- voting against the compromise and allowing default on the debt -- was also destructive of middle class interests. This left legislators and the middle class with no good choices. So we decided not to score those votes. "What does the guide tell us? Not surprisingly, the guide reflects the growing polarization -- both partisan and ideological -- in the Congress. One hundred and eighty-one House members get 0 percent on our score sheet, all Republicans. Only 42 legislators get perfect scores. In the Senate, 19 are zeros and only 9 received perfect scores. "Those with zeroes no doubt will argue that they represent the middle class by opposing all tax hikes, cutting government spending, pushing deregulation and supporting more trade accords. We disagree. These are the policies that have contributed to the decline of America's middle class. Polls suggest that most Americans disagree. In the end, the voters will decide whom they reward and whom they punish. The guide provides a clear screen that can help them see where their legislator stands. "CAF plans an innovative Google ad campaign in selected districts, so that when voters are looking for information on their candidates they will see an ad revealing the legislator's score. Our selection will feature tight races where strong progressives are challenging incumbents with 0 records. These include California, where Mary Bono Mack is up against a strong progressive in Raul Ruiz. Colorado, where Joe Miklosi is challenging Rep. Mike Coffman, another zero. Pennsylvania 6 where Manan Trivedi, a champion of middle class concerns, is taking on Rep. Jim Gerlach who scores another zero. We're also raising funds to expand this effort to more districts. To learn more, go here. "Going forward, TheMiddleClass.org will announce key votes that it will score ahead of time. This is, as Rep. Paul Ryan says, a time to choose. The policies we've followed over the last decades -- top end tax cuts, cuts in domestic investments, deregulation, corporate trade accords, an assault on unions, and big money in politics -- have systematically eroded the broad middle class that made America exceptional. Now voters have to decide who stands with them. TheMiddleClass.org's 2012 Voter Guide is designed to help in that effort."


Kenneth Stepp is a champion of the Middle Class. Myself a member of the Middle Class, Kenneth Stepp, as a member of Congress will stand like a watchdog to protect the interests of the Middle Class, and of America!

Thank you all my supporters and voters.

Thank you all my supporters and voters. We got over fifty five thousand votes in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers . Thank you and God Bless you all. Kenneth Stepp.

Thank you State Senator Doc Blevins.

Thank you State Senator Doc Blevins for urging the voters to vote for me, Kenneth Stepp in the General Election. We both carried Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers . Congratulations on being re-elected. Democrats do better when we work together.

Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers

2:05 pm Wed September 12, 2012 "Watchdog Group Names Congressman Rogers Among Most Corrupt Lawmakers "By Phillip M. Bailey "A national watchdog group has named Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., among the most corrupt lawmakers in the country. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a non-partisan group, released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report Wednesday, which lists 12 members it alleges have engaged in misconduct. The report calls out Rogers for directing millions of dollars in earmarks to a Kentucky-based company that has contributed to his campaign. Phoenix Products Co. located in Maceo, Ky., has been paid $6.5 million by the U.S. Army for hundreds of leak-proof drip pans for military helicopters. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Phoenix Products was paid $17,000 per drip pan, but that competitor businesses said similar products cost only $2,500. Melanie Sloan is executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She says Rogers is a frequent offender, and constituents concerned about fiscal responsibility should be alarmed. "While these may be made in Kentucky this is hurting America. We have a huge deficit. We can’t afford all of our bills. And here it is we’re paying over $14,500 extra for each drip pan. And that’s taxpayer money. So we should all be concerned,” she says. The company’s owners have been political donors to Rogers’s re-election bids and have personally given over $20,000 since 2004. Another $17,000 has been contributed by employees via the company's lobbying firm since 2002. For years, Rogers has been dubbed the "Prince of Pork" by critics for his ability to attach pork barrel spending to legislation. Despite Rogers's reputation clashing with the austerity push of the Tea Party movement, he is currently the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee Rogers’ office did not return a call seeking comment for this story. From the New York Times: A Congressional aide said that Mr. Rogers inserted the earmark after Army officials went to him with concerns about fluids that were leaking into the cabins of Black Hawks, splattering not only crew members but also wounded soldiers being airlifted to hospitals. “The Army came to the boss and said this is an issue,” said the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in discussing internal communications. The Army, however, said it was simply following a budget directive from Congress. Mr. Rogers’s earmark came before House members informally agreed to ban such provisions to for-profit companies. “Congress mandated a leakproof transmission drip pan,” said Dov Schwartz, an Army spokesman. The contract was awarded without competitive bids because Phoenix was the only company deemed “approved and certified” for the work, he said. “The number of people that make leakproof transmission dripping pans is few and far between,” Mr. Schwartz said, adding that the steel required for such pans is more costly than the plastic used in other versions. "Mr. Rogers continual, long-term (and) generally corrupt behavior of exchanging earmarks for campaign contributions is the kind of thing that makes Americans so disgusted with their government," says Sloan, adding her group has filed a complaint against Rogers with the Office of Congressional Ethics and asked the U.S. military to investigate."


