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Sometimes, it is hard to know if a Republican is telling the truth.   I've had this video for some time, but no matter who have contacted in regards to it, I can't find anyone who will absolutely confirm or deny Tim Huelskamp's story.  

In this video, Tim Huelskamp appears in front of an Emporia Town Hall on March 20 this year.   He makes a bold pronouncement:  Benghazi continues to be a scandal because of a conspiracy in which Republican leadership and Democratic leadership operate in a bi-partisan manner to block the public from the truth.    Tim also asserts that when the Libya intervention occurred, he and his sons were at a Monster Truck rally praying and he learned of it from the PA announcer - which as we all know should never happen because as he points out he must be consulted first before any military action occurs.

Huelskamp is famous for saying some crazy things.   In this short clip though he covers some incredible ground.  He asserts that we have never had people in embassies die before, that we are all seeing a vast, multiparty conspiracy that he demands accountability for and more.

A great rebuttal of some of his charges comes from a diary in the community spotlight today:

This isn't the first time (and won't be the last) that Tim Huelskamp goes off the reservation with his conspiratorial ideas.

In his debate with Rachel Maddow following the State of the Union, Huelskamp asserted that maybe an ambassador didn't die, but that we definitely didn't know what happened.   He also contended that executive orders aren't legal because the president has no authority to issue them (?)..

Huelskamp is famous for saying the crazy thing.   Maybe it's time that Western Kansas had a chance for Change.    I took Friday to meet with Jim Sherow, a professor in the department I started at, Kansas State University's History (oh, how many nights I spent in Eisenhower hall).

Sherow is a fourth generation Democrat in Kansas, and let me say this right up front: he speaks to progressive and state issues in a way that has been absent from the Big 1 in a while.   People have a tendency to write off the Big 1 because they say:  There are too many Republicans.  You can't win here.

Let me say that the Big 1 is a district that can be deceptive.  Within district 1 you have numerous Democrats who register as Republicans in order to have a say in the primary.. traditionally important when no democrat runs.  The district is full of Republicans who are unhappy with the fact that Huelskamp makes them seem like a laughingstock.. he's actually facing a challenger from the LEFT in his own primary (his challenger has no shot, but may damage Huelskamp).

I should also add this about Jim Sherow.. Sherow isn't your typical Democrat tilting at windmills in the big one.   Jim Sherow had no problem telling me:  "I'm not in this to make a point, I'm in it to win - to do something positive for our state".

Jim's track record is impressive on it's own.  A popular mayor in Manhattan, Kansas (Home of KSU), a professor, a retired military (USAF) staff sergeant, a double masters degree holder in Education & History, and a published author on the issues of water management in the plains - something critically important right now.

Tim Huelskamp needs to go.   For many democrats, having Huelskamp serve in office is a fancy - it provides fundraising fodder in other states by pointing out the nutty Republican in congress.   For Kansans, though, being represented by someone so filled with conspiracy theories and wild hatred of government doesn't help any of them in any way.  

It is time for a change.    

This year, I (and several others) will be announcing many events that I encourage Kansas Kossacks to attend.   We will have these events in many districts, but the first one that we are announcing will be held in Hays, KS on August 9 from 12PM-4PM (or whenever) in Municipal Park.   Food, drinks, watermelon and more will be provided and Jim Sherow has graciously agreed to attend with us and talk to all who wish to attend.

I'm currently working with members in Hays to expand this event as we have booked the city park, and we will be encouraging other candidates to attend.

If you're a Kansan in other areas of the state, don't worry.   I'm working with others on open events in Hutchinson, Wyandotte County, Crawford County, Manhattan, Salina, Gardner, Fort Scott (and probably many more).

These events aren't just for Kossacks, but I'm ask Kossacks to attend (if possible).   Changing Kansas is difficult.   Very difficult.   I'm done talking about it.   I'm committed to taking a swing at it.  

So, if you're interested and you're in the Big 1 in Kansas, those western counties, feel free to PM, email or contact me in any way.  If you have time to put in just a little bit every week, now is the time to get your voice out.

We have a long time until November.   But we have a lot of ground to cover, a lot of minds to change, and a lot of people to register.  

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 06:56:12 PM PDT

  •  "Tim also asserts that when the Libya intervention (5+ / 0-)

     occurred, he and his sons were at a Monster Truck rally praying"

    On the TV Show "House," the main character used to assert that Monster Trucks were "awesome," but I never knew the rallies were an occasion to literally invoke the Almighty.  What, exactly, were Rep. Huelskamp and his family praying for?  A Grave Digger victory?