Had Enough? Vote Democratic. Oust Hal and elect Kenneth Stepp, a Democrat to the U.S. Congress KY-05!

Friday, March 14, 2014

HAL ROGERS ON SENIOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY ISSUES!

Now, we summarize Hal Rogers' voting record on senior and Social Security Issues: Senior and Social Security Issues "2011 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 10% 2009 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 8% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Lifetime Score 8% 2008 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 50% 2007 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 10% 2006 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2005-2006 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 67% 2005 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2004 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2003-2004 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 40% 2003-2004 Retire Safe - Positions 100% 2003 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2003 Leading Age - Positions 50% 2002 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2002 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 0% 2001-2002 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 31% 2001 Alliance for Retired Americans - Positions 0% 2000 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 0% 1999-2000 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Positions 0% 1999-2000 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 33% 1999 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 20% 1998 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 20% 1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 80% 1997-1998 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 60% 1997 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 40% 1996 National Council of Senior Citizens - Positions 20% 1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 100% 1995-1996 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association - Position 60% 1995-1996 National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - Positions 27%"




WHAT A DISMAL VOTING RECORD CONGRESSMAN HAL ROGERS HAS ON SENIOR AND SOCIAL SECURITY ISSUES! THIS TIME VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT STEPP FOR CONGRESS KY-05! HAL ROGERS HAS A ZERO PER CENT RATING WITH THE ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS IN THE ABOVE CHART FOR 2011, 2006,  2005,  2004,  2003,  2002,  AND 2001 FOR A LIFETIME SCORE OF EIGHT PER CENT (8%). LET'S REPLACE HIM WITH STEPP THIS 2014!

AUDIT THE FED!

"Audit The Fed Bill On Track To Pass House [UPDATE] "Posted: 07/24/2012 11:07 am Updated: 07/24/2012 3:38 pm "Audit the Fed, says Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). "ASHINGTON -- An expansive bill to audit the Federal Reserve, sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), is headed for a vote on the House floor Wednesday. It is one of the few pieces of legislation this session likely to garner bipartisan support. "The bill is being brought up on the suspension calendar, which means it needs two-thirds of the House to approve it, or 292 votes if everyone shows up. The bill has 270 co-sponsors and House GOP sources say every Republican is expected to support it. With enough Democratic support, it should manage to clear the bar. A spokeswoman for Paul said that she was confident the votes would be there, but that approval was still uncertain. "The vote, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was delayed, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters, but debate will still take place Tuesday afternoon. "In 2010, Paul and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) teamed up to pass legislation to audit the Fed, which became part of the final Wall Street reform bill. Grayson lost his bid for reelection, but is a frontrunner in his Orlando district and is expected to retake his seat next session. "The Fed audit authorized by Dodd-Frank revealed a web of conflicts. At the height of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, for instance, made six major loans to SunTrust Banks, totaling at least $7.5 billion. James M. Wells, the Chairman and CEO of SunTrust, sits on the Board of Directors at the same Atlanta Fed that lent his company the money. "SunTrust also received $4.85 billion in bailout funds from TARP, a separate program run by the Treasury, on November 14 and December 31 of 2008. "JPMorgan Chase's chief Jamie Dimon, meanwhile, holds a seat on the New York Fed, which Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has called on him to give up in the interest of good governance. "Paul said that the new audit bill is needed because the 2010 language didn't go far enough. "The audit mandated in the Dodd-Frank Act focused solely on emergency credit programs, and only on procedural issues (such as the effectiveness of collateral policies, whether credit programs favored specific participants, or the use of third-party contractors) rather than focusing on the substantive details of the lending transactions. H.R. 459 does not limit the focus of the audit," he said in a Q&A on his congressional site."


  Kenneth Stepp agrees, it's time to Audit the Fed! Congress shall determine the value of the Currency. Transparency in Government and Constitutionality are both important here. Kenneth Stepp says "AUDIT THE FED!"

HAL ROGERS AND THE LABOR UNIONS!

THE LABOR UNIONS GIVE HAL ROGERS A SORRY VOTING RECORD ON VOTE SMART! Labor 2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0% 2011 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0% 2011 Federally Employed Women - Positions 50% 2011 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0% 2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0% 2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 0% 2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0% 2010 Federally Employed Women - Positions 50% 2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 25% 2010 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - House of Representatives Score 50% 2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 11% 2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 7% 2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 100% 2009-2010 National Association for the Self-Employed - U.S. House Score 50% 2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 3% 2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 8% 2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 14% 2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 22% 2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 22% 2009 Federally Employed Women - Positions 30% 2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 16% 2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0% 2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 9% 2009 Women Employed - Positions 0% 2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 23% 2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 13% 2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 13% 2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 14% 2008 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0% 2008 Latin America Working Group - Positions 0% 2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 16% 2008 The Alliance for Worker Freedom - Positions 78% 2008 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 0% 2007-2008 Federally Employed Women - Equality in Government Score 40 2007-2008 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 24% 2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 100% 2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 13% 2007 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 7% 2007 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 17% 2007 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 22% 2007 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 50% 2007 Federally Employed Women - Positions 40% 2007 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 16% 2007 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 20 2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 26% 2007 The Alliance for Worker Freedom - Positions 81% 2007 The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - Positions 100% 2007 United Auto Workers - Positions 7% 2007 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 40 2006 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 29% 2006 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 29% 2006 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 16% 2006 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 33% 2006 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 75% 2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 33% 2006 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 16% 2006 United Auto Workers - Positions 15% 2005-2006 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 17% 2005 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 0% 2005 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 13% 2005 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0% 2005 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0% 2005 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 25% 2005 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Positions 33% 2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 6% 2005 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 0% 2005 United Auto Workers - Positions 14% 2004 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 20% 2004 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 20% 2004 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0% 2004 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0% 2004 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 0% 2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 14% 2004 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 11% 2004 United Auto Workers - Positions 6% 2004 Workplace Fairness - Positions 0% 2003-2004 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 8% 2003-2004 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0% 2003-2004 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 21% 2003-2004 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 17% 2003-2004 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 71% 2003 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 7% 2003 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0% 2003 Communications Workers of America - Positions 0% 2003 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0% 2003 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 12% 2003 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 22% 2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2003 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 29% 2003 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 7% 2003 Workplace Fairness - Positions 0% 2002 American Benefits Council - Positions 40% 2002 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 8% 2002 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 13% 2002 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 0% 2002 Communications Workers of America - Positions 25% 2002 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0% 2002 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 25% 2002 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association - Positions 67% 2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 0% 2002 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 0% 2002 United Auto Workers - Positions 0% 2001-2002 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 13% 2001-2002 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 38% 2001-2002 National Association for the Self-Employed - Positions 71%"