  •  People Pray At Monster Truck Rallies? (7+ / 0-)

    No one was praying @ the one I went to.  They were screaming, yelling & wolfing down hot dogs.  They wanted
    wrecks, close calls & mud thrown around.

    That Tim Huelskamp sounds right Christian like.....too bad he doesn't follow the Commandment "Thou shalt not lie" & "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor".

    Too much monster truck?  

  •  Sherow seems like a decent, smart guy (3+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433, Mopshell, Jeff Y

    so unlike the Repubs. We need to support all the good Dem candidates.

    Remember Howard Dean, the 50 State Strategy? Made a lot of sense, and actually worked.

    Who's the head of the DNC now? And why is she always voting with Repubs and doesn't have any strategy?

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 09:43:30 PM PDT

    •  Every good (D) deserves our support (4+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rover, Mopshell, Jeff Y, skohayes

      Because they carry the message to the youth in that district, and without it they rarely hear an opposition argument.

      These campaigns matter a great deal for the people in those districts, and there is something to be said for fighting for all of them.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 09:50:53 PM PDT

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    •  It did make a lot of sense (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      as long as blue state progressives realize that red states aren't going to elect progressive Democrats (think Bart Stupak and Heath Shuler).
      But I'd rather vote for a Democrat who will vote with our caucus 50% of the time than a crazy Teabagger like Huelskamp.

      If trees gave off WIFi signals, we would probably plant so many trees, we would save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

      by skohayes on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:19:23 AM PDT

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  •  Beating an incumbent Republican (5+ / 0-)

    in the Big Red One would be quite something.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Sat Jun 07, 2014 at 10:51:39 PM PDT

  •  I'm not in Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, tmservo433

    but please consider me a member of your personal cheer squad,  tmservo433! I'm now following you too because I'm keenly interested in your project to turn Kansas blue within two election cycles - I really believe you can do this!

    •  Turn Nice and Purple (1+ / 0-)
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      is the goal.  If we can break the Republican monopoly and stop the pattern of having no democrats run in districts for state offices, that is the goal.

      There are 3 house races in Kansas this year that I think should at least be interesting... if nothing else, they deserve the effort.

      So, we'll try everything we can.  Win or Lose, Kansans are going to see something different, an outright battle for their districts VS no attempt.    Because they deserve it.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:25:13 AM PDT

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  •  I realize the current GOP boasts (4+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, skohayes, tmservo433, ER Doc

    a bumper crop of jerks, knuckledraggers and all-around assholes, but Huelskamp may well be the hands-down dumbest man in Congress.

  •  If Republicans had any actual legitimate proof (3+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, tmservo433, ER Doc

    of malfeasance or cover-up in Benghazi, Faux News and the rest of the Right Wing Noise Machine would be shouting it from the rooftops 24/7.

    Unfortunately for them, wild speculation and tin foil conspiracy mongering is not proof of squat.

    Maybe Republicans can get Donald Trump's Private Investigators to uncover all the Benghazi "facts", kind of like his amazing "investigation" into Obama's birth certificate that produced a ton of right wing sound and fury but no actual legitimate facts that contradicted the fact that Obama was born in Hawaii.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 01:07:14 AM PDT

  •  Benghazi is a diversion from the investigation (0+ / 0-)

    of the invasion of Iraq that is still waiting in the wings. Remember there are a host of pictures of attrocities committed that were a lot more upsetting than the hijinks at Abu Ghraib, which were just an ad hoc response to the official behavior that was going on and being recorded electronically real time.
    Remember the images of air strikes and buildings blowing up and precision targeting that was trotted out for the public during Desert Storm? Well, the technological record didn't stop there. EVERYTHING connected to the invasion and occupation of Iraq was recorded -- every arrest, interrogation, execution, diposal of body bags in the rivers. There weren't "killing fields," there were slaughters in the deserts and on the plains.
    The images have, so far, been embargoed by the President until our troops are no longer in danger of being retaliated against. That's why the war on terror is supposed to never stop. If it comes to an end, much that has been hidden will be revealed.
    Benghazi is designed to make it possible to argue that the investigation of Baghdad is just so much tit for tat retaliation. Benghazi is designed to discredit Baghdad ahead of time or to argue that "since you wouldn't investigate Benghazi, we're going to ignore Baghdad."  Of course, if Democrats get a majority in the House, that will all change.

    by hannah on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 03:50:38 AM PDT

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