ACCORDING TO THE GOOD BOOK, THE FIRST LABORERS WERE ADAM AND EVE. WHAT A PATH WE'VE TRAVELLED THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY. WE'VE SADDLED LABORERS WITH OWNERS, STOCKHOLDERS, AND GOVERNMENT WORKERS TO SUPPORT. LABORERS TRY TO ORGANIZE, BUT PEOPLE LIKE HAL ROGERS VOTE AGAINST SUCH ORGANIZING. THE RICH GET RICHER WITH HAL ROGERS' HELP, AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AN HONEST FORTY HOUR WEEK GET POORER AND POORER, THANKS TO HAL ROGERS' REPUBILCANS' "TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS". THIS TIME, DUMP ROGERS. ELECT DEMOCRAT STEPP TO THE U.S. HOUSE KY-05 IN   2014!

Thank you Virginia Meagher!

Thank you Virginia Meagher for your help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for your cash contribution. It was used to purchase television advertising. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. Apparently your campaigning in Ohio resulted in victory for the candidate you were helping there. Great! You have my best wishes. Kenneth Stepp Former Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District.

Thank you Floyd County Democratic Women's Club!

Thank you Floyd County Democratic Women's Club for your help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for your cash contribution. It was used to purchase television advertising. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. You have my best wishes. Kenneth Stepp Former Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District.

Thank you Carson Stepp.

Thank you Carson Stepp for your volunteer help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for driving the campaigners in the car along the campaign trail, going with the candidate as I stapled up posters in the District, helping me by distributing campaign cards in the District, and helping me by discussing the Congressional race with voters in the District. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers , and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. You have my love and best wishes. Kenneth Stepp Former Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District.

Thank you Ray Duff.

Thank you Ray Duff for your volunteer help with the recent Stepp for Congress campaign in the Kentucky Fifth District of the U.S. Congress. Thank you for stapling up posters in the District, and distributing campaign cards in the District, and discussing the Congressional race with voters in the District. We did carry Elliott County in the 2012 general election against Hal Rogers, and got more votes in Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Pulaski, Rowan, and Whitley Counties than we had received last time I was in a general election. You have my best wishes. Kenneth Stepp a Democratic Candidate for U.S. House Kentucky Fifth District.

Democrats protect the children from Republicans!

Elect Stepp to the U.S. House 2014 KY-05!

VOTE FOR KENNETH STEPP FOR U.S. HOUSE!



VOTE FOR KENNETH STEPP FOR U.S. HOUSE!

Criticism (listed on wikipedia of Hal Rogers) "Rogers has been widely criticized by both liberal and conservative pundits for his priorities when it comes to national security. National Review referred to Rogers as "a national disgrace"[22] and Rolling Stone named him one of America's "Ten Worst Congressmen", calling him "Bin Laden's Best Friend" due to the fact that Rogers steered federal homeland security money away from large cities to his home district, which critics claim is one of the least likely terrorist targets in America because of its lack of any notable monuments or population centers.[23] In 2007, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Congressman Rogers to its list of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.[24] "On May 14, 2006, the New York Times reported that Rogers had used his legislative position as chairman of the House subcommittee that controls the Homeland Security budget to create "jobs in his home district and profits for companies that are donors to his political causes."[25] The Lexington Herald-Leader in 2005 called Rogers the "Prince of Pork".[26] The Times article reported that Rogers had inserted language ("existing government card issuance centers") into appropriations bills that effectively pushed the federal government into testing at a cost of $4 million older, inappropriate technology for a new fraud-resistant green card for permanent legal immigrants, at a production plant in Corbin, Kentucky, within Rogers' district. The study concluded that the smart card approach was far superior. The Times found that about $100,000 in contributions had come to Mr. Rogers from parties with at least some ties to the identification card effort.[27]" ENOUGH! ENOUGH! OUST HAL ROGERS! VOTE FOR STEPP FOR CONGRESS KY-05!

London Speech Thursday, October 18, 2012

On Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Optimist Center, Kenneth Stepp spoke to a Democratic Rally of approx. TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE who were enjoying the Laurel County Democratic Party Fish Fry there. Prior to Kenneth Stepp speaking, Governor Steve Breshear's wife spoke to the gathering about the importance of electing a Democratic State Senator, and Ms. Hacker--the Democratic candidate for State Senate also spoke. Kenneth Stepp spoke on the importance of the Democratic Party in the past for the enactment of Social Security, and of Medicare, and of the Affordable Health Care Act most recently. He reminded the Democratic diners that the Republicans plan to dismantle the Affordable Health Care Act if they gain more power in government and keep their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kenneth Stepp also spoke in favor of bringing the U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, and Iraq, and keeping American troops out of Iran.  This 2014 Elect Kenneth S. Stepp to the U.S. House KY-05!

#40 Freedom Index: Continuing Resolution.

"40 Continuing Resolution. House Joint Resolution 117 would provide continuing appropriations for the federal governmet from October 1, 2012 through March 27, 2013. This would amount to an annualized rate of $1.047 trillion in 'discretionary' spending for regular appropriations, and would include a 0.6 percent increase in funding for most federal programs and agencies. This continuing resolution would also provide nearly $100 billion in war funding and $6.4 billion in advance disaster relief funds. "To put this appropriations bill into perspective, consider what the Congressional Budget Office reported on August 22, 2012: 'For fiscal year 2012 (which ends on Sepember 30) the federal budget deficit will total $1.1 trillion, CBO estimates, marking the fourth year in a row with a deficit of more than $1 trillion.' This deficit is based on the CBO's estimates of $2.435 trillion in federal revenue and $3.563 trillion in federal outlays for fiscal 2012. Therefore, 32 percent of every federal dollar spent in 2012 had to be borrowed. For 2011, 2010, and 2009 the shortfall has been 36, 37, and 40 percent respectively. "The House passed H.J.Res. 117 on September 13, 2012 by a vote of 329 to 91 (Roll Call 579). We have assigned pluses to the nays because passage of this mammoth continuing resolution provided a way for Congress to perpetuate its fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional spending habits with a minimum of accountability to its constituents." [The New American, October 22, 2012, p. 26]. Hal Rogers voted for the Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 117)(TNA, Oct. 22, 2012, p. 25), but Tennessee Representatives Dencan (R), DesJarlais (R), Cooper (D), and Fincher (R) all voted against the Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 117)(TNA, Oct 22, 2012, p. 28), and Kenneth Stepp--if he had been your Congressman--would have voted against the Continuing Resolution (H.J.Res. 117) also.  In 2014, elect Kenneth Stepp to the U.S. House and restore a semblance of responsibility to the U.S. House.

#39 THE FREEDOM INDEX, FISA

The Freedom Index reports; "39 FISA. The proposed FISA Amendments Act Reauth0rization Act of 2012 (H.R. 5949) would reauthorize for five years, through 2017, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which governs electronic surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects. The law allows warntless surveillance of foreign targets who may be communicating with people in the United States, provided that the secret FISA court approves surveilance procedures. "The [House] passed H.R. 5949 on September 12, 2012 by a vote of 301 to 118 (Roll Call 569). We have assigned pluses to the nays because warrantless surveillance is unconstitutional and violates privacy and individual liberty. While ostensibly carried out only on 'foreign suspects' communicating with U.S. citizens, it is difficult to imagine this surveillance not extending to U.S. citizens." [The New Amcrican, October 22, 2012, page 26]. Hal Rogers voted for the extension of FISA (H.R. 5949). Representatives Duncan (R) and Cohen (D) of Tennessee both voted against the extension of FISA (H.R. 5949); Kenneth Stepp would have voted against the extension of FISA (H.R. 5949). Elect Kenneth Stepp to the U.S. House 5th District Kentucky, and preserve your civil liberties. The House voted on H.R. 5949 on September 12, 2012, "which would reauthorize the FISA, the Foreigh Intelligence Survelliance Act Amendments Act of 2008 or FAA, as we refer it, for 5 years." Quoting Repr. Rogers of Michigan. Congressional Record Sept. 12, 2012, H5897. Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich from Ohio explained the bill as follows; "MR. KUCINICH. According to the ACLU, the law is written so broadly that a phone call by a U.S. citizen to a U.S. citizen overseas discussing general foreign affairs could be listened in on. Section 702 of this act allows the government to intercept the communication of any U.S. citizen absent probable cause, in subversion of their Fourth Amendment rights. So Big Brother is listening. "There's no doubt that Congress is abdicating the responsibility when it passes a blanket extension of this bill without knowing how many Americans have been affected by FISA or the government's interpretation of the law. Without vital civil liberties safeguards and a minimum of transparency, an extension should be rejected. "Big Brother is not accountable. Let's vote against Big Brother. Let's vote to protect the fourth Amendment." Congressional Record Sept. 12, 2012, H5896. Speaking against the bill, Congressman Ron Paul--whose son is the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky--observed, "Creating a big brother surveillance state here is no solution to threats that may exist from abroad. I urge my colleagues to reject these FISA amendments and return to the Constitution." Congressional Record Sept. 12, 2012, H5900. The Bill was voted on by the House of Representatives, Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky voted for the Bill, and the bill carried with 301 Yeas, and 118 Nays. Congressional Record Sept. 12, 2012, H5900.






Kenneth Stepp would have voted "nay" with Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul and the 118 NAYS. Kenneth Stepp believes in the Fourth Amendment and that it should be strictly upheld. If you find the government listening in on your phone conversations without a warrant, then thank a Republican. If you want to keep your Civil Rights then oust Hal Rogers and elect Kenneth Stepp your KY-05 Congressman.

Kenneth Stepp for Congress!

Background Picture by Betty Burger.

A vote for Stepp is a vote against drone attacks.

Saturday, 20 October 2012 15:40 Drone War Creating More Enemies Than it Destroys Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. "Part of President Obama’s daily briefing must include the report of the number of “suspected militants” killed by his drones. That is, it would be part of the briefing but he reportedly doesn’t count the casualties. In the pre-dawn hours Thursday Hellfire missiles fired from a U.S. drone turned a farmhouse in rural Yemen into a smoldering heap of charred wood that served as a bier for at least eight of those “suspected militants.” For President Obama and those pulling the triggers on the joysticks guiding the missiles toward their human targets, “suspected militant” means (presumably) “all military-age males in a strike zone.” For those of us more concerned with the Constitution and with the rule of law than the President, “suspected militant” means nothing other than a person not charged with any crime, not afforded even the most perfunctory due process protections, but summarily executed upon order of the president anyway. The president’s lexicon is apparently shared by some of his functionaries, as well. Harold Koh was sent by the president to make a pitch to the United Nations for the United States to maintain its seat on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council (HRC). During a brief question and answer period after Koh’s presentation, a reporter from Inner City Press asked Koh if the United States would use its position on the HRC to investigate the use of drones in executions. Koh’s answer was faithful to the party line: He said that killings by drone "in the course of armed conflict or in self defense is consistent with international law." He cited Al Qaeda, the Taliban and "associated forces" — presumably including Al Shabab in Somalia and forces in norther Mali or Azawad — and said it is "not illegal to target an individual who is leader of an opposing force." Was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki a “leader of an opposing force”? No. He was a 16-year-old American citizen searching for his father in Yemen. He and some relatives with whom he was eating supper were killed nonetheless by a U.S. drone. Presumably that’s because his cousins were old enough to be considered by the president terrorists by default. That question is crucial, but this pretext for the killings brings up another question: When did militancy become a crime? If it is a crime, moreover, where is it defined? How can anyone know if he is guilty of militancy if such a crime is not defined? Could one hypothetically be a militant without knowing it, given that the crime is nowhere defined? Reuters reports the scene in the southern Yemeni town of Jaar where the hiss of incoming missiles and the explosions that follow shattered the stillness of the dawn: The farmhouse just west of Jaar, one of two southern towns that Yemen's army took back from rebel control this summer, was hit by three separate missile strikes at dawn, they said. The residents said they found six charred bodies and the scattered remains of three other people, including Nader al-Shaddadi, a senior al Qaeda militant in the southern Abyan province who led the group that occupied Jaar. The security source confirmed that Shaddadi was among the dead and that four others were from the town of Jaar. A “senior al Qaeda militant” was reportedly found among the dead — thus qualifying one-ninth of the victims for execution by the president — but what of the others? News Track India reports: Some of the dead were believed to be foreign fighters, but the security sources did not know where they were from. "The identities of the terrorists killed in the aerial attack were not immediately clear. Some of the dead were foreigners," the source said. According to data published by Long War Journal, since 2002, 358 people have died in Yemen in U.S. drone strikes. That tally is low when compared to Pakistan, but the number has spiked significantly since the inauguration of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Although U.S. officials typically do not comment on this or any other drone strike in Yemen or elsewhere, Hadi isn’t quite so close-mouthed about the arrangement between the two “allies.” In a statement made to the Washington Post in an interview published September 29, President Hadi said he “personally approves every U.S. drone strike in his country.” Hadi’s praise for the Predators continued during a speech delivered at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "They [drones] pinpoint the target and have zero margin of error, if you know what target you're aiming at," Hadi said, according to the New York Times. As the Washington Post rightly posits, it is likely this personal interest in promoting President Obama’s drone war that has influenced U.S. officials to consider Hadi “one of the United States’ staunchest counterterrorism allies.” While Hadi’s self-identification as the decider of drone strikes is likely designed to cement his support among voters in Yemen, there is evidence that his decision to close the blinds of his office when the drones go airborne is alienating many of his countrymen who see this as a surrender of sovereignty. On October 17, Reuters reported: Bashraheel Hesham Bashraheel, chairman of the al-Ayyam newspaper group, said Hadi had won short-term respect from some Yemenis for being more open about drones than Saleh. "He wants to make a clear distinction, he wants to say I approved every raid. It gives the impression he is in control and not the Americans," Bashraheel said. "It impressed people and earned him some respect. He's not lying like Saleh used to." However, with public anger rising, politicians are becoming more vocal in their opposition to U.S. operations. The Shi'ite Islamist Houthi movement and influential Sunni cleric Abdul-Majeed al-Zindani — on a U.S. terrorism list — have stepped up criticism of drones in the past month. "At first people didn't talk, but after Radaa, things have changed, said Ali Abd-Rabbu al-Qadi, a parliamentarian from Maareb where many attacks have taken place. "These air strikes prepare the ground for al Qaeda and terrorism." Yemenis complain the U.S. focus on militants is a violation of sovereignty that is driving many towards al Qaeda and diverting attention from other pressing issues such as unemployment, corruption, water depletion and economic revival. Beyond the effect the winnowing of the president's kill list is having on domestic politics in Yemen, there is a larger threat to security from blowback. Blowback is defined as violent counter-attacks carried out as revenge for covert operations. After a drone attack killed 13 Yemenis by “mistake” in September, relatives of those killed in the strike spoke with the clarity and carelessness that comes from the mixture of mourning with rage. "You want us to stay quiet while our wives and brothers are being killed for no reason. This attack is the real terrorism," said Mansoor al-Maweri, whom CNN reports as being “near the scene of the strike.” Then there was this from “an activist” who lives near the site of the September massacre: "I would not be surprised if a hundred tribesmen joined the lines of al Qaeda as a result of the latest drone mistake," said Nasr Abdullah. "This part of Yemen takes revenge very seriously." Reuters explains that “Western diplomats in Sanaa say al Qaeda is a threat to Yemen and the rest of the world.” An argument can be made that a bigger threat to the world is the United States’ daily drone attacks that destroy our own dedication to the rule of law and serve as effective recruiting tool for those seeking revenge for the killing. The former CIA Pakistan station chief agrees. Speaking of the rapid expansion of the drone war in Yemen, Robert Grenier told the Guardian (U.K.): That brings you to a place where young men, who are typically armed, are in the same area and may hold these militants in a certain form of high regard. If you strike them indiscriminately you are running the risk of creating a terrific amount of popular anger. They have tribes and clans and large families. Now all of a sudden you have a big problem.... I am very concerned about the creation of a larger terrorist safe haven in Yemen. And: We have gone a long way down the road of creating a situation where we are creating more enemies than we are removing from the battlefield. We are already there with regards to Pakistan and Afghanistan."


Kenneth Stepp is against the drone attacks. Vote for Kenneth Stepp for Congress. A vote for Kenneth Stepp is a vote to end the drone attacks in these undeclared wars--some against American citizens. Who knows who will be the next to be killed by a drone attack. Who knows who a Republican President will consider worthy of death by a drone attack. Vote for your own right to life. Vote for Stepp, vote to end drone attacks.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Digby on Drone Strikes!

"digby 10/23/2012 02:00:00 PM "The most sickening thing you'll hear all day "by digby "This is one of the worst things I've ever heard: SCARBOROUGH: "What we're doing with drones is remarkable: the fact that over the past eight years during the Bush years - when a lot of people brought up some legitimate questions about international law - my God, those lines have been completely eradicated by a drone policy that says: if you're between 17 and 30, and within a half-mile of a suspect, we can blow you up, and that's exactly what's happening . . . . They are focused on killing the bad guys, but it is indiscriminate as to other people who are around them at the same time . . . . it is something that will cause us problems in the coming years" . . . . KLEIN: "I completely disagree with you. . . . It has been remarkably successful" -- SCARBOROUGH: "at killing people" -- KLEIN: "At decimating bad people, taking out a lot of bad people - and saving Americans lives as well, because our troops don't have to do this . . . You don't need pilots any more because you do it with a joystick in California." SCARBOROUGH: "This is offensive to me, though. Because you do it with a joystick in California - and it seems so antiseptic - it seems so clean - and yet you have 4-year-old girls being blown to bits because we have a policy that now says: 'you know what? Instead of trying to go in and take the risk and get the terrorists out of hiding in a Karachi suburb, we're just going to blow up everyone around them.' "This is what bothers me. . . . We don't detain people any more: we kill them, and we kill everyone around them. . . . I hate to sound like a Code Pink guy here. I'm telling you this quote 'collateral damage' - it seems so clean with a joystick from California - this is going to cause the US problems in the future." KLEIN: "If it is misused, and there is a really major possibility of abuse if you have the wrong people running the government. But: the bottom line in the end is - whose 4-year-old get killed? What we're doing is limiting the possibility that 4-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror." Am I wrong or did Klein say that he thinks killing 4 year olds is legitimate because it "limits the possibility "that 4 year old American will get killed? Holy Moley. That's so far beyond the concept of self-defense he's veering into simple pathology. Klein tends to slip up and inadvertently spill the beans about what our foreign policy elite (of which he is one) really think. Now, I would guess that he was trying to fudge here and say that it was too bad that 4 year olds got killed but "we have to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." But the truth that slipped out was that he believes we are killing their 4 year olds as part of a campaign of terror. And, for him, the good news is that we can do it with a joystick in California. That's sick. Now, I doubt very seriously that anyone's targeting 4 year olds at the moment. Even I am not that cynical. But I also don't doubt that there are people who believe that if the 4 year olds of "those people" are killed it will wear down the enemy and make them cry uncle. It sure sounds to me like Joe Klein is one of them. Greenwald dismantles the argument, showing that Klein's formulation results in exactly the opposite of what he claims to want. I'm so repelled by the fact that anyone would blithely remark that such a "trade-off" in this situation is remotely moral that I can't get past it. Update: Here's Robert Gibbs saying that kids of terrorists should have more responsible fathers. For real. . digby 10/23/2012 12:58:00 PM" Kenneth Stepp agrees with Digby. It's time to wage peace. It's time to shut down the drone strikes. Peace! Peace! Peace! Sure, the Taliban gunned down a six year old girl in Afghanistan in their war on children. Just because our enemies have a war on children doesn't mean we should act like that. Let's bring our troops home! .